Friday, April 22, 2011

Libyan update

The following video reminds me of what Vladimir Putin remarked off the cuff a month ago, that the campaign in Libya was a "medieval call to a crusade" where no limitations will be recognized. See video of Putin's comments here.

Is this why Russia, whilst opposed to military intervention in a Libyan civil war, abstained from voting on UN resolution 1973? Could this have been the ultimate form of Russian humor, to see the former crusaders, Britain, France and Italy, and past invaders of Russia be ground down in the sands of Libya? Interesting to note also all of the BRIC nations abstained from voting on UN 1973.

Unlike in WWII, there are no Rommel's or Montgomery's this time around.

Libya and WWII:

The Afrika Korps was derived and formed upon Adolf Hitler's personal choice of Erwin Rommel to its command on 12 February 1941 (Rommel himself landed on African soil in Libya on 14 February 1941 to begin leading his forces that would be brought into action). The German Armed Forces High Command (Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, OKW) and Army High Command or (Oberkommando des Heeres, OKH) had decided to send a "blocking force" (Sperrverband) to Libya to support the Italian army. The Italian army group had been routed by Commonwealth Force's counter-offensive led by the British Eighth Army, in Operation Compass.
Eighth Army first went into action as an Army as part of Operation Crusader, the Allied operation to relieve the besieged city of Tobruk, on 17 November 1941, when it crossed the Egyptian frontier into Libya to attack Erwin Rommel's Panzer Army Africa.

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