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…and some would say the Spring has sprung…

By Mike Cunningham On May 19th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

From being a functioning State which was governed with an iron fist by its dictator Gaddafi, to a disparate and desperate bunch of lawless, heavily armed militias running wild through the sands; in only three years, must be some sort of record.

Libya, a country blessed with a surfeit of oil, as well as pure clean water, was always a place where, if you went there to work, you did so on their terms. Gaddafi was the boss, his close-knit family ran just about everything, and the Revolution was always with you.

Then the Spring burst upon an unsuspecting Arab world, and, when the Libyan rebels cut loose in Benghazi, seeking a new order, Gadaffi sent in his armoured columns to cut down the uprising. France sent in the Mirages and Rafales  of the French Armee de L’Air, and those same armoured columns suddenly became so much scrap metal. Cameron ordered the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force  to co-operate in a no-fly zone to aid the rebels, along of course with the vast logistical aid of the Americans; and once the rebels broke out and commenced slaughtering the Gaddafi loyalists, it was just a matter of time before it was all over. The lunacies of the Gaddafi era were shown to the wider world, and all was thought to be gravy.

In a measure of how quickly order has been restored in Tripoli, David Cameron, the prime minister and the French president touched down in the capital less than a month after Muammar Gaddafi was toppled amid heavy fighting. At a hospital the pair were given an enthusiastic welcome – the kind of reception the two could only dream about in their own countries – and a calmer, but no less warm, greeting by Libya‘s interim rulers.

Although anxious to avoid perceptions of a victory lap, given the ongoing fighting and the failure to capture Gaddafi, Cameron and Sarkozy citedthe Libyan experience as a beacon for the region. “This does go beyond Libya,” Cameron told a press conference at the Corinthia hotel. “This is a moment when the Arab spring could become an Arab summer and we see democracy advance in other countries too. “I believe you have the opportunity to give an example to others about what taking back your country can mean.”

The fools of the Foreign Office, together with their compatriots in Paris, loudly proclaimed that ‘democracy’ was just around the corner, and commenced block-ordering sample ballot papers printed in Arabic.

Anyone smell burning paper?

 

NO FLY ZONE WITH NO PLANES?

By David Vance On March 9th, 2011 at 9:56 am

More awkwardness for our Military cutting Coalition Government;

Britain would not be able to patrol a no-fly zone over Libya without switching resources from Afghanistan, military experts warned yesterday. A leading defence think-tank said it was difficult to see how the UK could contribute enough aircraft to stop Gaddafi attacking rebel forces and civilians from the air without hampering the fight against the Taliban. The comments by analysts at the respected International Institute for Strategic Studies were certain to prove embarrassing for David Cameron, who has called for an international no-fly zone to ground the Libyan air force.

So, even as the US and UK contemplate such no fly zone action, those who will be tasked to carry it out contemplate doing so knowing that there is not adequate resource. Heard that one before? If the UK cuts back on the maintenance of our. Armed Forces, it can also forget about these kind of actions.

GHADAFFI FIGHTS BACK…

By David Vance On March 2nd, 2011 at 9:46 am

Looks like the mad Colonel is not going down without a fight!

Forces loyal to the Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi are moving into rebel territory in the east, capturing an oil installation in the town of Brega. The BBC’s John Simpson in the nearby city of Ajdabiya says the 100-vehicle convoy is expected to head towards it, and an arms dump there has been bombed. The city’s defenders are in a high state of excitement and expecting an attack, our correspondent says.

How will this end? Could Ghadaffi retain control of part of Libya? Are the opposition trained and armed enough to counter his stormtroopers? The US seems determined NOT to get involved in any military sense based on the measly comments from Robert Gates so it looks like the Libyan rebels are on their own. Meanwhile the UN squeaks and makes its usual inanities even as its very own Human Rights Council contains…Libya.