Libya opens way to second colonization of Africa?

Published: 20 October, 2011, 22:28
Edited: 21 October, 2011, 21:04

Libya, Sirte: Libyan National Transitional Council fighters celebrate in the coastal city of Sirte on October 20, 2011 after the final bastion of resistance by forces loyal strongman Moamer Kadhafi fell to fighters of the new regime. (AFP Photo / Philippe Desmazes)

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With Gaddafi dead, the Libyan people are going “to exchange one dictator for another”, a neo-liberal NATO one, says Brussels-based international consultant Lode Vanoost.

­“Libya will now become a bridgehead for the further conquest of Africa. Actually the first steps have already been taken. Obama has sent some 100 [military] advisors to Uganda,”

“Today the people are celebrating the demise of the dictator but they will soon find out that they changed their cage for another one.”

The death of Gaddafi does not mean the civil war in Libya is over, believes Vanoost. “These people are led by former Al-Qaeda allies and former Gaddafi ministers, they have interests at stake. They have already promised so many assets to other countries: France, the US, Germany – and they are not going to change those agreements.”

In the current conditions Libya might need a sort of a transitional council, but not the NTC, believes Lode Vanoost. “They already said clearly what they are standing for: an assault on the country for the benefit of the few.”

­Political science professor Pierre Guerlain describes the situation as a new way of fighting wars.

“NATO does not want to be embarrassed by the leaders it supported in the past and oppose them in a court of law. It is far more efficient to have the opponents killed rather than prosecute them, thus giving them the possibility to share information they have.”

So everyone is probably officially rejoicing over Gaddafi’s death but “the main thing of course is not to reveal the very complex interactions that have always existed between Libya and the West,” he concluded.

­Brian Becker, director of the Answer coalition says that Gaddafi’s death is a terrible crime and NATO is to blame.

“[This is] the act of the NATO powers, the United States, Britain and France, the former colonizers and enslavers of Africa, who have carried out regime change in many countries, they’ve done it again. They’ve taken out the leader and replaced him with a new government, which will be basically a NATO client regime. I think it’s a great tragedy for the people of Libya,” he said.

NATO has never wanted justice implemented in Libya, says Ted Rall, cartoonist, columnist and author.

“When you use a drone plane and an air strike, it is clear that you are not trying to bring someone to justice in any way. In this particular case this was clearly an assassination attempt in conjunction with the NTC in Libya,” Rall told RT.

He says there are a lot of questions about the way Gaddafi was killed.

“As an American, we need to question the way this death unfolded, an American drone in with conjunction with a French-NATO air strike.”

­Anti-war activist and journalist Don Debar believes Colonel Gaddafi’s standing trial at The Hague would have been a better outcome for the people of Libya.

“The trial would have been good for everyone because there would have been a presentation of evidence… At least that would have been an open airing of evidence and people would have been able to make up their own minds about what had happened up to that point,” he told RT.

­Amnesty International has demanded a full investigation to establish the circumstances of Gaddafi’s death. The London-based rights group has called on the revolutionary fighters to make public all the facts of how Gaddafi died, saying all members of the former regime should be treated humanely, AP reports.

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