Where Did We Go Wrong? – Libya

Almost one and a half years ago, the Arab Spring had reached Libya, and Muammar Gaddafi fought to keep his long regime in line. At first the rebels seemed to be crushed by the loyalists, who had the more advanced military equipment. The loyalists had pushed back the rebels into tight corridors of territory, laying siege in Mistrata and other cities. The rebels constantly pleaded for the UN’s intervention. The UN finally agreed, and they began an air war, while supplying the rebels with the latest weapons.

By October, the capital Triploli has been fallen to the rebels. The soldiers still loyal to Gaddafi made their last stand in Gaddafi’s home town of Sirt. Finally on October 20th, 2011, resistance crumbled, and Gaddafi was killed trying to escape. From then on news of Libya disappeared from the news.

Now, 1 year after the end of the civil war, there have been attacks on the US Embassy in Benghazi. It happened to be on the 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Four diplomats were killed, including our ambassador Chris Stevens. There have been pictures of the ambassador being dragged across the streets of Benghazi. The US consulate was a vandalized and broken place. People began speculating that there were Al-Queda agents. The terrorist group had been growing in the North African region.

But who did it? Recently there was a video released mocking the prophet Islam. Was it an angry protest by the public or was it really Al-Queda terrorists? It wasn’t until Obama spoke in the UN that revealed the truth. There was an angry mob, many were armed, and they stormed the US consulate.

What went wrong? Hadn’t we “liberated” Libya a year ago from a corrupt dictator? The Arab Spring was the “liberation” of the Middle East and the rebirth of it into “democracies”. Egypt has been “liberated” and there is still a power dispute in between the militants and the Muslim Brotherhood. Now Libya has came back on the news with an attack on the U.S. consulate. Aren’t they supposed to be friendly to us? Why would they riot against their liberators? Is the Arab Spring a good thing? Much still has to be researched on the attacks.


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