With the rebels now in charge of most parts of Libya, it won’t take long for France to sell its Rafale fighter jets to their buddies. In fact, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the rebels’ “government” has already promised the countries that helped them to power a lion’s share of the contracts. It’s only a matter of time.
In retrospective, looking at the way this whole war went, I couldn’t but see in France and the UK the predator nations of their colonial past, and the US and NATO as their unwilling, reluctant partners in crime. As the saying goes: “Some things never change”.
However, their victory (you should’ve seen French president Sarkozy, parading in Libya like a proud little rooster!) could prove to be short-lived. Have you noticed all those bearded fighter rebels constantly chanting “Allahu Akbar”, and have you noticed how Libyan women were virtually absent on the streets? Have you noticed that the military commander of the rebels in Tripoli, Abdel Hakim Belhaj has ties with Al Qaeda and its local branch AQMI/AQIM? Have France and the UK actually helped pave the way for an islamist takeover of Libya, and would Libya morph into something like Gaza, or even worse, like Somalia?
In fact, even the New York Times seems to have doubts, regarding the increasing influence of islamists among the Libyan rebels.
Maybe we’re currently witnessing the unfolding of a real-life example of how violating the Prime Directive can lead to a catastrophe. In other words, by prematurely intervening in Libya, France (and UK) have helped kick out an evil dictator, but will be instrumental in introducing an even worse group to power: the islamists. Well done, Nicolas Sarkozy (yes, that’s sarcasm).