James Forsyth James Forsyth

The Gaddafi family should be regarded as legitimate targets

David Cameron became most animated on the Andrew Marr show this morning when the subject of Libya came up. It was clear that he remains passionately convinced that the course he has taken is the right thing to have done.

The Prime Minister refused to comment on the Gaddafi regime’s claim that one of Gaddafi’s children had been killed in a Nato airstrike and wouldn’t be drawn on the question of whether the government considers the Gaddafi family legitimate targets. But given that, as Cameron himself noted, the Gaddafi family is running the military operation and ordering moves against civilians then they surely are legitimate targets. Also if the allied war aim is now regime change—as Cameron, Sarkozy and Obama declared in their recent joint letter—then there can be no end to the conflict until Gaddafi leaves Libya or is killed. 

One thing worth noting is that the Seif Gaddafi the Libyan regime are saying has died is not the Seif Gaddafi who went to the LSE.

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