April 13th, 2011
03:29 PM ET

NATO head says no military solution to Libya

Germany's SPIEGEL Online interviewed NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen about whether bombs can lead to democracy in Libya. Here's the key part of the exchange.

SPIEGEL: Can this war be won without ground troops?

Rasmussen: The honest answer is that there is no military solution to this conflict. We need a political solution, and it's up to the Libyan people to come up with one. We can only call upon the leadership in Tripoli to put an end to its acts of violence, to grant the people their legitimate rights and to permit a peaceful transition to democracy.

SPIEGEL: What happens if Gadhafi doesn't comply with these demands? Wouldn't NATO at least have to provide for weapons parity and begin supplying tanks and missiles to the rebels?

Rasmussen: All I can say to that is this: We are responsible for the implementation of UN Resolution 1973. This resolution states that we are to participate in the implementation of the arms embargo against Libya. We will strictly adhere to the resolution. That's our mission.

The rest of the interview can be found here.

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  1. greenj76

    US military action against Libya under the authorization of the UN is a precursor to the New World Order that will come to power in the last days according to Bible prophecy.

    There are many on both sides of the political spectrum that accused President Obama of making an "illegal move" when he decided to go ahead with the military action against Libya. Those opposed to Obama's decision for military action are not on the side of Libya's Colonel Gadhafi, a treacherous dictator, but say that all military action by US troops must be authorized by the Constitution and the US Congress, not by the president alone. There indeed are good arguments on both sides of this issue which will be debated, however a move by the US President under authorization from the UN is a step very close to the end times scenario that can be found in Bible prophecy.

    There will be a New World Order in place during the seven year tribulation period which will be led by a leader referred to in the scriptures as the Antichrist, Revelation 13 and 18. In Daniel 11:38 the ancient prophet revealed that this Antichrist will be a military genius who worships the god of forces. This New World Order, a one-world, governmental, economic, political system will be headquartered in the Middle East, Revelation 18:1-3, and will rule all of humankind, even the buying and selling of essential items needed for life.

    A US president taking military action authorized by an international governmental body is indeed setting the stage for Bible prophecy to be fulfilled.

    April 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Reply
    • Daniel

      After reading your post above grrenj76,I believe you're quite correct. All the signs are ominously in place.

      April 13, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Reply
    • Daniel

      Sorry about the missprint above. I meant greenj76,not grrenj76. My apologies.

      April 13, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  2. Daniel

    Let's just hope that Rasmussen is right. What's needed in Libya is not a "military solution" but an end to hostilities there. Most people who disagree with me have no notion of what war is like so they cannot comprehend the horrors thereof. That's why they clamor for a so-called "military solution".

    April 13, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Willie 12345

      Thank you,Daniel. That was well stated.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  3. j. von hettlingen

    For a change, Nato has a former politician to run the establishment, instead of someone with a military background. That Rasmussen prefers a sound solution to the stalemate in Libya other than a military one, shows, he is somebody who values diplomacy and political skills. This lengthy interview reveals also the stance of German foreign politicy, that it can stand its ground. The Germans prefer to be spectators and watch the others precipitating and joining any rally. They are doing the right thing. The government under Angela Merkel proves, it can maintain a high profile in the international community without flexing its muscles. Well done, Germany, carry on!

    April 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      Lasset Euch durch nichts beirren, wenn Sarkozy und Cameron meckern. Sie kennen eben ihren Gegner nicht, der viel schlauer ist, als die beiden zusammen. Wer zuletzt lacht, lacht am besten.

      April 13, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Reply
    • Onesmallvoice

      What Germany needs is it's own Charles De Gaulle who will no longer take orders from the U.S.,Great Britain nor France and initiate an independent foreign policy based on peace and prosperity instead of Washington's whims.

      April 13, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Reply
    • Ty Tymkovich

      Ty Tymkovich agrees!

      August 27, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  4. Willie 12345

    Da stimmt,j.von hettlingen. Danke schon.

    April 13, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Reply

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