Libya: a Failed State

By William Holland

Tripoli Beach in Libya.

Studying the Arab Spring would require one to look at Libya and U.S. efforts immediately after the popular uprising. The American’s didn’t want Gaddafi but they also didn’t seek any measure to sustain Libyan presence into U.S. orbit either. Today, Putin has linked his future to partial gains that has become North Africa after the Arab Spring. The Russian strongman is smart to only publicize what benefits Russian propaganda for Libya today is rife with war factions that cannot be reconciled to any national government. Reconciling Libya may be beyond American reach IF it assumes proportions that consumed the French in Algeria!

The U.N. backed government in Tripoli is held by Faye al-Serraj. Although he openly holds both French & popular support, his writ is limited. His counterpart is Khalifa Haftar holding the Libyan National Army (LMA). It is Haftar who continues to battle Islamic terror arriving from Egypt or Mali. No agreement can link the writ that each man presents because politics in Libya is archaic and tribal. Haftar continues to receive Emirati and Egyptian support while openly confiscating significant oil ports throughout eastern Libya. Having liberated Benghazi, his …read more

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