Are UK Failures in Libya to Blame for Mediterranean Migrant Crisis?
Given Miliband’s comments about Cameron’s record in Libya, Ian Black wrote a fascinating retrospective on UK government and academic analysts appraisals of developments in Libya. To read the whole article click here.
British and other western diplomats involved in Libya insist they tried to help but were often rebuffed by the rebel national transitional council and the governments that followed it. Capacity-building for the central bank and the prime minister’s office had little success. But most damaging was the failure to build a national army and police force to absorb and replace the plethora of revolutionary brigades in control on the ground…..
“Cameron’s heart was in the right place but he didn’t want to be seen to be meddling because Tony Blair was always accused of George Bush-style meddling,” said Jason Pack, president of Libya-Analysis.com. “He was like Obama. He wanted to be seen as a humanitarian intervener and not a strategic intervener, or a forced nation builder. But he has taken a back seat even though Libya is a legacy issue.” To read the whole article click here.