By M. Tahir Khan.
Its Obama’s turn, says Libya aftermath worst mistake of his presidency.
US President Barack Obama while giving an exclusive interview to FOX News admitted that worst mistake of his presidency was lack of planning for the aftermath of toppling of Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.
President Obama further stated “probably failing to plan for the day after what I think was the right thing to do in intervening in Libya. President Obama was answering multiple questions on the highs and lows of his presidency and said that plan was to protect civilians during the 2011 uprising, however after the Libyan leader was killed; Libya was plunged into chaos with militias taking over.
Earlier last year in October 2015 former British Prime Minister Tony Blair while giving interview to CNN’s Farid Zikaria on Iraq war said “I apologize for the fact that the intelligence we received was wrong”. He also apologized for failed planning in understanding of what once regime will be removed. During the interview Blair also accepted the argument that Iraq war was to blame for the rise of ISIS in Iraq. However, Tony Blair’s revelations were a move to prepare a ground for the publication of Chilcot inquiry into Iraq war by offering an apology.
Its not just a matter of giving apologies are admitting mistakes, whole nation and country was destroyed in both the cases of Iraq and Libya. Toppling the government took the whole country into war like situation. In Iraq, it’s over a decade now people are at war with itself and the rise of terrorist group like ISIS is something that is now shattering the peace of the whole world. Europe is also not safe as we had witnessed horrible terror attacks in recent months in Paris and Brussels. ISIS was behind all the terror activities in Europe, but the question arises what decisions bring the situation to this end.
Studies conducted by Universities of US, Canada and Iraq suggest that half a million people died in Iraq war between 2003 to 2011 as a result of war related causes. These death figures also include deaths caused by violent attacks between communities and subsequent insurgencies as well. However, Iraq situation is worse than ever before after rise of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, where government is fighting with militant groups. Islamic State’s strong presence in Iraq further highlighted the admission of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the use of intelligence that suggested Sadam Hussain had weapons of mass destruction are now proving wrong. Iraq war aftermath and continued insurgency is now threatening the peace of whole world and spreading into the different corners of the world.
If we look into the situation of Libya, its worse, after Arab Spring whole country is facing its first civil war which led to violence and instability across the country. The current civil war in Libya had resulted into tens of thousands of causalities since the death of Muammar Gaddafi.
In the same period after 2010 Arab Spring, Syria is also facing a civil war where militant groups in fight against government of Bashar ul Assad. Multiple groups including Islamic State, Al Nusra Front (An affiliate of Al Qaeda) and many other rebel groups supported by West are in fight against the government of Bashar ul Assad. People are living a miserable life, there is no food, no medicine everywhere there are signs of horror only.
Lastly, Afghanistan after a complete decade of US military presence, Kabul government is still facing severe problems to govern different parts of country. Taliban are in a firm position in Afghanistan taking the control of more and more territory each passing day. This can be evident from the fact that last year Afghan Taliban took control of northern city of Kunduz for many days and during their control Taliban destroyed government offices, facilities, seized military hardware, hunted opponents and freed prisoners, whereas Afghan forces had to seek the help of US forces to re capture the city. Furthermore, in the last six months Afghan forces had been withdrawn from two districts of Helmand including Musa Qala and Nawzad, which remained scene of British bloodshed in the province.
In the last two decades wherever United States and allies stepped in, whether it is Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan or Syria all countries are facing extreme circumstances, people are living miserable life, no one knows who is governing and controlling the territories. All these rogue states become heavens and nurseries for terrorist groups which are spreading all over the world.
Unfortunately there is no thought process for conflict resolution. There are only admissions and apologies from those who claimed that war is the only solution to it.