Tuesday, February 23, 2021

“How Europe lost Libya”


CHRONICLE – Since the death of Gaddafi under French air bombs in 2011, the country has become the ideal sanctuary for human traffickers and jihadists.

Ten years ago, began in Benghazi, the insurgency against Gaddafi, the “Guide” who ruled Libya with an iron fist since its military coup in 1969 against the monarchy. From March, the French president, anxious to get on the bandwagon of the “Arab Spring”, decides to defend the rebels politically, then militarily. He is joined by British Prime Minister Cameron and US President Obama, under the guise of NATO. The French fighter-bombers pinned to the ground Gaddafi’s armored brigade advancing towards Benghazi. In Europe, Nicolas Sarkozy however meets the skepticism of the German and Italian governments.

Gaddafi was certainly a cruel dictator, ruthless with his opponents. But it presented, in the eyes of many European diplomats, three important advantages. First, at the beginning of the 2000s, he abandoned his revolutionary inclinations to get closer, economically and strategically, to the West.

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