Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The end of Gaddafi is welcome. But it does not justify the means

We may all applaud Gaddafi’s downfall, but it remains the case that Britain’s intervention in Libya was wrong
 
Simon Jenkins, The Guardian, Aug. 23, 2011

Muammar Gaddafi
 ‘If Cameron wants to take credit for the removal of Gaddafi then he cannot avoid responsibility for the aftermath.’ Photograph: Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters
 
The downfall of a dictator is always welcome. Especially welcome is the downfall of Gaddafi of Libya. He was not the worst of his genre, but for 42 years was the beneficiary of the crassest western intervention, veering between ineffective sanctions and ostracism and Tony Blair’s cringing, oil-drenched “friendship”. More welcome still would have been his downfall clearly at the hands of his own people, not courtesy of western armies.

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