“Lessons from Libya: How Not to Intervene”

This piece questions the very credibility of Western media when it comes to reporting from the Middle East arguing that a false image of the Libyan uprising was presented to western audiences facilitating the military intervention by NATO. In the current context where the case for war against Syria seems ridden by propaganda, it is very important to pay attention to these other recent cases of military intervention, the pretext for military intervention and the outcomes of such interventions.

“Libya’s 2011 uprising was never peaceful, but instead was armed and violent from the start. Muammar al-Qaddafi did not target civilians or resort to indiscriminate force. Although inspired by humanitarian impulse, NATO’s intervention did not aim mainly to protect civilians, but rather to overthrow Qaddafi’s regime, even at the expense of increasing the harm to Libyans.”



About angelajoya

Assistant Professor, Middle East Political Economy, at the University of Oregon. Currently writing on the Egyptian revolution and the Syrian crisis.
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