The corporatocracy isn’t just going to watch while parts of it’s empire fall away – to the people.
The following is an excerpt from the above linked-to article. I will turn the dead links at the bottom of my comment into live links for your convenience:
According to Saif, the protests in Libya are the work of drunks, criminals, and foreigners who had been paid to destabilize the Libyan state. (“At this time drunks are driving tanks in central Benghazi.”) If everybody does not rally around the regime, there will be a terrible civil war. (“We are a tribal people.”) The country will break into a dozen separate emirates, all foreign investors will leave, and the oil will cease to flow.
Bereft of its oil income, Libya will have to close its hospitals and schools. Everybody will fall into poverty so deep that it will take 40 years to climb back out. The Americans and the British will take over the country…
Gwynne is knowledgeable and astute, if somewhat dour. Why ‘he’ isn’t raising the alarm about the surely impending ‘democracy promotion’ and ‘humanitarian intervention’ in the mideast is a mystery to me.
Following is one of my online comments in response to the above linked-to article:
I find this interesting. Saif al-Islam Gadhafi mentions Yugoslavia in the midst of dishing out a pile of unintelligible vile, during which he pulled his finger out of his butt and wagged it at everyone. That was effective.
Yugoslavia came up in David Cameron’s statements about Libya recently. Clinton unleashed horrible violence in the former (neutral) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and to this day major media and scholarship generally, fails to acknowledge that the major violence was a ‘result’ of Clinton’s assault, not the cause of it. As Michel Chossudovsky carefully explains, imperial powers and the capitalists they harbor, sought to re-colonize the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and a fair bit of unrest over there gave them the pretext for ‘humanitarian intervention’ and ‘democracy promotion’ that would rob those people of their country (or new countries) as austerity settled in, as it always does when the corporatocracy’s institutions follow up the military’s dirty work with economic shock therapy. For a non mainstream take on the humanitarian intervention that David Cameron says Libya now needs – causing me to shudder – read Noam Chomsky’s “The New Humanitarian Interventionism – Lessons From Kosovo,” in which he discusses “”humanitarian crises” in the technical sense: when the interests of the powerful are endangered.” -pg 66
Maybe Saif al-Islam Gadhafi and his father have been talking to the current crop of imperial leaders, indirectly of course, and have been promised refuge for plunging their country into incredible violence that would allow ‘humanitarian intervention’ and more incredible violence, leaving the victims of the instability caused by tortured people rebelling against a tyrannical leader with a way out, like oil gushing from the ground into the warm arms of the ground level atmosphere.
The fact is: There are ‘no’ humanitarian armies on this planet. If there are any that might possibly be used to perform humanitarian intervention, they certainly won’t be found in the U.K., France or the U.S..
Chomsky also had some interesting stuff to say about Clinton’s sidekick Tony Blair, who said, about the attack on the SFRY, that they were fighting “for values,” and “a new internationalism where the brutal repression of whole ethnic groups will no longer be tolerated… We are fighting for a world where dictators are no longer able to visit horrific punishments on their own peoples in order to stay in power,” unless we arm them. (pg 3)
* “Libya: David Cameron ‘incredibly sorry’ for rescue debacle” (The Telegraph) http://bit.ly/dRmUwZ
* “Calls mount for military intervention in Libya” By Ann Talbot (World Socialist Web Site)
* “Dismantling Former Yugoslavia, Recolonizing Bosnia-Herzegovina” by Michel Chossudovsky http://bit.ly/ez74Qi