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West Faces Dilemma over Libya: Ex-UK MP

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TEHRAN, April 2 (ICANA) – Britain, France and the US, leading efforts for regime change in Libya, face a dilemma due to the military stalemate in the country, says the founder of the UK's Respect Party, George Galloway.
Saturday, April 02, 2011 1:14:20 PM
West Faces Dilemma over Libya: Ex-UK MP

Galloway, who was expelled from former prime minister Tony Blair's Labour Party because of his outspoken opposition to the Iraq war, said that the conflict in Libya was heading for a stalemate because neither side is 'capable of militarily defeating the other.'

'The west is faced with a very serious dilemma,' he told IRNA in an interview on the sidelines of a meeting in London organised by Britain's biggest peace network, Stop the War Coalition (SWTC), where he is vice-president.

'They can no longer, now that NATO is in control of the no-fly zone, act as the air force of the rebels, because Turkey will not allow it neither will Germany,' he said.

The former MP said that it was also a 'high-risk' strategy to pour weapons into the theatre of conflict in Libya because they would be 'arming people who they may later come to regret having armed.'

He referred to NATO's Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis telling the US Senate Armed Services Committee that 'flickers' of intelligence indicated that al-Qaeda members may be among the Libyan opposition.

'Sending their soldiers on the ground into this civil war will prove devastating unpopular with the public opinion in these countries, so I'm afraid it is another fine mess our leaders have got us into,' he further warned.

His warning came as seven civilians were reportedly killed and 25 others injured in a coalition air strike on a pro-Gaddafi convoy in eastern Libya on Wednesday adding to the risk of alienating the very people NATO are supposed to be protecting as has happened in Afghanistan.

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