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NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome on Europe's response.
SYLVIA POGGIOLI: But while many European governments have since made U-turns, they're still slow to act. Paddy Ashdown, former international envoy in Bosnia, said that, as in that country, military intervention should not be ruled out.
PADDY ASHDOWN: And, therefore, making contingencies for a no-fly zone is absolutely right, absolutely proper. That isn't to say that it should happen now. The thing that will determine this is not the military side but the politics.
POGGIOLI: But reactions on the continent were negative. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said a NATO military action could be extremely counterproductive. And his German counterpart, Guido Westerwelle, warned against meddling in Libya's affairs. Italian political analyst Sergio Romano says Europe is reluctant to take part in another military action in a Muslim country.
SERGIO ROMANO: When you say no-fly zone, it looks like you're doing something very humanitarian. But it isn't neutral to be in a country where there is a civil war because sooner or later you find yourself fighting for something.
POGGIOLI: And as for sanctions, up to now, only Austria, Germany and Great Britain have agreed to freeze assets linked to the Gadhafi family. Nothing has been done yet in Italy, where Gadhafi is one of the major foreign investors on the Italian stock market.
EU C: Jan Techau, Europe director of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says Europe risks again pursuing only short-term solutions.
JAN TECHAU: Traditionally, not only the Europeans but basically the entire West has always had to make that tough decision between democratization and stabilization. But since short-term results are so much easier to measure than long-term results, my fear is that we will always politically, you know, be very prone to look at the short-term results.
POGGIOLI: Sylvia Poggioli, NPR News.
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