Opinion Berlin Lets Its Allies Go It Alone

The US, France and Britain are prepared to use military force to stop Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. But their ally Germany isn't supporting them. Instead, it abstained from the Security Council vote on a no-fly zone over the country. Despite Libya's cease-fire declaration on Friday, Berlin's reluctance could damage the country's international standing.
Protesters are seen through a Kingdom of Libya flag during celebrations in Tobruk following the UN resolution.

Protesters are seen through a Kingdom of Libya flag during celebrations in Tobruk following the UN resolution.

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