NATO blocks possible peace deal in Libya

As the war in Libya continues, observers are foreseeing protracted, bloody conflict with considerable loss of life. While the rebel forces appear strongly supported in the Eastern part of the country, the Gadaffi regime seems to have support in the Western portion. There is also a mounting refugee crisis as Libyan citizens and many non-Libyan workers in the country's oil and gas industry are fleeing for their lives.

The two European NATO countries which have spearheaded the intervention in Libya, the United Kingdom and France, are calling for an intensification of the intervention.

A stalemate and a continuing civil war are not in the interests of the people of Libya. Therefore we should pay serious attention to attempts at mediation and a cease-fire.

From the beginning, a number of countries and blocs have called for precisely this. These include the ALBA (Bolivarian Alliance for the People of Our America) group of Latin American and Caribbean states, and also Brazil, Indonesia and Vietnam.

The African Union (AU), after being blocked by NATO bombing for a while, was able to get a delegation composed of the presidents of South Africa, Mauritania, Mali and the Republic of the Congo (Brazzaville) and the foreign minister of Uganda into Libya last weekend.

Our corporate-controlled press immediately belittled this delegation, pointing out that many of the African Union countries are not exactly paragons of democracy, and that the African Union and several of its component countries are deeply beholden to Gadaffi for economic support. However, the strongest figure in the delegation is South African President Jacob Zuma, whose government voted for the UN resolution enabling the no-fly zone, and has clashed with Gadaffi on other issues. So to represent the AU delegation as mere Gadaffi puppets is not correct.

The government in Tripoli reacted positively to the AU initiative but the rebel leadership in Benghazi on Monday rejected it because it does not call for the immediate removal of Gadaffi, his sons and his close associates.

Now the five countries called the "BRICS" (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), meeting in China, have come out in favor of a negotiated, peaceful settlement in Libya.

The total population of the BRICS countries and others who have stepped in to call for a cease-fire and negotiations amounts to nearly half of the population of the planet. The BRICS countries are also a rising force in the world, economically and diplomatically.

Imperialist leaders have taken the position that NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) as an "international organization" gives legitimacy to whatever they do in Libya. Nothing could be further from the truth. NATO is not an "international organization." It was founded after the Second World War as an anti-communist military alliance. Under this cover, NATO, with its Operation Gladio "stay behind" organizations, has a sinister history of intervening in the internal affairs of European countries. This includes organizing terrorism in Italy (killing scores of innocent people) so as to be able to blame it on communists, and supporting the vicious dictatorship of the colonels in Greece from 1967 to 1974. Since the collapse of Soviet and Eastern European socialism, NATO has greatly expanded its role, intervening in the civil wars in the former Yugoslavia and now operating in Afghanistan. At its meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, late last year, NATO made it clear that the "North Atlantic" for its purposes now includes just about the whole planet.

The United States is still the strongest state within NATO, but the leaders of other major NATO countries have their own imperialist agendas, which are becoming very visible as France and Britain push for escalation of the Libya war. Back in the 1960s, France (under de Gaulle) pulled out of the NATO command structure, partly because of the perception that it was dominated by the U.S. and Britain, but also because NATO at that time refused to help with France's troubles in Algeria. In 2008, the current French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, re-inserted the French armed forces into the NATO command structure. This coincides with increased French interventionism, from West Africa to Haiti. Could it be that Sarkozy now sees NATO as a useful mechanism for advancing the interests of French imperialism?

The interests of the NATO governments are those of their own ruling classes, not of the Libyan people. These ruling class interests include control over Libya's oil, gas and underground water resources, as well as geopolitical influence in an important area of the world which appears to be slipping out of imperialism's grasp.

Therefore progressive people in the United States should support any efforts of third parties to promote a peaceful solution to the growing Libya stalemate.




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  • If you follow the trail of blood in Libya, it will lead straight to the oil.

    Posted by gottagetthatoil, 04/23/2011 12:14am (5 years ago)

  • Gooood! Nato wants to destroy the AU. It' clear to me. Imperial agenda of global domination and control of the resources.
    Workers in Libia make three times more than workers in Maroc and have more benefits,education,housing etc.. Imperial agenda also wants destroy the good living of the Libian people as they did in Irak.
    The imperial media fool many peolple with the supost imminent brutality of Gadafi over some cities and his civilian population. The imperial media fool a lot of people with babes being kill in incubators in Kuwait by iraki soldiers. Don't you remember people?
    This a civil war instigated and armed by imperial forces and interest since the begining.
    For the total indepence of Libia. Long live Gadafi.

    Posted by genio, 04/21/2011 8:00pm (5 years ago)

  • Anyone who thinks we only use our superhuman powers for good should read this article.
    Very informative!

    Posted by Mike Greer, 04/21/2011 3:58am (5 years ago)

  • Amen! But Obama's pride is on the line now. He made the STUPiD and RIDICULOUS move to attack Gadafi's forces...and now his ego is involved. The fool will try to do whatever is needed to remove Gadafi. Most likely the US is already funnelling weapons to the Libyan rebels via Egypt (giving them to Egypt to in turn give to the Libyan rebels. May God help Gadafi's forces to overcome the stupidity and arrogance of the US, French ,British and Qatarian intervention.

    Posted by James Padgett, 04/18/2011 10:37pm (5 years ago)

  • This is an important article for at least two very important reasons. It exposes the ulterior motives of the NATO countries, especially France, UK and U.S.
    It points out the lie that the BRICS countries have special interests with the Gadaffi regime when in fact the U.S., France and UK have special interests; Oil and as pointed out, strategic interest. Of course these interests have no connection with saving lives but do have to do with installing a regime friendly to NATO countries.
    Mr. Schepers article sheds light were the seeds of confusion are deliberately sown.

    Well done!

    Posted by Gabriel Falsetta, 04/18/2011 9:50pm (5 years ago)

  • The thirst for "Texas Tea" - and to block Russia and China from gaining easy access in the future - is driving the NATO/CIA war in Libya. And make no mistake about it....the only "humanitarian assistance" that counts will be found in executive suites and vacation resorts for the suits who will reap the most from the spoils that are sliced up like a birthday cake (don't forget the ice cream, please) on a summer day.

    Posted by RDC, 04/18/2011 3:51pm (5 years ago)

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