Baird was deaf to impending Libyan collapse

Given the tribal divisions, plus the criminal and extremist elements among the rebels, it did not take a genius to foresee that chaos and bloodshed would ensue once Gaddafi was gone.

Foreign Minister John Baird, second from right, beside Canada's then-ambassador to Libya, Sandra McCardell, right, greeting staff from Canada's mission to Tripoli on Oct. 11, 2011.
Scott Taylor
Published: Tuesday, 08/05/2014 5:20 pm EDT
Last Updated: Tuesday, 08/05/2014 7:18 pm EDT

Over the past few weeks, the escalating violence in Libya has pushed its way back into world headlines. The scenes are shocking: billowing plumes of smoke from raging oil fires; wrecked, charred civilian aircraft scattered on the tarmac at the Tripoli International Airport; and columns of refugees hastening to flee the battle zones.

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