EIR questions Danish Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal on NATO Patriot Missiles and al-Qaeda in Syria, International Press Center, Dec. 20, 2012

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EIR correspondent Michelle Rasmussen

Danish Foreign Minister questioned about Patriot Missile deployment and al-Qaeda in Syria

 

COPENHAGEN, Dec. 20 (EIRNS) -- Today, at a press conference held at the Danish foreign ministry’s International Press Center, the following exchanges took place between EIR and Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal, with about 15-20 international journalists present. (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQR9P0GxfbA)

 

After EIR identification, EIR asked,

“You immediately came out saying that there should not be any military intervention in Syria and Iran. Now NATO has called for Patriot missiles to be deployed, and German political leader Helga Zepp-LaRouche has said that this is crossing the line into dangerous military intervention, that could even lead to world war with Russia and China. The Iranian chief of staff just came out saying that this was part of a drive for war. The Russians have reacted with the Russian chief of staff. And we have media from Germany, Russia and retired military people saying that these Patriot missiles were more likely to be used as a zone around Iran, in preparation for an Iranian attack. So, the question is, do you think that NATO should reverse this decision, because it is leading into military intervention?”

 

Danish Foreign Minister Villy Soevndal: No, I don’t see that situation. The problem was that Turkey was attacked, that missiles, as you know, were thrown from Syria into Turkey. A family was killed, a mother and her four children, in the Kurdish area. Turkey asked for protection. What was important with the Patriot missiles, was that they could only be used defensively, to stop attacks, and, of course, as a NATO member state, when someone asks to be protected when they are attacked, it’s protected as a part of the NATO alliance. It’s a central part of that, and it’s not a step towards attacking anyone, but it’s just to protect from attacks from Syria.

Later on, EIR asked:

 

“In the investigations around the death of the American ambassador to Libya Stevens, there has been a lot of information coming out about the leading role of al-Qaeda operatives in Libya, and also in Syria, with fighters coming from Libya and Iraq into Syria. So, the question is, are you concerned about the role of al-Qaeda and other extremists in the opposition, and the role that they may play afterwards?

Soevndal: “For sure. I do not like extremists, and I think that one of the controversies is that the longer the military part of the conflict in Syria is going on, the stronger the militants happen to be. I think that’s one more reason for having a quick finish of the military fighting going on in Syria. But we do hope that both the new coalition, but also the non-religious part of the Syrian opposition, are the ones who are going to play the key role when the fighting is going to end.”

 

At the end, Soevndal was given a literature packet with Helga’s Patriot missile article, the EIR article about the Patriot deployment, the LPAC al-Qaeda fact sheet, and the text of the SI in Denmark testimony before the parliament’s Foreign Policy committee,

 

The Schiller Institute in Denmark held a small demonstration outside, carrying a huge banner, “No to war against Syria and Iran. No to WWIII. Schiller Institute,”and carried a sign, “No Patriot Missiles to Turkey.” A SI member was able to speak briefly to the foreign minister both on his way in, and out. He took literature and said that he would look into it. They also spoke to several of the journalists, with interest from mainland China and Taiwan. [mr_]