Libya Post-Qaddafi: Lurching from One Crisis to Another

(Los Angeles Times) Nabih Bulos - On paper, Libya should be booming. It's one of the world's top 10 countries in oil reserves. It has more than a thousand miles of coastline on the Mediterranean. And it serves as a vital conduit linking Africa, Europe and the Middle East. But since the Arab Spring revolutions in 2011, when rebel forces, augmented by NATO airstrikes and enforcement of a no-fly zone, toppled the country's longtime ruler, Col. Muammar Qaddafi, the northern African nation has lurched from one crisis to another. As the fighting stretches into its eighth week, it threatens to plunge the country into yet another all-out civil war, its third since Qaddafi was ousted and later killed in October 2011. It's hard to say who the good guys are. The cast of characters on both sides includes fighters and commanders sanctioned by the U.N. or indicted by the International Criminal Court. What's the reaction of the U.S.? In a word, confused.

2019-05-29 00:00:00

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