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We Must Hold Firm on Libya

Civilian deaths have led to doubts over Nato’s Libya campaign. Yet to stop now would be a huge defeat for humanitarian order

Article by David Owen, published in The Guardian, Thursday, 23 June, 2011

Nato’s operation in the air over Libya started on 19 March under a UN resolution and at the specific request of the Arab League. Its immediate effect was to ensure that Benghazi was not overrun by …


Extract from Nuclear Papers

Extract from Lord Owen’s book, Nuclear Papers (Liverpool University Press, 2009)

Some Republicans are trying to attack President Obama for his decisions in the nuclear field in the mistaken belief that they represent weakness in the face of Russian protests. I do not believe that this criticism can be sustained on any rational basis. Click here to read the full extract…


Declare Misrata A Safe Haven

Article on Libya by The Rt Hon Lord Owen Published in the The Times Tuesday, 19 April 2011

When I first advocated on Monday, 21 February a no-fly-zone over Libya to protect Libyan citizens from the overwhelming military superiority of the Gaddafi regime, liberation forces were in control of most of the cities and towns that bordered the Mediterranean coast apart from Tripoli.


Lord Owen on the Tory government’s “schizophrenic” approach to the Middle East crises

Published in the Daily Mirror Friday, 18 March 2011

If you are watching the crises unfold throughout the Middle East, Britain’s approach might seem ­schizophrenic.

While the UK’s official response to crackdown in Libya was vocal against the Libyan authorities and in favour of the rebels, in Bahrain the response has been almost mute by ­comparison.

In part this is becauseof vested reasons Britain has deep interests in ­maintaining links …


Our shameful mishandling of evil

Published in the Sunday Times Sunday, 27 February 2011

For now the priority must be safeguarding the people of Libya, but Western powers must take a long, hard look at how it got this far at all

The appalling handling of Gadaffi since he came to power in 1969 raises some fundamental questions. In the next few weeks, the priority must be to safeguard people’s lives in Libya. National governments …