War, what is it good for?

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) mandate was the "cover" to destroy Libya and was wrung out of the UN by the US, UK and France. As in Iraq, eight years earlier, misinformation and fabricated stories were used to gain popular support for air strikes to destroy vital infrastructure and a country in which Libyans enjoyed not only free health-care and free education, but also free electricity and interest-free loans.

Libya: Ten Things About Gaddafi They Don’t Want You to Know By Global Research News
What do you think of when you hear the name Colonel Gaddafi? Tyrant? Dictator? Terrorist? Well, a national citizen of Libya may disagree but we want you to decide.

Yet the "victors" claimed turning Africa's richest country into a failed state was a success.

Hailed as a Model for Successful Intervention, Libya Proves to be the Exact Opposite By Glenn Greenwald (H/T)

And of course, as many warned at the time, Libya's collapse has escalated violence across the region, creating more "jihadists" to wage war in Syria, Iraq and beyond. It is well understood that conflict creates refugees from which yet more "terrorists" emerge. According to the study by Amanda Ekey, a 1% increase in the refugee population creates a corresponding 18% increase in terrorist attacks. So what was the motivation for the destruction of Libya?

NATO’s War on Libya and Africa By Stephen Gowans
Review of Maximilian C. Forte’s new book
"Rejecting a single factor explanation that NATO intervened to secure access to Libyan oil, Forte presents a multi-factorial account, which invokes elements of the hunt for profits, economic competition with China and Russia, and establishing US hegemony in Africa. Among the gains of the intervention, writes Forte, were..."

In addition to the direct beneficial interest of the US empire, one cannot ignore Israel's interest in fomenting chaos across the Middle East. The Yinon Plan demands that any potential threat to Israel's dominance of the region must be removed by destroying nation states and fomenting inter-ethnic conflict among Arabs.

So when we look at what's happening across the Middle East, in Ukraine and Venezuela, we should remember 1. the reasons for conflict and intervention are never as presented in the media and 2. the only beneficiaries are the Structural Elite and those who support and implement their agenda.

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