David Cameron: why bombing Libya wasn’t a mistake

Libya has been in the news again over Christmas: the UN Security Council has endorsed a new government but as Peter Oborne found out when he visited Benghazi, the city that David Cameron addressed after his 2011 bombing campaign (video above), there isn’t much government to speak of. The World Food Programme says that 2.4m Libyans will need humanitarian assistance; the country’s population is 6.2m. Its economy shrank by 25pc last year alone and private enterprise is collapsing: the state now employs 80pc of Libyans. At the height of the 2011 uprising there were about 17,000 militiamen: today they number in the hundreds of thousands and they’re tearing Libya apart.

Amazing… I have no words

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  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Cameron is a toff.

  • eMan14

    “Its economy shrank by 25pc last year alone and private enterprise is collapsing: the state now employs 80pc of Libyans.”

    This may be our future under Trudeau.
    As for Libya… has forcing regime change ever worked out? Not in this case anyway.

  • Brett_McS

    Obviously a job for … Super Dave!

    • Alex

      Gosh I loved that guy!

  • BradThomas

    The ability to admit their mistakes (and learn from them and, most especially, a little humility, would look good on ALL politicians.

  • ntt1

    I have compared him to a giant steamed pudding in the past but that shot indicates he might be constructed of marzipan paste

  • Spatchcocked

    It’s important to remember that Margaret Thatcher Never endorsed this feckless fart.

    She said ” I’m not at all sure what kind of conservative Mr Cameron is”

  • Cat-astrophe

    I suppose they bombed Libya back into the Mohammad age, because they were not radical enough already.