Less is more: Libya

Rory Stewart on the outcome in Libya has this to say as his conclusion of an article on Libya

Libya is still very fragile. If there is peace, it is not because of the new government, it is because the criminals and spoilers are staying at home. Policing is largely coming from ‘local committees’: groups of armed men from neighbourhoods, from very young to very old, some connected to mosques, many not. Committees may not disarm, there may be fights between tribes. Islamists may become more powerful. There will be incompetence and corruption and human rights abuses. And a powerful international lobby will urge the West to ‘solve these problems’: to send thousands of consultants under the slogans of ‘state-building’ and ‘capacity-building’, or even to send our troops for ‘stabilisation’. That we must resist. There is a real limit to how much the West knows about Libya, still less to how much we can do to fix fundamental structural problems if they emerge. Meanwhile, Libya is not a threat to its people or its neighbours. Too many Western ‘advisers’ risk making things worse: making the government appear like a foreign puppet; stirring Islamist resentment; raising expectations we cannot meet. We would soon be trapped by our guilt at lost lives, and deter Libyans from taking responsibility for their own future – to their detriment and ours. In Libya, as in much of the world, when it comes to foreign involvement: less is more.

Less is more: Libya.

Reports Lockerbie Bomber Al-Megrahi Has Died

SKY reports Al-Megrahi has died.

I’m glad Scotland released him. If he had died here he would have become a martyr.

UPDATE: Adam Boulton says Sky still trying to verify details. Apparently Scottish Lawyer has said he spoke to Abdel Basset al-Megrahi earlier today.

Reports Lockerbie Bomber Al-Megrahi Has Died, Sky Sources | World News | Sky News.

Disagree with MacAskill – Not the Snippy SNP’s

Tom Harris has observed something that has been very evident out in the Blogging World ever since Kenny MacAskill released Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi on “compassionate” grounds.  Yes ,many  SNP bloggers and commentators are  behaving like snippy SNP’s, nothing you say or do is right unless you agree with the Sainted Kenny.

I have already said that I agree with his decision but just not his reasons so I haven’t been that bothered with them either here or elsewhere, but others who have dared to comment or argue about the case have been the subject of at  times what seems like co-ordinated bad-mouthing from some sections of the SNP. It’s almost as if they have something to hide….

Disagree with MacAskill? Then you’re not ‘right’ | And another thing….