Bas Spliet is back to discuss the disaster that was America and the UN’s involvement in Libya after 2011’s Arab Spring. Spliet reminds us that Libya was once one of the wealthiest countries in north Africa, ruled by a secular dictator with relative liberty and prosperity. After the Obama administration decided to begin a bombing campaign there in support of a regime change, however, the country quickly disintegrated into one of the most chaotic and violent places in the world. Today there are open air slave markets and 30% of the population has fled the country. As usual, this intervention was sold in the name of humanitarian intervention and the need to stop a brutal dictator. But Americans should know by now that a bad situation can—and very often does—become much worse after the U.S. military gets involved.
Discussed on the show:
- “How NATO’s War Crimes Brought Chaos to Libya” (Antiwar.com)
- “Hillary Clinton undercut on Libya war by Pentagon and Congress, secret tapes reveal” (Washington Times)
- “Libya’s Pathway to Peace” (The New York Times)
- Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam
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