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How to take responsibility after a war?

Going to war and dropping 588 bombs across a country means that you have a "special responsibility" to help afterwards.

The Norwegian narrative of the Libya war has changed significantly. From an almost unison understanding that the war was right and good in 2011, it has become clearer and clearer in recent years that the war was both unnecessary and disastrously unthinkable. The price is still being paid by the Libyans themselves: From being one of Africa's most prosperous countries, the country now, almost eight years after NATO bombing, is still characterized by chaos, crime and regional divide. If there is a state in North Africa that today deserves the term "failed state", it must be Libya.

Much has been written in the past about how to prevent such wars in the future in the best possible way. For example, some have demanded open-ended treatment if Norway is to participate in war. Others, including the Petersen Committee, which this fall released its report on the war, have proposed to set up groups in the civil service that will be tasked with promoting countermeasures and "checklists" to politicians along the way.

Alt dette er gode forslag, vi bør . . .

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ivar@norgesfredsrad.no
Vangen works in the Norwegian Peace Council.

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