Rebels rested Wednesday after seizing Qawalish, a village in western Libya. The battle reflected their strengths and weaknesses. Bryan Denton for The New York Times
Christopher J. Fettweis, National Interest: Don't Blame NATO for Libya
The United States vastly overestimates the amount of control it can exert over the troubled, deeply divided societies of the Middle East.
In mid-March 2011, as Libyan government troops were closing in on Benghazi, the de facto capital of the rebellion that had started the month before, NATO decided to act. Its bombardment, which followed votes of support in the Arab League and UN Security Council, turned the tide of war. Seven months later Muammar el-Qaddafi was dead and his regime in tatters. Once this initial intervention came to a close, outsiders seemed to lose interest in the future of Libya. Despite initial optimism, no successor government has been able to unify the country’s various ethnic groups, tribes and fundamentalists. Now, five years after the fall of the tyrant, Libya is one of four failed states in the Arab world, and no end to its suffering is in sight.
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WNU editor: There is a lot of blame that can go around on why Libya is a failed state .... the U.S./NATO intervention in 2011 included.