Sometimes a conflict just doesn’t fit in to our idea of how life works. In Libya NATO intervened to protect heroic rebels, the capital fell and the mad dictator Gaddafi was overthrown. End of story, happy ending. The aftermath of what has happened isn’t so nice and clean, and doesn’t make for as good a story. This week though our attention went back, after the brutal murder of 21 Egyptian Christians by Libyan Islamists. Egypt’s response was to launch airstrikes on the militants, who also happen to be allied to Islamic State. With Egypt now looking for a UN resolution to support intervention, it’s a good time to look at what on earth happened in Libya, and how could it have been different.