Posted: March 25, 2011 in Welcome

The US led attack on Libya is not about ‘protecting civilians’ but is a strategic move designed to choke the Arab revolutions.
The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have been discredited and so the Western powers have re-furbished their previous rhetoric about ‘humanitarian intervention’. But their hypocrisy and fear of Arab people are there for all to see.
On the very day that the UN Security Council passed a resolution sanctioning military action, 52 people were shot dead in Sana, the capital of Yemen, by forces loyal to the dictatorial regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh. But there were no calls for ‘no fly zones’ because Saleh is a key US ally in the region. Yemen received $67 million in aid in 2010 from the US and it was mainly directed to elite army units.
The US led intervention in Libya was given political cover by a number of Arab states. The fig leaf was provided by the Gulf States, such as Qatar and the United Arab Emirate, while Saudi Arabia provided the financial back up. Yet these regimes are involved in the bloody suppression of the Bahraini people, beating and killing pro-democracy protestors.
There was no Western condemnation of the Saudi invasion of Bahrain – and certainly no calls for sanctions or no-fly zones. Instead, the absolute monarchy of Saudi Arabia is welcomed into the ‘coalition of the wiling’ who will liberate Libya.
For understandable reasons, the desperate people of Benghazi called for Western action as they were pounded by a superior military firepower of the Gaddafi regime. That weaponry came from Western governments who supplied Gaddafi with all he wanted after he joined their war on terror. The Italian government, for example, sold €111 million of weapons, including ‘material for bombs, torpedoes, rockets and missiles’.
Those same Western governments who now claim to help the Libyan pro-democracy movement had refused to recognise the Transitional National Council in Benghazi or to send them the Libyan funds frozen in the Western banking system. They dismissed all pleas to supply the revolutionary movement in Benghazi with weapons to defend themselves because they did not regard them as reliable Western allies.
Instead like cold-blooded manipulators, they used their pleas as a pretext to intervene to shift the whole dynamic of the Arab revolutions.
Consider only the motives of the main public advocate of intervention, Nicholas Sarkozy. This showman was made an honorary citizen of Tunisia in 2008 and, in return, praised the dictator, Ben Ali, for expanding liberties. His culture Minister, Frederic Mitterand denounced attacks on Ben Ali, stating that ‘To say that Tunisia is a one man dictatorship seems to be quite exaggerated.’ Three days before the dictator fell, the French foreign minister, Michele Alliot Marie, proposed to dispatch French forces to shore up Ben Ali!
Or look at the track record of Sarkozy’s sidekick, David Cameron, the British Prime Minister. Just a month ago, he toured other Gulf States with a 36 strong team of arms manufacturers to sell fighter jets, submarine guns, electric batons and teargas to the despots who rule over those states.
Or the odious Silvio Berlusconi who once claimed that Gaddafi was ‘my best friend.’
Clearly, these thugs do not have the interests of the Libyan people at heart. Their real aim is to choke off the revolutionary wave that is sweeping through the Arab world and threatening to overthrow despots who have been their allies. They will not promote democracy but will curtail and suppress the popular will.


The Western intervention in Libya will bring death and destruction to many civilians. Even the intelligence website Stratfor admitted that, ‘It is a paradox of warfare instigated to end human suffering that the means of achieving this can sometimes impose substantial human suffering itself.’
A ‘no fly zone’ is a term invented by the Pentagon to hide the reality of bombardment. Almost always it is followed by an escalation of military action. In 1991, for example, a no fly zone was imposed on Iraq but this was followed by a sequence of events that led to Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. By the time this ‘humanitarian intervention’ was finished, nearly one million Iraqis were dead.
Once they have their foot in the door, the Western powers will seek escalation. Their strategic aims are three fold:
They want to ensure control of Libya’s oil supplies and will promote a de facto partition of the country to gain this. The Gaddafi dictatorship clung onto power by fostering division between Libyan tribes and regions. He systematically discriminated against the eastern Cyrenaica region and the Western powers hopes to use this fault line to establish their hegemony there.
By presenting themselves as supporters of the pro-democracy movement in Libya, the Western leaders hope to re-furbish their image with the Arab population. By appearing to come to the aid of Benghazi, they think that their support for Ben Ali and Mubarak will fade into a distant memory.
By gaining a foothold in Libya, the Western leaders hope to change the dynamic of the Arab revolutions. Instead of liberation coming from the mass of people themselves, they hope to gain some leverage to influence its direction and channel the revolt back into the arms of their newly emerging B Team.
In this regard, the Western invasion of Libya must be seen as a parallel strategy with the Saudi invasion of Bahrain. Both these military incursions represent the two faces of the counter-revolution, aimed both to crush the movement on the street and to co-opt a new political sub-elite into shoring up state structures.
Specifically, the Western leaders hoped to curb Islamist influences in Benghazi and foster the emergence of a pro-Western hegemony among the opposition.
In Egypt, their aim is to encourage a coalition between moderate elements of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mubarak’s old party, the NPD, to block the revolutionary process being promoted by younger pro-democracy activists and leftists. Their eventual aim is to promote a political movement that is similar to the Turkish AKP party which is pro-Islamic and pro-US.
In Yemen and Bahrain, the Saudi inspired repression is designed to force through an acceptance of cosmetic changes to the state structures.


But even if these are the strategic goals that lie behind this bloody imperial adventure, there is little likelihood that they will be achieved.
The US is severely weakened by a ballooning debt crisis and is staring at defeat in Afghanistan and Iraq. It has learnt from bitter experience that it is one thing to slaughter and destroy the armies of weak dictators but it is quite another to hold the country that has been vanquished. Desperate efforts to foment division and sectarian strife in Iraq was only partially successful as the US has had to watch the creation of a regime with an ambiguous relationship to Iran.
This weakness was more than evident in the hesitation and splits in the top echelons of the US state about the wisdom of embarking on the Libyan adventure.
But even aside from the experience of defeat in long drawn out wars, the US and its allies face an even greater problem.
The dynamic of the Arab revolutions extends well beyond democratic demands to seeking real social change. The impetus for the Tunisian revolution began with the death of Mohamed Bouazizi who set himself on fire as a protest against unemployment. The motor force of the revolution has come from a fierce anger against food inflation and lack of jobs. The political cry for democratic rights is fusing with a demand to alleviate the economic conditions of the mass of people who suffer under an imperial order that robs their resources and the deprivations imposed by neo-liberal capitalism.
The small scattered placards that appeared in Tahrir Square to proclaim ‘Wisconsin: Egypt supports you’ show the connections that are consciously made throughout the world. Revolutions move forward by leaps and bounds and can shake the powerful in every region of the world.
On the same day that the US commenced it’s bombing of Libya, tens of thousands returned to the streets of Saana in Yemen to demand the removal of the regime. Like in Egypt, the people had overcome their fear of the regime’s thugs and were determined to drive out the pro-US dictator. It was an omen that even as the counter-revolution struck an equal and opposite reaction could come from the streets.
Which force shall prevail is yet to be settled.


‘We are a privileged people – getting a visit from the Queen and the US President in May’. So said Enda Kenny.
This grovelling embrace of empire sticks in the throats of tens of thousands of working people and socialists should give expression to it. All the more so as the leftist rhetoric of Sinn Fein has already begun to fade as they proclaim ‘Cead Mile Failte’ to the arrival of Obama and advise against protests over the Queen’s visit.
Socialists should stand in total solidarity with the Arab revolutions. We are for the overthrow of every dictator. We are one hundred per cent with uprisings and want to see the downfall of all dictators who stymied the development of their countries.
We oppose all Western intervention in the region and our first duty as socialists is to put the anti-war movement back onto the streets. We do not just want words of condemnation but want to build a real protest movement. That movement may start small but it will grow as the reality of the imperialist war comes home…

  1. hasnain imam says:

    Libya and Colonialism
    Hasnain Imam
    Are we being duped? Yes we are being duped.
    What happened in Libya is no surprise. After Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and the others, it was clear that public discontent with old and repressive Middle East regimes was spreading faster than fire in dry grass. It should be noted that all these repressive regimes were openly supported by the Western Powers including the European Union. The Western leaders are now speaking about rebuilding Libya. These open ended promises may, or may not, metamorphose into a new colonial involvement in Africa. The main parties to this issue are the British and the Italian governments. They have a major stake in the Libyan Oil industry. Till yesterday the rogue turned friend Ghadafi was being courted by the British and was being supplied with weapons to suppress his people but today he is being touted as the biggest rogue in the Middle east.
    The so-called opposition has been named as “Interim National Council”. Who is the projected leader? An unknown lecturer Guma El-Gamaty in the Grafton College of Management Studies. Who has found him capable of leading a country? The British. Do the people of Libya recognize him or is he just one of the MI6 operatives being groomed for the job? Libyan politics depends mainly on tribal alliance so to which brig tribe does this man belong? The same is true for Shammam and Mahmoud Jabril whom America is courting. Dr. Abdulmonem Hresha ios said to be a prominent figure of Muslim Brotherhood in Libya. He taught physics at the University of Tripoli but was exposed as a Western plant in the Muslim Brother so he escaped to Canada and is now living in Britain. Now the west regards his organization as a terrorist set up so how come he is being sheltered instead of being arrested for the crimes of his organization? It is strange that the Western powers still believe that they can replace on tyrant with another stooge in any country they wish and call it a democratic government. From the Shah of Iran to Muammar Ghadafi the western powers have supported only tyrants. Even today they are blinded to the massacre in Bahrain by their supporter the Khalifa family who are in the minority but with the explicit support of the Western powers and the Wahhabi Arabs led by Saudi Arabia is able to crush the majority of the population who happened to be Shia Muslims.
    By fomenting regime changes in Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria and Libya the US government is securing a safe passage for gulf and central Asian oil via the Atlantic to its shores. Democracy as we all know now is the rule of the industrial powers with the help of the corrupt officials over the un-suspecting majority. American forces are already stationed in the Gulf States, Central Asia and Egypt and so the oil is secure. A monopoly over the oil reserves of the world is slowly but surely being established. The growing economies of the third world will soon have to buy oil from this Western cartel at whatever rate its fixes. This however, cannot be done without the commitment of ground troops and this is where the strategic partners of the Western powers like Pakistan, India, and Indonesia will have to commit themselves. The citizens of the US and its allies are not amenable to the idea of body bags of their sons coming home. They do accept the idea , at least to some extent, that their countries are fighting the “bad guys” but now they wonder that such powerful forces as theirs have not been able to establish “:good guys” under a democratic set up in Iraq and Afghanistan. Al Qaeda remains undefeated after nearly a decade.
    In Libya, the rebels on the eastern side are free while the main oppression is on those who live in the west side controlled by Ghadafi so why are they being bombed? Al-Amin Bilhaj and Kemal el Helbawy two other Muslim Brotherhood’s so-called leaders are now also stationed in Britian. Yusuf al Qaradawi — an Egyptian preacher in Qatar widely viewed as the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief spiritual guide — issued a fatwa or religious ruling obliging any Libyan soldier who had the opportunity to do so to assassinate the leader. Qatar is another protectorate of the Western powers. This makes one thing very clear and that this regime change was being planned from the time the Muslim Brotherhood (Libya) was compromised by the British Intelligence services and they were instrumental in bringing Ghadafi close to Britain. This was the great betrayal of the aspirations of the people of Libya. These people are helping the colonization of Libya in the name of democracy. It should also be noted that Muslim Brotherhood is a Wahhabi organization financed to a large extent by Saudi Arabia and its gulf allies. The same will be the case in Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria. Muslim Brotherhood will support the so the new so-called democratic governments in these countries. The Passage of oil to the western countries is now ensured.
    But why are Europe and the US so anxious to overturn Gadhafi after more than 40 years? It seems mighty strange that the “Allied” forces were able to act so quickly on this one. The quick action indicates preplanning that has been going on for weeks. If the agenda is to stop the killing of protestors protesting dictators and their corrupt reigns, then why not make it a clean sweep of it everywhere throughout the entire world? What is the major difference between Qaddafi and all the other dictators throughout the world that requires such immediate action now? When Israeli aircraft and missiles are used against civilians in Lebanon or Gaza, I don’t see the West threatening anything at all — no embargo, nothing to prevent Israel from flying and bombing, and surely no attack on tanks or armored vehicles used to kill civilians. More than 20,000 civilians have died in such attacks.
    According to Seymour Hersh a group of radical neoconservatives hijacked US foreign policy agenda in order to pursue a crusade of the ancient order similar to those back in 1096-1099. The objective is “to change mosques into cathedrals. That is the attitude pervades a large percentage of the Joint Special Operation Command (JSOC)” (Foreign Policy dated 18 January 2011).
    Hersh went on to disclose that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who headed JSOC before becoming the top US commander in Afghanistan and his successor Vice Adm William McRaven as well as many within JSOC ” are all members of Knights of Malta.” The Knights of Malta dates back to the 11th century. Its mission is to avenge Islam and Muslims for the decline of Christianity. It is a sovereign entity that has diplomatic relations with more than 80 nations.
    Are we being duped through democracy? Yes , there is not an iota of truth in what the Western powers are saying.

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