British FM: No Timeline on War in Libya

Insists NATO Will 'Follow Through' in Continuing War

British Foreign Secretary William Hague today downplayed the significance of Defense Secretary Liam Fox’s comments that the war in Libya can’t be won by the NATO-backed rebels, insisting it would continue no matter how long it needed to.

It’s not a computer game where you are bored with it and you put it to one side,” Hague insisted. “No one should mistake our determination and unity in carrying this through to success.”

The underlying problem is that NATO nations, and Britain in particular are openly rejecting the notion of peace talks even as they talk up continuing the war. It was supposed to be a matter of days or weeks for the conflict – five months in some are now privately conceding that the war could last years.

Hague seemed quite confident that the war would continue no matter what, but did not address exactly how it would end. Secretary Fox’s guess was perhaps the most interesting – that NATO would just keep on with the war until some random coup happened that ousted the aging Gadhafi.

Author: Jason Ditz

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