Libya

4 August 2014

The barbarism of liberal intervention

In Libya, the consequences of PR-driven, feel-good foreign policy are writ large.

Quit your crying, Cameron – you boosted Boko Haram

How the West’s war on Libya aided these Islamists.

27 March 2014

Why Libya should haunt Cameron’s nightmares

David Cameron thinks of Libya as his ‘happy place’, but it is far from happy today.

23 September 2013

The Western groups putting Libya in the dock

Why are human-rights organisations arguing that Saif Gaddafi can only receive a fair trial in The Hague?

1 March 2012

How the West wrecked Libya

Far from being a model for future interventions, Libya shows that meddling strangles the democratic impulse.

Must-reads from the past week

A Travis-ty of justice

A Travis-ty of justice

Self, Orwell and the English language

Self, Orwell and the English language

31 August 2011

Libya and the shameless rewriting of history

The repackaging of NATO’s reckless intervention as a clever war for liberty would make Orwell’s Ministry of Truth beam with pride.

25 August 2011

It’s a civil war, Jim, but not as we know it

The rebel forces in Libya have not so much won Tripoli as they have tiptoed into a vacuum left by the disintegration of the Gaddafi regime.

29 June 2011

How to prolong a conflict, ICC-style

The ICC warrant for Gaddafi may make Western powers feel good, but it will make things a whole lot worse in Libya.

20 April 2011

The strange death of the NATO alliance

Why is the West’s North Atlantic Treaty Organisation squabbling over who should bomb north Africa, 20 years after the Cold War ended?

14 April 2011

Attack on Libya: a war led by no one

As the various bombers of Libya disavow responsibility for the overall military mission, there’s no telling how this will end.