The UK political and media classes are struggling at the moment about how to manage public opinion on Libya. The grisly murder of 21 Egyptian Copts on a Mediterranean beach has brought the situation in Libya to the fore.
They must have been hoping that people were not paying attention to the total mess Libya is in. The “official” (Western backed) government has fled the capital to a location in the East. At one point they were based in a boat off-shore. The capital, Tripoli, is in the hands of a group with support from Misrata. The rest of the country is awash with rival militias and militant Islamic groups. There is no security and no functioning government. Libya is a failed state. And, as the political class admits, failed states provide a space for terrorism.
Even more so than Iraq, the connection between a ham-fisted regime change operation and subsequent chaos is plain for all to see. It cannot be denied.
Do I regret that Britain played our role in getting rid of Gaddafi and coming to the aid of that nation when Gaddafi was going to murder his own citizens in Benghazi? No I don’t.
It was the right thing for Britain to do. Gaddafi was no friend of our country – the Semtex given to the IRA has done a huge amount of damage in our country
This, incidentally, is an open admission that Britain does not believe in the UN. The campaign to effect regime change was carried out under a UN resolution  which permitted military force to defend civilians. At the time it was re-interpreted by then Foreign Secretary William Hague to sanction a campaign to eliminate Gadaffi. On the creative grounds that “Gadaffi was the threat to civilians so protecting civilians means any action against his forces.” But the coalition did not bomb to defend civilians