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Old 09-04-2011, 07:11 PM   #196
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THE ROVING EYE
Why Gaddafi got a red card
By Pepe Escobar

Surveying the Libyan wasteland out of a cozy room crammed with wafer-thin LCDs in a Pyongyang palace, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's Dear Leader, Kim Jong-il, must have been stunned as he contemplated Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's predicament.

"What a fool," the Dear Leader predictably murmurs. No wonder. He knows how The Big G virtually signed his death sentence that day in 2003 when he accepted the suggestion of his irrepressibly nasty offspring - all infatuated with Europe - to dump his weapons of mass destruction program and place the future of the regime in the hands of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Granted, Saif al-Islam, Mutassim, Khamis and the rest of the


Gaddafi clan still couldn't tell the difference between partying hard in St Tropez and getting bombed by Mirages and Rafales. But Big G, wherever he is, in Sirte, in the central desert or in a silent caravan to Algeria, must be cursing them to eternity.

He thought he was a NATO partner. Now NATO wants to blow his head off. What kind of partnership is this?

The Sunni monarchical dictator in Bahrain stays; no "humanitarian" bombs over Manama, no price on his head. The House of Saud club of dictators stays; no "humanitarian" bombs over Riyadh, Dubai or Doha - no price on their Western-loving gilded heads. Even the Syrian dictator is getting a break - so far.

So the question, asked by many an Asia Times Online reader, is inevitable: what was the crucial red line crossed by Gaddafi that got him a red card?

'Revolution' made in France
There are enough red lines crossed by The Big G - and enough red cards - to turn this whole computer screen blood red.

Let's start with the basics. The Frogs did it. It's always worth repeating; this is a French war. The Americans don't even call it a war; it's a "kinetic action" or something. The "rebel" Transitional National Council" (TNC) is a French invention.

And yes - this is above all neo-Napoleonic President Nicolas Sarkozy's war. He's the George Clooney character in the movie (poor Clooney). Everybody else, from David of Arabia Cameron to Nobel Peace Prize winner and multiple war developer Barack Obama, are supporting actors.

As already reported by Asia Times Online, this war started in October 2010 when Gaddafi's chief of protocol, Nuri Mesmari, defected to Paris, was approached by French intelligence and for all practical purposes a military coup d'etat was concocted, involving defectors in Cyrenaica.

Sarko had a bag full of motives to exact revenge on The Big G.

French banks had told him that Gaddafi was about to transfer his billions of euros to Chinese banks. Thus Gaddafi could not by any means become an example to other Arab nations or sovereign funds.

French corporations told Sarko that Gaddafi had decided not to buy Rafale fighters anymore, and not to hire the French to build a nuclear plant; he was more concerned in investing in social services.

Energy giant Total wanted a much bigger piece of the Libyan energy cake - which was being largely eaten, on the European side, by Italy's ENI, especially because Premier Silvio "bunga bunga" Berlusconi, a certified Big G fan, had clinched a complex deal with Gaddafi.

Thus the military coup was perfected in Paris until December; the first popular demonstrations in Cyrenaica in February - largely instigated by the plotters - were hijacked. The self-promoting philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy flew his white shirt over an open torso to Benghazi to meet the "rebels" and phone Sarkozy, virtually ordering him to recognize them in early March as legitimate (not that Sarko needed any encouragement).

The TNC was invented in Paris, but the United Nations also duly gobbled it up as the "legitimate" government of Libya - just as NATO did not have a UN mandate to go from a no-fly zone to indiscriminate "humanitarian" bombing, culminating with the current siege of Sirte.

The French and the British redacted what would become UN Resolution 1973. Washington merrily joined the party. The US State Department brokered a deal with the House of Saud through which the Saudis would guarantee an Arab League vote as a prelude for the UN resolution, and in exchange would be left alone to repress any pro-democracy protests in the Persian Gulf, as they did, savagely, in Bahrain.

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC - then transmuted into Gulf Counter-Revolution Club) also had tons of reasons to get rid of Gaddafi. The Saudis would love to accommodate a friendly emirate in northern Africa, especially by getting rid of the ultra-bad blood between Gaddafi and King Abdullah. The Emirates wanted a new place to invest and "develop". Qatar, very cozy with Sarko, wanted to make money - as in handling the new oil sales of the "legitimate" rebels.

United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may be very cozy with the House of Saud or the murderous al-Khalifas in Bahrain. But the State Department heavily blasted Gaddafi for his "increasingly nationalistic policies in the energy sector"; and also for "Libyanizing" the economy.

The Big G, a wily player, should have seen the writing on the wall. Since prime minister Mohammad Mossadegh was deposed essentially by the Central Intelligence Agency in Iran in 1953, the rule is that you don't antagonize globalized Big Oil. Not to mention the international financial/banking system - promoting subversive ideas such as turning your economy to the benefit of your local population.

If you're pro-your country you are automatically against those who rule - Western banks, mega-corporations, shady "investors" out to profit from whatever your country produces.

Gaddafi not only crossed all these red lines but he also tried to sneak out of the petrodollar; he tried to sell to Africa the idea of a unified currency, the gold dinar (most African countries supported it); he invested in a multibillion dollar project - the Great Man-Made River, a network of pipelines pumping fresh water from the desert to the Mediterranean coast - without genuflecting at the alter of the World Bank; he invested in social programs in poor, sub-Saharan countries; he financed the African Bank, thus allowing scores of nations to bypass, once again, the World Bank and especially the International Monetary Fund; he financed an African-wide telecom system that bypassed Western networks; he raised living standards in Libya. The list is endless.
Asia Times Online :: THE ROVING EYE: Why Gaddafi got a red card
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Old 09-04-2011, 09:27 PM   #197
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Live blog: Libya's National Transitional Council says Gadhafi dead – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs

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Libya's National Transitional Council says Gadhafi dead

The head of the National Transitional Council military arm announced on Al Jazeera Arabic that Gadhafi is dead. The report hasn't been confirmed. Also, a photo surfaced showing what appeared to be a bloodied Gadhafi.
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yet another foreign policy achievement for Obama.

my god, how inept and stupid does Bush look now?
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Old 10-20-2011, 11:08 AM   #202
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In some way people will credit Bush since he started the other two wars and Obama piggybacked on him....

but it is a bit odd that a community organizer with no leadership experience can accomplish what he has (on the war on terror and other foreign affairs).
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Yes, I'm sure many people will say that Bush was the starting pitcher who pitched 8 2/ 3 innings and gave up 2 hits. Obama was the reliever for one out, and he probably drank beer and ate fried chicken in the bullpen.

It's not going to amount to a hill of beans because the economy is in the dumper.

Good riddance Gadhafi
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yet another foreign policy achievement for Obama.

my god, how inept and stupid does Bush look now?
Let's be honest now. The Arab Spring was not likely to happen without U.S. intervention in the middle east and that intervention got Gaddafi to give up weapons of mass destruction so it's not just solely an "Obama victory".

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It's also only a few weeks earlier than the timeframe it took to get Saddam in 2003. The real test is what happens afterwards and how that reflects on the president.

But good for him and his legacy. I don't think it has much impact on the election, though.
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Let's be honest now. The Arab Spring was not likely to happen without U.S. intervention in the middle east
Much more likely that it was related to increase in food prices and levels of youth unemployment rather than America spreading freedom to Tunisia....
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It's also only a few weeks earlier than the timeframe it took to get Saddam in 2003. The real test is what happens afterwards and how that reflects on the president.


this didn't require an American occupation and hasn't cost a single American life, was multilateral, and everyone is happy about it.

but agreed that what happens next is important.
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Much more likely that it was related to increase in food prices and levels of youth unemployment rather than America spreading freedom to Tunisia....
that and the fact that there's a much different person occupying the White House.

the Cairo Address was no small thing.
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the Cairo Address was no small thing.

But he used a teleprompter!!!!!!


I agree, I think it's a lot of things. Our leader isn't as hated around the world (just more divided at home for some reason) and we're scaling back our operations.

I wasn't quite sure what to think of Libya at first only because I figured we would have large ground troops moving in eventually. But I will say in regards to overthrowing a corrupt leader, this was about as efficient as I've seen (I'm 32 so maybe there others before my time).

Now we'll see what happens next. I am of the belief we should back off and let the people figure it out for themselves. If they put someone worse in place, so be it.
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yet another foreign policy achievement for Obama.

my god, how inept and stupid does Bush look now?
This was no US solo action, so he can't take credit. And let's wait and see if Libya gets an improvement in leadership.

It would be a great victory if Obama could step up to the Cairo talk about Palestinian state though.
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