Here’s Why Libya Is Burning—Again

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Libya Burning

Libya Burning

NEWSFLASH: The U.S. has evacuated its embassy in Tripoli, Libya, because of ongoing violence, U.S. officials tell CNN’s Barbara Starr.

Have you been following events in Libya closely? No, of course you haven’t. Since the ouster of Muammar Qaddafi, we’ve scarcely discussed Libya except in the context of a predictable partisan effort to affix blame for a single if tragic event: the deaths of the American ambassador and several others in Benghazi nearly two years ago.

Since then, the country the West purportedly rescued has slid into chaos with barely any consequences for those in Washington, Paris, London and elsewhere who supported the removal of Qaddafi.

Sadly, the public was duped once again. Those advocating military intervention against the Libyan leader were not competent to predict a successful outcome or an outpouring of love from the Libyan people any more than Dick Cheney was to promise that the people would welcome American troops in Iraq with bouquets.

Just as bad, no acknowledgment has ever come from the establishment, including the media, that what was tantamount to an invasion by the West in 2011 was never about protecting the Libyan people from an ogre. That’s what the public was constantly led to believe. Rather, it was about protecting opportunities for Western companies. And now, as Libya continues to unravel, even those are in doubt.

At WhoWhatWhy, we investigated what was happening in Libya from the beginning. We believe good public policy and good journalism require constantly reviewing where we’ve been to understand where we are, and where we’re going.

If you’d like to understand the true motives that were (and are) in play, here are some of the articles we ran:

The Libya Secret: How West Cooked Up “People’s Uprising”

Libya: Connect the Dots—You Get a Giant Dollar Sign

Benghazi: Cover-up by Both Parties?

The CIA’s Man in Libya?

Did Qaddafi Really Order Mass Rapes? Or Is the West Falling Victim to a Viagra-Strength Scam?

Kerry and McCain United Behind the Mysteriously Urgent Libya Mission

Quick, Quick: Why Are We in Libya? A New Candor Prevails, Sort of …

WhoWhatWhy’s Libya Primer: The (Still) Untold Backstory to Qaddafi’s Demise

Al-Jazeera’s Failures on Libya—and What They Tell Us About the Network

Burying the “Lockerbie Bomber”—and the Truth

Libya Update: Featuring Media and Congress as Daffy Duck

Libya Rape Charge: View With Caution

Where Congress Won’t Tread in Benghazi Hearings

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5 responses to “Here’s Why Libya Is Burning—Again”

  1. Kelly says:

    Libya, a Muslim African country that had the highest standard of living, up until the Obamanation. Destroying an entire country to prop the US greenback and a despicable weapons distribution scheme. Does Hussein Obama really defend the interests of the United States? I would say not, considering his criminal ways and the international sh*tstorm he seems intent on causing! It is a sad thing that America can be so easily deceived.

  2. Rudya says:

    Don’t forget the Bank of England is holding Libya’s gold. This is what the war was about, since the bankers need this gold to cover their derivative bets. Libya (and the Ukraine) will never see their gold again.

    • johndissed says:

      Everyone’s so sure they know specific reasons why, but I think the best evidence of “why” is General Clarke’s video about the plan to invade seven countries after 9/11, and the PNAC doc. It’s just what we do when countries aren’t our puppet states and we can. We’d do it to Russia and China if we could. As soon as we think we can replace Assad we will. Obviously Iran’s on the list as well. Lots to look forward to.

  3. Orangutan. says:

    Doesn’t this mostly have to do with Libya selling their light sweet crude oil in a currency other than the U.S. dollar and even working on creating an African currency based on gold called the Dinar?

    Libya, the untold story. A Debt Free nation ransacked! –

    That makes the most sense to me from what I have seen.

    All of the Countries which the U.S. “Regime Changed” – Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya – Have Descended into Brutal Chaos

    • ShirlB says:

      Correct on all points Orangutan. Thanks for the links. The only items
      that the YouTube poster left out were the successful guest worker
      program that benefited neighboring countries and the Great Man Made
      River project that was giving more and more of Libya plentiful potable
      water. As for the brutal chaos of our “humanitarian interventions” it
      ensures full employment for the US military and intelligence apparatus.
      The actions are just that cynical. Google the Nye Committee and read its
      1936 report on the practices of the American munitions industry. Not
      much has changed since then except the cost and destructive capability
      of the weapons.