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.
Due to my midterms – Comparative Politics, Middle East: Culture and Middle East: Economics – and a few essays that need writing, time isn’t on my side this weekend. Seeing as it’s been a slow news weekend, here are some interesting stories on other matters. Continue reading
Yesterday the Pentagon announced that the Islamist leader Ahmed Abu Khattala had been captured in a US raid in Libya. Abu Khattala is the Americans’ number one suspect for the 2012 attack on the US consulate in the eastern Libyan city Benghazi, which left their ambassador dead. The attack has surprisingly become a huge political issue in the US, with the Republicans using it as a stick to beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. So what exactly happened in the attack, and how has it been used since then? And what does this say about US politics? Continue reading