The Curmudgeon


Tuesday, February 09, 2016

More Disappointments From the Muslims

Like many little jollifications of the same sort, the recent wog-bombing in Libya has achieved all kinds of worthwhile goals and has been kept from roaring success only by the backwardness and recalcitrance of the natives. Sir Peter Ricketts, Britain's Head Boy's national security monitor at the time, has been having a bit of a blather about it, and has proclaimed the 2011 adventure such a success that military intervention may now be required to mitigate the consequences of our previous military intervention. As soon as the Reverend Blair's convert and erstwhile chum Colonel Gaddafi was out of the way, it was assumed that the natives' urge towards freedom would naturally come into its own and that market forces or, at a pinch, an appropriately co-operative dictatorship, would prevail in no time. Matters have not turned out quite so favourably because the Libyans failed to seize their chance to "get together to form a coherent government with a coherent security structure and basically reinvent their country", which is a great disappointment to the security adviser who advised bombing their country into all that glorious potential for coherence. It now appears that Islamic State fighters are attempting to move into the Libyan oil-fields, doubtless with nefarious purposes in mind; which could yet make the whole business even more disappointing than it already is.


  • At 10:15 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I despair at the stupidity and/or mendacity of our senior civil servants. Saving lives means stopping a conflict. Helping to shoot the head of state creates the risk of instability and more conflict, and thus people dying. This isn't rocket science.


  • At 7:21 pm , Blogger Philip said...

    Yes, you'd almost think the goals they had in mind were completely different to the ones touted in the press releases. What can be the explanation, I wonder.

  • At 9:04 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    No doubt the journalist asked lots of searching questions in an attempt to find out.

    Oh look, it's Patrick Wintour.



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