Libya has been on its last legs for quite a while, but even those may be giving out. The country’s Foreign Minister pleaded with the UN Security Council for help protecting its oilfields and airports, lest the country descend into total chaos and become a “failed state.” Meanwhile, the UN has already removed its staff from the country as fierce fighting continues near the Tripoli airport. Reuters reports:
Libya’s Foreign Minister Mohamed Abdelaziz appealed to the council “to take the case of Libya seriously before it is too late,” making it clear that Libya’s central government is too weak to control the militias that helped oust late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.Tripoli International Airport has been a battlefield since fighters attacked it with heavy guns on Sunday to wrest control from a rival militia, while months of protests at oil fields and ports caused government revenues to collapse last year. […]“We are not asking for military intervention to protect the oil but we need teams – experts, trained people – to work with Libyans … so the Libyans can learn how to protect these strategic sites,” he said. […]“Should Libya become the failed state, kidnapped by radical groups and warlords, the consequences will be far reaching and perhaps could be beyond control,” he said.
Only three years after a brief and much ballyhooed Western intervention, the country is now on the brink of collapse. Maybe the Libyan state can’t be deemed a failure quite yet. But our foreign policy regarding it sure can.