The recent attempt by an “autonomist” militia in Libya to smuggle an oil shipment out of the country only served to highlight the dramatic challenges fueling regional and international concern as Libya’s domestic strife threatens to spin out of control.
But the interception, last Sunday, by U.S. Navy Seals of the “Morning Glory” tanker, after it left the port of al-Sidr, showed that Western powers were not going to sit idly by as Libya turns into a Somalia-on-the Mediterranean. Three days after the U.S. raid, the U.N. Security Council drove the point further by adopting a resolution authorizing member nations to seize illicit oil shipments from Libya. The resolution pointed out that the illegal export of Libyan oil “undermines the government of Libya and poses a threat to the peace, security and stability of Libya.”
Three years after the fall of the Qaddafi regime, there does not seem to be a process to resolve political, economic, regional and tribal conflicts peacefullyOussama Romdhani