The first regime change promoted by the UN was overthrowing the Gadaffi regime. Now, the UN is trying to overthrow both the internationally recognized government the House of Representatives (HoR) and the rival General National Congress (GNC).
|There is always a moral narrative to go along with these regime change moves. In the case of overthrowing Gadaffi, it was Gadaffi's repression of rebels and bombing of his own people. It may be that the international community was hoping the new government would be easier to deal with on issues of oil. There was a UN resolution in 2011 that froze the assets of Gadaffi and his inner circle and also restricted their travel. Later, there was a resolution supporting a no-fly zone, justified by a claimed "responsibility to protect." This moral justification was used as a fig leaf to cover bombing clearly designed to degrade Gadaffi's fighting capacity. It took out all air defenses and destroyed most of his air force. Eventually the rebels were able to prevail and Gadaffi was killed.|
Libya's U.N.-backed Presidential Council called on Saturday on the country's institutions to begin a transfer of authority to a unity government, and appealed to the international community to stop dealing with any rival powers.The press will never point out this move is not legal and violates the LPA that established the GNA. It will not matter. There will be a huge chorus of cheerleaders praising this great leap forward into disaster. As Reuters points out it is not clear when a unity government can move to Tripoli given that some militia may try to stop them from operating and some temporary security officials have already been briefly arrested.