The Real Reasons of Washington’s Intervention in Libya
This chapter’s focus is not precisely Libya, but what led Washington to intervene in Libya. There was general ignorance in the United States about the countries it wanted to invade. This fed the belief that they offered easy opportunities for capital expansion through (a) elimination of any apparent obstacles of nationalist nature, such as Gaddafi’s own political projects, and (b) appropriation of funds confiscated from Gaddafi. The disintegration of the state in Libya, and the assassination of Washington’s ambassador in Benghazi, came to be seen as somewhat inevitable collateral effects of the main purpose of Gaddafi elimination and appropriation of funds. To deplore the humanitarian tragedy of the refugees is only a demonstration of Washington’s cynicism or hypocrisis. This logic found its continuation in supporting terrorists against Bashar al-Assad—the new obstacle to Washington’s geopolitical ambitions in the region.