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Corriere della Sera - Italy | Friday, July 29, 2011

Weapons won't solve Libya conflict

The military chief of the Libyan rebels, Abdel Fattah Junes, was killed under as yet unexplained circumstances on Thursday. This shows once more that the West will not be able to topple the Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi militarily, writes the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera: "Nine plus nine equals zero in the case of Libya. Nine billion from Nato to get rid of Gaddafi and nine billion from the ruler to hold his ground. ... With the result that the Libyan leader has good chances of remaining in his country. After four and a half months and the effective withdrawal of the US, which has exposed the Europeans' inadequacies, it's obvious that the political goal won't be reached simply by the use of weapons. The European governments have considered the compromise solution of leaving Gaddafi in the country but deprived of his power. Whatever one may think of this about-turn, if an even half-way honourable way out of this mess is to be found, now is the time. Nine plus nine equals zero threatens to become an equation that no one can accept." 

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