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Cold War Neutrals Now Taking Sides, Timidly
The Associated Press ^ | April 9, 2011 | KARL RITTER

Posted on 04/09/2011 6:33:30 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki

Cold War Neutrals Now Taking Sides, Timidly

Europe's Cold War neutrals now taking sides, timidly, as they redefine security policy

The Associated Press

By KARL RITTER Associated Press

STOCKHOLM April 9, 2011 (AP)

Swedish fighter jets are roaring into action over Libya under NATO command. Ireland is offering itself as a transit hub for U.S. military deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Even famously independent Switzerland has peacekeepers in Kosovo.

For Europe's once-staunchly neutral countries, much has changed in the two decades since the Cold War ended. With no East-West conflict as a reference point, the concept of neutrality has been redefined to the point that some would say it's lost its meaning.

"There's total confusion. People have forgotten the concept of neutrality, which means don't take sides in a military conflict," said Swiss peace researcher Daniele Ganser.

Switzerland is considered the only truly neutral nation left in Europe. But it, too, has compromised its goal of staying out of other nations' troubles.

Switzerland finally joined the United Nations in 2002 and since 1999 has about 200 peacekeepers in Kosovo. It recently allowed allied forces to drive through and fly over Switzerland on their way to missions in Libya. The government said Swiss neutrality was intact because the Libya operation was authorized by the U.N. Security Council.

"To my mind that is not compatible with complete neutrality," Ganser said.

Sweden and Switzerland became neutral at the end of the Napoleonic wars. Ireland stayed out of World War II and shut its ports to Allied convoys. Austria and Finland turned to neutrality after taking the German side in that war.

Since the fall of the Iron Curtain

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coldwar; libya; neutrality; sweden

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1 posted on 04/09/2011 6:33:34 AM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The fractioning of Europe, the Middle East and other countries around the globe is very much akin to what allowed the assassination of a two for a nickel archduke in the early part of the last century to blossom into a World War. “Suddenly, no one could stay out of war” It seems as if we are heading down that same road.IMHO


2 posted on 04/09/2011 6:57:04 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Ireland Sweden, Switzerland: gutless pansies.

They didn’t take sides during the Cold War, the Cold War has been over for twenty years, and they’re just sticking their noses out now?!?!

I repeat: gutless pansies.


3 posted on 04/09/2011 8:53:05 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: The Hogwarts of stupid.)
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