Cameron calls for international alliance to fight IS in Libya
Is Libya becoming a nightmare for Cameron?
David Cameron has vowed to send air strikes against Islamic State in Libya, Syria or anywhere in the world, if there is an imminent threat to the lives of Britons. ‘If there is a threat to Britain, to our people, our streets, and we are able to stop it by taking immediate action against that threat – I’m the British Prime Minister, I would always want to try and take that action and that’s the case whether that problem is emanating from Libya, from Syria or anywhere else,’ he said. Some observers may raise the question, why is he mentioning Syria? There is already a decision against IS in Syria in relation with airstrikes, is Cameron just seeking a way to get revenge for the 30 Britons that died in Sousse?
Cameron expressed his eagerness to utilize military action, as he said that the international community is venturing up endeavours to ‘put the squeeze’ on the ‘death cult’ called IS. In this case he is speaking on behalf of himself and the international community. At the beginning his four day tour of South-East Asia in Indonesia, he held talks with Joko Widodo the Indonesian President on how to tackle jihadists. Is the president trying to gain allies for the fight against IS in the Asian region?
Cameron said that he needed to work alongside allies in order to construct a stable government in the North African country. ‘We should be working and are working with other partners to help the new Libyan government as it gets formed. So that’s helping with advice and support and capacity-building in their government departments,’ he said. Some observers believe that the Cameron has a secret agenda hidden between the lines, so to speak, it seems as if Cameron is giving the Libyans an option, either, the dialogue succeeds and the country begins to form, in that case Britain will help the Libyans build the country, or if the dialogue fails, then Britain and the international community will use Libya as a battlefield to fight IS.
‘We should be working and are working with other partners to help the new Libyan government as it gets formed. So that’s helping with advice and support and capacity-building in their government departments,’ he said. Cameron then added ‘The problem in Libya has been they haven’t had a government that has been able to deliver, and that should be our focus. That is why, for instance, we tried helping with training military personnel, so we should go on doing all of these things.’
Cameron has made it clear that the military campaign to send air strikes to Libya is not being proposed by the UK against IS targets in Libya, however he reiterated his willingness and preparedness to act if necessary in an emergency.
Since the terrorist attack in Sousse, the activities of IS in Libya have been under the spotlight, with Rezgui, the gunman responsible for the attack, having spent time at an IS training camp in Libya. Cameron has stated that counter-terrorism will be a “big agenda item” on his four day tour in Asia. When in Indonesia, he said: ‘What can we do to co-operate together, what can we learn from moderate Muslim states like Indonesia and Malaysia, what can we help with in terms of counter-terrorism training and policing, how we can co-operate to keep our people safe.’
Last weekend, Cameron held talks with Ahmet Davutoğlu, the Turkish Prime Minister, as he welcomed the decision to undertake drastic action against IS in Syria. When commenting on this, he said, ‘I think it’s good that Turkey is stepping up its action against ISIL and ISIL targets. I think there is more we can do in terms of co-operation on counter-terrorism, particularly stopping foreign fighters from going through Turkey into Syria,’ he added, ‘I think, frankly, what’s happening is the pace is quickening and the pressure is growing on ISIL. You see that from what the Turks are doing but also Britain is keeping up the pace as well in terms of what we are doing in Iraq.’