Gadaffi was right. The West is primarily interested in oil and its actions in Libya were not so much about rescuing the people but about ensuring that it could get its hands on that country’s oil.
As of 2001, two of the main oil producers remained in radical hands, Iraq and Iran. The September 11 attacks became the pretext for the invasion of Iraq under the false claim that the country had stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq is not yet a stable country but the Americans have removed at least one of their perceived threats. By invading that country and removing Saddam Hussein, they ensured that one less country is in the hands of a regime which it could not control.
The two remaining major oil producing countries in the hands of governments which could pose problems for the supplies to the West were Iran and Libya.
The Arab Uprising beginning in Tunisia and then spreading to Egypt and later Yemen, Syria and Libya provided an excuse to the western powers to seize control of Libya’s oil from the hands of Gadaffi, under the pretext of preventing the massacre of innocent civilians. The truth is that what we had in Libya was an armed insurrection whereby persons took up arms against the state and therefore the state was in its right to take actions to disarm the rebel movement.
The West in the name of saving civilian casualties intervened on behalf of the rebels and NATO took this a step forward by directly providing an advantage to the rebels by neutralizing the military arsenal of the Libyan government. In so doing they deliberately fermented and encouraged insurrection against the Libyan government whose enemies killed just as many civilians as were being claimed were murdered by loyalists and troops of the Libyan government.
There are serious issues of international law involved here. Three countries that condemned the attacks on Libya were Cuba, Venezuela and Iraq.
Interestingly, in Syria there have been months of demonstrations in which hundreds of civilians have been cold- bloodedly killed. Yet NATO has not contemplated any attacks on that country or has it agreed to intervene on humanitarian grounds. A similar situation exists in Yemen. Yet no intervention.
It is clear therefore that the Americans are more interested in those oil producing countries which have regimes that are not pro- Americans that they are about inter
national law or humanitarian concerns.
The Americans have Iraq. They now have Libya. The next stop is obvious,. It is Iran. And so a reason has to be found to tighten the noose around that country. That reason is like some story that resembles a spy -thriller novel about a plot by the Iranians in conspiracy with some Mexican drug cartel to assassinate a diplomat. That story sounds as bogus as the weapons of mass destruction story that was sold to the United Nations years ago.
An excuse has to be found to launch aggression against the Iranians because if the Americans get their hands on Iranian oil, it would mean that all of the Middle Eastern oil supplies as well as that of Africa would be in the hands of pro western regimes.
When Barack Obama came to power he spoke about the oil crisis and argued that if America could put a man on the moon they could develop new technologies to solve the energy crisis. Those plans need not now be necessary. The fall of Libya and now the campaign to re-colonize Iran means that America and her allies would be able to dictate future supplies on the world market and thus gain more effective control of oil prices.
America would no longer therefore have to worry about new energy technologies since oil markets would be under its eventual control.
Two countries are standing in the American way. The first is Iran. The second is Venezuela.
The Americans are hoping that they can move against Iran. They are hoping to tighten sanctions against that country and so encourage a regime more favorable to its aims.
It is hoping that in the case of Venezuela to do the same next year when that country goes to the polls. They are hoping to see the back of Hugo Chavez in the 2012 polls.
In the meantime, they are spinning a spy thriller tale of a plot and are hoping that the world, like they were in the case of Libya, would not complain.
In the meantime, they are facing their own problems with the protests on Wall Street and what better way to divert attention from what is taking place there by creating another political tornado.
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