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Statecraft

  • September 07, 2011
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In public British governments often argue that Britain’s foreign policy is dictated by  moral and ethical considerations.  Privately, British officials operate according to very different concept of  statecraft and the national interest in which morality is generally placed on hold.   Occasionally  it is possible to glimpse this discrepancy.   Consider the following document that has recently come to light about the relationship between Britain and the Gaddafi regime before the recent ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Libya:

 

 

The ‘cargo’ refers to a suspect handed over to Moussa Kousa for torture.  Until his defection earlier this year...

Libya – Another Humanitarian Triumph?

  • August 31, 2011
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Whatever happens over the next few months in Libya, the Gaddafi regime is  dead and only waiting for its formal burial.   Its only possibility of resurrection consists of some form of Gaddafism without Gaddafi perpetuated by the remnants of his regime who have joined the rebellion.

As in the heady aftermath of the Iraq invasion,...

Guest post: Regueb, A town in revolt

  • May 27, 2011
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The civil war in Libya has tended to overshadow events in Tunisia, the country where the ‘Arab Spring’ began in January.   Amanda Sebestyen has just visited the Tunisian town of Regueb as a guest  of the World Social Forum.   This is what she found:

 

High on a hill a message in Arabic...

Saif Gaddafi Sleeps With the Fishes

  • May 01, 2011
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The day after Gaddafi made another ceasefire proposal, a NATO missile strike has killed his son Saif al Arab Gaddafi and three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren in what appears to have been a deliberate assassination.   Last  night’s strikes on Tripoli also damaged the Libyan Down’s Syndrome Society and a parent-funded school for children.

It isn’t known...

Libya – War Without End?

  • April 21, 2011
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The news that French, Italian and British military advisors will be working with Libyan rebels – only ‘advising’ mind, not fighting – is another escalation of an ‘intervention’ that has already gone far beyond its original remit, and which is unlikely to produce a positive outcome – if it ends at all.

It is clear that...

Libya: Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

  • April 05, 2011
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“This is turning into the best shop window for competing aircraft for years. More even than in Iraq in 2003.”

Reuters on the commercial benefits of the Libyan ‘intervention’ for Western arms companies.

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