Tuesday, November 1, 2011

NATO actions not in Libyan people’s interest (O rly?)

ohn Rees of the Stop the War Coalition in London says that NATO's actions in Libya will bring about a government which will not be in the interests of the Libyan people.

­“The Western powers intervened in Libya not to protect the revolution, but to colonize the revolution, and they’ve succeeded in doing that – and the [National Transitional Council’s] request for continued military help underlines that fact very clearly,” he told RT.

Rees believes that the West has simply hijacked the Libyan conflict to pursue its own interests.

“The events in Libya show that the revolution was started off as a genuine organic expression of the Libyan people’s desire, was taken over by the West, has now got a [NTC] leadership which is wholly dependent militarily, economically, politically on the West,” he explained. “And what is being driven through in Libya is a government which at the end of the day won’t be in the interests of most Libyan people.”

The very same people who now have a foothold in Libya and who have been using the language about protecting the world from terrorism are those who have conducted the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Rees noted.

“And that will be a situation which destabilizes the entire Middle East,” he concluded.

Conn Hallinan, a columnist for Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the US-based Institute for Policy Studies, argued that NATO intervened in Libya without fully understanding the deep rift in Libyan society. more