Tuesday, August 23, 2011


  In the days to come it will become remarkably clear to anyone who bothers to look what the "Libyan Revolution" means to the Empire, and most especially to the USA.  
Just a few minutes ago I heard Fareed Zakaria on CNN say that the main task of the "Transition Council" will be to maintain order (and, in fact, it is true, that they have long indicated that they will not dismantle the state, they will keep on the police, the civil service, etc. etc. etc).  A true revolution, however, should SMASH the state entirely and create something new.  However, that is the last thing the NATO "allies" want to happen.  They are happy to get rid of the nut who has been running the place since he has always been a bit of a problem for them.  What they want is a more compliant, happy "province."

 So it cannot come as a surprise to hear from Dr. Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, spilling the beans just a little bit?

The following is again from Lenin's Tomb.

Libya is free - it must be occupied 

The task is daunting but not hopeless. So far the rebels have done fairly well in policing the cities they have taken over. The fact they participated in the liberation of their country may have helped as there appears to be a sense of responsibility and ownership, 
something sorely absent in Iraq.

In the days ahead, looting – which so tainted the aftermath of the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 – must be prevented. Diehard supporters of the regime will have to be disarmed or defeated.
Tribal war must be averted. Justice and not revenge need to be the order of the day if Libya is not to come to resemble the civil war of post-Saddam Iraq in the first instance, or the chaos and terrorism of Somalia and Yemen. 


Most former supporters of the regime should be integrated into the new Libya. Doing so would send a powerful signal to the country and the world that post-Gaddafi Libya will be governed by law and not revenge or whim.

All this poses serious challenges to the outside world. The 7,000 sorties flown by Nato aircraft played a central role in the rebel victory. 

The “humanitarian” intervention introduced to save lives believed to be threatened was, in fact, a political intervention introduced to bring about regime change. Now Nato has to deal with its own success.
International assistance, probably including an international force, is likely to be needed for some time to help restore and maintain order. 

The size and composition of the force will depend on what is requested and welcomed by the Libyan National Transitional Council and what is required by the situation on the ground.

President Barack Obama may need to reconsider his assertion that there would not be any American boots on the ground; leadership is hard to assert without a presence.

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