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Demise of the Arab Spring

If the events in Libya are anything to go by, then surely, imperialism is the biggest enemy of democracy.

If we were to blindly go by the dominant version dispensed by the global corporate media then, as we go to press, the Libyan “revolution”/“people’s power” is on the verge of “liberating” the country from its “evil tyrant”, Muammar al-Gaddafi, and establishing “democracy”. Tragically though, the reality is one of a military operation planned and executed jointly by Washington, London and Paris, and backed by Rome, after taking political advantage of the Gaddafi regime’s mindless, authoritarian crackdown on the demonstrations in Libya in February this year. Libya has the largest reserves of petroleum and natural gas on the African continent, and these imperialist powers are now on the verge of installing a lackey in Tripoli and dividing amongst themselves control over the country’s vast reserves of crude oil and natural gas, and its exploration, production and refining operations. We, of course, believe that the Libyan people, and they alone, have the right to decide who controls the government in Tripoli which they will then oblige, as they choose, to act in a manner that fulfils the will of the majority of the Libyan people. But the self-appointed protectors of democracy – the “humanitarian” imperialists – in Washington, London, Paris and Rome thought otherwise.

They led a military alliance that invaded Libya with deadly bombs, albeit, after getting the sanction from the United Nations Security Council to go ahead with military operations in Libyan airspace and territorial waters, ostensibly to protect civilians as the government’s forces were closing in on the “rebel” headquarters in Benghazi. Who are these rebels who would very soon be in command of the same repressive apparatus of the Libyan state that Gaddafi wielded

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