Today I am going to discuss Libya and why the powers that be decided that Moammar Gadhafi had to go, and tie it to other recent events. It was not, as we were were led to be because he was killing and peaceful demonstrates. We read lots of headlines like this, “Libya protests: More than 100 killed as army fires on unarmed demonstrator” , but you did not read many like this, “Gaddafi under siege: Two CIA-backed groups, an al-Qaeda-linked LIFG on top of power stakes” from The Asian Tribune, or this “CIA & MI6 in Libya: U.S.-British covert operations exposed” where it says this:
“The New York Times, the Washington Post and other corporate news sources are now openly admitting that the opposition forces fighting the Libyan government are supported and coordinated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and Britain’s MI6 with in-country special forces.”
One more and I will move on, “Are Libyan rebels being led by a CIA plant?” here we read,
“Until recently, Khalifa Hifter — who’s leading the anti-Gadhafi forces — lived five miles from CIA headquarters in Virginia. Coincidence? By The Week Staff | March 31, 2011 LIbyan rebels ride a tank in the eastern part of the country: The anti-Gadhafi forces are led by a former Gadhafi army commander… and possible CIA plant. LIbyan rebels ride a tank in the eastern part of the country: The anti-Gadhafi forces are led by a former Gadhafi army commander… and possible CIA plant. CC BY: BRQ Network Now leading Libya’s ragtag army of rebels, Khalifa Hifter has a mysterious past that’s raising provocative questions. Once a top commander in Moammar Gadhafi’s own army, he left its ranks after a disastrous campaign in Chad, then moved to a home five miles from CIA headquarters in northern Virginia, where he lived from the early 1990s until mid-March, 2011. What happened during those 20 years in the U.S.? Hifter’s lifelong friend Abdel Salam Badr reports only that Hifter somehow supported a large family. With the CIA mingling among the rebels, some commentators are wondering: Is Hifter a CIA plant?
All of these stories leading up to Obama bombing Libya left out this part:
On May 15, 2006, the U.S. State Department announced that it would restore full diplomatic relations with Libya, once Gaddafi declared he was abandoning Libya’s weapons of mass destruction program. The State Department also said that Libya would be removed from the list of nations supporting terrorism. On August 31, 2006, however, Gaddafi openly called upon his supporters to “kill enemies” who asked for political change. Link
As well it complicates getting other “Rogue States” like Iran from giving up their nuclear ambitions.
The lesson is elementary. Eight years ago, Libya agreed to dismantle its infant nuclear program. More than five months ago, NATO began enforcing a no-fly zone in support of Libyan rebels. Would NATO have launched a bombing campaign against Libya if the unpredictable Mr. Qaddafi had possessed nuclear weapons? Link
Well, the reason was not the way he was treating his people, what was it? It was over Gadhafi dream, he was the last major global leader that was promoted the dream of pan-African unity, and his disappearance from the political stage would remove the last remaining enthusiast for a European-style political union in Africa. His plan to quit selling Libyan oil in U.S. dollars — demanding payment instead in gold-backed “dinars” (a single African currency made from gold) — was the real cause he had to go. For more details go read this: “Gadhafi’s Gold-money Plan Would Have Devastated Dollar”. Have you considered why the US Government is so opposed to disallowing oil to be sold for anything other than US dollars? First a little history:
In 1971 Richard Nixon was forced to close the gold window taking the U.S. off the gold standard and setting into motion a massive devaluation of the U.S. dollar. In an effort to prop up the value of the dollar Nixon negotiated a deal with Saudi Arabia that in exchange for arms and protection they would denominate all future oil sales in U.S. dollars. Subsequently, the other OPEC countries agreed to similar deals thus ensuring a global demand for U.S. dollars and allowing the U.S. to export some of its inflation. Since these dollars did not circulate within the country they were not part of the normal money supply, economists felt another term was necessary to describe the dollars received by petroleum exporting countries (OPEC) in exchange for oil, so the term petrodollar was coined by Georgetown University economics professor, Ibrahim Oweiss. [snip] Financial impact In the existing system all transactions actually be settled in U.S. dollars creating a world-wide demand for dollars. The petrodollar system also meant that the U.S., the largest consumer of oil in the world, gained the power to buy oil with a currency it can print at will. Large inflows of petrodollars into a country often has an impact on the value of its currency. For Canada it was shown that an increase of 10% in the price of oil increases the Canadian dollar value versus the US dollar by 3%and vice versa. From Wikipedia
If Gadhafi had been allowed to sell his oil for gold the status of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency would have been thrown into jeopardy. What does that mean? A reserve currency is a currency that is held in significant quantities by governments and institutions as part of their foreign exchange reserves, and that is commonly used in international transactions. People who live in a country that issues a reserve currency can purchase imports and borrow across borders more cheaply than people in other nations because they don’t need to exchange their currency to do so. It would have meant that if the Dollar had lost its status all of those dollars printed (created) by our government and held in reserve (out of circulation) wold no longer be held out of circulation. You know what happens when you have to fast of an increase in the money supply don’t you? Inflation! The success that Obama had with Gadhafi has led his to him to try and depose Assad in Syria. The motive is not the protection of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, but is is still cast in the light of removing a cruel dictator who kills and tortures his own people. This in spite of his recent re-elected in the country’s first presidential vote since its civil war broke out three years ago, state-run television reported Wednesday. Al-Assad received 88.7% of Tuesday’s vote, the state media outlet said, in an election that took place only in areas controlled by the government. Rebels hold significant parts of the north and east of the country. Read here: Obama had sent Stevens to Libya to collect up the arms that the US had supplied the so called rebels and transfer then to the so called rebels in Syria as this article indicates in Fox News, “Was Syrian weapons shipment factor in ambassador’s Benghazi visit?”
A mysterious Libyan ship — reportedly carrying weapons and bound for Syrian rebels — may have some link to the Sept. 11 terror attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Fox News has learned. Through shipping records, Fox News has confirmed that the Libyan-flagged vessel Al Entisar, which means “The Victory,” was received in the Turkish port of Iskenderun — 35 miles from the Syrian border — on Sept. 6, just five days before Ambassador Chris Stevens, information management officer Sean Smith and former Navy Seals Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty were killed during an extended assault by more than 100 Islamist militants. On the night of Sept. 11, in what would become his last known public meeting, Stevens met with the Turkish Consul General Ali Sait Akin, and escorted him out of the consulate front gate one hour before the assault began at approximately 9:35 p.m. local time.
And this from the New York Times, “In Turnabout, Syria Rebels Get Libyan Weapons”
During his more than four decades in power, Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi of Libya was North Africa’s outrageously self-styled arms benefactor, a donor of weapons to guerrillas and terrorists around the world fighting governments he did not like. Syria’s Improvised Arsenals Bryan Denton for The New York Times A Libyan rebel in 2011 carried off boxes of ammunition from a factory near Tripoli that served as a supply point for Qaddafi forces. Even after his death, the colonel’s gunrunning vision lives on, although in ways he probably would have loathed. Many of the same people who chased the colonel to his grave are busy shuttling his former arms stockpiles to rebels in Syria. The flow is an important source of weapons for the uprising and a case of bloody turnabout, as the inheritors of one strongman’s arsenal use them in the fight against another. Evidence gathered in Syria, along with flight-control data and interviews with militia members, smugglers, rebels, analysts and officials in several countries, offers a profile of a complex and active multinational effort, financed largely by Qatar, to transport arms from Libya to Syria’s opposition fighters. Libya’s own former fighters, who sympathize with Syria’s rebels, have been eager collaborators.
Now why do you reckon Qatar is wanting Assad out of power so bad? Could it be because Qatar is the largest exporter of liquid natural gas in the world and Assad won’t let them build a natural gas pipeline through Syria? Of course. Qatar wants to install a puppet regime in Syria that will allow them to build a pipeline which will enable them to sell lots and lots of natural gas to Europe. Further explained here back in 2009: “Qatar seeks gas pipeline to Turkey”
Other reports in the Turkish press said the two states were exploring the possibility of Qatar supplying gas to the strategic Nabucco pipeline project, which would transport Central Asian and Middle Eastern gas to Europe, bypassing Russia. A Qatar-to-Turkey pipeline might hook up with Nabucco at its proposed starting point in eastern Turkey. Last month, Mr Erdogan and the prime ministers of four European countries signed a transit agreement for Nabucco, clearing the way for a final investment decision next year on the EU-backed project to reduce European dependence on Russian gas.
This explains why the Russia are backing Assad who has refused to let the pipeline be built through Syria. Why is Obama backing Qatar? Could it be because of the Al Udeid Air Base which is located in Qatar?
The Al Udeid Air Base is a military base located west of Doha Qatar and is owned by the Qatar Emiri Air Force. It is home to the headquarters of United States Central Command (USCC) and United State Air Force Central Command (USAFCC). The Al Udeid Air Base Qatar is also a home to the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF and to the No. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF. When the war against Afghanistan was at its peak, there were around 4000 American soldiers who were stationed at this base. Along with the American soldiers were two dozens of KC-10A Extenders and KC-135 Stratotankers which were used for the re-fuelling of bombers and fighter jets over Afghanistan. By September of 2002, the number of American soldiers in the air base went down to approximately 2000 in number. After six months, the Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar underwent expansion so that it can accommodate up to 120 aircraft and 10,000 troops
Now back to Russian and to see how the pipeline dream ties into Ukraine and Russia taking the Crimea. The Ukrainian “orange revolution” lived through one presidential term. Like the rest of the coloured revolutions, it basically amounted to a coup d’état orchestrated by Washington through the manipulation of public opinion. “Ukraine Geopolitics and the US-NATO Military Agenda”
A look at the map will indicate just how strategic Ukraine is for both NATO and for Russia. Not only does the country directly border Russia to its east, but it also provides the transit route for most Russian natural gas pipelines to western Europe – some 80% of all Russian gas exports from which the country earns dollars, a vital economic lifeline for Russia.
In short order, The “orange revolution” led to:
The Ukrainian President has abandoned his offices and is reported to have left the capital Kyiv (Kiev). All police, including the riot police, have left the streets. The presidential offices are under the control of the Maiden protestors. The jailed opposition leader and former President Yulia Tymoshenko is expected to released from prison on the orders of Parliament. The Speaker of Parliament has resigned citing “ill health” and has been replaced by a pro-opposition MP. A new transitional government is being formed. Read here:
After the Ukrainian President fled to Russia Putin took the Crimea in order to keep his only deep water port open. Then he demanded that Ukraine pay its bill for the Natural Gas coming through their pipeline to Europe. “Russia warns Europe of gas supply cuts over Ukraine debt”
President Vladimir Putin warned European leaders on Thursday Russia would cut natural gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not pay its bills and said this could lead to a reduction of onward deliveries to Europe. In a letter to the leaders of 18 countries, he demanded urgent talks with Europe on pulling Ukraine’s economy out of crisis but made clear his patience was running out over Kiev’s $2.2 billion gas debt to its former Soviet master.
So in response Obama is upping his efforts to remove Assad from power so the Qatar pipeline can be built to Turkey and replace Russian Natural Gas with Qatar Natural Gas. To pursue this goal “Obama asks Congress for $500 million to train Syrian rebels”. This in spite of the last group of so called Syrian rebels he trained morphed into ISIA who are in the process of converting parts of Syria and Iraq into an Islamic Caliphate. “Militant Islamic Group ISIS Trained at U.S. Base in Jordan”
Jordanian officials recently revealed that members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (also known as ISIS) were trained in 2012 by U.S. military instructors at a secret base in Jordan.
With this I will stop connecting the dots, again I ask you not to take my word for, but do your own research. Rx Update: From RT:
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (L) and Qatar’s Minister of State for Defense Affairs Hamad bin Ali al-Atiyah (C) arrive for a weapons sales signing ceremony at the Pentagon on July 14, 2014 in Washington, DC. (AFP Photo / Mandel Ngan)
Washington and Doha have signed the largest arms deal of the year, preparing to enhance Qatar’s military capabilities with $11 billion-worth of Apache assault helicopters, PAC-2 missile defense complexes and Javelin man-portable anti-tank missiles. The deal has been signed on Monday in Pentagon by US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatari Defense Minister Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah. Altogether Qatar is buying 10 batteries of Patriot missile defense systems and 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles manufactured by US defense industry giants Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, and 24 Apache helicopters made by Boeing, an anonymous US official told the AFP
Qatar is the key US ally in the Persian Gulf region and home to the US Al-Udeid Air Base, with the headquarters of US Central Command (USCC) and US Air Force Central Command (USAFCC) stationed there.
Another reason for Obama to support Qatar’s war on Syria?