The 2011 Libya’s intervention by the United States, Britain and France did not just dethrone Gaddaffi. It also sowed a seed of collapse and destruction that has lingered from then till now.
In April, Barack Obama in an interview admitted that Libya’s aftermath was the worst mistake of his Presidency.
He went further to criticize the French and British government; saying that the former British Prime Minister, David Cameron, became “distracted” after Libya’s intervention.
Barack Obama said his regret was not foreseeing the future of Libya during the intervention.
In the same manner, the UK parliament are currently blaming Cameron who resigned on the win of Brexit for the messy state of Libya ever since the intervention.
According to the Foreign Affairs Committee, David Cameron lacked a coherent strategy for the air campaign.
While UK acknowledges that the call to intervene in Libya was an international demand that was prompted by the Arab League and then authorized by the UN Security Council, the strategy employed in the course of it were void of “accurate intelligence”.
“It [The Intervention] saw no evidence that the UK Government carried out a proper analysis of the nature of the rebellion in Libya. UK strategy was founded on erroneous assumptions and an incomplete understanding of the evidence.”
Earlier in the year, Cameron had defended himself, saying that Gaddaffi “was bearing down on people in Benghazi and threatening to shoot his own people like rats”. The dethroned Libyan leader threatened to attack Benghazi.
In as much as it was a huge oversight not to have strategized well, The Foreign Affairs Committee maintains that Libya’s intervention was an international necessity that needed to happen to save lives.
“Muammar Gaddafi was unpredictable and he had the means and motivation to carry out his threats.”
“His actions could not be ignored and required decisive and collective international action. Throughout the campaign we stayed within the United Nations mandate to protect civilians.”