America’s never-ending-gobsmacker of a war in the Middle East took another step toward the abyss, as U.S. warplanes carried out air strikes early on Friday morning in the western Libyan city of Sabratha, where Islamic State (ISIS) militants allegedly operate, killing 41 people and wounding six.
Perhaps at least some of the 47 may have been actually part of ISIS, though who the hell really knows or cares in Washington. A U.S. military spokeskiller said the attacks targeted a senior Tunisian militant linked to attacks in Tunisia last year. Two major attacks in Tunisia last year claimed by ISIS, one on a resort hotel and another on a Tunis museum, were carried out by gunmen who officials said had trained in Libya.
When I started to study history, I never thought of it as a journey into sad irony, but that’s what it has turned out to be. So let’s enjoy some history.
Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had ruled his country since 1969, until the U.S. helped overthrow him in 2011. Qaddafi was a nasty guy, and sponsored terror attacks on and off but in the broader view of history was more talk than walk. The U.S. scared him during the Iraq invasion that he might be next, and persuaded him to give up his nuclear ambitions in return for the establishment of full diplomatic relations. For a few years, the U.S. and Libya made nice.
Then, led by Secretary of State Bloody Hillary, in 2011 the U.S. launched freedom airstrikes and assisted some crappy militias in killing Qaddafi. What had been stability erupted into complete chaos as the militias turned on each other, until Libya became a failed state, and thus now a homebase for al Qaeda and ISIS.
Thus, we come full circle, where the U.S. is again bombing Libya in an attempt to fix the problem the U.S. created by bombing Libya in 2011.