Wednesday 21 March 2018

Afghanistan mission will suffer as Libyan stalemate continues

Con Coughlin

US President Barack Obama, British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have staked their political reputations on overthrowing Col Muammar Gaddafi's regime following last week's publication of a letter signed by all three in which they declared there will be no peace in Libya while Gaddafi remains in power.

Precisely how they hope to reconcile their desired objective of achieving regime change in Libya with the more modest goals set by the UN -- to protect Libya's civilian population and to establish a ceasefire -- is likely to occupy much of their energy and time in the weeks ahead.

There is also the tricky issue of having to explain how what began as a humanitarian mission to prevent the massacre of Libyan civilians in Benghazi has metamorphosed into a campaign to oust Gaddafi and his cohorts from their stronghold in Tripoli.

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