Without cutting through the fog of war it's impossible to understand what's
really going on in Libya.
Odyssey Dawn is only happening because the 22-member Arab League voted to
impose a no-fly zone over Libya. The Arab League - routinely dismissed in
Western capitals as irrelevant before this decision - is little else than an
instrument of the House of Saud's foreign policy.
Its "decision" was propelled by Washington's promise to protect the Gulf
Cooperation Council (GCC) kings/sheikhs/oligarchs from the democratic
aspirations of their own subjects - who are yearning for the same democratic
rights as their "cousins" in eastern Libya.
This is exactly the same GCC, posing for Saudi Arabia that invaded Bahrain
to help the Sunni al-Khalifa dynasty to crush the pro-democracy movement.
The GCC gang is considered by the West as "our" bastards, while Colonel
Muammar Gaddafi - according to the Western narrative - is a terrorist who
went to rehab and is now a thug.
The GCC comprises stalwart egalitarians Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait,
Qatar, Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was the GCC that first
voted for a no-fly zone; then top dog Saudi Arabia twisted arms/promised
bribes to extract an Arab League endorsement (Syria and Algeria, for
instance, were seriously against it).
For the opportunist Arab League secretary-general Amr Moussa, who is already
running for the presidency of Egypt, this was a great deal; he took his
marching orders from Riyadh while at the same time polishing his CV with
For Saudi Arabia this was a great deal; the perfect chance for King Abdullah
to get rid of Gaddafi (the bad blood between both since 2002 is legendary),
and the perfect chance for the House of Saud to lend a hand to a bewildered
Odyssey Dawn has no inbuilt endgame. US President Barack Obama has made it
clear numerous times that his endgame means "Gaddafi must go". This is
called "regime change". Or, in the new two-pronged Obama doctrine, "US
outreach" (directed towards opponents of "evil regimes"). Not-so-evil
regimes, as in Bahrain or Yemen, are encouraged towards "regime alteration".
The problem is "regime change" is not mandated by UN Resolution 1973.
Odyssey Dawn is the first African war of the latest Pentagon overseas
military command, Africom. Soon it
will turn into the first African war of the North Atlantic Treaty
Organization (NATO). Although sold as a "limited mission", Odyssey Dawn - as
in just imposing and maintaining a no-fly zone - will cost at least $15
billion a year. . . .
VIDEO: "This is a memo
that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years,
starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and,
finishing off, Iran."--"Gen Wesley Clark,"
democracynow.org, March 2, 2007
[After two weeks of imperialist attack, Libya is being mangled by al Qaeda
terrorists, civil war, NATO air raids, cruise missiles, Predator drones, and
C-130 gunships - all made possible by the CIA-backed al Qaeda rebels of
Cyrenaica. US, British, French, and Dutch commandos have taken leadership of
the rebel forces, and are arming them with modern weapons in flagrant
violation of the arms embargo specified in UN Security Council resolution
1973.--Webster G. Tarpley, "Al Qaeda: Pawns of CIA Insurrection from Libya to
Yemen," tarpley.net, April 3, 2011]
[The Euro-American attack on Libya has nothing to do with protecting
anyone; only the terminally naive believe such nonsense. It is the
west's response to popular uprisings in strategic, resource-rich regions of
the world and the beginning of a war of attrition against the new imperial
rival, China.--John Pilger, "Westminster warriors untouched by Libya's suffering and
bloodshed," newstatesman.com, April 8, 2011]
[In 1960 the British and US oil majors controlled most of the production
outside the communist world. The national companies of producer countries
have replaced them.--Jean-Pierre Sereni, "Why the Oil
Companies Decided Qaddafi Has to Go," Le Monde Diplomatique, April
For the first time in more than 60 years, Western control over the world's
biggest pots of oil was being rocked by a series of revolutions our
governments couldn't control. The most plausible explanation is that this is
a way of asserting raw Western power, and trying to arrange the fallout in
our favour. But if you are still convinced our governments are acting for
humanitarian reasons, I've got a round-trip plane ticket for you to some
rubble in Pakistan and Congo. The people there would love to hear your
argument.--Johann Hari, "We're not
being told the truth on Libya," Independent, April 8, 2011]
[It's no surprise UN resolution 1973 reveals itself to be a farce - as much
as the manufactured Libyan "revolution", which has essentially
orchestrated by French intelligence, British MI6 and the US Central
Intelligence Agency since Gaddafi's former chief of protocol, Nuri Mesmari,
defected to Paris in October 2010.--Pepe Escobar, "Mission
regime change," atimes.com, April 20, 2011]
[The Middle East and North Africa turned out to be the leitmotif of Yang's
talks in Moscow with his host Sergei Lavrov. Russia and China decided to
work together in addressing the issues arising out of the upheaval in the
Middle East and North Africa. Lavrov said: "We have agreed to coordinate our
actions using the abilities of both states in order to assist the earliest
stabilization and prevention of the further negative unpredictable
Lavrov said Russia and China had the "identical position" that "every nation
should determine its future independently without outside interference".
Presumably, the two countries are now agreed on a common position to oppose
any move by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to conduct a
ground operation in Libya.--M K Bhadrakumar, "Russia
and China challenge NATO," atimes.com, May 10, 2011]