Ben Delicious reports from Tripoli: Well who could have expected that? The British Foreign Office has told Brits living in Benghazi, the second biggest city in Libya, to get the hell out of there or risk becoming victims of a ‘credible’ terrorist threat.
Just to remind you, Benghazi was the cradle of the anti-Gaddafi revolution that Britain, along with other NATO countries and some dictatorships in the region, supported wholeheartedly – setting up a no-fly zone over Libya and bombing the s..t out of Gaddafi’s army – to protect the innocent civilians. This is also the same city where last year crazed Muslim fanatics whacked the American ambassador, along with three other US citizens, when they burnt down the US consulate there. Incidentally, the ambassador was raped before he was killed, a fact the US government does not like to mention when it talks about the incident and the way it had been handled by the White House and the State Department.
Just to deviate from the subject for a moment: that formidable woman, outgoing US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, delivered a powerful performance in US Congress the other day, explaining herself for the mess in Benghazi and North Africa generally. There was some fist banging on the table and a promise made to leave behind a safer environment for US diplomats to work in and the country as a whole. Mrs Clinton obviously had no problem avoiding mentioning that America’s role in the military intervention in Libya was not something to be very proud of and that extremists and radicals of all kinds were now running the show there. Just like most other Western politicians, who were so vocal during the revolution in Libya and the UN-backed attack against it but are now keeping mostly silent about the new ‘democratic’ regime that has a soft spot for all sorts of jihadists. Not to mention that arms from Libya are now in the possession of terrorist groups operating in Algeria and Mali and probably some other countries.
But back to the advice that the FO has come up with for Brits who are staying in liberated Benghazi and are now told to flee for their lives. Naturally, the Libyan government got very upset about this. Especially as other countries, including Germany and Holland, told their citizens to leave Benghazi at once, citing the British warning. The Libyans even said that they were going to ask London to explain itself. This sounds really funny, if you think about it. The dream of having a new democratic post-Gaddafi Libya has not really worked out for the West, now has it? Imagine how disappointed people like PM David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague must be. Such high hopes but reality has delivered its cruel verdict.
Would similar advice for British citizens to leave other ‘benefactors’ of the Arab Spring – where the British government was playing such an active part – follow? Would Egypt be next, or Tunisia, or Yemen? As in, sorry we thought the revolutions there were about people power, but it turned out that it was all about the Islamists taking everyone for a ride. Will be more careful in choosing our allies next time.
But will they really? Not a chance if we look at Syria where the West is creating a powder keg of Muslim extremism. No wonder Israel is so nervous. As a result of the West’s wise approach to the Arab Spring it now has to deal with twice as many nutters in power than before. And that is the same Israel that the West, America first and foremost, is protecting and supporting. With friends like that, as they say, who needs enemies?