Even more on Libya

  • Independent, UK – Behind closed doors; The bewildering dance between Gaddafi and MI6: Britain and the Gaddafi regime were not always the enemies they are now. Gordon Corera recalls the secret deals and clandestine contact – and the key role played by the Colonel’s son Saif;
  • EUobserver.comReports: UK and French troops in action in Libya: UK dailies The Guardian and The Telegraph report British and French special forces are on the ground in Libya helping to co-ordinate rebel attacks on Gaddafi stronghold Sirte and the search for the colonel himself.
  • SpiegelThe Final Battle; Rebels Take Aim at Gadhafi’s Last Bastion: Even as Libyan rebels have overrun Moammar Gadhafi’s headquarter complex in Tripoli, thousands of his forces are still holding out in one of the city’s neighborhoods. The battle continues, and it looks as though the revolution may end in the same place where it began.
  • SpiegelLibya Interactive; The Battle for Libya: Towns, Tribes and Oil Fields;
  • Brendan O’Neill / Spiked!It’s a civil war, Jim, but not as we know it:
    What we really have in Libya is not a civil war as we might once have understood it, but rather the interplay of various forces that lack real dynamism. There is almost an element of performance in the conflict. Gaddafi no longer has the stomach for power but feels the need to issue statements about ‘fighting on’. The rebels are shocked to discover how easy it is to get into Gaddafi’s compound yet their celebrations there are depicted as a ‘major victory’. And David Cameron and other outsiders dubiously claim to be the co-authors of this ‘revolution’ when in truth their interventions were also more a response to events on the ground than the shaper of them. Across the Arab world, recent upheavals have raised the question of power but have also failed to resolve it satisfactorily; they have put on the table the important matter of political legitimacy, but no forces have been able or willing to claim that legitimacy. This is the case in Libya, too, where it is clear that Gaddafi is finished, but it is far from clear who has the moral authority to speak for the Libyan people. Rebel groups are not so much ‘taking power’ as they are walking into evacuated palaces – and when it comes to setting up a new, legitimate and authoritative government, there’s a profound difference between those two things.
  • Gush Shalom / Peace Now, Uri Avnery’s Column – To The Shores of Tripoli: Muammar al-Gaddafi was the enemy of every decent person in the world. He was one of the worst tyrants in recent memory… So how could decent, well-meaning leftists, people of an unblemished humanist record, embrace such a person? My only explanation was that their hatred of the USA and of NATO was so strong, so fervent, that anyone attacked by them must surely be a benefactor of humanity, and all accusations against them pure fabrications. The same happened with Pol Pot.
    Now it has happened again.
  • Foreign Policy in FocusWhy Are Some Progressives Gloating over Libya?: The crux of the matter is that even if the president led the NATO coalition from behind, he led his country into war from practically another planet. The administration scarcely shrugged when Congress voted against authorizing the Libya campaign, an authorization the administration had only sought belatedly because it was insisting all along that the United States was not actually “at war.” By then NATO was already waging a thinly veiled, open-ended campaign for regime change that hardly squared with the UN mandate to protect civilians in Benghazi (a mandate the United States may well have helped secure by agreeing to look the other way as Saudi Arabia helped quash the nascent democratic uprisings in Bahrain and beyond).
    One hopes this chapter ends happily for the Libyan people, and certainly the taunts of Libya hawks will be endurable if it does. But no progressive should celebrate yet another circumvention – this one by a Nobel Peace Prize winner, no less – of the mechanisms intended to prevent the wanton and unaccountable waging o­f war.
  • IntelNews.orgWhy Are Armed Groups Storming Foreign Embassies in Tripoli?: Are these attacks against embassies random or premeditated? If they are premeditated, are they perhaps being directed against embassies of countries deemed friendly to the deposed Gaddafi regime?… Or could it be that these attacks are not led by the rebels themselves, but by some of their embedded American and Western European intelligence operatives, who may be taking advantage of the chaotic situation in the Libyan capital to collect valuable documents from selected foreign embassies?… Or could it be that the attacks on foreign embassies are not organized by the rebels, but are simply perpetrated by criminal gangs looking for quick profit? In a way, this would be even worse.
  • Wired: Danger RoomGadhafi’s Loose Weapons Could Number a ‘Thousand Times’ Saddam’s:
    Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi spent decade piling up a huge stash of weapons like a crazy old lady hoarding cats. Ironically, rebel forces looted his arms depots to turn Gadhafi’s missiles and guns on their old master. But the ease with which the rebels were able to arm themselves points to their next massive problem: securing those weapons before they fuel a lethal insurgency or flood the global arms bazaar.It’s a concern familiar to those who watched Iraq’s insurgency evolve.
  • Al AkhbarLibya; The Ruined Revolution: This is no revolution. This is not even a popular uprising. This is a ruined revolution. Who but NATO can turn a popular uprising with revolutionary potential into a reactionary political puppet movement headed by former lieutenants of Gaddafi? Who but NATO can smash the concrete revolutionary actions of Arab youths? The dreams of those who expected a real revolutionary moment in which the entire bizarre model of government of Jamahiriyyah were trampled upon by the boots of French and British special forces.
    Here was the brave people of Libya acting on their own to throw off the shackles of Gaddafi’s tyranny before sinister forces with colonial nostalgia interfered. There Western forces were the same one totally infatuated with Gaddafi. The “freedom” president, George W. Bush, was paradoxically–the paradox of rhetoric only–the US president who earned the honor of normalizing relations between the Libyan dictator and Western powers. A Saudi prince, the notorious Bandar Bin Sultan, had aided Libya in reaching out to Western countries.
    How could this be a revolution when NATO is now in charge?
  • EUobserver.comSarkozy and Cameron planning Libya visit: French journal Le Parisien reports President Sakozy and UK leader Cameron aim to visit Tripoli, Benghazi and Misrata after a Libya summit in Paris on 1 September, assuming Gaddafi has been captured.
  • MRZine / Monthly ReviewThe Rise and Fall of Libya: … in the twilight of his life, Gaddafi, practically senile, let his children and retainers hollow out the Libyan state, politically and economically, socially and culturally, so much that the right wing of it successfully plotted and staged a coup against it, expropriating and exploiting the legitimate aspirations of freedom-seeking Arab youth who understandably detest the old man for turning their country into something resembling a family business — the coup that is now destroying Libya with the help of NATO and the Gulf Arab royalty.  Nearly all the good deeds he ever did for his country (with the one exception of the deposing of King Idris) are now in the process of being undone by his own misdeeds.  Let that be an object lesson for all the nations — especially their leaders, including those who may mistakenly believe that making peace with the masters of the universe is the best way to protect themselves — that are on the imperialists’ to-do list… What could have been a tragedy with a touch of Shakespeare, the rise and fall, decolonization and neocolonization, of Libya, has been turned into a farce, not only by the absurd propaganda of the coup leaders and of the Gaddafis, but also by the equally absurd phrase-making of those leftists, especially Arab and Western, who, as mentally decrepit as Muammar himself, didn’t know enough (even after all the relevant facts surfaced) to distinguish revolution from regime change.  Cry that we are come to this great stage of fools.
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