Never mind the rights or wrongs of becoming involved in Libya, the question for me is, ‘what happens after the military have achieved their objectives?’ I am hoping that the western world has not entered yet another conflict without an exit strategy.
Having done some work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to develop a programme for a joint police / military strategic steering group, I feel that I can speak with some authority on this issue.
It’s a difficult decision to enter into another country’s internal conflict, but it’s not one that should be made without a clear understanding of the strategic objectives and a ‘return to normality’ strategy. We didn’t have one in Bosnia, either of the Iraq wars or Afghanistan and I just have a fear that we could leave another nation struggling to recover after our ‘assistance’ has ended.
Hopefully I will be proved wrong – I hope so!