Friday, March 18, 2011

Please explain how Belgium could be going to war

Just when it looked like Japan would permanently divert the world's attention from the troubles in northern Africa, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1973, approving a no-fly zone over Libya. Everyone's talking about it.

The problem with a no-fly zone is that it takes a lot of military resources to enforce it. Several countries intend to provide military equipment and personnel, including Norway and two of Belgium's neighbouring countries, France and the Netherlands.

Belgium's Minister of Defense, Pieter De Crem, has made it clear that if requested to do so, Belgium will send some of its F-16s to Libya.

An F-16 of the Belgian Air Component.
So we know they've got them. (Wikipedia)

Foreign minister Steven Vanackere (CD&V) was more hesitant when interviewed by Radio 1 this morning. He said:
(translated from Dutch)
"We are a solidary partner, also with respect to the NATO. But when it's about sending people into a theatre of war, you must not rush things."
A wise thing to say. But should the Belgian government be considering this at all?

Belgium is ruled by a lame duck government while we wait for a government to be formed by the people that were actually elected last year. Until then no new laws can be passed. How can anyone be considering sending planes and personnel to the Libyan no-fly zone?

Put plainly, it looks like the Belgian government is considering going to war without the public support that a real government would have had. How Gaddafi is that?


  1. Good intentions, but I don't really see how they can do it either :-/

  2. And yet they are doing it.