Saturday, March 22, 2014

Chasing mirage at no cost - Libya 3 years later

Ask a vendor, and he can pull out bigger machine guns to sell for thousands of dollars.
This arms market ( AP Story) has replaced a fish market in Libya. That dream of  less violence in neighborhoods, household  with happy going families or individuals is replaced with hopelessness and different dreams. 35,000 people were rendered homeless in a single act of revenge in a single town, that is hopelessness. On the other hand, The new dream is to join militias who provide securities to installation. Top level jobs include exporting insecurity to other places, exporting anti-aircraft weapons to attack helicopters, planning hizacking of oil tankers.

The war  followed a simple pattern that is not working :-

  •  The Gadaffi  was portrayed as the evil 
  •  Once evil was removed, it was implied,  light would dawn just as it follows the night.
  • The Orchestrators - Hillary Clinton celebrate  new dawn - "We came, we saw, he died" to close the circle.
 The Guns and radical Islamist were not in the script. However events have portrayed the apparent dawn was a mirage. A generation have to readjust in hostile environment.

 Few journalists and bureaucrats like Clinton could chase the mirage , just because there is no equivalent cost involved, all they have to do is to retire of things go wrong.

This article  has some description on mechanics of such decisions, even if partially correct .

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