On Thursday March 17 the United Nations (UN) voted to establish a “no fly zone” over Libyan airspace and take military action against Libyan leader Colonel Muamar Gaddafi, this is not a humanitarian intervention as the mainstream media has stated but rather a stategy by America and its allies to take control of Libya’s vast oil reserves.
The UN has voted in favour of imposing a “no fly zone” over Libyan airspace and take military action against Libyan leader Colonel Muamar Gaddafi.
Ten countries out of the 15 members of the UN Security Council voted in favour of these measures. Five countries, namely China, Russia, India, Brazil and Germany abstained from voting.
Twenty-two pro Western Arab states also backed the UN’s decision and will provide fighter planes. According to Thalif Deen (Inter Press News: U.N. Body Authorises Military Intervention in Libya: March 17) it is very rare for an Arab state to be part of Western military action against another Arab state, but in this case alot is at stake for the Arab world under strain from protesters in their own countries.
What will happen now is that Britain, France and American forces are expected to launch airstrikes probably today against Colonel Gaddafi’s forces in the rebel stronghold of Benghazi. Canada have pledged war planes and Arab countries such as Jordan and Oman, have pilots trained by the US ready to take part in the military attack.
Another oil war
In my earlier article on Libya The West’s battle for Libya’s oil, I briefly unravelled the underlying reasons why America and its allies were calling for humanitarian intervention in Libya. It had nothing to do with Colonel Gaddafi”s attacks on civilians as they claim but more to do with the huge oil reserves Libya owns which America and its allies now wants.
According to the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) UK weapons, including tear gas, sniper rifles and crown control ammunition was being sold to Bahrain, Libya and other countries in the Middle East, the same countries that the UK is now hypocritically condemning for attacking civilians and committing human rights abuses. (February 2011)
A Guardian report (EU arms exports to Libya: who armed Gaddafi?: Simon Rogers: Tuesday, 1 March) revealed that Italy, France and the UK were the top three EU countries which sold arms to Libya between 2005 and 2009. Ironically, Britain and France were the two countries urging for military intervention in Libya and pushed for the UN resolution on a “no fly zone”.
The same double standards which led to the war in Iraq now applies to Libya, accept in this case America and its allies are using a humanitarian pretext to invade for oil, and of course they have UN approval, which really means that in this case the West is united in their shared interests.
Just like Iraq however, the prize is significant. Professor Michel Chossudovsky (Global Research: “Operation Libya” and the Battle for Oil: Redrawing the Map of Africa: March 9, 2011) states that Libya has 3.5% of the global oil reserves, which is more than twice that of the US. Chossudovsky says that Libya is the largest oil economy in Africa, with ten times greater proven reserves than Egypt.
There is also a greater American strategy at work regarding Libya. According to Chossudovsky China is playing a significant role in the Libyan oil industry with 11% of Libyan oil exported to China. America sees this as a threat to their political influence in North Africa. More importantly however, North Africa is a French colonial influenced region, and America seeks to break the French political ties to this region and take control.
Chossudovsky said, “The Anglo-American oil giants including British Petroleum which signed an exploration contract in 2007 with the Ghadaffi government are among the potential “beneficiaries” of the proposed US-NATO military operation.”
America’s strategy has far reaching consequences for Libya’s neighbouring countries as well. Chad, another French colonial influenced country is a potentially oil rich economy according to Chossudovsky. American oil companies ExxonMobil and Chevron have oil interests in Southern Chad and the Sudan, another oil rich economy; but so does China, a factor which America wants to eliminate.
Chossudovsky said that Niger, again another French colonial influenced country is rich in uranium, a resource of vital interest to America and China but currently dominated by French nuclear conglomerate Areva.
Chossudovsky said that former NATO Commander Chief General Wesley Clark stated in 2001 that the war in Iraq was part of a five-year campaign plan to bring seven countries under America’s sphere of dominance, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Iran, Somalia and Sudan.
Just like the war in Iraq was planned years before its execution, the invasion of Libya under a humanitarian pretext fits into America’s long term strategy for global dominance.
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