The Perils of Insubordination: Why Regime Change in Libya?

Posted: June 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

All,

As I have often mentioned in this space, the reason for regime change in Libya has nothing to do with pretensions about humanitarian concerns over the regime’s brutal repressiveness (which is undeniable).  But if that were the real concern, there would be equal amounts of handwringing, if not more, over what is happening at the moment in Syria and Bahrain.

So why the regime change in Libya?  It has a lot more to do with social democracy in Libya than it does oil, though that is doubtless a component.  Here is a summary from Counterpunch about the real reasons why NATO is working so hard to displace Gaddafi and why Obama is so desperate to do so, he is willing to ignore his own lawyers in a hell-bent effort to pursue this war of empire.

Scott

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The Perils of Insubordination

Why Regime Change in Libya?

By ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH

http://www.counterpunch.org/zadeh06172011.html

It is very tempting to seek the answer to the question “why regime change in Libya?” in oil/energy. While oil is undoubtedly a concern, it falls short of a satisfactory explanation because major Western oil companies were already extensively involved in the Libyan oil industry. Indeed, since Gaddafi relented to the US-UK pressure in 1993 and established “normal” economic and diplomatic relations with these and other Western countries, major US and European oil companies struck quite lucrative deals with the National Oil Corporation of Libya.

So, the answer to the question “why the imperialist powers want to do away with Gaddafi” has to go beyond oil, or the laughable “humanitarian concerns.” Perhaps the question can be answered best in the light of the following questions: why do these imperialist powers also want to overthrow Hugo Cavez of Venezuela, Fidel Castro (and/or his successors) of Cuba, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran, Rafael Correa Delgado of Ecuador, Kim Jong-il of North Korea, Bashar Al-assad of Syria and Evo Morales of Bolivia? Or, why did they overthrow Mohammad Mossadeq of Iran, Jacobo Arbenz of Guatemala, Kusno Sukarno of Indonesia, Salvador Allende of Chile, Sandinistas in Nicaragua, Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Haiti and Manuel Zelaya in Honduras?

What does Gaddafi have in common with these nationalist/populist leaders? The question is of course rhetorical and the answer is obvious: like them Gaddafi is guilty of insubordination to the proverbial godfather of the world: US imperialism, and its allies. Like them, he has committed the cardinal sin of challenging the unbridled reign of global capital, of not following the economic “guidelines” of the captains of global finance, that is, of the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and World Trade Organization; as well as of refusing to join US military alliances in the region. Also like other nationalist/populist leaders, he advocates social safety net (or welfare state) programs—not for giant corporations, as is the case in imperialist countries, but for the people in need.

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