Friday 21 July 2017

Worries about danger of a prolonged military conflict in Libya are shared by many MPs

Nicholas Leonard

You could almost see the adrenaline pumping through British Foreign Secretary William Hague yesterday as he gave a euphoric account of his meetings in Benghazi on Saturday with the Libyan rebels.

An adrenaline rush is a classic response to a close encounter with fear and Hague gave a vivid description of how "inspired" he had been by the democratic intentions of the so-called Transitional National Council.

The diplomatic mission in Benghazi is now the UK's second largest in north Africa, outstripped only by Cairo; and Hague has high hopes that a genuine democracy can be established, despite the obvious risk of tribal and factional infighting when (or if) the rebels gain power over the whole country.

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