Daesh (ISIL) is the prime cause for crisis in Libya. But at the 23-nation conference in Rome early last month, United States and its allies affirmed they had put "elimination of ISIL on hold" until crisis ended and a new government formed. That is a bit like a doctor telling a patient that the medical procedure to heal the disease would be done after the healing of the disease. They couldn't have reassured the world better that they would never hurt the interest of Daesh as American interest is so firmly tied to it.
Libya remains locked in battles between the forces of Abdullah Thinni (backed by Gen. Haftar) and Omar Al-Hassi with tribal groups supporting either one of the two sides based purely on self interest. The political landscape gets more complex with dozens of smaller armed Salafist factions declaring their allegiance to Al Qaeda. Everything is in synchrony for Daesh to plunge in and worsen the chaos infinitely as the leading beneficiary.
Daesh had set its eyes on Libya since early 2015, namely the city of Sirte, because of its close proximity to Libya's largest oil wells. Its clashes with Libyan forces have caused similar widespread destruction as in Syria and Iraq with at least 40,000 Libyans fleeing their homes. Daesh has already declared at least 3 wilayats (states) within Libya implementing their usual blood thirsty laws. Sirte had fallen in December 2015. Precise monitoring of daily events in Libya's anarchic society is just as difficult as in war-torn Syria and Yemen. The mainstream media is either silent or giving inaccurate information. However, it's commonly assumed that presently Daesh controls most major oil wells of the country including Adjabiyah oil fields near Sirte.
In Rome on February 2, the U.S. appeared very willing to help re-establish "peace and security" for the Libyan people. Interesting! Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton panicked in Feb. 2011 when Gaddafi decided to establish the pan-African gold currency, an African IMF and African Central Bank. NATO sent a horde of Al Qaeda vandals and jailbirds to Libya, imposed no-fly-zone, naval blockade, stiffer sanctions and within months Gaddafi was savagely murdered by NATO's henchmen on the ground. Apart from the immediate takeover of the Libyan Central Bank by the Rothschild establishment in U.K., in August 2011, two months prior to Gaddaffi's murder White House (via NATO) robbed $30 billion from Libya's Central Bank at Benghazi which Gaddafi had set aside for implementing his pan-African economic plan.
Since the murder of Colonel Gaddafi, six million citizens of Libya have been caught in a barrage of ugly civil wars, one after another, without a day's relief. And in February 2, 2016 the same criminals of Washington DC talk of re-establishing "peace and security" for the Libyans. What an amazing mix of sitcom and pernicious mischief!
By the way, has anyone wondered why the West was in such a mad rush to eliminate the Libyan leader that caused the transformation of Libya from Africa's richest state to failed state after NATO intervention? According to haphazard scoops, Muammar Gaddafi was disliked because he was brash and spoke of Western leaders in a derogatory manner. Was that a good enough reason for the "free" West to kill a person? Of course not.
Reasons why fear of Gaddafi deepened steadily consisted of a very different bunch of facts. The Libyan State Bank gave loans without interest and was burdened with NO foreign debts. Although there was little or no political freedom in Col. Gaddafi's Libya, that was effectively neutralized by nationalizing the vast oil wealth to fund:-
- free education
- free healthcare and electricity
- one of the world's best irrigation systems with amazing perks for farmers
- cheap petrol
- an allowance of $5,000 for every new mother and her new born baby ..
Amazing benefits like these made common Libyan citizens among one of the most privileged middle-class in the world. It was the same Libya that used to be among the poorest countries until 1968. The remaking of the country in less than four decades must have been infuriating.
Additionally, the Islamic Legion in Libya was underway since late 1970s, an army comprising of thousands of Libyans and dissidents from neighboring West African countries with Muslim populace. It was also joined by groups from Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Pakistan and more. The force was trained by skilled educators from Palestine and the Syrian Baath Party. Such a move signaled emphasis on the spirit of unification, an approach by far the worst nightmare of many.
Obviously, cutting off supply routes between Syria and Turkey will no longer be enough for the demise of Daesh. It will still remain in control of one of the richest lands in the world.