Our final topic, picked by you, dear listeners, earlier in a poll on our Facebook page, is “Libya: Is A UN Intervention Looming?”, focusing on the latest events in the former Jamahiriya.
The NATO-destroyed North African state of Libya is once again experiencing serious civil strife, but this time the UN-recognized “Government of National Accord” (GNA) is calling on the international community to intervene in order to stop the widespread killings in the capital. Over 110 people have been killed in fighting there while nearly four times as many have been injured, creating a chaotic situation that threatens to quickly spiral out of control and reverse the relative gains of the past year that saw the country somewhat stabilize.
A large part of that had to do with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s stunning military successes in the eastern part of the country, which established him as a pivotal figure for determining Libya’s future in spite of his forces not being formally recognized by outside countries as representative of the legitimate government. Growing restless with this lack of international approval even though he commands what is undoubtedly the most powerful military force in the country, Haftar hinted that he might make a move on Tripoli in order to restore law and order there, meaning that the GNA’s request for a UN intervention might be intended to preempt this from happening.
Complicating matters even further is that France,…