Libya, Terrorism and British Values

In the recent article, British Values: Real and Imagined, Dan Glazebrook challenges David Cameron's oft repeated claim that British values are special. Cameron qualifies them as freedom of speech, democracy, the rule of law, etc, to which Glazebrook lays down in the article a number of signposts in British history that fall well short of the current Prime Minister's lofty claim, not least, Cameron's direct involvement in the taking down of Muammar Gadaffi's government in Libya in 2012.

Glazebrook refers to David Cameron's recent comments about the brutal attack on visitors to the Bardo museum in Tunisia last month. Do British values, “In the end” .. “our values – freedom of speech, democracy, the rule of law – … will win through”, mean that the Tunis attacks were a direct result of [ Cameron's] fateful decision in 2011 to turn Libya over to a hotchpotch of ultra-sectarian and racist death squads, who then trained the Bardo attackers?

This was of course conveniently glossed over. But this theme – of Cameron’s dogged pursuance of his British values in the face of an Islamist onslaught – has been trotted out every time any European joins the tens of thousands of Libyan, Nigerian, Malian, Syrian, Algerian, and Iraqi victims of his policy of recruiting sectarian militants as tools of regime change.

Today the once relatively peaceful and prosperous Libya has been labelled a failed state and is now home to the world's largest loose arms cache. James and Joanne Moriarty's website, Libyan War the Truth, is one of the better sources to get information about Libya today. Through their work in the country they give direct updates from the Tribes/the people of Libya. Their story of what really happened Libya in 2012 is a compelling one.

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