How the West won Libya

By Pepe Escobar

They are fighting over the carcass as vultures. The French Ministry of Defense said they got him with a Rafale fighter jet firing over his convoy. The Pentagon said they got him with a Predator firing a Hellfire missile. After a wounded Colonel Muammar Gaddafi sought refuge in a filthy drain underneath a highway – an eerie echo of Saddam Hussein’s “hole” – he was found by Transitional National Council (TNC) “rebels”. And then duly executed.

Abdel-Jalil Abdel-Aziz, a Libyan doctor who accompanied Gaddafi’s body in an ambulance and examined it, said he died from two bullets, one to the chest, one to the head.

The TNC – which has peddled lies, lies and more lies for months – swears he died in “crossfire”. It may have been a mob. It may have been Mohammad al-Bibi, a 20-year-old sporting a New York Yankees baseball cap who posed to the whole world brandishing Gaddafi’s golden pistol; his ticket perhaps to collect the hefty $20 million dangled as the bounty for Gaddafi “dead or alive”.

It gets curioser and curioser when one remembers that this is exactly what US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in her lightning visit to Tripoli, had announced less than 48 hours before; Gaddafi should be “captured or killed”. The Fairy Queenie satisfied Clinton’s wishes, who learned about it by watching the screen of a BlackBerry – and reacting with the semantic earthquake “Wow!”

To the winners, the spoils. They all did it; the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the Pentagon and the TNC. From the minute a United Nations resolution imposing a no-fly zone over Libya became a green card to regime change, plan A was always to capture and kill him. Targeted assassination; that’s Barack Obama administration official policy. There was no plan B.

Let me bomb you to protection 
As for how R2P (“responsibility to protect” civilians), any doubters should cling to the explanation by NATO’s secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen; “NATO and our partners have successfully implemented the historic mandate of the United Nations to protect the people of Libya.” Anyone who wants to check NATO’s protection of civilians just needs to jump on a pick-up truck and go to Sirte – the new Fallujah.

Reactions have been quite instructive. TNC bureaucrat Abdel Ghoga went Colosseum in the Roman Empire, saying, “The revolutionaries have got the head of the tyrant.”

United States President Barack Obama said the death of Gaddafi means “we are seeing the strength of American leadership across the world”. That’s as “we got him” as one can possibly expect, also considering that Washington paid no less than 80% of the operating costs of those dimwits at NATO (over $1 billion – which Occupy Wall Street could well denounce would be more helpful creating jobs in the US). Strange, now, to say “we did it”, because the White House always said this was not a war; it was a “kinetic” something. And they were not in charge.

It was up to that majestic foreign policy strategist, US Vice President Joe Biden, to be starkly more enlightening than Obama; “In this case, America spent $2 billion and didn’t lose a single life. This is more the prescription for how to deal with the world as we go forward than it has in the past.”

World, you have been warned; this is how the empire will deal with you from now on.

Feel my humanitarian love 
So congratulations to the “international community” – which as everyone knows is composed of Washington, a few washed-up NATO members, and the democratic Persian Gulf powerhouses of Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). This community, at least, loved the outcome. The European Union (EU) hailed “the end of an era of despotism” – when up to virtually Thursday they were caressing the helm of Gaddafi’s gowns; now they are falling over themselves in editorials about the 42-year reign of a “buffoon”.

Gaddafi would have been a most inconvenient guest of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, as he would have relished recalling all the hand-kissing, the warm embraces and the juicy deals the West was begging to clinch after he was promoted from “Mad Dog” (Ronald Reagan) to “our bastard”. He would also relish detailing all the shady backgrounds of those opportunists now posing as “revolutionaries” and “democrats”.

As for the concept of international law, it lies in a drain as filthy as the one Gaddafi was holed up in. Iraqi dictator Saddam at least got a fake trial in a kangaroo court before meeting the executioner. Osama bin Laden was simply snuffed out, assassination-style, after a territorial invasion of Pakistan. Gaddafi went one up, snuffed out with a mix of air war and assassination.

Power vultures are congesting the skies. London-based Mohammed El Senussi, the heir to the Libyan throne (King Idris was overthrown in 1969) is ready for his close-up, having already established that he “is a servant to Libyan people, and they decide what they want”. Translation; I want the throne. He’s obviously the favorite candidate of the counter-revolutionary House of Saud.

And what about those Washington think-tank donkeys mumbling that this was the Arab Spring’s “Ceausescu moment”? If only the Romanian dictator had improved his country’s standard of living – in terms of free healthcare, free education, incentives for the newlywed, etc – by a fraction of what Gaddafi did in Libya. Plus the fact that Nicolae Ceausescu was not deposed by NATO “humanitarian” bombing. v Only the brain dead may have swallowed the propaganda of NATO’s “humanitarian” 40,000-plus bombing – which devastated Libya’s infrastructure back to the Stone Age (Shock and Awe in slow motion, anyone?). This never had anything to do with R2P – the relentless bombing of civilians in Sirte proves it.

As the top four BRIC members knew it even before the voting of UN Resolution 1973, it was about NATO ruling the Mediterranean as a NATO lake, it was about Africom’s war against China and setting up a key strategic base, it was about the French and the Brits getting juicy contracts to exploit Libya’s natural resources to their benefit, it was about the West setting the narrative of the Arab Spring after they had been caught napping in Tunisia and Egypt.

Listen to the barbaric whimpers 
Welcome to the new Libya. Intolerant Islamist militias will turn the lives of Libyan women into a living hell. Hundreds of thousands of Sub-Saharan Africans – those who could not escape – will be ruthlessly persecuted. Libya’s natural wealth will be plundered. That collection of anti-aircraft missiles appropriated by Islamists will be a supremely convincing reason for the “war on terror” in northern Africa to become eternal. There will be blood – civil war blood, because Tripolitania will refuse to be ruled by backward Cyrenaica.

As for remaining dictators everywhere, get a life insurance policy from NATO Inc; Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak, Tunisia’s Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and Yemen’s Ali Abdullah Saleh were clever enough to do it. We all know there will never be R2P to liberate the Tibetans and Uyghurs, or the people in that monster gulag Myanmar, or the people in Uzbekistan, or the Kurds in Turkey, or the Pashtuns on both sides of the imperially drawn Durand Line.

We also know that change the world can believe in will be the day NATO enforces a no-fly one over Saudi Arabia to protect the Shi’ites in the eastern province, with the Pentagon launching a Hellfire carpet over those thousands of medieval, corrupt House of Saud princes.

It won’t happen. Meanwhile, this is the way the West ends; with a NATO bang, and a thousand barbaric, lawless whimpers. Disgusted? Get a Guy Fawkes mask and raise hell.

Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and Red Zone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

NOTE :THIS IS A CROSS POST FROM ASIA TIMES.

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  • Ijaz Khan  On October 24, 2011 at 2:21 am

    GOOD GOD PEPE! YOU ARE SPOT ON.

  • Nadeem  On October 24, 2011 at 6:06 am

    Stark reality, in all its brutality.

    NK

  • Syed Ataur Rahman  On October 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

    And the call themselves the bearers and protectors of human rights and dignity of mankind. This is the true decadence of the west who shamelessly and gleeful announce the brutal killing a man who has done so much for his people, his nation. What do we expect of the new rulers of Libya, chaos, civil war, retributions and massacres…shame on you USA and shame on the European countries, in particular France and Britain. But remember whatever you sow you will reap, and with compounded interest. It is utterly disgraceful and sickening to see these western countries, the so called champions of human race stoop so low. The world is watching, they will not forget the gruesome murders of Gaddafi, his son and so many others.
    SAR

  • S U Turkman  On October 24, 2011 at 6:22 am

    Obama did this wrong. Libya did not have bad relations with USA either. JehaaDis used Tribal Instincts of Libyans to overthrow him. USA, France etc committed a crime against Humanity in Libya. If Qaddafi was a real Dictator, he would have a very strong huge Army just like Pakistan. He would sent his Army to Ben Ghazi as the protests had started and crushed them by force before it became too big.
    If he was not crazy to trust his people and did not love his country so much, he would have stolen all the money and fled to Cuba or Venezuela. Cuba, Russia, Venezuela have refused to recognize the the new government of Libya.
    .
    If USA had not used ‘double talk’, ‘double spea’k language in UN Security Council, Russia and China would have vetoed the Resolution against Libya just like they have the US Resolution against Syria and all this would not have happened. Russia and China were fooled by ‘double speak’ language of US Resolution against Libya.
    Now do you people understand, why God had created another Super Power USSR to create Balance of Power?
    Nobody is perfect but ‘Absolute Power corrupts absolutely’. If God had not created USSR, Washington could have been taken over by Absolutely Corrupt half a century ago.
    Libyans are going to pay for what their Tribal Instincts have done with the help of destructive JehaaDis there.

  • Syed Ataur Rahman  On October 24, 2011 at 6:23 am

    I forgot to add Mr Pepe Escobar’s article is spot on and reflects the feelings of the moral majority. Well done.

  • S U Turkman  On October 24, 2011 at 6:31 am

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
    2. There is no Interest on loans, Banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
    3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father had died while him, his wife and his mother were still living in a tent.
    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
    5. Education and Medical treatments are free in Libya.
    6. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
    7. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive Farming land, a Farm House, equipments, seeds and Livestock to kick-start their farms – all for free.
    8. If Libyans cannot find the Education or Medical Facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US $2,300 a month for accommodation and Car Allowance.
    9. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
    10. The price of Petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
    11. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
    .12. Great Man-Made River project in Libya… $27 billion
    13. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
    14. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
    15. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US $ 5,000
    16. 40 Loaves of Bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
    17. 25% of Libyans have a university degree
    18. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

    Which other dictator has done so much good for his people, Obama?

  • S U Turkman  On October 24, 2011 at 6:34 am

    Even if Obam and Sarkozi are born again they would not be able to do what Qaddafi was doing for thankless, ‘Nmak Hraam’ Libyan Savages. I would never talk with any Libyan again after learning that most of them are just Savages.

  • khayyam Ali  On October 24, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    Yes, i agree that the Libyans are hopelessly savage and idiots. They have done what the Americans, the Israelis and the whole West could not do; remove the biggest obstacle to US hegemony in Libya and in North Africa. We Pakistanis did the same in 1979, when a crazy bastard military dictator, Zia ul Haq assasinated the most popular and beloved leader Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Since then, we have been paying the price of that folly. Now i hope and pray that the savage Libyan people also start paying the price for the crime they have just committed at the behest of CIA and MOSSAD.

    • S U Turkman  On October 25, 2011 at 1:13 am

      No its not true. In Tunisia, the Islamists have won Election. In Egypt they are set to win Elections. In Libya, they have already spitted at Obama instead of thanking him by announcing formation of Islamic Bank and implementing Shriyaa Law. In Syria, USA could not help Islamists come in power by bombing the Government out because of Russia and China’s vetoes in UN Security Council. You see, may be Obama’s Opposition is right. He is a secret Moslim.

  • Bashy Quraishy  On October 24, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I enjoyed very much the factual analysis of Pepe Escobar in his article; How the West won Libya. He has many valid points except when he says:
    “We all know there will never be R2P to liberate the Tibetans and Uyghurs, or the people in that monster gulag Myanmar, or the people in Uzbekistan, or the Kurds in Turkey, or the Pashtuns on both sides of the imperially drawn Durand Line”.
    First the Kurds of Turkey are an important part of the republic and live in a democracy. Secondly, The Pashtuns are also free people and live on the both side of the Pak/Afghan border. To compare them with people from monster gulag Myanmarin and its dictatorship, is not only incorrect but also misleading. Thirdly, Mr: Escobar forgot the mention the people of Kashmir who really needs liberation from India.
    Kind regards

  • Arif  On October 25, 2011 at 12:48 am

    Ghaddafi /Saddam/ Mubarak were Liberal leaders now i am afraid that these Mullas of the 7th Century fame will fill the Vacum and start their Brutality on WOMEN and Modernism and revert everything cdack to the Stone age with FEAR FEAR FEAR of Quran and Allah… If you Fear someone you cannot like him???? can you? Rgds Arif Khan

    • S U Turkman  On October 25, 2011 at 1:15 am

      I agree and this has already started happening in those countries.

  • Mohammad Chaudhry  On October 25, 2011 at 12:49 am

    I broadly endorse the thought process of Pepe Escober as I endorsed Ron Paul’s thought process and his probing insight about this myopic and slanted perspective of Obama government in foreign affairs ,primarily run by left- over Neocons of Bush era,still in influential positions through overpragmatism of Obama for bipartisanship and arm twisting by the extreme right of Republicans.As predicted by Ron,this is bound to have its repercussions not only for Obama and America but the next generations of America and humanity at large as all this doesn’t correspond to ground realities and analysis theirof
    Just read hereunder what so-called butcher and despot, Qaddafi did for his people.
    Christopher Bollyn

    ——————————————————————————–

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
    2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
    3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
    5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
    6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms – all for free.
    7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.
    8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
    9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
    10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
    Great Man-Made River project in Libya… $27 billion
    11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
    12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
    13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US$5,000
    14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
    15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree
    16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.

    Which other dictator has done so much good for his people?

  • Rashid Latif  On October 25, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Dear Yasmeen,

    Thanks for the article.

    Most of us know the truth behind the Libyan war, but Pepe had the courage of conviction to expose the West’s R2P.

    I entirely agree with Pepe that the most oppressive and worst regime that should have been removed by the comity of nations as its priority # 1, is still enjoying the protection of Uncle Sam.

    Rashid Latif Ansari

  • Yasmeen Ali  On October 25, 2011 at 1:02 am

    I would like to share this link:
    http://www.theamericanconservative.com/blog/2011/10/24/the-gaddafi-i-knew/#.TqWf6PBAYJM.facebook

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