Western interventions have produced nothing but colossal failures in Libya, Iraq, and Syria
by GARIKAI CHENGU | GLOBAL RESEARCH | OCTOBER 20, 2014
This week marks the three-year anniversary of the Western-backed assassination of Libya’s former president, Muammar Gaddafi, and the fall of one of Africa’s greatest nations.
In 1967 Colonel Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; however, by the time he was assassinated, Gaddafi had turned Libya into Africa’s wealthiest nation. Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the continent. Less people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands.
After NATO’s intervention in 2011, Libya is now a failed state and its economy is in shambles. As the government’s control slips through their fingers and into to the militia fighters’ hands, oil production has all but stopped.
The militias variously local, tribal, regional, Islamist or criminal, that have plagued Libya since NATO’s intervention, have recently lined up into two warring factions. Libya now has two governments, both with their own Prime Minister, parliament and army.
On one side, in the West of the country, Islamist-allied militias took over control of the capital Tripoli and other cities and set up their own government, chasing away a parliament that was elected over the summer.
On the other side, in the East of the Country, the “legitimate” government dominated by anti-Islamist politicians, exiled 1,200 kilometers away in Tobruk, no longer governs anything.
The fall of Gaddafi’s administration has created all of the country’s worst-case scenarios: Western embassies have all left, the South of the country has become a haven for terrorists, and the Northern coast a center of migrant trafficking. Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia have all closed their borders with Libya. This all occurs amidst a backdrop of widespread rape, assassinations and torture that complete the picture of a state that is failed to the bone.
America is clearly fed up with the two inept governments in Libya and is now backing a third force: long-time CIA asset, General Khalifa Hifter, who aims to set himself up as Libya’s new dictator. Hifter, who broke with Gaddafi in the 1980s and lived for years in Langley, Virginia, close to the CIA’s headquarters, where he was trained by the CIA, has taken part in numerous American regime change efforts, including the aborted attempt to overthrow Gaddafi in 1996.
In 1991 the New York Times reported that Hifter may have been one of “600 Libyan soldiers trained by American intelligence officials in sabotage and other guerrilla skills…to fit in neatly into the Reagan Administration’s eagerness to topple Colonel Qaddafi”.
Hifter’s forces are currently vying with the Al Qaeda group Ansar al-Sharia for control of Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi. Ansar al-Sharia was armed by America during the NATO campaign against Colonel Gaddafi. In yet another example of the U.S. backing terrorists backfiring, Ansar al-Sharia has recently been blamed by America for the brutal assassination of U.S. Ambassador Stevens.
Hifter is currently receiving logistical and air support from the U.S. because his faction envision a mostly secular Libya open to Western financiers, speculators, and capital.
Perhaps, Gaddafi’s greatest crime, in the eyes of NATO, was his desire to put the interests of local labour above foreign capital and his quest for a strong and truly United States of Africa. In fact, in August 2011, President Obama confiscated $30 billion from Libya’s Central Bank, which Gaddafi had earmarked for the establishment of the African IMF and African Central Bank.
In 2011, the West’s objective was clearly not to help the Libyan people, who already had the highest standard of living in Africa, but to oust Gaddafi, install a puppet regime, and gain control of Libya’s natural resources.
For over 40 years, Gaddafi promoted economic democracy and used the nationalized oil wealth to sustain progressive social welfare programs for all Libyans. Under Gaddafi’s rule, Libyans enjoyed not only free health-care and free education, but also free electricity and interest-free loans. Now thanks to NATO’s intervention the health-care sector is on the verge of collapse as thousands of Filipino health workers flee the country, institutions of higher education across the East of the country are shut down, and black outs are a common occurrence in once thriving Tripoli.
One group that has suffered immensely from NATO’s bombing campaign is the nation’s women. Unlike many other Arab nations, women in Gaddafi’s Libya had the right to education, hold jobs, divorce, hold property and have an income. The United Nations Human Rights Council praised Gaddafi for his promotion of women’s rights.
When the colonel seized power in 1969, few women went to university. Today, more than half of Libya’s university students are women. One of the first laws Gaddafi passed in 1970 was an equal pay for equal work law.
Nowadays, the new “democratic” Libyan regime is clamping down on women’s rights. The new ruling tribes are tied to traditions that are strongly patriarchal. Also, the chaotic nature of post-intervention Libyan politics has allowed free reign to extremist Islamic forces that see gender equality as a Western perversion.
Three years ago, NATO declared that the mission in Libya had been “one of the most successful in NATO history.” Truth is, Western interventions have produced nothing but colossal failures in Libya, Iraq, and Syria. Lest we forget, prior to western military involvement in these three nations, they were the most modern and secular states in the Middle East and North Africa with the highest regional women’s rights and standards of living.
A decade of failed military expeditions in the Middle East has left the American people in trillions of dollars of debt. However, one group has benefited immensely from the costly and deadly wars: America’s Military-Industrial-Complex.
Building new military bases means billions of dollars for America’s military elite. As Will Blum has pointed out, following the bombing of Iraq, the United States built new bases in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia.
Following the bombing of Afghanistan, the United States is now building military bases in Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
Following the recent bombing of Libya, the United States has built new military bases in the Seychelles, Kenya, South Sudan, Niger and Burkina Faso.
Given that Libya sits atop the strategic intersection of the African, Middle Eastern and European worlds, Western control of the nation, has always been a remarkably effective way to project power into these three regions and beyond.
NATO’s military intervention may have been a resounding success for America’s military elite and oil companies but for the ordinary Libyan, the military campaign may indeed go down in history as one of the greatest failures of the 21st century.
Written by Allen West on October 16, 2014
Yesterday President Barack Hussein Obama did something you know must have hurt him deeply — he cancelled a fundraising event. We got a chance to watch a very well staged cabinet meeting performance and everyone looked the part while Obama talked about a CDC SWAT team — oh boy, so now we’ll have CDC storm troopers showing up to disinfect neighborhoods. The problem with Obama’s actions yesterday is that we’ve become so conditioned to him attending fundraisers and playing golf that when he decided not to do so yesterday we all knew it was just a staged optical manipulation. But don’t worry, he’ll be back on the trail.
As reported by The Hill, “President Obama will spend the final week before the midterm elections crisscrossing the country to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Maine, the White House announced Wednesday. And the president is adding at least one Senate race to the president’s campaign schedule: an event for Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.), who is battling Republican Terri Lynn Land to replace retiring Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).”
“But the president’s schedule will be focused primarily on gubernatorial races, where polls indicate that Democrats have a far better chance of victory and where the president, who is struggling with dismal approval ratings (about 40 percent according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll), could inflict far less damage. The president will stay in reliably Democratic areas, focusing his efforts in states he won handily in both 2008 and 2012.”
I bet some of these Democrat gubernatorial candidates are quietly praying in their campaign offices, “please, please don’t let Obama come here, make sure I have an appointment with the dentist that day.”
The Hill says, “the president has been largely shunned by Democrats in the pivotal races expected to decide control of the Senate. Democrats in states like Louisiana, Alaska, Arkansas and North Carolina have made a point of distancing themselves from Obama. In Kentucky, the party’s Senate nominee, Alison Lundergan Grimes, has repeatedly refused to say whether she voted for the president.”
You see, out here in real America — not the fawning fundraiser crowds of Gwenyth Paltrow — folks are struggling and are tired of the empty rhetoric from Obama. Sure, there are those dedicated progressive socialist acolytes who are still enraptured by him. I’m quite sure Obama’s advance team will bus in as many of Lenin’s “useful idiots” as they can find: union members, food stamp/EBT card recipients who will be paid or at least given a free Obama phone, or college kids wanting a free t-shirt — you know, his so called “base.” Real folks will be working or trying to get some rest from working 2 or 3 part-time jobs.
And if you want an example of a delusional Obamabot, go no further than Josh “Not So” Earnest. As The Hill reports, “Earnest said Tuesday Obama was not disappointed that Grimes and other vulnerable Democratic candidates had looked to distance themselves from him ahead of the midterm elections. “The president is pleased on the record that he has amassed in his six years, almost six years in office,” Earnest said, citing the economic recovery and implementation of his signature healthcare law. Asked why, if the president had a strong case to make, Obama had so far avoided appearing at campaign events with any Democratic Senate candidates, Earnest said Obama “obviously has got a few things on his plate these days” — an apparent reference to the Ebola outbreak and fight against jihadists in Iraq and Syria.”
So let’s see what Obama says to folks about Detroit, which went bankrupt on his watch. And perhaps when he goes to Wisconsin he should talk to Governor Walker who created a budget surplus and is sending out rebate checks to Wisconsans — not raising their taxes. When Obama heads over to Pennsylvania, maybe he can explain why he and the Democrat candidate don’t want to expand economic growth and opportunity there with the natural gas boon that would come with fracking approval – I believe the unemployment rate in North Dakota is basically zero! And when he goes to Maine, perhaps he can explain why he refused to eat Senator Susan Collins’ lunch of Maine lobster? And someone may want to brief Obama about Rep. Gary Peters’ embellishment of his military record.
Doggone, Obama hsan’t gotten the memo that Democrat candidates are not out there invoking his name — even in blue states. If Obama shows up talking about the war on women, income inequality or the minimum wage it will show he’s out of touch with mainstream Americans. Right now, Obama needs to stay in DC and perhaps cordon off this Ebola issue before the American people see it as a crisis. Or at least, before Obama “criss-crosses” the country he should establish a travel ban out of West African countries affected by the Ebola pandemic — at least secure our southern border.
Obama and his inner circle may believe they’re safe supporting Democrat gubernatorial candidates in blue states — not so true, as there are some contentious races in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. And if Obama shows up, he is the embodiment of the failed policies he’s stated are on the ballot this midterm election cycle.
I bet there’s a bunch of Democrat candidates who are looking to create a maintenance issue for Air Force One so it can’t take off. Barack Hussein Obama is politically toxic — but no one is telling him.