NATO refuses to rule out bombing Libyan Roman ruins. Libya holds some of the world's best preserved remnants from ancient Roman and other civilisations, unspoiled by mass tourism.
British Minister of Defence Liam Fox said Tuesday the Libya mission showed “how capable we are” and emphasized that the United Kingdom has the fourth largest military budget in the world.
NATO refused to say Tuesday whether or not it would bomb ancient Roman ruins in Libya if it knew Moammar Gadhafi was hiding military equipment there.
“We will strike military vehicles, military forces, military equipment or military infrastructure that threaten Libyan civilians as necessary,” a NATO official in Naples told CNN, declining to give his name in discussing internal NATO deliberations.
But he said the alliance could not verify rebel claims that Libya’s leader may be hiding rocket launchers at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Leptis Magna, a Roman city between the capital Tripoli and rebel-held Misrata.
Wing Commander Mike Bracken, a spokesman for NATO’s Libya mission, later said it “would be a concern for us that Gadhafi and pro-Gadhafi forces would choose to contravene international law in hiding themselves in such a location.”