I read this morning about Islamic State militants beheading Egyptian and Ethiopian Christians in Libya.
So far as I know there was no ISIS / ISIL presence in Libya until after the U.S.-backed invasion and reduction of the country to chaos. That has been the result of all the U.S. invasions—the creation of chaos in which terrorism spreads.
But he was an enlightened despot who channeled his country’s oil revenues into schools, hospitals, roads and other internal improvements, provided free education and health care and improved the condition of women.
Libya under Qaddafi was a country in which a law-abiding person could lead a normal life without living in fear. Now Libya has been reduced to chaos, many innocent people have been killed and the country has been given over to lawless militia bands and religious fanatics.
Who did that benefit? Not Libyans. Not ordinary Americans. Qaddafi had tried to make peace with the West. His overthrow and murder will be remembered by other rulers who are tempted to do the same.
Refugees are swarming across the Mediterranean from Libya and other countries, and being turned back. Maybe the governments of Italy and France should have thought about that possibility before initiating the invasion of Libya.
Empires of the past imposed order. We the American people do not want to take on the burden of empire, so all our government’s accomplsih is to spread death and destruction.
ISIL’s Libya Affiliate Murders 30 Ethiopian Christians by contributors to Informed Comment.
Libya’s New Strongman by Jon Lee Anderson for The New Yorker.
Libya: From Africa’s Richest State State Under Gaddafi to Failed State After NATO Intervention by Garikai Chengu for Global Research.
Why Europe Lets People Drown by Raul Ilargi Meijer for Automatic Earth.
I must confess that, on the eve of the invasion of Libya, I was of two minds as to whether it might be a good idea. I hope I have the minimum level of intelligence that enables me to learn from mistakes.