Competition between Western powers for Libya’s spoils should not detract the Muslims
Living in the digital age, that is the 21st Century, there are numerous ways to contact someone, phone, email , twitter or even Facebook. However when you are a state attempting to subvert the affairs of another things get complicated. It all of sudden becomes a little more cloak and dagger, you have diplomats being escorted by elite SAS troops around the streets of Benghazi under the pretext of trying to make contact with the Libyan opposition.
All this is if you believe the official line coming from Foreign Secretary William Hauge and the likes, the mere suggestion that all is not what it seems is harked at. The repost is that Britain is not in the habit of interfering in the affairs of other lands.
However few are buying the official line as it has become abundantly clear that the words of Western governments and their actions are never in synch. It has been known for years, all 42 years of Gaddafi’s reign if you are counting, that the Western political machine will attempt to back the right horse at the right time. With hope of retaining Gaddafi in power disappearing, attempts are being made to hijack the revolution so that the West can gain as much leverage from the current situation as possible. No one really knows what the SAS were doing in downtown Benghazi, but they definitely weren’t sightseeing and they didn’t have the permission or the blessing of the people of Benghazi and the transition authority in Eastern Libya.
Under the guise of maintaining ‘national interests’ political speak for neo-colonialism the West is now clambering over itself to try and get a piece of the pie in Libya, Egypt and Tunisia. So desperate are they to maintain any kind of footing they are even attempting to now out maneuver each other. The kind of secret undercover operation that was carried out by the SAS is nothing new. For many years now this has been the modus operandi of the West in the Muslim world. With secret under the table deals maintaining the dictators and their sons in power for decades.
Seeing their dictators fall one by one is beginning to take its toll on the Western political psyche. This won’t be the last attempt the West makes to mould the politics of Libya in protecting their own interests.
Quite possibly the most difficult step towards freeing themselves of dictatorship has been taken by the Muslims. They have after decades come to the streets and began to remove the figure heads of Western influence, the likes of Ben Ali and Mubarak.
They must maintain the same kind of determination and commitment when resisting Western interference in their affairs, just like the Muslims of Benghazi have done.