Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Sacking of Tripoli
The triumphant rebellion in Lybia is stranger than appears. A small group without a name, organization, political program hesitantly started something called "rebellion", and soon were embraced by an European ad-hoc alliance and provided technical assistance, weapons, vehicles, financing, air suport etc. The rebels were such a bumbling collection of analphabets that it took them no less than six months to reach the capital - on European ships. Mangan suggests that the European imperialists's goal is Ghaddafi's gold, in other sites oil and gas leases are mentioned (Italy and France are planning to take over American leases). The whole thing reminds me the film "Queimada" ("Burn") where the British organize a rebellion in a Caribbean island to the point that the British agent (Marlon Brando) holds the hand of the frightened local leader finishing off the "Supremo".