In our lifetime NATO has gone from being a transatlantic defense organization to an aggressive political alliance which attacks weak states wherever Western interests are threatened. NATO’s brutal war and contribution to genocide in Libya is one of the worst examples of Western assault in modern history. In a just world the politically responsible Western authorities would have been brought to The Hague and tried for crimes against humanity. (Photo: Libya 2014) (Article first published in Aftenposten, October 2011)
The renowned American professor Samuel Huntington, has in The Clash of Civilizations? (1996) pointed out that future conflicts will evolve along cultural lines, because civilizations simply do not understand each other. NATOs war in Libya is a good example of this. Another political scientist, Robert Kagan added that during the past decade the West has implemented an aggressive and self-glorifying global policy with the goal of shaping the world according to Western culture and values. In this process, they have forced others to bow down according to their will in ways which are deemed to provoke vengeance and a serious backlash. The UN Security Council is dominated by rich Western countries.
Huntington says that due to this the United Nations mainly function as a servant of Western interests, while decisions are double standardly presented to the Rest of the world as if it is in the interest of the world community in general and concerns democracy, human rights and protection of civilians. The leading Western nations has in the case of Libya gained legitimacy in the UN to attack a state based on assumptions and circumstantial evidence, misused UNs no-fly zone resolution in order to bomb Africa’s richest country to the ground and thus prepare for civil war, contributed to the genocide in Sirte, mass murder of civilians and a large number of Libyan blacks, intervened in a country’s internal affairs by aiding only one fraction in the conflict and most recently, supported a regime that has gravely violated international law on the treatment of prisoners of war.
Hilary Clinton’s laughter when she heard about Gaddafi’s brutal death while she quoted Julius Caesar about the US and her own role in the matter, speaks for itself. Norway’s choice to award the Nobel Peace Prize to President Barack Obama in 2008, the man who gave the U.S.’ green light to these assaults, was a huge mistake. Huntington points out that in a global world, the Western notion that Western values are universal, is potentially very dangerous. It provides an artificial legitimacy to destabilize nations, contribute to war and civil war, which in time may very well lead to the end of the West. In a world defined by various cultural, ethnic and religious identities, it is crucial that the West recognizes that its culture is distinct, but not universal. It has jurisdiction in the Western cultural sphere, but not in everyone else’s territory.
The brutal lynching of Moammar al- Gaddafi and his son Muatassim violates every concept of international justice, which quickly gave Gaddafi martyr status in a number of African and Muslim countries, countries that now hardly dare to say a word, which is understandable considering the brutality the rich nations of the West has shown the world will face those who go against them. It is a paradox that these are the defenders of democracy, so-called freedom and respect for human rights. Everyone agrees that Gaddafi has had his flaws, but he also modernized society and did much good for Libya, as well as for other African countries. This is hardly mentioned in the biased Western media, which all too often only reflects the views of the Western political elites, – by the way the definition of propaganda. This misleads the Western public opinion in an alarming way.
Before NATO “humanitarian bombing” Libya was, according to the UN, Africa’s richest country with higher living standards than Italy, Australia and New Zealand; they had free education, healthcare and the right to study abroad with scholarships for both men and women; with regular unemployment benefits and aid of $ 50. 000 to support newly weds. 82% can read and write. Numbers are equally high for women. The socialistic Moammar al-Gaddafi allowed oil wealth to benefit the population. The country has large state-owned foreign funds to secure the future. In the last few years Libya have adapted to the West, solved the Lockerbie-issue, reduced army expenditure, disarmed weapons of mass destructions and opened for Western investment. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi recently said Libya’s past years of tolerance and openness towards the West clearly was a mistake, in the light of the recent events.
To the extent that Gaddafi was a tyrant, the tyrant was removed by an even worse tyrant – NATO.
Professor Jacob L. Talmon has previously shown how easy it is for democracies to become totalitarian, dominated by arrogant political elites who promote politically correct propaganda and exercise an unbearable pressure on their own media as well as the population. With the West’s current strategy of aggression towards weak states who threaten Western interests, one should at least, in the name of honesty remove the slogans of “hope for peace in the Middle East”. NATOs war on Libya is likely to lead to a significant military build-up in countries that do not belong to the already weakened Western alliance, a rapidly further growing hatred in poor countries against Western neo-colonialism and a democratic legitimization of militant Islamism in the region, which will significantly increase the overall risk of war and terrorism in the years to come.
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