Fiddling while somewhere a long way south of Rome burns
No-one who heard his address to the Libyan people can have doubted his commitment to their country: “Your friends in Britain and France will stand with you as you build your country and build your democracy for the future” he told. But that was then, and this is now: when did the UK “stand with” Libya over the three and a half years since Cameron’s declaration in Benghazi? What support did we give them?
How they left ...
If Cameron was concerned about such details, it did not show as he told the Commons “Britain could not stand by as Qadhafi slaughtered his people … Nor could we allow a failed pariah state festering on Europe’s southern border, with the potential to threaten our own security … We will not let up until the job is done”. Well, he did let up: there is now a failed state, and the boat loads of refugees stand testament to that.
... and where too many of them ended up
Solomon Dersso told that “The deterioration of the political and security situation in Libya has been worsening throughout the year, stoking fears that the country risks total anarchy and civil war”. By April last year, there was effectively no recognised Government. And this is the country from where all those refugees set sail for Italy - or anywhere else they can make landfall away from the upheaval of North Africa and the Middle East.