Empires Strike Hard, Nations Die Hard: Behind the Libyan Fake Revolution, And the Re-Colonization of Africa.
TRANSCEND MEMBERS, 29 Aug 2011
After six months of fierce bombings and assault on Libya by NATO and their ally cronies, mainstream media are painting the conflict as a natural consequence of previous uprisings, today “disillusioned revolutions” in North Africa. Under the Umbrella of humanitarian interventions, the media of wars fail to mention the decaying capital economic system and the insatiability of the empires as one of the major cause of the conflict.
No empire can survive beside existing self-sustained and independent Nations as Libya in this case. The strategy is to dismantle free nations by war if necessary, for the empire to survive at their expenses. Through the imposition of different financial deregulations and then finance their own internal deficit. In this case, the axis France- United Kingdom- United States recruited and relied on few disenfranchised Qaddafi’s opponents, elements from Al-Qaeda (some brought directly from Guantanamo) and among them militia of Prince Bandar Bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia. The NATO-led intervention in Libya is the outcome of a decade-long plan by the US and its allies to reshape the middle-East and Africa. That wish was revealed in 2002 by John Bolton, former UN ambassador for the US and completion of the project later was materialized in November last year with France super-headings the invasion.
The shadow of civil war over Libya predicting the feared partition of the country: Cyrenaica (Benghazi region) and Tripolitania (Tripoli region). Is the imperial plan to divide Libya in completion? It is not the first attempt to cutting and divide this nation; in 1949 after WWII at the Potsdam (Brandenburg, Germany); western allies adopted the Bevin-Sforza Plan that proposed the following: first, to dissolve Eritrea by sharing it between Sudan and Ethiopia Imperial; and second, to put Somalia under the administration of its former colonial power (Italy) indefinitely and “endelig” to divide Libyan into three parts, Cyrenaica, Fezzan and Tripoli against the wishes of the majority of Libyans. The territories placed under a shared jurisdiction of Italy, France, and Britain. John Dulles by then U.S. secretary of state said: The annexation of Eritrea to Ethiopia is necessary to protect U.S. interests in the Red Sea.
On May 17, 1949; after fearless protest by Senator Emile St-lot, Haitian UN ambassador voted NO to the approval of the resolution, against the advice of the Haitian President Estime. His vote blocked the implementation of the Bevin-Sforza Plan and prevented the partition of Libya.
The consequences of the Libyan imposed war under the pretext of the democratization and humanitarianism lays the foundation of the physical yet intangible re-colonization of Africa. Two specific aims are behind the conflict: the recovery of western economies by predation of Africa’s wealth in order to regain somehow lost political legitimacy to their public opinions and the control of scarce natural resources to face the rise of emerging powers such as China and Brazil
Predatory Wars for economic recovery
The 2008’s financial and economic crisis affected severely the US and Europe. To avoid the system financial meltdown and a 1929 economic crisis like, these governments funded private banks through the use of public funds, by then defrauding their own people. While rescuing the banks and companies from bankruptcy; their internal debt soared through the transfer of private debt into public debt.
Alone the United States has around 14 Trillion dollars in debt; France, Britain and Italy each have about 2,000 billion Dollars public debts while the 46 sub-Saharan African countries have in total less than $ 400 billion of public debt.
To finance their public spending; these governments are resorting to borrowing or taxation. Faced with such dramatic situation, the axis US-Britain-France favored scenario is economic recovery by war. History shows us how the economical crisis in 1929, plunged Europe into deep depression and the way the crisis was drawn out through the Second World War.
Heavily indebted beside it gluttony appetite; the military-economical global complex only war seems to be the remedy for its recovery. The Armies are marching and flying in search of wealth to maintain an unsustainable capital system. The scrambles for Africa, in this case Libya are easy prey.
The wars fuelled in Africa are neo-mercantilist conquests since they are inspired only for the gain of wealth by any means. Through structures like AFRICOM (US Africa Command) which probably will open a base in Benghazi; the race for raw and strategic material is on. Africa has been a breeding ground for decades. The D.R.Congo continues to pay the price. Huge corporations have funded proxy-wars with the only aim of looting the mineral wealth of this former Belgian colony. Despite UN reports and resolutions, no tangible actions have been taken against those who fuelled the armed conflict in the first place; inter alia the multinational corporations. The history seems to repeat itself; Accumulation by dispossession is a common trend for the capital economy. Since the slave trade until the colonization and the “independences”; the superpowers have plundered the continent respectively.
However, recent history teaches us that plundering others people resources is not the only way for development. Countries like China, India, Germany and Brazil growth economically without necessarily colonies or waging war against other nations possessing natural resources. It is through Fair-trade and acquisition of science, not war, these nations have been enriched. To Create false wars in Africa and the world in the hope to oxygenate their their economical apnea will only worsen the decline of the capitalist empire which took off in 1884 during the famous Berlin Conference.
Selvfølgelig Libya under Gaddafi is far from perfect, But we need to ask is France, Britain, the United States, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Poland whose legitimacy to bomb the Libyans women and children is based on the simple allegation that they are self-proclaimed “democratic countries” are they truly democratic? If so, are they more democratic than Gaddafi’s Libya? Questions to debate on
On March 19, 2003, President George W .Bush bombed on the heads of Iraq near to the Stone Age with the pretext of exporting democracy. Eight years later, March 2011, French President Sarkozy launches his bombs on Libya with the same reason. US President Obama, Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, justifying the use of is cruise missiles said it was to drive the dictator from power and bring democracy. Is the Geneva Convention limited only to its Canton? Is the ICC (International Criminal Court) only for Africa? And again from slavery trade to its abolition and from the colonialism to the “independence”, There is never been an equivalent of Nuremberg Tribunal or even a Truth and Reconciliation Commission. That is it mean as today, is the liquidation of humanity by the west a great business? Is one part of humanity less humans?
“Democracy building” in Libya, we are told, requires the extensive bombing of an entire country, under NATO’s”Responsibility to Protect” (R2P). To say we kill the Libyans for their own good is a deceit.
Rais Neza Boneza, is a TRANSCEND convener for Africa and a free-lance writer/researcher.
This article originally appeared on Transcend Media Service (TMS) on 29 Aug 2011.
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