NATO'S neo-colonial war ... ..., Garden of Human Conditions ...
Courtenay Barnett sends his article as published in Pambazuka News.
For those who think that anything good is going to come out of the NATO-led war in Libya, and feel that it is mainly a question of some wrongly supporting Gadaffi, Courtenay Barnett begs to differ and examines the choices.
1. A government in power under Gadaffi; or
2. A government bombed into power by NATO; or
3. A Western-style elected government planned from the onset of the rebel uprising, stated by the African Union and accepted by Gadaffi.
Now, since number one is history, and number two is being resisted in a civil war six months on, and no one on the NATO side had permitted option three, then we are left with choices one or two. Honest reasoning compels one to ask the question whether there is strong support for Gadaffi in Libya, and if there is and he is willing to be subjected to a Western style ballot, where then is the democratic credibility in not having avoided the civil war and effected the AU plan with a choice at the Western style ballot? But, the answer comes back that the African Union was ignored and over-ridden by U.S. foreign policy and Hillary Clinton treated grown African men like boys in Addis Ababa, speaking down to and dictating to them. Africa is, therefore, to have no voice or say in the continent's destiny, unless it is designed by, dictated to, and approved by the USA, France and Britain.
The honest answer is not to be found in the official fig-leaf cover of democracy
or NATO's humanitarian mission. These types of operations have a long history,
in respect of which the United States of America has been a leader in the
implementation of similar belligerence around the world. Witness the clip on
YouTube: 'CIA Secret Wars w/ Col. John Stockwell: Gross Millions Dead.'
So – how will this century unfold for the sufferers, the Godless – the super heroes?
" I say to people who argue that world power in moving away from the West that the 21st century only looks less like an American/British era than did the twentieth."
Like the song says - slipping, slipping, slipping into the future.
The West cannot hold it ( the power - that it used to have) because structurally, financially and in terms of the countervailing forces of nuclear power - the power keeps slipping, slipping, slipping into the future.
"Power" alone does not make for effective domination. If it did - then the Vietnam war would have been won by the US. They can't even defeat the rag tag fighters in Afghanistan - and you think that they have another PNAC type future ahead of 'em?
Courtenay Barnett www.globaljusticeonline.com
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