Far from the western powers conquering all, it is deep in the mire of war. The gloating over Gadaffi should not become an excuse for further interventions that will only spread the carnage further.
By Lindsey German
Stop the War Coalition
October 20, 2011 "Information Clearing House" The reported killing of Muammar Gadaffi in Sirte today will mark a new round of celebration by western governments over their intervention in Libya.
As with the capture of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, it will be described as a turning point and a further victory in the seemingly endless 'war on terror'.
There is little reason for the triumphalism which Hillary Clinton displayed so graphically on her visit to Tripoli yesterday. Nato’s war on Libya was not a ‘humanitarian intervention’ but a war for regime change illegal under international law. It was not about helping the people of Libya or about protecting civilians _ many civilians have been killed through Nato attacks.
It was about the western powers attempting to regain control of the region in the face of the Arab uprisings across the Middle East.
Yet despite its overthrow of the regime in Libya imperialism faces many problems in the region. In Libya itself it is already clear that there are many divisions between the different elements in the new government, and not at all clear that a stable regime will emerge. Even if it does, the ordinary people of Libya will see their interests subjugated to the oil companies and other western business, backed up by Nato, which has no intention of vacating the scene.
The consequences of the war on terror elsewhere are not outbreaks of peace and democracy but rather a spreading of the war. Afghanistan, ten years on, has just experienced its bloodiest two years of war. Iraq remains a society destroyed by war and occupation. Somalia remains war torn with Kenyan troops recently crossing the border. Pakistan suffers drone attacks which have killed thousands. The Israeli oppression of the Palestinians continues. There are threats of intervention over Syria.
The recent alleged plot against the Saudi ambassador to Washington was blamed on sections of the Iranian government and Saudi and Israel are both urging attacks on Iran.
Far from the west conquering all, it is deep in the mire of war. The gloating over Gadaffi should not become an excuse for further interventions that will only spread the carnage further