Friday, August 26, 2011
The Sacking of Lybia
Lybia is a very rich country. Ghaddafi provided forty years of stability and order: medicine, education and electricity were free for all. Basic food products were almost free for the poor. People lived in Government flats and paid no rent. Gasoline was cheaper than water. The country had fifty billion dollar foreign currency reserves. For all his clownish dictatorship, political repression was minimal because there was no organized political opposition. Ghaddafi had renounced foreign military and terrorist adventures and even dismounted its advanced nuclear program. Big mistake, as a commenter wrote.
One can guess why European powers attacked Lybia in 2011. Special political and military agents were sent to foment and arm a rebellion, they bombed mercilessly its cities (but not its oil fields). Lybia is a country in chaos, fractured into tribes and clans, made ready for colonizing. Europe today lacks the manpower to establish a civil administration, so local agents will be recruited and trained to do it.
What should Israel do? Obvious. Join the British and the French. Like in the 1956 Suez Campaign. The pic shows 45 British Commando embarking for a special operation in the Suez Canal area, fifty five years ago.