[News] How the West won Libya
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Fri Oct 21 11:34:04 EDT 2011
THE ROVING EYE
How the West won Libya
By Pepe Escobar
They are fighting over the carcass as vultures. The French Ministry
of Defense said they got him with a Rafale fighter jet firing over
his convoy. The Pentagon said they got him with a Predator firing a
Hellfire missile. After a wounded Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sought
refuge in a filthy drain underneath a highway - an eerie echo of
Saddam Hussein's "hole" - he was found by Transitional National
Council (TNC) "rebels". And then duly executed.
Abdel-Jalil Abdel-Aziz, a Libyan doctor who accompanied Gaddafi's
body in an ambulance and examined it, said he died from two bullets,
one to the chest, one to the head.
The TNC - which has peddled lies, lies and more lies for months -
swears he died in "crossfire". It may have been a mob. It may
have been Mohammad al-Bibi, a 20-year-old sporting a New York Yankees
baseball cap who posed to the whole world brandishing Gaddafi's
golden pistol; his ticket perhaps to collect the hefty $20 million
dangled as the bounty for Gaddafi "dead or alive".
It gets curioser and curioser when one remembers that this is exactly
what US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her lightning visit to
Tripoli, had announced less than 48 hours before; Gaddafi should be
"captured or killed". The Fairy Queenie satisfied Clinton's wishes,
who learned about it by watching the screen of a BlackBerry - and
reacting with the semantic earthquake "Wow!"
To the winners, the spoils. They all did it; the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization (NATO), the Pentagon and the TNC. From the minute
a United Nations resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya became
a green card to regime change, plan A was always to capture and kill
him. Targeted assassination; that's Barack Obama administration
official policy. There was no plan B.
Let me bomb you to protection
As for how R2P ("responsibility to protect" civilians), any doubters
should cling to the explanation by NATO's secretary general Anders
Fogh Rasmussen; "NATO and our partners have successfully implemented
the historic mandate of the United Nations to protect the people of
Libya." Anyone who wants to check NATO's protection of civilians just
needs to jump on a pick-up truck and go to Sirte - the new Fallujah.
Reactions have been quite instructive. TNC bureaucrat Abdel Ghoga
went Colosseum in the Roman Empire, saying, "The revolutionaries have
got the head of the tyrant."
United States President Barack Obama said the death of Gaddafi means
"we are seeing the strength of American leadership across the world".
That's as "we got him" as one can possibly expect, also considering
that Washington paid no less than 80% of the operating costs of those
dimwits at NATO (over $1 billion - which Occupy Wall Street could
well denounce would be more helpful creating jobs in the US).
Strange, now, to say "we did it", because the White House always said
this was not a war; it was a "kinetic" something. And they were not in charge.
It was up to that majestic foreign policy strategist, US Vice
President Joe Biden, to be starkly more enlightening than Obama; "In
this case, America spent $2 billion and didn't lose a single life.
This is more the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go
forward than it has in the past."
World, you have been warned; this is how the empire will deal with
you from now on.
Feel my humanitarian love
So congratulations to the "international community" - which as
everyone knows is composed of Washington, a few washed-up NATO
members, and the democratic Persian Gulf powerhouses of Qatar and the
United Arab Emirates (UAE). This community, at least, loved the
outcome. The European Union (EU) hailed "the end of an era of
despotism" - when up to virtually Thursday they were caressing the
helm of Gaddafi's gowns; now they are falling over themselves in
editorials about the 42-year reign of a "buffoon".
Gaddafi would have been a most inconvenient guest of the
International Criminal Court in The Hague, as he would have relished
recalling all the hand-kissing, the warm embraces and the juicy deals
the West was begging to clinch after he was promoted from "Mad Dog"
(Ronald Reagan) to "our bastard". He would also relish detailing all
the shady backgrounds of those opportunists now posing as
"revolutionaries" and "democrats".
As for the concept of international law, it lies in a drain as filthy
as the one Gaddafi was holed up in. Iraqi dictator Saddam at least
got a fake trial in a kangaroo court before meeting the executioner.
Osama bin Laden was simply snuffed out, assassination-style, after a
territorial invasion of Pakistan. Gaddafi went one up, snuffed out
with a mix of air war and assassination.
Power vultures are congesting the skies. London-based Mohammed El
Senussi, the heir to the Libyan throne (King Idris was overthrown in
1969) is ready for his close-up, having already established that he
"is a servant to Libyan people, and they decide what they want".
Translation; I want the throne. He's obviously the favorite candidate
of the counter-revolutionary House of Saud.
And what about those Washington think-tank donkeys mumbling that this
was the Arab Spring's "Ceausescu moment"? If only the Romanian
dictator had improved his country's standard of living - in terms of
free healthcare, free education, incentives for the newlywed, etc -
by a fraction of what Gaddafi did in Libya. Plus the fact that
Nicolae Ceausescu was not deposed by NATO "humanitarian" bombing. v
Only the brain dead may have swallowed the propaganda of NATO's
"humanitarian" 40,000-plus bombing - which devastated Libya's
infrastructure back to the Stone Age (Shock and Awe in slow motion,
anyone?). This never had anything to do with R2P - the relentless
bombing of civilians in Sirte proves it.
As the top four BRIC members knew it even before the voting of UN
Resolution 1973, it was about NATO ruling the Mediterranean as a NATO
lake, it was about Africom's war against China and setting up a key
strategic base, it was about the French and the Brits getting juicy
contracts to exploit Libya's natural resources to their benefit, it
was about the West setting the narrative of the Arab Spring after
they had been caught napping in Tunisia and Egypt.
Listen to the barbaric whimpers
Welcome to the new Libya. Intolerant Islamist militias will turn the
lives of Libyan women into a living hell. Hundreds of thousands of
Sub-Saharan Africans - those who could not escape - will be
ruthlessly persecuted. Libya's natural wealth will be plundered. That
collection of anti-aircraft missiles appropriated by Islamists will
be a supremely convincing reason for the "war on terror" in northern
Africa to become eternal. There will be blood - civil war blood,
because Tripolitania will refuse to be ruled by backward Cyrenaica.
As for remaining dictators everywhere, get a life insurance policy
from NATO Inc; Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, Tunisia's Zine al-Abidine Ben
Ali and Yemen's Ali Abdullah Saleh were clever enough to do it. We
all know there will never be R2P to liberate the Tibetans and
Uyghurs, or the people in that monster gulag Myanmar, or the people
in Uzbekistan, or the Kurds in Turkey, or the Pashtuns on both sides
of the imperially drawn Durand Line.
We also know that change the world can believe in will be the day
NATO enforces a no-fly one over Saudi Arabia to protect the Shi'ites
in the eastern province, with the Pentagon launching a Hellfire
carpet over those thousands of medieval, corrupt House of Saud princes.
It won't happen. Meanwhile, this is the way the West ends; with a
NATO bang, and a thousand barbaric, lawless whimpers. Disgusted? Get
a Guy Fawkes mask and raise hell.
Pepe Escobar is the author of
How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books,
Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book,
just out, is
does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).
He may be reached at pepeasia at yahoo.com.
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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