- Category: Imperialism & War
- Created on Monday, 22 August 2011 07:58
- Written by Mike Ely
by Mike Ely
It has become increasingly likely that the Gaddafi family will now be pried out of power in Libya -- as their carefully-constructed apparatus of military and patronage power "attrits." The key element in their overthrow has been the massive deployment of aerial power by major imperialist countries (including the U.S. and its European NATO allies). It destroyed the Libyan government forces, and increasingly picked off, one by one, any concentrations of military forces willing to stand and fight.
A war of craters
The ground-based opposition to Gaddafi has increasingly walked into Tripoli through the cratered remains of Libyan government forces.
A mainstream press article on the NATO role in these events (drawn from the New York Times) writes:
"Through Saturday, NATO and its allies had flown 7,459 strike missions, or sorties, attacking thousands of targets, from individual rocket launchers to major military headquarters. The cumulative effect not only destroyed Libya’s military infrastructure but also greatly diminished the ability of Colonel Qaddafi’s commanders to control forces, leaving even committed fighting units unable to move, resupply or coordinate operations.
The Boston Globe writes:
"NATO jets have flown nearly 20,000 sorties in the past month, including about 7,500 strike attacks."
It has to be said that everyone should take a moment to revisit the U.S.'s constant moral outrage over suicide bombers and IED's -- and then look at the ground-pounding destruction and death that the U.S. has brought to Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and now Libya. It is hard to fully grasp the degree of hypocrisy that considers a hand-made roadside bomb within a warzone a "terrorist act," yet glorifies the mass bombings of whole countries and capitals by global pirate fleets.
What now confronts the people of Libya is the stark fact that such military support comes with "strings attached" -- strings the size of steel cables. European states were not willing to see regime change in a strategic oil state like Libya without having their hands (and jets and advisers) firmly in the mix -- "vetting" the emerging political forces, anointing those most pliant and pro-western, culling hostile political elements from the emerging political mix.
The goal (obviously) is to continue the flow of oil from Libya and to convert this part of the Arab Spring into a new structure maintaining and refining a profitable pro-western stability.