Sunday, April 3, 2011

Seen from Bulgaria - This war is not ours, Mr. Sarkozy!

All indications are that the Bulgarian military will not scroll alongside their French comrades on 14 July on the Champs Elysees to celebrate the victory over the hated regime of Gaddafi. First, because Sofia has refused to participate in military action in Libya sought by President Nicolas Sarkozy and second, because it is unlikely that there will be a victory by then.

But even if we are absent from the party, we deserve to congratulate ourselves for the first time in many years, Bulgaria has demonstrated intelligence in foreign policy by refusing to bow to the wishes of a great power name of its own interests. Finally, it was not too difficult to say at the outset: "No, thank you, Mr.

Sarkozy. This war is not ours!". Furthermore we are too small, insignificant and under-equipped to lead. So frankly sorry. Nicolas Sarkozy would certainly satisfied our political support, just to show that we have taken note of his new role as world leader. But again, we are obliged to present our regrets.

First, it behaved as such only a few hours - to cast the first stone before hiding behind the backs of Americans who, despite their reluctance to engage in a war against a third Muslim country, are again at the forefront. And secondly, all his gestures are not addressed in the world but are only intended to convince the French not to chase after his first term.

Yet this is what awaits: the results of district elections are a first indicator - even if the elections coincided with the entry into the war on France. Why Bulgaria is ungrateful, would you ask me, while it is the decisive intervention of Nicolas Sarkozy, who has allowed the release of the nurses in 2007? Two reasons: first, unlike France, the Bulgarian government could not evacuate all its nationals from Libya, most of whom preferred to live in uncertainty and fear rather than in poverty at home.

Under these conditions a warlike policy on the part of Sofia would have endangered hundreds of people there without that, this time we can count on a providential intervention of Nicolas Sarkozy to the rescue. Second, President Georgi Parvanov and Prime Minister Boyko Borissov have reason to recall that Western intervention against Libya is long overdue.

They do not want to say is that we should release the nurses with missiles, but that "diplomacy of the shadows" to which Bulgaria was forced by Western capitals that did not serve in the interests of France, Great Britain and Italy who continued to do business with Qaddafi. Only when the Bulgarian authorities have dared to mention word of mouth gross violations of human rights of its citizens that their detention in Libya began to pose problems for Western businessmen.

The nurses were then released into twenty-four hours and Sarkozy did not even need to travel for this - it's his wife Cecilia who did the work. It is no coincidence that the petrodollars of Qaddafi are stashed somewhere in the West and not in Bulgaria. We, however, have had to pay cash for the release of our nurses by putting a cross on the Libyan debt which stood at the time to 60 million euros.

As for Sarkozy's new friends in Benghazi, he first recognized as a legitimate opposition to the plan, we also have reservations because their barbarism against our nurses do not make them different from Gaddafi's henchmen. If their revolution had found our nurses in prison, their death sentence, pronounced three times, would certainly have been executed as was repeatedly called to the Benghazi during demonstrations "spontaneously" through the city.

For all these reasons, we prefer the German position in the crisis in Libya. Even if Angela Merkel is also to face elections in his country, it does not lead us into a military adventure only to save his political destiny.

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