[Marxism] John Pilger article on Libya!

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 14 09:04:01 MDT 2011

On 9/14/2011 10:54 AM, MARIAN BRAIN wrote:
> http://www.morningstaronline.co.uk/index.php/news/content/view/full/109451

Bilge from Pilger:

"US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks disclose the West's 
panic over Gadaffi's refusal to hand over the greatest reserves of 
oil in Africa and his overtures to China and Russia."


During a recent video conference with Georgetown University 
students, Muammar al-Qadhafi suggested that Libya and other oil 
exporting states could nationalize their oil production in view of 
sharply plummeting petroleum prices. Several days later, however, 
a senior MFA official assured the visiting Spanish King’s 
delegation that Libya does not intend to do so.

Famous for saying the unexpected (a favorite local saying is “from 
Libya comes the new”), al-Qadhafi did not disappoint with his 
threat to nationalize Libya’s oil production. As with similar 
dramatic, headline-grabbing statements on various other subjects 
in the past, though, much of what he says and does represents 
tactical maneuvering rather than a sincere expression of intent. 
While it is never wise to rule out the possibility of seemingly 
irrational decisions by the GOL, we are not inclined to believe 
that nationalization is being seriously considered.

More bilge from Pilger:

"Unlike his neighbours, Gadaffi had come to power by denying 
Western control of his country's natural wealth.

"For this he was never forgiven and the opportunity for his demise 
was seized in the usual manner.

"The US historian William Blum has kept the record."

This is like the blind leading the blind...


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