“Let the free people of the world know that
we could have bargained over and sold out
our cause in return for a personal secure and
stable life. We received many offers to this
effect but we chose to be at the vanguard of
the confrontation as a badge of duty and
honour. Even if we do not win immediately,
we will give a lesson to future generations
that choosing to protect the nation is an
honour and selling it out is the greatest
betrayal that history will remember forever
despite the attempts of the others to tell you
“Qaddafi website publishes ‘last will’ of Libyan ex-leader”, BBC
It took three decades for the United States government—spanning and
working assiduously over five different presidential administrations
(Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, Bush II , and Obama)—to terminate the 1969
Qaddafi Revolution, seize control over Libya’s oil fields, and
dismantle its Jamahiriya system. This book tells the story of what
happened, why it happened, and what was both wrong and illegal with
that from the perspective of an international law professor and
lawyer who tried for over three decades to stop it.
Boyle provides a comprehensive history and critique of American
foreign policy toward Libya from when the Reagan administration came
to power in January of 1981 up to the 2011 NA TO war on Libya that
ultimately achieved the US goal of regime change, and beyond.
He sets the record straight on the series of military conflicts
and crises between the United States and Libya over the Gulf of
Sidra, exposing the Reagan administration’s fraudulent claims of
Libyan instigation of international terrorism put forward over his
eight years in office.
Boyle reveals the inside story behind
the Lockerbie bombing cases against the United States and the United
Kingdom that he filed at the World Court for Colonel Qaddafi acting
upon his advice—and the unjust resolution of those disputes.
Deploying standard criteria of international law, Boyle analyzes and
debunks the UN R2P “responsibility to protect” doctrine and its
immediate predecessor,“humanitarian intervention”. He addresses how
R2P served as the basis for the NATO assault on Libya in 2011,
overriding the UN Charter commitment to state sovereignty and
prevention of aggression. The purported NATO protection in actuality
led to 50,000 Libyan casualties, and the complete breakdown of law
and order. And this is just the beginning. Boyle lays out the
ramifications: the destabilization of the Maghreb and Sahel, and the
French intervention in Mali—with the USA/NATO/Europe starting a new
imperial scramble for the natural resources of Africa.
book is not only a classic case study of the conduct of US foreign
policy as it relates to international law, but a damning indictment
of the newly-contrived R2P doctrine as legal cover for Western
intervention into thiird world countries.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Using International Law to Analyze
Foreign Policy Decision-Making.
The Confrontation Between the Reagan
over the Gulf of Sidra and Terrorism
The Reagan Administration’s Criminal Bombings of
Resolving the Lockerbie Dispute by
Responsibility to Protect (R2P) versus International
The 2011 U.S./NATO War Against Libya.
FRANCIS A. BOYLE is a leading American expert in international law.
He was responsible for drafting the Biological Weapons
Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, the American implementing legislation
for the 1972 Biological Weapons Convention. He served on the Board
of Directors of Amnesty International (1988-1992), and represented
Bosnia-Herzegovina at the World Court. He served as legal adviser to
the Palestinian Delegation to the Middle East peace negotiations
from 1991 to 1993.
In 2007, he delivered the Bertrand Russell Peace Lectures. Professor
Boyle teaches international law at the University of Illinois,
Champaign and is author of, inter alia, The Future of International
Law and American Foreign Policy, Foundations of World Order,
The Criminality of Nuclear Deterrence,
Palestine, Palestinians and International Law,
Destroying World Order,
Biowarfare and Terrorism,
Tackling America's Toughest Problems, and
The Tamil Genocide by Sri Lanka.
He holds a Doctor of Law Magna Cum Laude as well as a Ph.D. in
Political Science, both from Harvard University.
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