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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?


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11 thoughts on “…and some would say the Spring has sprung…

  1. There are very few nations in the Middle East.

    Libya is not one of them.

    Its a mass of unconnected tribes, whose loyalty is to their tribe, and thats that.

  2. Its a mass of unconnected tribes, whose loyalty is to their tribe, and thats that.

    Very much like London then 😉

    Come to think of it, very much like most parts of enriched Great Britain.

  3. if a conservative uttered these words

    Its a mass of unconnected tribes, whose loyalty is to their tribe, and thats that.

    the cries of racism would be ringing from the walls. So tell us Phantom this observation is first hand of course from your visits there and your visits to the rest of the middle east. Could you describe the tribes, the different tribes names, and the structural roots of these tribes?

  4. For educational purposes


    His son admitted as much Sunday in a state television address. “Unlike Egypt and Tunisia, Libya is made up of tribes, clans, and alliances,” Saif al-Islam said, warning of civil war if the tribal fabric breaks down. Indeed, Libya is considered one of the most tribal nations in the Arab world.

    “In Libya, it will be the tribal system that will hold the balance of power rather than the military,” Alia Brahimi, head of the North Africa program at the London School of Economics, told Abu Dhabi-based newspaper The National.

    Christian Science Monitor, 2011

  5. doing a google search and finding an article in the Christian Science Monitor doesn’t make your statement valid, or less racist. Nor does it give you a pass in any way for your statements obsessing on race the past couple of days.

    You kept trying to tie the value post to “a honkie response to kwanza” you a walking leftist talking points memo of late. You reveal how shallow your views are more and more each day.

  6. I’ve known about Libya as a tribal society for a fairly long time.

    OK, we’ll call it Trailer Park Kwanzaa if it makes you happy.

    It’s still a bunch of baloney.

  7. Haftar is a mysterious general-turned-opposition-leader who sought exile in the United States in the 1980s and lived for years in Falls Church, Va. He returned to Libya during the 2011 uprising


    Anyhow, I’m sure few here will have problems as this is exactly what Maggie’s mate Pinochet did in 1973

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