In Libya, more empty promises from the West?By Ashahed M. Muhammad -Asst. Editor- | Last updated: Oct 15, 2013 - 9:11:32 AM
Two years after death of Col. Gadhafi, recent kidnapping underscores chaotic lawlessness in Libya
Analysts say despite the West’s promises of “democracy” and “stability,” Libya is now a lawless quagmire of death and destruction existing as a hollow shell of what was built during 42 years of Col. Gadhafi’s leadership and once stood as a model for Africa and the Muslim world.
“This the democracy that the United States brought to Libya. They promised that it would be great,” said Middle-East expert and journalist Ali Baghdadi. “This is a lesson for other Arab countries and Muslim countries,” he added.
Foreign policy experts are still discussing the fallout after gunmen paid to protect the members of the Libyan government briefly abducted Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan October 10.
Apparently, the prime minister’s kidnapping was in retaliation for the Special Forces capture of suspected al-Qaeda member Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, also known as Abu Anas al-Liby, who is wanted in connection with the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
As reported in The Final Call, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, insisted the U.S. raid that captured Abu Anas al-Liby was “legal” and that more raids targeting those classified by the West as “militants” would continue. He also said the Libyan government had prior knowledge of the planned raid.
Mr. Zeidan—at least publicly—was critical of the U.S. commando raid denying his government had advance notice of it even issuing an Oct. 8 statement demanding an explanation for “the kidnapping of a Libyan citizen” on Libyan territory.
“While we were pleased to hear of Prime Minister Zeidan’s release, the United States condemns the events of the last twenty four hours that captured the attention of the world,” said Mr. Kerry in an Oct. 10 statement. “If a free people are going to succeed in forging a democratic, secure, and prosperous country with a government based on the rule of law and respect for human rights, then there can be no place for this kind of violence in the new Libya.”
Ironically, NATO and Western governments are considered greatly responsible for the uncontrollable state of affairs currently existing in Libya.
This recent incident underscores the lawlessness that has existed since the Western backed overthrow and October 20, 2011 assassination of Col. Muammar Gadhafi. The Obama administration has been criticized on all sides for its foreign policy decisions in Libya, as well as their inability to keep American personnel safe.
In a recent interview on Democracy Now!, Horace Campbell, a Political Science and African American Studies professor at Syracuse University and author of the book “Global NATO and the Catastrophic Failure in Libya” said while NATO should have been dismantled after the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO has expanded to incorporate a number of new allies.
Prof. Campbell also said the rise of the West showed great hypocrisy in supporting so-called jihadists while supposedly involved in a global war on terror.
“The very same persons who they themselves call terrorists, they armed and financed these persons to remove Gadhafi, and not only remove Gadhafi but to execute Muammar Gadhafi,” he said.
The September 11, 2012 killing of U.S. ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three others working out of America’s consulate in Benghazi typified the political pitfalls and security-related vulnerabilities in post-Gadhafi Libya. Col. Gadhafi had been credited with keeping Muslim extremists under control and even out of Libya, however, following his death, many of them exploited the leadership vacuum created by his absence and seized power upon returning from exile or being released from prison.
Following July 2012 elections, the National Transitional Council (NTC) which took over during the transitional period following Col. Gadhafi’s ouster handed over power to the General National Congress (GNC), the nation’s newly elected parliament. The GNC appointed Ali Zeidan as prime minister with the promise of establishing a new constitution to be voted on by the people of Libya, which has yet to take place.
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Libya in Anarchy Two Years after NATO 'Humanitarian Liberation' (GlobalResearch, 09-27-2013)
Interview: Talk Libyan Resistance (08-08-2013)
Assassination of Libya's revolutionary leader condemned (FCN, 10-25-2011)
Gold, Oil, Africa and Why the West Wants Gadhafi Dead (FCN, 06-07-2011)