What's really happening in Libya has escaped most Americans — especially American Christians; the truth is, what's occurring in Libya has NOTHING to do with freedom and democracy, and everything to do with the American oil elite's lust for Libya's oil. [Please see our article, "Libya: Is Washington Pushing for Civil War to Justify a US-NATO Military Intervention?"]
Qaddafi was, no doubt, a despised dictator who ruled Libya with an iron fist for more than 40 years, squelching dissent while enriching his family and the small circle around it; and while hatred of the dictatorship and a thirst for democracy and freedom may have had a part in driving the uprising against Qaddafi when it first arose in February, the character of Libya's uprising has been twisted and transformed by the United States and its allies in the months since.
What the US and its allies have done is "seize the opportunity" that the Libyan uprising presented them to execute a military campaign for regime-change for the purpose of establishing firm control over the North African nation, a country of less than 6.5 million people, sitting on top of the largest oil reserves on the African continent and with a long Mediterranean coastline directly facing southern Europe.
A GLIMPSE INTO WHAT'S REALLY OCCURRING
A column by Philip Zelikow published on the Financial Times web site Monday, provides a glimpse into what's really going on in Libya, and the far-reaching aims being pursued by Washington and its NATO allies in their supposedly "humanitarian" intervention in there.
Zelikow is a former State Department counselor under Condoleezza Rice in the George W. Bush administration and a former advisor on the National Security Council under George H.W. Bush during the period of the collapse of the Soviet bloc. He is a trusted and experienced operative within the US political establishment, so much so that he was tapped to serve as executive director of the 9/11 Commission. In that position he was the individual most responsible for organizing a cover-up of the US government's role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. [Please see our article, "The Events of September 11, 2001: What's Going On?"]
Close to the Project for a New American Century (PNAC) and one of the authors of the Bush doctrine of preemptive war, Zelikow has intimate experience in both the theory and practice of America's drive to impose its hegemony over the Middle East, and it is in this capacity that he is acting as a de facto spokesman for the shadowy American-led forces that are really in charge of the rebels who have taken over Tripoli — spectral forces (speaking of PNAC) that have no interest at all in the Libyan people's desire for freedom.
Zelikow goes on ominously, saying that Libya won't be the end of this process. The Libyan war will -
In other words, what is at stake is not merely the takeover of a single country, as significant as that is, but rather the reordering of an entire region.
THE US IS DEVOTING HUGE RESOURCES TO THIS EFFORT
The NTC is on good terms with Western diplomats and political figures. As the advance on Tripoli began a week ago, NTC leaders were in consultations with Jeffrey Feltman, a U.S. assistant secretary of state who traveled to Benghazi for meetings to discuss what the US is advertising as "a stable, democratic transition" - and there's no doubt what someone like Jeffrey Feltman means by "stability;" plainly, it means subservience to the dictates of the American New World Order System and the oil elites that dominate that system.
While there may be challenges to the authority of the leaders who have been groomed by the West to take over in Libya, the U.S. and its allies will be in a strong INITIAL position in such conflicts. They pushed the most pro-Western elements of the opposition into the spotlight as "leaders" of the rebellion. Their militaries were indispensable in the battle against the Qaddafi regime. And Western forces now have a presence in Libya--in the air and on the ground--and can intervene in any battles over what comes next.
By contrast, any potential Libyan opposition to the West or to its carefully chosen post-Qaddafi regime is in a weak position — at least to "start off with." Thus, the U.S. and its allies are all but certain to get a cooperative government in power immediately after Qaddafi--regardless of the aspirations of the masses of Libyans.
USING THE SO-CALLED "ARAB-SPRING" AS A
Bill Van Auken
"The 'Arab Spring' is 'their hour?' These supposed champions of democracy and the liberation of the Arab masses are a collection of absolute monarchies, where oppositionists face torture, imprisonment without trial and even beheading. They rule over societies in which the vast majority of the working populations are oppressed immigrant laborers denied any rights whatsoever, and where women are denied fundamental rights.
"These crusaders for 'democracy' in Libya and Syria are, of course, the same dictatorial regimes that organized the military suppression of the nationwide protests in Bahrain that demanded democratic rights in opposition to the dictatorial rule of the Al-Khalifa dynasty. With tacit backing from Washington, scores have been killed, many hundreds arrested and thousands fired from their jobs in the continuing repression in Bahrain. [Please see our articles, "US-Trained Death Squads in Bahrain" and "US Acts to Prevent Escape of Bahrain Domain."]
"To declare this the 'hour' of such odious regimes is to project a nightmare of repression and social retrogression for the peoples of the entire Arab world.
"Whom does Zelikow think he is kidding? Not only is policy being 'coordinated' at a senior level, Qatari special forces mercenaries have been working side-by-side with US intelligence agents, special operations troops and military 'contractors' on the ground in Libya, organizing and directing the so-called rebel offensive. If these regimes are now touted as the vanguard of the 'Arab Spring' it is because they are the most subservient to US policy in the Middle East."
What does this US foreign policy/intelligence insider see as the prospects for Libya and the broader Arab world? Will new repressive regimes representing the old ruling elites arise--as appears to be happening in Egypt or Tunisia? [Please see our article, "What's Happening Now in Egypt Reveals the Depth to which the American Elites Use Death Squads."]
Will "Islamist extremists... take control?" Or will "more open societies along lines familiar in the West" emerge?
Zelikow suggests that a "new and distinctive" alternative may emerge, one that "doesn't fit into these preconceived categories."
"Consider the dilemmas Libya's new leaders will face at the outset. Their economy relies overwhelmingly on the oil complex, which the state will want to control. Their politics will turn on the distribution of power and resources among several contending groups filling the vacuum left by the dictatorship's demise. The leaders will be weary of fighting and chaos. Rather than re-impose a new dictatorship to force all into a single mould and pay for it with the oil and gas revenue, the natural course will be to make deals granting more autonomy to various communities and shares of the national revenue. This is not unusual. Multi-ethnic communities in countries such as Libya, Iraq and Syria are and will be experimenting with federal or perhaps even confederal solutions. In this part of the world, it is the 'total state' model itself that is crumbling, the decrepit son of decolonization. That unitary, statist model has been the vehicle for all the cronyism and it is giving way to something new."
Sajjad Shaukat writes, "Neo-colonialism is the most dangerous form of colonialism, which is prevalent in the present world. In the past, the most developed countries had direct control on the less developed countries, but most of the colonies got independence after the World War 11. As regards neo-colonialism, in theory a less developed or developing country is free, but in practice, its government and economy are controlled by a developed country indirectly."
"The 'something new' here sounds suspiciously like something very old, or at least something out of the 19th and early 20th centuries. What is proposed here is not a flowering of democratic autonomy, but rather the biggest imperialist carve-up of the Middle East since Britain and France imposed their system of colonial mandates in the aftermath of the First World War.
"Having done away with the 'unitary, statist model', described by Zelikow as the 'decrepit son of decolonization', the road is clear for the outright recolonization of the region.
"With the scrapping of the 'statist model' in a country like Libya, one would presumably also get rid of the troublesome problem of state control of oil resources, opening the way for Exxon-Mobil, BP, Chevron and other energy conglomerates to claim direct ownership of the oil fields, taking control of production and pricing and freezing out rivals in China, Russia and India."
Zelikow's column on Libya serves to confirm that the war there has nothing to do with humanitarianism or human rights, but represents the violent subjugation of a former colonial country. And it is a warning: Libya is only the beginning of an imperialist drive to reorder the entire Middle East. Given the conflicting interests between the major imperialist powers themselves, this process threatens to give rise to far bloodier conflicts in the foreseeable future.
Uncle Sam Krueger
Many rebels say they won't take orders from Uncle Sam.
These fighters are organized around the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). The LIFG was founded in 1995 by Libyans — all loyal at the time to bin Laden's al-Qaida - who had fought against Soviet forces in Afghanistan.
After the war, about 2,500 of these religious soldiers established themselves in eastern Libya around the Libyan city of Benghazi where the current revolt against Qaddafi began.
The group's goal was clear: Members would establish themselves within the Libyan community in order to eventually take control of the country. The LIFG, also known as Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya, quickly established itself as the most powerful radical Jihadist group in Libya. It's aim was (is) to establish an Islamic state in Libya. It's main operational leader is "Anas the Libyan," who was a close associate of bin Laden.
Indeed, so close have the two groups — al-Qaida and the LIFG — been intertwined that it is reliably reported that bin Laden lived for a period of time under the protection of the LIFG in the small city of Jabala-Larde, not far from Benghazi. There bin Laden was on Arab (Sunni) soil as opposed to the Shia-controlled areas in which he had previously been operating. [Please see our article "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin" for a detailed study regarding the differences that divide these two branches of Islam.]
The Jamestown is a neo-conservative agenda driven think-tank with close ties to the CIA. The group is slavishly devoted to the interests of "Big Oil."
As we have already suggested, the CIA-backed group has the initial advantage. It consists — as we have previously noted - of factions that have organized themselves around the National Transitional Council (NTC) led by Mustafa Abdul Jalil. This group consists of former government ministers who have defected, and opposition figures representing a range of political views including Arab nationalists, secularists, socialists and businessmen. The conservative Jamestown Foundation reports that the leaders of the NTC have all received extensive training from the CIA.
General Abdel Fattah Younes: Gen Younes, who served as Col Gaddafi's internal security chief until his defection at the start of the rebellion
And just how intense the struggle is between NTC and the LIFG is evidenced by the recent assassination of rebel army chief General Abdel Fattah Younes, who the LIFG believed was nothing more than a puppet of the CIA.
The assassination was carried out by a shadowy group known as the Abu Obeida al-Jarrah Brigade — a group with close ties to the LIFG. The apparent ease with which the assassination was carried out does not bode well for the CIA's effort to establish a puppet government in Libya organized around the NTC that would be compliant with the interests of "Big Oil."
NOTE: Technically, the LIFG is a part of the NTC — but that is mostly a fiction to which the LIFG assented in order to receive NATO help in toppling the Qaddafi regime.
Abu Obeida al-Jarrah Brigade
So secretive is the Abu Obeida al-Jarrah Brigade that until recently few in the rebel capital had ever heard of it.
The fact that it takes its name from one of the Prophet Mohammed's companions and most successful military commanders is itself alone an indication of its Islamist bent, observers say.
Unlike the other militias, the Brigade seems to exercise considerable power within the rebel movement. Since Gen Younes's death, it has emerged that the group was in charge of internal security in Benghazi, essentially operating as a secret police force.
NOTE: Islamists blamed Gen Younes for the massacre of 1,200 Muslim dissidents, many of them from Benghazi, at a prison near Tripoli in 1996, when he was Col Gaddafi's feared interior minister.
Some rebel fighters admit privately that the Islamists are stronger than is generally admitted, and that Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, the head of the TNC, is too weak to take them on. This is confirmed by the fact that Abdul-Jalil has refused to accuse the Islamists of assassinating Younis because he fears them. Indeed, one observer reports:
"He doesn't dare touch the Islamists."
All this undermines the insistence of western officials that the Islamists have been few in number and have operated only on the periphery of the rebellion.
Leaders of the American (CIA)-sponsored TNC have told their western backers that the differences that exist between the so-called "moderates" and the LIFG can eventually be solved; but the assassination of Gen Younes suggests that their fragile coalition is dangerously close to an acrimonious split.
In the pessimistic view, there was always the possibility that post-Gaddafi Libya would collapse into fighting between Islamists and the CIA-sponsored "moderates." With the death of General Younes, the fear is all this could happen sooner rather than later.
What all this may mean is that — in the end — America's effort to re-colonize Libya for the benefit of America's oil giants will open the way to the formation of a radicalized Islamic state — WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE BIBLE PREDICTS WILL HAPPEN. [Please see Part 5 of Chapter of Chapter XV, "Gathering All the Players together for the Gog/Magog War."]
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