However, those very countries members of the North Atlantic Alliance, are now very worried about the proliferation of conventional weapons in Libya. There are reports of children as young as 13 carrying weapons in Tripoli and the new authorities share their concerns that many of the weapons looted from government storages may have fallen “in the wrong hands”. CNN, in the voice and image of courageous Sarah, who defying the rain of bullet shells of the celebratory fire, broadcast live how rebels forced their way into Bab al-Aziziya, Gaddafi’s fortified compound, and paraded an array of weapons for the cameras as she praised their bravery.
|Rebels walk out of Gaddafi's compound with their hands full|
So the legacy of NATO’s intervention on behalf of the imperialistic greed of western powers is very simple: the shameful precedent that it is licit to change governments at will anywhere in the world, and that the rule of force is the appropriate means of resolving conflicts. That military intervention, ‘to save innocent lives’ in the form of thousands of air raids and the ulterior involvement of boots, leaves another destabilized country in the Middle East, a region that is under a deep crisis.
It rests to see how soon Libya becomes another Iraq and/or Afghanistan, adding to the distressing reality of those countries its own string of suicide bombings, desolation, death and destruction, all courtesy of NATO.