“Will Libya become like Iraq — a land of broken wings?”
I wish to make an important distinction about boat people described in the reports that have been circulated on refugee email lists.
The people fleeing Libya are described in the reports as “refugees” (i.e. ‘Italy Blocks a refugee boat’ and ‘One refugee said’)
As many will realise, this is incorrect.
Firstly, the people are not fleeing their homeland – Libya is their place of work, not their home.
Secondly, these workers are not seeking refuge in another country – they are trying to return home to Egypt, Morocco, Algeria etc.
“According to Italian authorities, the ship left the Libyan port of Misurata where deadly fighting between pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces continues in order to repatriate a contingent of Moroccan workers.” — EU Observer
There has been serious fighting in Misurata and this is the basis for rebels overnight asking for NATO to act on its resolution. I have viewed film of the fighting there and notice that the Libyan army did fire a tank round at rebels In Misurata who were equipped with rocket propelled grenades and machine guns. This is a military conflict. The crafted words of Obama’s speech declare
“That all attacks against civilians must stop. Qaddafi must stop his troops from advancing on Benghazi, pull them back from Ajdabiya, Misrata, and Zawiya, and establish water, electricity and gas supplies to all areas.”
But what I have observed on the film from Misurata was military conflict between ermy and rebel.
I do understand the point behind the commentary on the email list the parallel of the words of the Italian interior minister with those of the Liberals leader, Tony Abbott the Berlusconi government in Italy is as mad as Abbott especially when the Italian interior minister, Roberto Maroni, is reported to have claimed: “We can’t know if there are terrorists aboard”. The opposition leader is bad but is the the Federal Labor government any better?
Events on Christmas Island in recent days (17-19 March 2011) have shown the government authorise the firing of stun grenades, tear gas and bean bag bullets at asylum seekers protesting on being locked up (sometimes) for 2 years or more. An asylum seeker had just committed suicide at a detention centre in the gulf in Queensalnd so you could understand the concern of the other asylum seekers.
Back to the reports In the Observer and the Independent, I can’t understand why Moroccan workers would want to stop in Italy?
Surely they would want to see their families after months or even years working in Libya.
My skepticism is supported by “later reports suggesting that it (the Moroccan boat) had only sought to refuel.”
From these articles, sadly, we can see that some foreign workers, in their desperation to flee Libya, have died at sea.
These workers are likely to have been hired and exploited by foreign multinationals involved in the oil industry in Libya.
The very oil cartels that wish to get back control of the Libyan oil fields that Qaddafi nationalised.
The reason I make this distinction about the refugees is that last night Obama claimed in his speech [Our Goal is Focused, Our Cause is Just, and Our Coalition is Strong] that:
“Humanitarian assistance was positioned on Libya’s borders, and those displaced by the violence received our help.”
Where was the help for the Moroccan workers? Right wing politicians like French Front National party, Marine Le Pen, who is leading opinion polls ahead of presidential elections next year, have been converging on Lampedusa on Monday to tell migrants not to come to Europe.
Lampedusa is a small island off the coast of Tunisia, once the home of a Sicilian Prince, Giuseppe Tomasi, who was famously depicted a feudal lord in Il Gatopardo (The Leopard) as saying: “Unless we (the feudal princes) ourselves take a hand now, they’ll (Garibaldi) foist a republic on us. If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change.”
But now the Princes of Europe and the United States want to exclude the descendants of the Berbers of North Africa from their economic miracle.
Yet Obama crafted the words ‘humanitarian crisis’ as a basis for threatening to bomb Libya in order to get rid of the modern Berber, Colonel Qaddafi, a descendant of the most famous of all Berbers, the Carthaginian General, Hannibal.
Under Obama’s scheme workers from North Africa can be shuffled here and there by the oil cartels but not allowed taste the riches of Empire. The fact that some die in the attempt worries the Princes not a jot.
It will be the Libyan people who will suffer under the Obama scenario.
We should be careful not to confuse others in the way our politicians in Australia have tried to confuse us over Kosovo, Iraq and now Libya.
Meanwhile, in Bahrain, foreign troops are shooting protestors in the streets of Manama. Where are the UN air cover for the Bahraini protestors, where is the prevention, sanctions and calls for ceasefire against their Saudi allies in what amounts to an invasion and occupation of Bahrain at the invitation of the American puppet king?
Regardless of their success or otherwise to deliver a crushing defeat of Qaddafi and his army, the UN security councillors that voted for foreign intervention in Libya are lying hypocrites – US, UK, France, Italy and so on…
Two Africans on the plain of battle, one lives in a white house, the other a bedouin’s tent. In the world of public opinion, the berber is mad. The smooth American prince has crafted his words and the media narrative dutifully follows.
Only the act of burning Carthage remains … and the hopes of a generation lie in the desert like a bird with broken wings.
19 March 2011