It didn’t take a genius to predict that military intervention to ensure the over throw of Muamar Ghadafi would result in civil war and destabilise the whole region. It did in Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen and every place that Western Politicians have decided to show the world that they have stones for a fight.
But to wilfully ignore the advice of those whose job it is to know these things is criminal negligence on a massive scale. But that is just what John Baird and Stephen Harper did.
Just days before, however, Canadian intelligence specialists sent a briefing report shared with senior officers. “There is the increasing possibility that the situation in Libya will transform into a long-term tribal/civil war,” they wrote in their March 15, 2011 assessment. “This is particularly probable if opposition forces received military assistance for foreign militaries.”
Every death in Libya since our F18s went in and removed the stabilising, albeit brutal, influence of Gaddafi is on Harper and Baird’s hands and they can’t say that they weren’t told. Most amateurs can trace a direct line from the training and equipping of Afghanis to fight the Soviets in the 80s to the emergence of Al Qaeda and ISIS today; via Iraq and Afghanistan and now Libya and possible Syria with Iran in the crosshairs.
When politicians ignore military intelligence to engage in image building exercises then they should be called out on it. And that is precisely what Harper and Baird did. They messed up to such a degree that the mission was widely ridiculed in Military Intelligence circles.
Some officers in the Canadian Forces tried to raise concerns early on in the war that removing Gadhafi would play into the hands of Islamic extremists, but military sources say those warnings went unheeded. Later, military members would privately joke about Canada’s CF-18s being part of “al-Qaida’s air force,” since their bombing runs helped to pave the way for rebel groups aligned with the terrorist group.
The closet coward and his effete side-kick of a foreign minister needs to be dragged in front of a court and charged with aiding and abetting a terrorist organisation, because that is just what they did.
Everytime you see ISIS kill groups in Libya in the future remember that those deaths were avoidable and it was Harper and Baird who, in large part, enabled it allowed it to happen.
“Lions led by lambs” is a common enough phrase, but in this case it really doesn’t cover it. I wish that there was an animal that had the following characteristics – ignorance, intolerance, pride, cowardice, stupidity, spinelessness and a lack of empathy. But the only place that such a beast exists is in the Conservative Party of Canada.