We’ve seen ragtag militia driving to the front in cars, but hardly a single frame of one of the 26,000 NATO air missions which have laid waste to much of Libya. Radio reports speak of Sirte as a new Hiroshima, bombed out. As a letter to The Guardian said, there is a greater public visual record of the Crimean War than of this criminal war in Libya.
Pictures of Gaddafi’s bloodied body – clearly shot at very close range – show an execution. What next for Libya? The “rebels” will find it is easier to invite imperialism in than to get it to leave. Whatever Libya may have been under Gaddafi, it was not a plaything for foreign or fundamentalist interests, and it had better health and education provision than anywhere in northern Africa. The Libyan people now face a rough future, for which NATO and Cameron in particular, along with the “rebels”, are mainly to blame. Shame on us for permitting it. ■