8 thoughts on “Grab at Libyan oil

  1. The BBC, a mouthpiece for British power, has been flooding us with scenes from Tripoli, trying to make comparisons with the events in Egypt. But apart from the apparent toppling of its leader, there are few similarities. Cairo’s Tahrir Square was an image of heroic people power. Libya is mostly a result of Nato air power.

    The Egyptian people overthrew their leader with no outside help. Libya was an excuse for Nato to gatecrash the Arab Spring, to try to influence how their neighbours in Egypt and Tunisia turn out.

    Nato illegally went beyond its mandate, picked sides and decided on regime change. It has now armed the whole country, and the anti‑Gaddafi fighters are very divided.

    The Transitional National Council (TNC) is just a fraction of the opposition, but now look to be getting most or all of the leadership.

    Far from the West now stepping back, it has clambered to support the TNC, and to ensure oil contracts are won. Permanent Western military bases will now appear.

    So the so-called humanitarian intervention did have strings attached.

    Colin Crilly, South London



  2. Bahraini King Pledges Support for Libya’s National Transitional Council

    By Kingdom of Bahrain

    Published: Sunday, Sep. 4, 2011 – 3:08 pm

    MANAMA, Bahrain, Sept. 4, 2011 — /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa met on Friday with the head of Libya’s National Transitional Council Mustafa Abduljalil and expressed support for a free and stable Libya.

    During the meeting in Paris, His Majesty King Hamad pledged to strengthen relations between the countries and hoped the recently held “Friends of Libya” conference would garner the international support needed to reconstruct Libya.

    In turn, Mr. Abduljalil thanked Bahrain and its people for their support during the country’s ongoing effort to achieve the Libyan people’s interests.

    SOURCE: Kingdom of Bahrain


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