August 24, 2011
Since the West’s botched invasion of Iraq, general consensus has had it that Western military intervention doesn’t work. Afghanistan, Somalia, Palestine and the war on terror all but turned the simplistic conclusion into incontrovertible fact.
But around that time an ignored body of counter examples began to emerge. Far from being lost or unwinnable, the war on terror was making significant gains. Cells were being dismantled through sophisticated intelligence, or literally being torn apart by drones. Vows to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden and other top al-Qaeda leaders had amounted to little. In Somalia, amid the specter of Black Hawk Down, al-Shabaab was losing ground to western-backed African troops.
The campaign to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi thus emerged as an intriguing test case. Read the rest of this entry »