Members of the Leftist-Green Party voted last weekend to call for an investigative committee to examine what led to Iceland’s support of the NATO raids on Libya.
The resolution also condemned NATO involvement in Libya’s internal conflicts, pointing to the civilian deaths that resulted from the military incursion. The party also called for Iceland’s immediate withdrawal from NATO; an unsurprising addendum, as the Leftist-Greens have been calling for such a withdrawal since their inception over a decade ago.
Einar Ólafsson, a member of the party council meeting which drafted the resolution, said there is reason to believe that NATO’s attack was not just meant to protect rebels, but also the financial interests of other countries and corporations. For this reason, he believes an investigation is warranted.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphéðinsson appears unfazed by the resolution, telling RÚV, “I’m not afraid of any investigative committee, and if my colleagues in the Leftist-Greens have a special interest in forming an investigative committee to examine my actions, I say ‘Help yourselves’.”
Einar countered that the investigation wasn’t focused on any one individual; that wrongdoing could turn out to come from the minister’s office, or among MP in the Leftist-Greens themselves.