Foreign Policy: Libya Can't Save Itself

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Our Comment:

The authors of this article, both advocates of a strong Italian Tripoli based role on Libya, are wrong to suggest that Britain should have another attempt to try and fix Libya. Both Italy and Britain neocolonial meddling is not likely to be perceived favorably in Libya. The argument made by the authors that this British role is appropriate because of the recent Brexit is

incomprehensible and absurd. The suggestion that the Sukheirat negotiated Libyan agreement is a failed product of the UN alone is to categorically deny the clumsiness of the British, French and Italians as key maneuverers of this agreement and their failure to effectively support it or to deal with its disastrous sequences in Libya. Not withstanding the importance of keeping Libya and its key Libyan institutions unified, to simplify the complexities of the Libyan conflicts and to suggest that Tripoli should continue to be the most essential element of stability for the country by in-part continuing to centralize the Tripoli location of the Central bank, the National Oil Company and other national investment corporations is to ignore Libyan history and the recent re-emergence of political and military influence of the historic province of Cyrenaica, frequently referred to as the &qu