Iraq, Libya … Syria
America’s last “humanitarian” war – in Libya – didn’t turn out so well either.
The U.S. backed Al Qaeda in Libya, and the terrorists have now taken over the country.
RT notes today:
On this day two years ago, Libyan rebels were transferring their government to Tripoli. However, the anniversary is marred by an acute parliamentary crisis, a severe economic slump and the country becoming the main base for Al-Qaeda in the Maghreb.
The euphoria of the revolution has all but gone now, as Libya finds itself mired in deep political crisis as well as economic turmoil.
“We do not feel the taste of happiness, security and stability,” a resident of Tripoli is cited as saying by Libya Herald, “nor did we have any benefit from the government. People are now feeling insecure and live in fear because of killings that are being witnessed all over Libya.”
The government’s ruling Justice and Construction party, controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood movement, has been facing tough confrontation with the opposition. Fearing the Egypt-style scenario, the president of congress, Nuri Abu Sahmain, had militias allied to the Brotherhood summoned to the capital.
“I am not sure that it will be right to assume that there is a government in Libya. There is no army, no police, armed militias are in control. There is violent chaos,” Yehudit Ronen, professor of political science at Bar Ilan University, told RT.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says a wave of assassinations has killed dozens of politicians, activists, judges and members of security agencies.
“At least 51 people have died in a broadening wave of apparent political assassinations in the cities of Benghazi and Derna in volatile eastern Libya. Authorities have not prosecuted anyone for these crimes,” an HRW report of August 8 states.
“All we hear is very troublesome, because we hear about clandestine detention centers, detention centers that are run by militias that are not accountable to anybody,” Juan Mendez, UN rapporteur on torture told RT.
Unable to cope with militias the government has reportedly turned to Gaddafi-era surveillance techniques, according to anonymous officials the Wall Street Journal.
Two years after Gaddafi regime fall the country’s constitution is yet to be adopted. There are fears that once finally in place, the constitution will fail to address the needs of all of the diverse communities within the country.
Meanwhile, work at Libya’s oilfields and ports have been regularly paralyzed because of sporadic strikes by security guards.
“Libya has lost $1.6 billion in oil sales since July 25 until today,” Oil Minister Abdelbari al-Arusi was cited by Reuters on August 16.
And as if economic turmoil and infighting weren’t enough, reports emerged of Al-Qaeda making Southern Libya its new base of operations, following its members being ousted from the nearby Mali, following the French intervention to fight the Islamist insurgency there.
“Libya has become AQIM’s [Al-Qaeda in the Lands of the Islamic Maghreb] headquarters,” the intelligence source was cited as saying.
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-Africa Newswire, predicts that the instability in the post-Gaddafi Libya will only get worse.
“This kind of revolution has been detrimental to the wellbeing of the Libyan people. What we’ve seen over the last few years is a total disruption of Libyan society. There’s no plan for the national restoration of Libya. Many of the key political players involved in an attempt to run Libya right now are divided over tribal, regional as well as political levels,” Azikiwe told RT.
Given that track record, a “humanitarian” war against Syria’s Assad regime may not turn out so well. Indeed, a prominent military strategist who has been consulted by the Pentagon and NATO wrote in The New York Times that the U.S. defeating the Syrian regime would harm our national interests.
In reality, this has nothing to do with what’s going on in Syria right now. Regime change in Iraq, Libya and Syria were planned 20 years ago … and the “humanitarian” wars being launched by Obama are nothing but a kinder, gentler face on Bush’s wars.