[Marxism] Opposing imperialist bases

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Aug 23 15:01:50 MDT 2011


Despite the unfinished character of the Libyan Revolution, it is clear 
that the days of Muammar Qaddafi are numbered. How has this news been 
received in the rest of the world? There is a lot of hope for Libya as 
an independent country, yet one friendly with neighbors and new allies. 
Even those lukewarm about the NATO intervention are now accepting 
reality. But the new Libya itself is eager to dispel any illusion that 
it might like a Western military base on its soil.

The Arab League says that it will take up the matter of giving the 
Transitional National Council Libya’s seat in the organization at its 
next meeting. The Arab League kicked off the outside intervention by 
asking the UN Security Council for a resolution authorizing other 
countries to protect Libya’s protest movement.

Abdel Moneim al-Huweini, the TNC delegate from Libya to the Arab League 
in Cairo reaffirmed Libya’s commitment to the League, saying,

“Libya is an Arab and Islamic nation before NATO and after NATO . . . 
the Libyans revolted from the 1970s against Western bases and there will 
be no non-Libyan bases.” He said the revolutionary government is 
grateful to NATO for minimizing the death toll in Libya through its air 
strikes [on attacking Qaddafi forces].

(Huweini was referring to the US Wheelus Air Force base in post- WW II 
Libya, which the Qaddafi government closed in 1970).


September 28, 2009, AFRICOM press release:

Sep 28, 2009 — A delegation of three senior Libyan military officers 
visited U.S. Africa Command headquarters as part of an orientation 
program to explain the command’s mission, Sept. 21-24, 2009, as the two 
countries continue to build their military relationship.

The officers held meetings with senior staff members to discuss the 
command’s programs and activities, met General William E. ward and his 
two deputies, and traveled to Ramstein Air Base to meet Major General 
Ron Ladnier, the U.S. Air Force Africa commander, and his staff.

The command hosts African military delegations frequently, but 
“certainly with regard to Libya, it is quite historic,” said Kenneth 
Fidler, Africa Command Public Affairs Office, which hosted the Libyan team.

Two of the officers in the delegation write for the official magazine of 
the Libyan armed forces, called Al-Musallh. Colonel Mohamed Algale is 
the chief editor, and Colonel Abdelgane Mohamed is the space and 
aviation editor. The third member of the party, Colonel Mustafa Washahi, 
represented the Libyan Ministry of Defense.

The officers also toured AFN-Europe studios in Mannheim, Germany, and 
met with editors of the European Stars and Stripes in Kaiserslautern, 

“They (Africa Command officials) clarified everything,” Abdelgane said 
in an interview with AFN-Europe. “And they are making our mission easier 
… to rise up the level of understanding between the militaries … and to 
move for further cooperation to the benefit of both countries.”

In January 2009, Libya and the United States signed a defense 
cooperation memorandum of understanding, which provides the framework 
for a military-to-military relationship and cooperation on programs of 
mutual interest.

After the signing of the MOU, a forum called the Council of Colonels met 
for the fourth time since 2007. These meetings set the tone for 
Libya-U.S. military relations and is the primary venue for discussing 
potential security cooperation opportunities, such as ship visits and 
information exchange programs.

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