Libya safe for plutocracy
It is doubtful Western elites shared the optimism of President Obama when he recently announced that the end of Muammar Gadhafi means control of Libya’s destiny will devolve to its “people.”
Nothing causes so much fear among the elite as the prospect of a nation controlled by its people.
The fear becomes more acute when that nation is sitting on top of a valuable resource and located in the most volatile region in the world. Libya might be on the fringe of the Middle East, but people-controlled government there could reignite demand for change in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
Change in Libya has been under the protective power of NATO and the United States. NATO and U. S. military assistance was never intended to ensure that the people of Libya succeeded in gaining control of their government. “Rebel” forces would have never gotten the help they did if it wasn’t clear from the start that they were willing to swear fealty to Western plutocrats.
The Libyan story is the same tale that’s been told since Western governments and their well-connected benefactors started pushing their weight around the last 500 years. Whenever there’s a valuable resource or strategic location to be exploited, the standard plan has been to make sure the guy in power is on your payroll and willing to take orders.
If he refuses to play the game or goes rogue after being a loyal employee for many years, you get rid of him. Count on state-controlled media to send past associations down the Memory Hole.
And the cost to the U. S. taxpayer for the Libyan operation now exceeds $1 billion.