no threat to their security and they already have full access to the oiland a favorable investment climate. Besides, these economicallydynamic countries see no prospect for a stable, progressive ordemocratic Libyan government emerging from the so-called ‘rebel’ leaders, who are disparate elites competing for power and Westernfavor.
(1) The Six Myths about Libya: Right and Left
The principle imperial powers and their mass media mouthpieces claimthey are bombing Libya for “humanitarian reasons”. Their recent pastand current military interventions present a different picture: Theintervention in Iraq resulted in well over a million civilian deaths, fourmillion refugees and the systematic destruction of a complex society andits infrastructure, including its water supplies and sewage treatment,irrigation, electricity grid, factories, not to mention research centers,schools, historical archives, museums and Iraq’s extensive social welfaresystem.A worse disaster followed the invasion of Afghanistan. What wastrumpeted as a ‘humanitarian intervention’ to liberate Afghan womenand drive out the Taliban resulted in a human catastrophe for theAfghan people.The road to imperial barbarism in Iraq began with ‘sanctions’,progressed to ‘no fly zones’, then de facto partition of the north,invasion and foreign occupation and the unleashing of sectarian warfareamong the ‘liberated’ Iraqi death squads.Equally telling, the imperial assault against Yugoslavia in the 1990’s,trotted out as the great “humanitarian war” to stop genocide, led to a40-day aerial bombardment and destruction of Belgrade and othermajor cities, the imposition of a gangster terrorist regime (KLA) inKosovo, the near-total ethnic cleansing of all non-Albanian residentsfrom Kosovo and the construction of the largest US military base on thecontinent (Camp Bondsteel).The bombing of Libya has already destroyed major civilianinfrastructure, airports, roads, seaports and communication centers, aswell as ‘military’ targets. The blockade of Libya and military attacks havedriven out scores of multi-national corporations and led to the massexodus of hundreds of thousands of Asian, Eastern European, Sub-Saharan African, Middle Eastern and North African skilled and unskilledimmigrant workers and specialists of all types, devastating the economyand creating, virtually overnight, massive unemployment, bread-lines