As the relaease of Megrahi demonstrated, the UK is more interested in Libyan oil than in treating the regime as it deserves. Therefore I assume that the government's new hawkishness means that they believe Gaddafi is finished and will not survive the revolt against him. Either that or the coalition is so much more principled than the last government that they don't care about BP's investments.
Still for all the criticism of the cosying up to Gadaffi over the years, surely the regime would be far more dangerous if it still had a WMD programme.
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