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    It has been five months since the tricolour flag of post-Gaddafi Libya was first hoisted alongside the Union Jack at Bassingbourn, to mark the start of a training programme to give leadership skills to a total of 2,000 hand-picked Libyan cadets to help their war-torn country. Until yesterday, there were 236 Libyans at the base. But far from teaching leadership, it seems their sojourn to the UK had the opposite effect.

    Drunkenness, theft, violent clashes with British troops and in-fighting between the Libyans themselves had become an almost daily occurrence. More disturbing, allegations of a male rape and sexual attacks on three local woman are now being investigated. Meanwhile, the lanes and cul-de-sacs in the vicinity of the barracks have been teeming with police dispatched in an attempt to allay local fears.
    Residents were also assured the men had been ‘vetted in advance for medical, physical and behavioural suitability’.
    An angry David Cameron told the House of Commons that the Libyans’ conduct was unacceptable and insisted none of the cadets should be granted asylum here. He then said the Government programme to train Libya’s army would be scrapped and all the trainees deported.
    However, I do doubt that this change will have any significant impact on national policy: the camel can still carry more straw.

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      Here is another angle on the same story. The problems were entirely predictable and should have been handled better. There is no reason why the Lybian cadets should not have received a through going orientation before going off base. When in Rome, etc.
      http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/li...rn-uk-82136803

      It reminds me of the line from Apocalypse Now - “Mr. Clean... was from some South Bronx Edited by a Moderator and the light and space of Vietnam really put the zap on his head.”
      Last edited by Cow Poke; 11-09-2014, 04:58 PM.
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