Former President Obama have to convince President Trump to launch another intervention in Libya to restore sanity and halt the on going genocide there.
CNN on 14 November published a video of an alleged black Africans being auctioned to the highest bidder in Libya, since then global media outlets and social sites has been awash with discourse of the Libyan slave trade.
Libya used to be a save passage for migrants striving to cross the Mediterranean enroute to Europe, but as no central authority exist in the country today, the once relative safe passage became an eternal purgatory. Explaining the ordeal of those trapped within these hell on earth, Leonard Doyle from the International Organization for Migration, explained that captured migrants are first robbed, held hostage and tortured, during which money is extorted from their families, and are then sold into slavery, for as low as $400.
But who is to be blamed?
On April 10, 2016, Fox News Chris Wallace asked President Obama about his worst mistake as a president, his reply, “Probably failing to plan for the day after, what I think was the right thing to do, in intervening in Libya.” Such expression was recurring for the president who was arguably hoodwinked into unleashing the US might on Libya, on several occasions president Obama expressed regret for what he considered a ‘shit show,’ in reference to the Libyan intervention.
A meticulous piece by Jo Becker and Scott Shane for the New York Times explained how the US was dragged to lead the NATO intervention in Libya, an expedition concocted by the Arabs, France and Britain, which eventually led to a military actions that helped Libyan rebels topple Muammar el-Qaddafi.
Since toppling Qaddafi, more people have been killed or displaced and many of them are blacks (Both Libyans and Migrants,) generally suspected to be mercenaries and sympathetic to Qaddafi.
While it took few weeks for NATO to launch a military action in Libya, it has taken SEVEN years for the world to realize that atrocities were being committed by the so-called liberators from Benghazi, yet no serious action is in motion to address the situation.
Yesterday, in an emergency session of the UN Security Council, Francois Delattre, France’s ambassador to the UN urged the Security Council to impose sanctions on the people involved in Libya’s trade of African refugees and migrants, and that’s about it. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/11/considers-sanctions-fight-libya-slave-trade-171128183838460.html
At this point, there is no use for UN sessions that ends in elaborate speeches without action. In fact, I think Obama should spearhead another intervention in Libya to restore a bit of sanity and to halt the genocide blacks. Especially as he is adore in the west, I suppose he has the ears of NATO leaders.
He should also consider working convincing Trump to act, compare with the carnage in Libya, Trump and Obama’s political differences is trivial. In fact Trump would be happy to receive such overture from his predecessor, also he is more likely to engage another Libya intervention if Obama is involved, at least that would minimize the risk of political backlash.
Just as the hasty push for intervention was forced on Africans who unfortunately and pathetically had no say in what happens in their continent, similar forceful push is imperative to stop further dehumanization of the impoverished migrants by Libyan tribal and gang leaders.