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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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