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      Germany Says No to NATO: A Message to the German Peace Movement

      Opponents of another Western quagmire in Libya are applauding German’s stance against the United Nations resolution authorizing “all necessary measures” to intervene in Libya. Germany joined Russia, China, India and Brazil – representing over half the world’s population – in refusing to vote for Resolution 1973.

      It is hoped by the peace movement here that Germany will join other states, including Turkey, in pressuring for a cease-fire and an internationally-supervised transition to representative government in Libya as an alternative to potential bloodbaths in Benghazi and Tripoli and a prolonged quagmire.

      It is noteworthy that grass-roots public pressure has played an important role in keeping the German government neutral, unlike the role played by German politicians in launching the war in Afghanistan a decade ago.

      Germany is being criticized by a mainstream media here with open sympathies towards the US-dominated NATO alliance. Unnamed critics say in the Los Angeles Times that Germany has “suffered a grievous loss of credibility” and is “unfit” for an international role as a result of its alliance with most of the world.

      The German public needs to know that these criticisms are floating through the elite levels of the US national security establishment while American opinion is confused and divided over the expanding Libyan war. Prestigious groups like Human Rights Watch, while strongly supporting the UN “responsibility to protect” policy, have not taken any formal position in favor of the US/UN assault on Libya, despite pressure from the administration.

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