NATO’s Plan Is to Occupy Libya

ANALYSIS, 28 Feb 2011

Fidel Castro Ruz, CubaDebate – TRANSCEND Media Service

OIL became the principal wealth in the hands of the large yankee transnationals; with that source of energy, they had at their disposal an instrument that considerably increased their political power in the world. It was their principal weapon when they decided to simply liquidate the Cuban Revolution as soon as the first, just and sovereign laws were enacted in our homeland: by depriving it of oil.

Current civilization was developed on the basis of this source of energy. Of the nations in this hemisphere it was Venezuela which paid the highest price. The United States made itself the owner of the vast oilfields which nature endowed upon that sister nation.

At the end of the last World War it began to extract large volumes from oilfields in Iran, as well as those of Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the Arab countries located around them. These came to be the principal suppliers. World consumption rose progressively to the fabulous figure of approximately 80 million barrels per day, including those pumped in U.S. territory, to which gas, hydraulic and nuclear energy were subsequently added. Up until the beginning of the 20th century coal was the fundamental source of energy that made possible industrial development, before billions of automobiles and engines consuming combustible liquid were produced.

The squandering of oil and gas is associated with one of the greatest tragedies, totally unresolved, being endured by humanity: climate change. When our Revolution arose, Algeria, Libya and Egypt were not as yet oil producers and a large part of the substantial reserves of Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran and the United Arab Emirates were still to be discovered.

In December of 1951, Libya became the first African country to attain its independence after World War II, during which its territory was the scene of significant battles between German and British troops, bringing fame to Generals Erwin Rommel and Bernard. L. Montgomery.

Total desert covers 95% of its territory. Technology made it possible to find significant fields of excellent quality light oil, currently providing 800 billion barrels per day, and abundant natural gas deposits. Such wealth allowed it to achieve a life expectancy rate of close to 75 years and the highest per capita income in Africa. Its harsh desert is located above an enormous lake of fossil water, equivalent to more than three times the land surface of Cuba, which has made it possible to construct a broad network of fresh water pipes which extends throughout the country.

Libya, which had one million inhabitants upon attaining its independence, now has a population of more than six million. The Libyan Revolution took place in September 1969. Its principal leader was Muammar al-Gaddafi, a soldier of Bedouin origin who was inspired in his early youth by the ideas of the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser. Without any doubt, many of his decisions are associated with the changes that came about when, as in Egypt, a weak and corrupt monarchy was overthrown in Libya.

The inhabitants of that country have age-old warrior traditions. It is said that the ancient Libyans formed part of Hannibal’s army when he was at the point of liquidating Ancient Rome with the force that crossed the Alps.

One can be in agreement with Gaddafi or not. The world has been invaded with all kind of news, especially through the mass media. We shall have to wait the time needed to discover precisely how much is truth or lies, or a mix of the events, of all kinds, which, in the midst of chaos, have been taking place in Libya. What is absolutely evident to me is that the government of the United States is totally unconcerned about peace in Libya and will not hesitate to give NATO the order to invade that rich country, possibly in a matter of hours or a few days.

Those who, with perfidious intentions, invented the lie that Gaddafi was headed for Venezuela, as they did yesterday afternoon Sunday, February 20, today received a worthy response from Nicolás Maduro, Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs, when he stated textually that he was “voting for the Libyan people, in the exercise of their sovereignty, to find a peaceful solution to their difficulties which will preserve the integrity of the Libyan people and nation, without the interference of imperialism…”

For my part, I cannot imagine the Libyan leader abandoning the country, eluding the responsibilities attributed to him, whether or not this news is partly or totally false.

An honest person will always be against any injustice committed against any nation of the world, and the worst injustice, at this moment, would be to remain silent in the face of the crime that NATO is preparing to commit against the Libyan people.

The chief of that military organization is being urged to do so. This must be condemned!

(Taken from CubaDebate)


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2 Responses to “NATO’s Plan Is to Occupy Libya”

  1. Satoshi says:

    If NATO’s intervention will be carried out in Libya, NATO will justify it as a “humanitarian intervention” whose hidden agenda might be, however, a “hydrocarbon intervention”.

    Why the “hydrocarbon intervention”? Because Libya has OIL. Quote: “The Libyan economy is heavily dependent on the hydrocarbon industry which, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), accounted for over 95 percent of export earnings in 2010. According to the Oil and Gas Journal (OGJ), Libya holds around 46.4 billion barrels of oil reserves, the largest in Africa, and close to 55 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of natural gas reserves. In 2010, total oil production (crude plus liquids) was close to 1.8 million barrels per day (bbl/d).” Unquote. (Source: US Energy Information Administration

    So, no “humanitarian intervention” to North Korea, for instance, in which people are starving and whose government is developing long range nuclear missiles? But there might be a “humanitarian intervention” to Libya whose GDP (PPP)per capita is US$14,884 in 2010 estimate, the world No.56th; and GDP(nominal)per capita is US$11,852 in 2010 estimate, the world No.48th.(Source: Wikipedia Does this mean that those countries with evidence of serious human rights violations, which have OIL and which are poorer than Libya deserve NATO’s “humanitarian intervention”?

    Whatever NATO’s agenda might be regarding its possible intervetion to Libya, however, one should not forget this fact: Libya is more like Afghanistan, meaning that Libya is a multi-tribal society – approximately 140 tribes and clans. (Source: Wikipedia This issue might pave the way for emerging the issue of a possible division (therefore, resulting in a possible civil war) between the western part (whose focal point is Tripoli) and the eastern part (whose focal point is Benghazi) of Libya.

    When the cat is removed, many mice start fighting each other to obtain the political, military and economic power. Which tribe will be the leading power in Libya will be a serious agenda for them. It is not a matter of the Arabic level; it is a matter of the tribal level. For each tribe in Libya, it will be a “survive-or-perish” agenda. Thus, one can imagine how their struggle will be in the post-Gaddafi era. Does NATO understand it? This question leads to another serious and more fundamental question: Is it possible for “Christian mentality” military forces (and subsequently their “Christian mentality” Western political powers), facing the possiblity of a civil war as mentioned above, to successfully manage many “Islamic mentality” tribes, especially in the long run?

  2. Yes, I do agree, NATA’s intervention could be disastrous in Libya. The international community will be multiplying the Libyan problem, if they allow NATO to occupy Libya, and must not do this experiment. It will not only deepen Libyan crisis but also expand US – Muslim gaps some further. Oil and Natural gas, as mentioned above, are the vested interests there, and nations must work on alternate energy sources instead to address this problem.

    On the other hand, Col. Gaddafi, should be wise enough to protect his people from any catastrophe. I think a peaceful conflict transformation is the real need there.