Great Britain comes back to the North Africa

The situation of the British commanders being involved in the civil war in Libya is a little bit strange.

We can try to understand why the western coalition tries to play some role in a civil war where al-Qaeda troops in Benghazi attack the Libyan leader Gaddafi. If it is a traditional for Libya war of Cyrenaica against Tripolitania, it is not clear why this new imperialistic style game must be interesting for London, also for Washington, for Paris. We can understand why Riyadh and Doha provoked the UN sanctions, we most or less understand Nicolas Sarkozy with his discussion with the Gaddafi clan about 50 million dollars, but we cannot really understand which is the British role: Libya was not a colony of Great Britain, British companies have not there such interests as Italian or French. More than that, after Afghanistan, after Iraq, it is impossible to understand why the new government of David Cameron tries to play a so active role in anti-Gaddafi coalition.

Anyway if the British troops are involved in the civil war, it means that Great Britain comes back to the North Africa, and we cannot understand and make prognosis whether it will be as a result some special page of the British history, as it was when field marshal Montgomery attacked Rommel under El Alamein or the page of shame like the operation against Gamal Abdel Nasser in Egypt when France, Great Britain and Israel tried to operate on Sinai in the war of 1956. More or less it looks like the last case rather than the first.

[Source: By Yevgeny Satanovsky, The Voice of Russia, Moscow. 20Apr11. Yevgeny Satanovsky, President of the Institute for Oriental Studies at the Russian Academy of Sciences.]

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