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Libyan war: A time for accolades, and payback

2 September 2011
Presseurop
Gazeta Wyborcza

Gazeta Wyborcza, 2 September 2011

“The Libyan gold lode,” headlines Gazeta Wyborcza the day after international conference in Paris put a “symbolic end” to the war in Libya. “The meeting was like a wooden stake through the heart of Gaddafi’s regime”, says Daniel Korski, expert at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) quoted by the daily. The biggest winners at Paris conference were leaders of France – Nicolas Sarkozy and of the UK – PM David Cameron who “unwaveringly believed in the success of the operation”.  Also Italians may congratulate themselves, adds GW, for ending their friendship with Muammar Gaddafi early enough, while Americans are glad to welcome yet another “friendly government in an unfriendly region”. What the victors secretly hope for is that the National Transitional Council will now begin to pay off “its war debts with Libyan oil”. But they might be in for a nasty surprise. “The Libyans are smart. They say they will reward their friends but in the end will choose the best offer should it come from Russia or even China,” concludes Korski.