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LIBYA: SUCCESS IS NEVER BLAMED, ISN’T IT?

LIBYA: SUCCESS IS NEVER BLAMED, ISN’T IT?

The laws of information war are merciless. Today almost no one remembers the February-March accusations of Gaddafi. This seems to be the same kind of incident as the "search of the WMD" in 2003, which caused the American and British invasion or the "mass execution of peaceful Albanians" by Serbian security forces in Kosovar settlement Račak in 1999. At that the issue of moral responsibility of Western politicians, diplomats, and media-holding companies has never ever been put to the agenda of the day. The globalized West sticks to "the end justifies the means" principle and is sure that success is never blamed.

It seems that the grandioso and tragic show, which had lasted for about eight months, came to an end, inglorious and pointless for all of its participants. Gaddafi was murdered and his body was secretly buried in the desert. That’s actually where it all headed. Few people believed that the Colonel will survive the stand against NATO that covered the Libyan sky with its bombers.

What outcome will the international investigation of Gaddafi’s death produce? Will it be unbiased and will take place at all? The information coming from Libya is quite contradictive. According to some bits of information, the Colonel was captured amidst the motorcade, which was allegedly evacuating him from Sirte, seized by the TNC units. According to other sources, he was captured in some hideout of his. A bit later the reports of his stomach wound appeared, then about his head wound and then came the triumphant reports proclaiming his death.

What will happen to Libyan when Muammar Gaddafi exists no longer? The options are few. Most likely we may reckon the war to rage at this tormented land for quite a time. We’re currently unable to say that the resistance forces are defeated completely. The elder son of Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam, whom his father intended for the role of his successor, is still alive and acting.

Colonel’s rule may hardly be dubbed ideal. He had plenty of flaws, yet throughout four decades he managed to keep all the tribal conflicts in leash. Accusations of genocide and use of the WMD still find no proof. The mass burial sites haven’t been found either. All the "proofs", allegedly found by the opposition forces, evidences of executions and piles of corpses turned out to be yet another lies that even the West doesn’t believe in. There is simply no information to produce to American and European community at all.

The laws of information war are merciless. Today almost no one remembers the February-March accusations of Gaddafi. This seems to be the same kind of incident as the "search of the WMD" in 2003, which caused the American and British invasion or the "mass execution of peaceful Albanians" by Serbian security forces in Kosovar settlement Račak in 1999.

At that the issue of moral responsibility of Western politicians, diplomats, and media-holding companies has never ever been put to the agenda of the day. The globalized West sticks to "the end justifies the means" principle and is sure that success is never blamed. Even today, however, the proven crimes against humanity, committed by the TNC forces are found. During the attack to Sirte, at least 53 people were captured by rebels and murdered right at the spot.

During the informal conversations with journalists, NATO diplomats and politicians have repeatedly been forced to admit that the TNC members cannot be trusted on a wide variety of issues. The fact that even the population, which was previously amicable to the revolutionaries, plainly fears pogroms and pointless violence now has been proven several times. Even those who had never sympathized Gaddafi, understood that with his death neither peace, nor prosperity will come to Libya.

The fact that the country is flooded with weapons and people aren’t united by even a slightest hint of idea promotes that too. Most likely the armed inter-clannish and inter-tribal struggle for the "oil" financial flow will start — the least of them that will remain available after the West indemnifies the costs of bombs and missiles dropped at Libya.

Building democracy upon the ruins of former Libya is a task with a predetermined outcome. Recently enough the world was free to watch the American-way "democratization" in Iraq. Despite all his flaws and fatal mistakes while picking friends, Gaddafi was called "the desert lion" not without a reason. He commands respect by the very fact that he hasn’t left his country and fought the Western "partners", who betrayed him, until the bitter end.

Troubled times lie ahead of Libya. Dead lion may surely and fearlessly be kicked as the amateur footage demonstrates. Yet, the Libyan victory is hardly a triumph for the Nobel Peace Prize winner Barack Obama and his political partners Cameron and Sarkozy to be proud of.

By Tatyana Tallerova

 

 

 

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