NATO’s military intervention in Libya in 2011 has justifiably earned its place in history as an indictment of Western foreign policy and a military occupation, as the destruction of Libya will forever be an indelible stain on the reputations of those countries involved.

in 2017 the slave trade has been kicked alive in Libya, while the cataclysmic disaster to befall the country has been compounded to the point where it is hard to conceive of it ever being able to recover. Over 5.000 Italian NATO troops have been deployed to Libya, ever since, supported by a couple of thousands of other NATO forces from France and Britain.

Back in 2011, it was simply inconceivable that the UK, the USA and France would ignore the lessons of Iraq in 2003, just nine years previously. Yet ignore them they did, highlighting their rapacious obsession with maintaining hegemony over a region that sits atop an ocean of oil; this regardless of the human cost and legacy of disaster and total chaos and destruction this particular obsession has wrought.

When former UK Prime Minister David Cameron descended on Benghazi in eastern Libya in the summer of 2011, basking in the glory of the country’s victorious “revolution” in the company of his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy, he did so imbued with the belief he had succeeded in establishing his legacy as a leader on the global stage. Like Blair before him, he’d won his war and now was intent on partaking of its political and geopolitical spoils.

Cameron told the crowd, “Your city was an inspiration to the World, as you threw off a dictator and chose freedom. In fact Ghadaffi wanted to establish an African currency to replace the US dollar. The Golden Dinar was supposed to support African development services in an attempt to unchain the African continent from its WESTERN DICTATORS. 

Like with Iraq in 2003, when Saddam Hoessein wanted to introduce EURO-based oil trade market, these initiatives never materialized after the Americans launched their hostile air strikes in order to destroy and wipe both countries of the map. At the same time the oil reserves of those Arab countries were the price to catch in order to control the lucrative profits.

The destruction of Libya by NATO at the behest of the UK, the USA and France was a crime, one dripping in the cant and hypocrisy of Western ideologues for whom the world with all its complexities is reduced to a giant chessboard upon which countries such as Libya have long been mere pieces to be moved around and changed at their pleasure and in their interests — interests which are inimical to the people of the countries they deem ripe for regime change.

In 2011 the Libyan people fell victim to the West’s crude attempt to hijack the momentum of the Arab Spring at the very point at which it came to the end of its reach. The speed of its spread and mass support in Tunisia and Egypt, where it succeeded in toppling two pro-Western dictators in the shape of Ben Ali and Hosni Mubarak, caught Washington and its allies by surprise.

Washington and Europe have never been a source of stability in the Middle East or North Africa. On the contrary, their presence and double-dealing has only ever brought the people of this part of the world unremitting suffering and despair.

Bombs and missiles dropped in the “name of democracy” killed and destroyed every bit in the name of lifting Arab dictatorships.

BBC / AA Magnum Analyst Blog News Site 2017.

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