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The Libyan chaos: when the UK parliament confirms WikiLeaks


A completely condemnatory report from the UK parliament yesterday, concerning the total failure of the Western intervention in Libya, came simultaneously with blog's revelation, based on Clinton emails published by WikiLeaks.

From Guardian :

David Cameron’s intervention in Libya was carried out with no proper intelligence analysis, drifted into an unannounced goal of regime change and shirked its moral responsibility to help reconstruct the country following the fall of Muammar Gaddafi, according to a scathing report by the foreign affairs select committee. The failures led to the country becoming a failed a state on the verge of all-out civil war, the report adds. The report, the product of a parliamentary equivalent of the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war, closely echoes the criticisms widely made of Tony Blair’s intervention in Iraq, and may yet come to be as damaging to Cameron’s foreign policy legacy. It concurs with Barack Obama’s assessment that the intervention was “a shitshow”, and repeats the US president’s claim that France and Britain lost interest in Libya after Gaddafi was overthrown.

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Libya is currently mired in political and economic chaos with competing factions fighting for control of the key oil terminals and no nationwide support for the UN-recognised government based in Tripoli. Tens of thousands of refugees are entering the country with impunity from the rest of Africa and sailing to Europe on perilous journeys.

Conservative MP Crispin Blunt, who chairs the select committee, said the original aim of the military intervention to protect Benghazi was achieved within 24 hours. “There is a debate about whether that intervention was necessary and on what basis it was taken, but having been achieved, the whole business then elided into regime change and then we had no proper appreciation of what was going to happen in the event of regime change, no proper understanding of Libya, and no proper plan for the consequences,” he said.

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The result of the French, British and US intervention, the report finds, “was political and economic collapse, inter-militia and inter-tribal warfare, humanitarian and migrant crises, widespread human rights violations, the spread of Gaddafi regime weapons across the region and the growth of Isil [Islamic State] in north Africa.

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The report finds: “If the primary object of the coalition intervention was the urgent need to protect civilians in Benghazi, then this objective was achieved in March 2011 in less than 24 hours. This meant that a limited intervention to protect civilians drifted into an opportunist policy of regime change by military means.



The report not only confirms the complete failure of the Western intervention in Libya, but also shows clearly that especially France and UK were not interested in securing the stability in the country after the fall of Qaddafi regime. This is another proof that the Western powers were only interested to grab pieces of Libya's resources for their companies, as the specific Clinton emails through WikiLeaks, presented by the blog, clearly show.

Although it's of less importance to examine the timing of this new fiercely attack on Cameron and his devastating foreign policy, we could guess that it's related to his significant role on the pro-Brexit vote, during the British referendum.

The suspicion will be proved irrelevant only if the French parliament proceed in a similar report against Nicolas Sarkozy. After all, he was the one who started the Western neo-colonial race over the Libyan corpse, in an effort to secure the monopoly of the Libyan resources for the French corporate giants, as the timeline of the Clinton emails reveals.

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