EuroTopics – The West Repeats Old Mistakes in Libya

The West runs the risk of making the same mistakes with the reconstruction of Libya as it did in Iraq and Afghanistan, writes the conservative daily Magyar Nemzet: “The tasks include training the local police and army (the former members of the military are well trained but politically unreliable), preparing the future political elite for the transition to democracy and guaranteeing security with the blue helmets. Unfortunately this strategy is by and large the same as the one used in Iraq and Afghanistan. And just like in these countries, the West is now disregarding local particularities and the influence of the tribes in Libya. Furthermore it steadfastly believes that the rebels are ardent revolutionaries, Rambo-like on the outside but Herman Van Rompuy-like on the inside, and that they will never forget who they have to thank for their power.” (01/09/2011)

» full article (external link, Hungarian)

No surprise at all on this one.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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