According to an article on alternet.org, it has been estimated that the number of Libyans killed in the last six months, including civilians and combatants, has exceeded 50,000.
Our intervention, as in Iraq and Afghanistan, has probably claimed more victims than those killed by the former regime.
According to the accepted propaganda, the U.S. is reacting with moral outrage and military resolve because Gadhafi attacks his citizens. Truth be known, we are acting (once again) as “savior” because Libya has the ninth largest oil reserves in the world!
But this intervention … was never, despite all the high-blown rhetoric surrounding it, about protecting or saving Libyan lives. It was about the domination of oil fields by Western corporations.
If this were not the case, then why do we ignore (or only perfunctorily acknowledge) the starvation nightmare in the Congo? Where is our humanitarian concern when thousands are dying each and every day?
Time and again, America has been cheered and welcomed by oppressed countries because we were seen as the deliverer … the benefactor of freedom and liberty. UNTIL … the truth comes out about our true purpose. Then we rapidly mutate from liberator to despised enemy.
Once our seizure of Libyan oil becomes clear it will only ramp up the jihadist hatred for America that has spread like wildfire across the Middle East.
Our role in this war and all others that are taking place in the Middle East is NOT about national security. It is NOT about protecting the U.S. from terrorists. It is NOT about providing a democratic environment for the country’s inhabitants. It is about maintaining “our divine right to the world’s diminishing supply of fossil fuel.”
Americans need to take off their rose-colored glasses. Innocent men, women and children in Libya, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan (among others) are being killed almost daily — not to mention the thousands of U.S. service men and women. And for what? So we can have cheap gas.
John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman, is reported to have said:
What most Americans do not really understand or admit is: we are living our lifestyles ONLY because it is part of a very, very vicious system of exploitation that dehumanizes and enslaves people everywhere.
It’s time to stop destroying other countries simply to protect the interests of Western oil companies.