“There were nobody in Norway that were against the military engagement in the Parliament. This was very different from Vietnam and Iraq where you had massive protests from not only, but primarily from the left-wing. Now, they succeeded to buy the whole left wing, the social democratic party and the very left wing parties, to include them in the action for a war. This is, I think, a new phenomenon,” says Dr. Ola Tunander, professor at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO, Norway) from 1987-2017.
Dr. Tunander has written and edited 12 books and a number of articles on security politics, naval strategy, submarine operations, geopolitics, dual state, psychological operations (PSYOP) and Cold War history.
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Dr. Tunander says: “There are many people who believed that when you took away the “Dictator”, the people would create a democracy. That didn’t happen. Actually, the conflicts in Libya were very much tribal conflict between different groups and also, to a certain extent, religious conflicts between Islamists and other more moderate and secular forces.”
“Mustafa Abdul Jalil, who became leader of the National Transitional Council, and immediately from being Minister of Justice became the leader of the revolt. He said that they would not have any agreement with the Gaddafi regime. The regime has to be removed. Otherwise they would die.”
“I think the whole approach was very sophisticated because they knew they could not go in like they did with Iraq with forces and so on. This would not be successful. That was what Clintons special advisors said. They said that this was much more clever to have Arabs doing the job.”
“Hillary Clinton said that this operation was an aid to Arab offensive. It was something that she would like to see for the future.”
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