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NATO’s Libyan Protectorate: War Of All Against All

Voice of Russia
August 24, 2012

Libya: war of all against all?
Svetlana Kalmykova

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Clashes between tribes sometimes happened under Gaddafi as well. But after he was ousted, they became much more frequent. As a rule, the conflicting sides are very well armed, because during the revolution, many foreign countries, helping Gaddafi’s opponents, flooded Libya with arms.

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Twelve people were killed and dozens wounded as a result of a clash between representatives of two antagonistic tribes in Libya’s northeast.
The country’s security services do not say why these people clashed, but say that when the security forces suppressed the conflict, they confiscated more than 100 tanks and 26 missile launchers from one of these clans, which is opposed to Libya’s current authorities.

According to preliminary data, the conflict, which took place in the town of Zliten, was a clash of two family clans. A source in the Libyan police says that the conflicting sides used heavy weapons, including anti-aircraft machine-gun devices. The bloodshed stopped only after government forces entered the town.

Clashes like this take place nearly every day all over Libya.

“The reasons for these clashes can be very different,” Russian expert in Middle Eastern affairs Evgeny Satanovsky says.

“It can be said without much exaggeration that a war of all against all is now taking place in Libya. The country is populated by several hundred various tribes, who are, as a rule, positioned very antagonistically towards each other. A conflict can emerge over any reason – a dispute over a pasture-land or a water pond, or, say, out of blood revenge.”

“But, probably, most frequently, conflicts occur over oil,” Mr. Satanovsky continues. “Before the revolution, Libya was one of the world’s largest producers and exporters of oil. But when the country was, in fact, ruled by one man, Muammar Gaddafi, he decided it single-handedly (or, maybe, sometimes he consulted with the Ministry of Oil) who would have control over the country’s oil. Now, in a situation of a total chaos, nearly everyone in Libya is trying to seize control of the oil.”

Clashes between tribes sometimes happened under Gaddafi as well. But after he was ousted, they became much more frequent. As a rule, the conflicting sides are very well armed, because during the revolution, many foreign countries, helping Gaddafi’s opponents, flooded Libya with arms.

Terrorist acts have also become frequent in Libya. For example, on August 19, three cars exploded in Tripoli’s center. Three passers-by were killed and five others wounded. On August 20, an attempt to kill an Egyptian diplomat took place in Libya’s second largest city, Benghazi. Fortunately, neither the diplomat nor anyone else suffered.

Libya’s authorities have two suppositions about who was behind these terror acts – either Al Qaeda or supporters of the ousted Gaddafi.

“After Gaddafi was ousted, Libya, in fact, started to fall apart – although, officially, it is still one state,” Vladimir Isaev from the Institute of Oriental Studies says.

“It is no secret that Libya’s current authorities, in fact, have little control over the country. The old army exists no more, and a new one has not been formed yet. The same is true about the police. Every chief of a small tribe is now trying to arm his supporters. It is very easy now to get nearly any kind of weapon in Libya, because during the revolution, large arsenals were pillaged. Now, weapons from these arsenals may emerge in any place – for example, in Sudan or Mali, which are now also gripped with internal conflicts.”

The instability in Libya will, most likely, last for long. The new authorities are obviously not strong enough to stop the war of tribes once and forever.

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  1. Kathleen
    August 24, 2012 at 5:39 pm | #1

    The condition of a country post NATO operation is proof that the concerns of NATO were not humanitarian. Libya was carpet bombed for resources (largest oil reserves and most underground aquifers “blue gold” in Africa) and who knows what other purposes (future bases? western development of coastline? other privatization? destruction of Gadhaffi’s gold backed currency plan for Africa? Kicking out the Chinese contracts? Suppression of Lockerbie information and whatever else Gadhaffi knew? …) The fabric of society and functioning economy and peace between the tribes (apparently previously enforced?) has been destroyed.

    Zliten was the scene of a NATO war crime.
    http://www.voltairenet.org/Libya-NATO-massacre-of-Zliten

    http://kir-t34.livejournal.com/14869.html

    “By their fruits you shall know them.” Matthew 7

  2. Michael
    August 24, 2012 at 9:03 pm | #2

    Libyans UNITE and get rid of NATO servants, domestic turncoats and their foreign puppet masters and FREE Libyan Arab Jamahiria!
    Make Libya once again most prosperous country in whole Africa and South-Eastern Mediterranean!
    At this point Libya will be more prosperous than France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Ireland put together!!!

  3. Charles
    August 24, 2012 at 9:37 pm | #3

    The initial intent of NATO has been undermined by the violence that has engulfed the entire region.Doing business in that area of the world will be difficult if not impossible.The people
    there would rather strap a bomb to themselves than live the way we do.Diplomacy would have been much better.My country has compromised all our moral authority,what little we had.Our government has lied to us and the world,from Viet Nam to Syria,we are viewed as
    hypocrites around the world.We have broken most of the international laws that men were
    suppose to live by and we watch people brag on national and international news about how
    they do it and will continue to do it.The soul of our country is dead,and other countries see
    it.Undermined is an understatement ,if we do not change course and reason rules.We will not
    have long before a world conflict develops and ww111 happens.A little of topic,but on point

  4. August 24, 2012 at 10:10 pm | #4

    There are of course key players in international affairs. The key players sit in penthouse boardrooms surveying their vast global enterprises and estates while handing out reams of consultation documents to Governments. In geopolitical terms they are landlords of economic activity spanning multi-national operations and they form one aspect of the Iron Triangle of the Military Industrial Financial elite. Little of their activity could not even loosely be described as being in the interest of any particular nation or public body other than those which have prostituted themselves to the power of their filthy ill-gotten lucre.
    Libya is a poor little Arab state, incoherently tribalistic, in need of another royal throne to take absolute control of an anarchical situation left by UK and US oil pirates.
    The thones in Europe will install a puppy regime in due course through their loyal ministers of state comfortably stabled in realms of power, influence and wealth within the Iron Triangle.
    Libya is a small asset as far as key players are concerned, peripheral to the big catch of oil waiting to be extracted in the Middle East.
    With the vast military manufacturing machine at their disposal, together with an academic community benefitting from the spoils of war, two slaves work hard for their empirical aims. The Ingenuity of designers and researchers and the Industry of greedy little bankers and their lawyers.
    Empire building is what has plagued mankind since the beginning and the same type of people that cannot control their appetite for excess still exist today. They exist because the political system they created in Ancient times is still intact and we are stupified and hypnotised by this system on a daily basis by the narrative of ‘THEIR’ culture. The culture of divine rule for example. (Read any constitution formed within the British Empire)
    Who are ‘they’? The small number of families who own the money supply. Follow the power of money and it will lead to a family name, a dynastic house, a branch of the ancien regime, a landlord par excellence.

  5. Hoarsewhisperer
    August 28, 2012 at 3:35 pm | #5

    Under the heading “Heck of a job, Barry” Xymphora posted a link to this FP.com article.
    State Dept to Americans: Don’t go to Libya
    http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/08/27/state_dept_to_americans_don_t_go_to_libya

    (Apologies to our host, but I like FP.com because the door is always open for right-wing cranks to let it all hang out, And then the perps who aren’t excoriated in the comments find their myopia being mauled by Stephen Walt – as happened to Kagan a month or so ago. In that episode Walt introduced his no-holds-barred rebuttal by referring to Kagan’s nonsensical drivel as “the inaugural contribution to FP’s new comedy section” (or words to that effect)).

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