Gaddafii is a tyrant no friend of the oppressed. He came to power in a military coup against a King installed and put in place by the departing British/French in 1952. It was in 1969 Gaddafi, who was 27 years of age and leader of this coup.Lybia has a long history of oppression first under the Italians into the thirties, later by the British and French from the early forties through to the early fifties. After Gaddafi came to power he established a state which brokered no opposition. Executions were the norm informants everywhere. It is said that at least 10/20 percent of the population work in surveillance. On top of this any opponents who escaped abroad faced assassination, and many were assassinated. In 1977 he created the so-called “The Great Peoples Liberation Arab Jamahiriya”(Peoples Republic) In 2008 he named himself “The King of Kings”,calling for a United States of Africa,while cementing ties with his old colonial master Italy. All the above nations including the U.S spent their time denouncing him until they had a conversion,you might say on the road to Damascus. That conversion was called oil.
All Praise Gaddafi
Italy under Berlusconi in 2008 signed a historic agreement paying Gaddafi 5 Billion dollars for its military occupation of Lycia from the 1920s through to 1930s under Mussolini. The Fascists wiped out the local boudin population. This deal on Lybia s part entailed the containment of illegal immigration to Italy,while at same time giving preferential treatment to Italian companies in Lybia. Italy also gets a quarter of its oil from Lybia.
Britain under Blair called Gaddafi a statesman and went had tea with him in his tent. This was followed by a prisoner exchange aggreement.So just as the west are normalized their relationships with Gaddafi, the Arab uprisings begin across the Middle east.
What-ever about Gaddafi and his gang, for the working people of Lybia life will go on only under a different master,one which is based in Europe. The so-called” National Transition Council” sponsored by NATO is made up of ex members of Gaddafi’s regime alongside a few drug smugglers,merchants,and of course islamic hardliners.This National Transitional Council is so split, some elements it appears assassinated their own military commander, Abdel Fattah Yonnes alongside two of his aides. This is the new”democratic Lybia” of the future,of course who can disagree after all the U.S. France,Britain,Italy, all great “democratic nations” say so. In reality the main power behind these elements fighting for a “new” Lybia is NATO.
Why Lybia not Syria
It may sound trite but it is about oil, whoever controls the energy resources has the ability to maintain their power into the new century. Lybia has vast amounts of reserves which is some of the finest petroleum in the world. Syria has no economic interest,so whether Assad kills one or a thousand it matters little to the U.S. and Nato. This is not to say they would not like a more pliant leader there but not at the cost of air strikes and all this implies. The U.S. has Iraq, after bombing it back to year zero, alongside the Saudis who act as cops for them, in the hope of maintaining their own power. Now the British and the French will have, they hope their own puppet regime in Lybia. There is a realignment taking place in the world and it started when the old Soviet Union imploded,at present this is taking shape around control of the oil/energy reserves on the globe.
The old imperial powers are staking their claim to the future through these so-called “freedom fighters” when in reality it is NATO and its air power and supply of weapons, special forces,who are directing the campaign for the overthrow of the great “statesman Gaddafi”. In Iraq they had more mercenaries fighting the good fight against evil. They will continue to prop up the new “democratic Iraq” and will continue to do so as the U.S. go home to the land of brave and the home of the free. While leaving the cradle of civilization in ruins.War has been privatized.
Who are these proxy wars being fought against, the new kids on the block, Russia, China, Brazil, India, these states pose a threat to the old-established powers of capitalism, but without the energy resources they are dependent on those who control them. Look Russia China,Brazil where all against taking action in Lybia not because they love Gaddafi, no because they understand NATO will be the new keeper of the keys to Lybia s oil.
The present configuration of major powers around the world are vying for control of the remaining energy resources, for instance China in Africa, the west in the Mid East/North Africa. This bodes ill for the future of the world. The Mid East could be the spark which sets the fuse, the effects of these events could set in train opposition movements opposed to their old colonial masters taking up residence again. It has major implications for Israel who have nuclear weptons. Alas the next world war could be fought over energy reserves as the only way for the old imperial powers to persevere capitalism and their hegemony over it.
So as we enter the 21st century Imperialism reinvents itself as the liberator, ready to reestablish it s colonies once again so to extend its life. The NATO freedom fighters are on the march over the bones of the many to safeguard the few..