Further to this post,
one really hopes the Western powers have learned some serious lessons from the course of events described in great and well-sourced detail in these two major NY Times articles:
1) THE LIBYA GAMBLE PART 1
Hillary Clinton, ‘Smart Power’ and a Dictator’s FallThe president was wary. The secretary of state was persuasive. But the ouster of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi left Libya a failed state and a terrorist haven.
2) THE LIBYA GAMBLE PART 2
A New Libya, With ‘Very Little Time Left’
The fall of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi seemed to vindicate Hillary Clinton. Then militias refused to disarm, neighbors fanned a civil war, and the Islamic State found refuge.