This reports have been out there for months—African migrants in Libya are being sold as slaves in open-air markets.
But it only reached the wider public consciousness recently after CNN obtained video of humans being auctioned off like cattle in an undisclosed part of Tripoli.
While the situation is multifaceted and difficult to parse, some people are certainly more to blame than others—the Libyan slave dealers, of course, and the people that allow such monstrous acts to happen on their watch.
But as I write from the United States, it’s appropriate to point fingers at the guilty parties closer to home—the architects of America’s Libyan intervention which overthrew the Moammar Gadhafi regime and intensified Libya’s descent into the chaos from which it has yet to recover. I’m talking about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Obama has called the follow up to America’s Libya intervention “his worst mistake” pointing out that they had utterly failed to plan for what happened after Gadhafi’s removal.
According to the Atlantic, he’s been known to refer to the whole Libyan episode as a “shit show.” To be clear, he’s not sorry for leading the NATO regime change squad, just the inaction afterwards
Here are some videos of the slaves being held: –