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  •  In the case of Libya he has now become a (0+ / 0-)

    "cheerleader for imperialism."

    That is the main point of this diary. Now that Qaddafi is [mostly] defeated, and without the predicted NATO "boots on the ground", he is joining the chorus of all the imperialist powers for some sort of "UN" [read imperialist] armed presence on the ground.

    He is performing the critical function of arguing for this from a "left" prospective. Critical because it would not surprise me at all if they gin something up in the UNSC and try to ram it down the Libyans throats. Even Russia & China will vote for that because everybody wants a hand in controlling Libyans oil. Things were okay as long as that meant control by a compliant and corrupt dictator, but if there is even a slight chance that this revolution will result in that oil wealth falling onto the hands of the Libyan people, they all agree, they have to nip that in the bud.

    What is happening in Libya now is world historic. For one thing there is the whole question of Africa. Contrary to the tale spun by Qaddafi and his supporters, he has been no friend of Africa.

    Just like they didn't mind giving billions to the house of Saudi for the people's oil because he invested a big part of it in US treasuries, they didn't mind giving billions to the house of Qaddafi for the people's oil because he invested a big part of it in keeping Africa in turmoil and under control. See my Helter Skelter: Qaddafi's African Adventure for more on that.

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    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 10:59:36 AM PDT

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    •  What are you talking about? (0+ / 0-)
      "cheerleader for imperialism."

      Have you even read Chris Hedges' column? He knows damn well that the western powers under NATO will manage to get the UN to allow them to control Libya if it doesn't go to their liking.

      Now that Libya has been forcibly raped by NATO, it will be pillaged by the neo-liberals.  

      The National Transitional Council, made up of former Gadhafi loyalists, Islamists and tribal leaders, many of whom detest each other, will be the West’s vehicle for the reconfiguration of Libya. Libya will return to being the colony it was before Gadhafi and the other young officers in 1969 ousted King Idris, who among other concessions had let Standard Oil write Libya’s petroleum laws. Gadhafi’s defiance of Western commercial interests, which saw the nationalization of foreign banks and foreign companies, along with the oil industry, as well as the closure of U.S. and British air bases, will be reversed.

      Gaddafi dubs WTO "terrorists", slams Africa-EU ties
      Monday, 29 November 2010
      ...
      "Africa and Europe need each other," the Libyan leader said.

      But he warned that in the event of failure Africa had alternatives in the Americas, China and India.

      Africa wanted to deal with "groups that respect our space, our sovereignty, our regimes and that don't interfere in our internal affairs," he said.
      "We call for the elimination of the WTO, because it does not serve our interests," Gaddafi added. "It wants us to open our borders to foreign goods to kill our industries."

      The International Monetary Fund and World Bank "have destroyed Africa" and the word "terrorism" could as well be applied to the World Bank and the WTO as to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda, he said.

      Turning to calls for reform of the UN Security Council, Gaddafi said Africa wanted permanent seats for both the African Union and the EU.


      World Bank says to help with Libya rebuilding
      Tue Sep 13, 2011

      WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank on Tuesday said it officially recognized the ruling National Transitional Council as Libya's government and had been asked to help lead efforts to restore vital services and develop jobs programs as the country tries to return to normal after a six-month war.

      "As Libya begins its recovery from conflict, the World Bank has been asked to lead the effort in the areas of public expenditure and financial management, infrastructure repair, job creation for young people and service delivery," the poverty-fighting institution said in a statement.

      The Bank said it had been asked to repair services in the water, energy and transport sectors and, in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund, to help prepare the country's budget and restore the banking sector.

      "We are ready to support the people in Libya," World Bank Managing Director Sri Mulyani Indrawati said. "Our experts have started coordinating with their partners already and we are moving fast to begin work."

      The World Bank's sister organization, the IMF, on Saturday said it had endorsed the rebel transitional council and would send a team to Libya as soon as security permits.

      Here's why staunch neo-liberal Libyan Prime Minister Jibril defected: (BTW, there are other wikileaks cables that state that many of the privatization reforms would not be feasible until "Gaddafi is removed").

      HEAD OF LIBYAN "THINK TANK" OUTLINES HUMAN DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY
      5/11/2009

      3. (C) According to Jibril, there are 11,000 development projects in Libya spanning several sectors, with the bulk of projects focusing on infrastructure. The NEDB's role in these projects is to "pave the way" for private sector development, and to create a strategic partnership between private companies and the government.
      ...
      7. (C) Comment: With a PhD in strategic planning from the University of Pittsburgh, Jibril is a serious interlocutor who "gets" the U.S. perspective. He is also not shy about sharing his views of U.S. foreign policy, for example, opining that the U.S. spoiled a golden opportunity to capitalize on its "soft power" (McDonald's, etc.) after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1989 by putting "boots on the ground" in the Middle East. At the same time, his organization has a daunting task to tackle, in terms of rationalizing 11,000 development projects in the chaotic Libyan government bureaucracy and also, to train Libyans to work in new sectors outside of the hydrocarbons industry. Jibril has stated American companies and universities are welcome to join him in this endeavor and we should take him up on his offer.

      •  I really didn't want to have to deal with every (1+ / 0-)
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        paragraph piecemeal, but since you raised this one:

        The National Transitional Council, made up of former Gadhafi loyalists,

        Qaddafi has ruled for 42 years, that means the only people with any practical experience governing Libya might be what you and Hedges would term "Gaddafi loyalists" nevertheless, I think it's important to incorporate the best of them in building a new Libya state. People like Jibril that have a history of internal opposition and came over to the revolution early.
        Islamists

        Well it is an almost 100% Islamic country and the 5% that Jibril says are Islamists should have a say in the new government too. But the bogeyman "Islamists" (picture Osama Bin Laden) is raised as a racist caricature by the imperialist media and Qaddafi himself to warn people off of the Libyan struggle against dictatorship and the Arab Awakening in general. That makes Hedges' use of the same device very suspect in my eyes.
        and tribal leaders,

        Well, it has long been a tribal society so I would expect those leaders to play a role in any new government to begin with.
        many of whom detest each other,

        And what is his evidence for that? Was he one of those who predicted the outbreak of warfare between rival militias after the assassination of General Younes? Well it never happened. It was a united and coordinated army that took Tripoli from four sides and the center at once. Still Hedges talks about "factions" outside of Sirte. Well, he can spin the language all he wants, fortunately, those aren't the facts on the ground.
        will be the West’s vehicle for the reconfiguration of Libya.

        Certainly he is entitled to his own opinion. The question is: Who does publishing this one help?
        Libya will return to being the colony it was before Gadhafi and the other young officers in 1969 ousted King Idris, who among other concessions had let Standard Oil write Libya’s petroleum laws.

        Is Hedges living in some mystic Qaddafi past? Because those days are long gone, in the last few decades Qaddafi has become fully integrated into the world imperialist system. His role is more than just keeping Libyans under control, he provided an important function in keeping the entire continent of Africa under wraps.
         
        Gadhafi’s defiance of Western commercial interests, which saw the nationalization of foreign banks and foreign companies, along with the oil industry, as well as the closure of U.S. and British air bases, will be reversed.

        And IMF, military-to-military relation to pentagon, CIA & M16 rendition, financial support for white supremacists, exploitation of African immigrants, mass murder and the list goes on and on...

        Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

        by Clay Claiborne on Sun Sep 18, 2011 at 01:31:17 PM PDT

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