Part of that failure was a lack of consideration of the makeup of the Libyan population, said University of Texas political scientist Alan J. Kuperman, author of "The Limits of Humanitarian Intervention."
"The fundamental error by the White House and NATO was to imagine that the Libyan people were united in opposition to Gadhafi," he said.
"In reality, Libya is divided along lines of clan and tribe, some of whom benefit greatly from Gadhafi, and therefore defend him fiercely," he said. "Any expert on ethnic conflict and intervention could have told the White House that ahead of time."Why do we do this sort of thing over and over and over? We charge into a region utterly unaware of the history or the state of affairs on the ground, backing people we don't know a damn thing about in a cause that was lost from Day One. You're telling me that I could see it coming but the professionals in Washington, London, and Paris couldn't? Unlikely. They were blinded by ... well, I don't know by what ... oil? the Arab spring? revenge? Instead they blundered into yet another "quick" war that never turns out that way.
What a waste! Karl Marx had it right when he said that history repeats itself, first as tragedy then as farce.