Pepe Escobar doesn’t just ask this question in the Asia Times. Many of his concerns - his fears are quite reasonable. Thus - he titles just:
Libya: The real war starts now
Again he’s ranting about “NATO-rebels” and - if you take a closer look on politicians acting there - you easily find similarities to stories some years ago - Iraqi stories. The way, white collar politicians talk about “ç - I often feel reminded of all these defense players in former football (soccer - the real football) teams at school, who let seven goals happen in the first 10 minutes and then shout at their forwards to finally score. The decisive difference this time is - France’s Sarkozy definitely is the most aggressive guy there - not the Transatlantic gang of the Bushists as it was in Iraq. (Of course - the Bushists have retired - now it’s another strange group).
And - if you take a look at French history in the 20th century and the population in the “Grande Nation” everything soon gets clearer :
1 - the national disaster for France in the 20th century was the defeat in the Algerian War of Liberation - 1954-1962.
2 - Algerians are one of the biggest groups of immigrants in France - making up a big part of population in the Banlieue’s - the suburbs of Paris and other big towns.
3 - Algeria was the first country, where an Islamist Party in 1991 has won Democratic elections. Directly the Military took over. Whether and how France was involved into that - there were never any investigations published.
4 - the Civil war afterwards - it caused the deaths of many, many people. Most Algerian citizens today are tired of fighting - of bloodshed.
5 - like in all other countries (not only in that region) there are many young people without any perspectives. Nobody supports them - nobody encourages them. Trade exchange / education exchange programs etc. are far too small to handle this incredible force.
6 - Europe is incapable of dealing with its own ignored problems since almost a generation - even decreased in its capacities within the last decade - it’s just a sealed fortress.
7 - Old Europe - especially in that case France is afraid of these impacts- also on the Banlieues in the own country. Germany is lacking any foreign policy - I used to say - when the man, sitting at his chair in the foreign office has learnt something about the world, it’s already in flames. Italy - Libya was colonized by them - but - they are busy enough with their godfather.
Tough diplomacy fails one more time - there’s no one interested into that - like in Iraq - many false pretenses are aiming at establishing the New World Order.
In Iraq it was the Agenda of the PNAC - The Project for a new American Century - this time it’s the responsible White Collars Governments, who have caused the European Crisis working on the destabilization of their backyard for covering their own internal and external failures and - for aggressively protecting their own economical interests. That way for them it’s also easier to establish the Treaty of Lisbon - the contract for an economical dictatorship in Europe without invigorating cultural identities at all - destabilizing the people - trying to weaken them and taking away all their power in the moment of hardship.
A German army physician once described a scene, that happened in a German army-camp in Kunduz/ Afghanistan: Lamenting about “politician’s battlespace tourism” she described, when the former Defense Minister visited the camp and there were some Talib attacks. The Minister just said indignantly:” But - how can they attack the camp now, that they know, that I’m here ? ” - The physician - a mother of five just writes, she couldn’t believe it and - from which planet that man had been sent to that camp.
As I was working on the civil sector without any armed protection I could tell many similar stories of officials not having any idea about the people - and about war and - why people were desperate.
When will these wars finally end - when will the West finally leave the dirt tracks of bloodshed and destruction and leave the world in Peace ?
Is the so called developed world really developed - or - has it just arrived at the final rebound of a seemingly eternal crisis ?
Is it up to us to send away that white collar fraction of corrupt politicians with their mighty clients - telling others to kick us with their heavy boots ?
When will it be, that finally the builders are more honored than those, who are just out for destruction - but always keeping their hands clean ?
When will people finally realize, that all these proxy wars out of their borders do have a lot to do with themselves and their fate ?
When will more and more soldiers and policemen realize, that cowards do ask them to defend their greedy aims ?
When will they refuse to obey and tell their commanders to change the nice slippers with the Boots - to finally come on to ground zero ?