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We can lead wars too!
David Cameron & Nicholas Sarkozy have gained diplomatically with the military intervention in Libya, but have lost on moral terms
Issue Date - 13/10/2011
Sarkozy and Cameron have been hailed as ‘accidental heroes’ by rebel forces, but the manner in which NATO forces misused UN resolution on R2P (Responsibility to Protect) to have an open ended operation to aid rebel takeover has tarnished their image globally. The R2P resolution was only supposed to be about protecting Libyans from Gaddafi’s army in Benghazi. Conveniently, this was expanded to the whole of Libya. The BRIC nations and Germany had abstained from the vote in the UNSC, disapproving military intervention. Then why did the Sarkozy-Cameron duo become so intent on getting personally involved in Libya?

From the very beginning of Libya’s war of liberation, France and Britain were the leading interventionist forces in the country. The two major European allies were the first to launch military operations after the UN Security Council passed a resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya. The war was barely over and Cameron & Sarkozy even made a quick visit to Libya mid-September.

Both were facing dissatisfaction with their performances back home. With Europe struggling economically, strengthening global presence for Cameron and Sarkozy clearly held advantages. And Libya held other profitable reasons too. For the uninitiated, France imports 10% of its oil from Libya; and UK 8.5%. The transition in Libya was more important than in any other region in the Middle East for UK and France. Gaddafi had had an extremely strong regime; and on the other hand, Sarkozy and Cameron were losing diplomatic clout. Thus, overthrowing Gaddafi was an opportunity to revive their leadership in world affairs & gain a platform to prove how distinct and successful their strategies were from those of US. Deed done; characters lost.


Akram Hoque           

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