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Political Rationale and International Consequences of the War in Libya$
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Dag Henriksen and Ann Karin Larssen

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198767480

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198767480.001.0001

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The War in Libya

The War in Libya

The Political Rationale for France

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Political Rationale and International Consequences of the War in Libya

François Heisbourg

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Without France’s political initiative, diplomatic activity, and military engagement, it is arguable that the war in Libya would not have taken place. France’s decision to promote and lead international intervention wasn’t the consequence of a non-existent colonial heritage, nor was it driven by narrow interests. Being on the right side of history, e.g. the Arab revolutions, the desire to turn the page on unsavoury prior involvement with Gaddafi’s regime, settling of old scores such as Libya’s invasion of Chad and the terrorist destruction of a French airliner with its passengers: these were some of the French government’s mixed motives, in addition to the strong determination to forestall a humanitarian disaster in Benghazi akin to that which occurred in Srebrenica fifteen years beforehand. Although the military operation was successful, its consequences have been baleful and will probably make France more diffident vis-à-vis future military engagement in the region.

Keywords:   France, Libya, intervention, Gaddafi, Chad, terrorist, humanitarian, Benghazi, Srebrenica

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