‘Having destroyed the country in their 2011 intervention – when the US and its allies bombed the place to smithereens, funded Islamist militias, and had Ghadafi hideously murdered – the regime-changers are returning to the scene of their crime on the theory that repeating the same failed “solution” endlessly will somehow solve the problem they created in the first place.
The plan, we are told, could go into operation “soon,” which is interesting on at least two levels. To begin with, Congress hasn’t authorized US military action in Libya, and is unlikely to do so. Secondly, the idea that the “government of national accord” – voted for by exactly nobody inside Libya – has one iota of legitimacy is a joke. Indeed, Libya is suffering from an oversupply of governments at the moment, with one in Tripoli and the other in the eastern city of Tobruk: only the fools over at 405 East 42nd Street could possibly imagine the addition of a third will help matters.
And the joke is exacerbated by the fact that the UN-approved Parliament in Tobruk has rejected the “government of national unity,” as our very own Jason Ditz notes.
As I noted way back when, Libya isn’t a real country and never has been: it naturally divides into western and eastern zones, with the interior completely separate from both. It is a make-believe nation, constructed out of whole cloth by the UN after World War II and only held together because Ghadafi managed to seize power and create a dictatorship. He wasn’t a Boy Scout, but then again no one in that rough neighborhood deserves many merit badges. Now those geniuses in Washington, Paris, and London – after arming Islamist militias, one of which murdered the American ambassador – have suddenly discovered the existence of a “terrorist threat.”‘
‘The United States has no business intervening in Libya – no more than a criminal who returns to the scene of his crime to “make things right.” Unfortunately, there is as yet no means to jail the criminals responsible for the destruction of Libyan society, but the least we can hope for is that the US Congress will prevent them from repeating their crimes.‘