Hot on the heels of the Iraq enquiry we have a scathing, albeit mercifully shorter, report from the parliamentary foreign affairs committee on British intervention in Libya.
The report concludes that the results are hauntingly similar to those in Iraq and include “political and economic collapse, inter-militia and inter-tribal warfare, humanitarian and migrant crises, widespread human rights violations, the spread of Gaddafi regime weapons across the region and the growth of Isil [Islamic State] in north Africa”.
The finger of blame for these achievements is pointed squarely at David Cameron, who refused to give evidence to the committee, and chimes with President Barack Obama’s analysis that the intervention was a “shitshow”.
I couldn’t agree more.
There has been no report into Afghanistan (yet) but it’s impossible to avoid the parallels: political and economic collapse; inter-militia and inter-tribal warfare; humanitarian and migrant crises; widespread human rights violations; the spread of US supplied weapons across the region; and the growth of Isil [Islamic State].
SPIN ZHIRA: Old Man in Helmand is the unauthorised, unvarnished and irreverent story of one man’s midlife crisis on the front line of the most dangerous district in Afghanistan where the locals haven’t forgiven the British for the occupation of 1842 or for the Russian Invasion of 1979. Of course, all infidels look the same so you can’t really tell them apart.