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An Open Letter to the Left on Libya | The Nation

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Neocolonalism in Libya

A wakeup call for all those who are claiming to be on the side of the people:

Seeing the Libyan council in the meeting with Cameron, Clinton and a few others equally well-equipped with the arrogance of being Western leaders, with the deceit of running political business as usual and the opportunism of Napoleon the pig from Animal Farm, who were assessing the situation and plotting ways to totally control the rebels and draw a favoured future for Libya on their terms and conditions, made me recollect similar scenes that have occurred again and again in history. A weak, sneaky and desperate third world prospective leader flattering the strong, pleasing their expectations and bowing to their order made me deeply angry, feeling revulsion from the lack of honesty in both parties, lack of transparency and the huge deficit of thinking of and being devoted to the people in that faraway land whose hopes for better changes to come may now never be realized.

The Libyan rebels’ vision statement is a copy of the Western template designed for all their subordinates and cronies around the world. You could hardly see anything Libyan in it; the words and style of writing were such that you wondered whether they had even tried to amend anything in the template. All the clichés about human rights were there, and of course, going back to business, the most important part (the CIA never misses this), “The interests and rights of foreign nationals and companies will be protected”—giving assurance that nothing happens to the oil contracts. All Western companies will, together with their beneficiaries in the new Libyan government, enjoy prosperous business. There was no mention of a share for the people and their control over their resources. This is called the neocolonist agenda, working through agents and friends as usual.

Ahmed Chalabi, Hamid Karazi, Ali Zardari, Mahmoud Abbas and many others who have tried what is called diplomacy or negotiation, on behalf of silent and distant people, to gain a few points from their master in order to serve their own political positions and economic benefit. You may wonder how many times leaders of that type have sold off people’s resources and rights and kept themselves as beneficiary partner. How many times have similar journeys to Europe or the United States led to a total betrayal of the people’s cause, creating ground for even more hunger and political repression?

More than half of Libya is still under the control of Qaddafi, and the Western leaders were planning far ahead, assuming their united efforts will remove him and crush his supporters. They were thinking how cheap this adventure can be for them: the rebels are fighting for them and they do not need to lose even one single force, putting behind all the nightmare of the thousands of their forces who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. And Clinton was hinting at mobilizing the rebels with weapons and giving them plenty of money, none of which is part of the UN agreement. Taking sides in a civil war definitely shows the intentions of these leaders. For them the result of the Libyan uprising is clear. A friend is going to be in power (“who never forgets the help they got from them”) and the oil resources are secured for the West’s benefit. The next step after all these killings are finished? BP, Shell and Exxon Mobil will make an effort to make the most from the “development opportunities”—as the leaders always call them.

What happens to the people, those who died and those who are alive mourning their dead and waiting for the result of their struggle to come to their door? They and their rights are amongst the first things that are forgotten, as usual and for always. How disgusting it is, how empty the outcome of yet another uprising.

The story in Libya yet again gives a wakeup call for all those who are claiming to be on the side of the people, to forget the West and their government’s power. They need to believe again in the people’s power and to mobilize the people—instead of begging for help from the enemies of all revolutions and friends of the dictators and suppressive governments.