*Two of the tricks the U.S. government and its European (white) allies have employed when they want to find a cover for militarily intervening in another country are

#1 – Demonize the leader of the country using a compliant media to make the person seem as if he is Satan incarnate. These leaders are never angels; but neither are they ever as evil as the media (especially the U.S. and the British media) make they appear.

#2 – Under the guise of protecting the civilian population they make demands on the country’s leadership which they know cannot possibly be met. And once the impossible demands are not met, they claim they speak for “the world” and militarily intervene to overthrow a government which controls something they want – usually oil.

This tactic was used with great success against Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein. The key demand was that Hussein give up his weapons of mass destruction (WMDs). Hussein could not meet this demand because he did not have any weapons of mass destruction.

We now know, after eight years of war in Iraq, that U.S. and European intelligence was horribly wrong about WMDs or that U.S. and European leaders simply lied in a bid to justify an unjustifiable war – a war designed to control a country, its oil and render it less of an adversary to Israel.

Now, look at what is taking place in Libya. A group of rebels launch a war to overthrow Libyan leader Moammer Ghadafi and take control of the North African nation. The rebels take control of several cities and begin a well-armed march on the capitol Tripoli. But Ghadafi responds with a counter-offensive which drives the rebels out of all the captured cities except one: Benghazi.

Now the West (led by the U.S., Britain and France) intervene. U.S. President Barack Obama “demands” that Gadhafi’s forces end their counter-offensive and withdraw from the cities they have recaptured. In other words: Give up control of your country to the rebels.

But Gadhafi raises a very simple, yet powerful, question. In an open letter, he specifically asked Obama, “If you had found them [the rebels] taking over American cities with armed force, tell me what you would do.” Gadhafi then concludes, now speaking to the U.S. and its European allies in the same open letter, “Libya is not yours. Libya is for the Libyans.”

Gadhafi is right! Any and all foreign intervention in what is essentially a civil war in Libya is morally invalid. It is nothing but the age-old racist belief that the white man (and I include Obama in that category because of his behavior) has some right to control or determine what takes place in Africa.

The countries primarily behind the current military intervention in Libya – Britain, France, Italy and the U.S. – have historically been the greatest enslavers and exploiters of African peoples. But now they want you to believe that they are intervening because they want to protect African civilians. If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.

No, they are intervening for oil and for the white man’s “right” to continue to control Africa. Obama should be ashamed of himself for helping to carry out this racist and imperialistic policy. We now have wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya. These are all wars primarily designed to control oil or extend white man’s control of the world.
Robert Taylor is veteran editor of the National Black News Journal. Visit him online at http://dailyblack.webs.com or share your views on his commentaries by emailing him at [email protected]