Marek Siwiec MEP on Poland & Europe

Yesterday Muammar Gaddafi joined the bloody collection of killed dictators. Today we can read a lot about the people’s anger, revenge on tyrants, etc.

Gaddafi would have ruled much longer if the countries of the West had not used the first opportunity to get rid of him. The dictator had the blood of his countrymen on his hands but his downfall was determined by another blood – the one of the Americans, the British… Even when he kept Tripoli under control, some “compromise proposals”, such as emigration to some place in Africa, were sent to him. But Gaddafi was convinced that he would mobilise a part of Libyans behind him. And he lost.

Yesterday’s escape was the last act which completed the downfall. Since February, 30 thousand people have been killed in Libya. Nobody counted the wounded people and the material damage. The country must be organised from scratch, unless the power after Gaddafi will be taken over by people who currently make up the majority of the Libyan National Council.

From this perspective, a question comes to mind. Had Poland taken a right decision not sending troops to Libya? I believe so, although you could hear about sulks from Paris and London. We would have been a militarily insignificant supplement to the coalition forces. And it would be hard to find someone to explain to the Polish public opinion that this was a just war.

Now we must all join forces to help rebuild the country. Once Poland was a major contractor of the local Libyan infrastructure. It would be worthwhile to return to those experiences in other conditions.

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