Let’s be real this is what everyone said falsely Iraq was about. O-I-L.
The Euros get over 80% of their oil from Libya and countries like Italy and France have big investments there. I don’t think that equates in any manner to any ones reality based views on Iraq.
This is about oil and €’s for Europeans and their slinky willingness to gamble the UN worldview against a better candidate for one world dominion.
I said this over at threesurethingsinlife in a comment to his post and I felt moved to plunge myself.
Libya is in civil war but not a Revolution
That is what I think anyway. The people are divided between what they see themselves as. By this I mean it isn’t just repression that gives Gaddafi support any more than its just a desire for democracy driving the rebellion. The rebels of Libya are not offering a revolution even though they are indeed trying to unseat a dictator.Nuance,nonsense?? Whatever I just don’t see this as anything other than a very internal and very Libyan affair.
My 80% math was a mistake but…
Isn’t that refreshing? Somebody on the Net willing to admit a mistake! Wow! The 80+% I had in my head was that Libya sends 80-83% of their production to the EU. This makes Libya the number 2 crude provider from outside of Europe proper and #3 supplier overall,meeting over 10% of Europe’s oil needs.
Just for the record the EUs top 5 oil givers are:
These 5 nations make up 66% of EU crude supplies.In comparison the US imports 51% of its petroleum and the top 5 in order for the USA are: Canada,Venezuela,Saudi Arabia,Mexico and Nigeria.We actually pony up 49% of our own stuff.
The UN is pathetic and needs a win.
Does this even need exploration? The fact that NATO is violating it’s own charter just to keep a job is pretty shameless too. Psst NATO you did your job,now go away.
Reneging in austere times?
The Euros have investments in Libya,especially the Italians. The Euros also have many entities within their realm that the Libyan Investment Authority are holders of to the tune of 70 billion dollars .The latter being especially tasty given the Euros recent slamming of the LIA. So let’s be clear,the Euros are not paying dividends or allowing the Libyans to access their money to the tune of 70+ BILLION. Italy of course is getting the shaft but the Euros don’t mind throwing Silvio under the bus. Lastly the European governments,decidedly center right, albeit there is the Euro context to that,have recognized the Libyan opposition and have taken steps to escalate against Gaddafi. This is the funny part of the austerity argument. € woes got ya down? Start military operations against the Libyans!I don’t get it.
USA USA USA
Two toons I planned on using over a week ago but never got around to them. Well seeing as Obama finally got around to a decision.
I could have actually been relied upon as a source of Presidential support as Obama considered,hesitated and pondered the Libya situation. In keeping with the toon he has now at least decided to put some of that free hand into the goop. Some will say he should have especially since many consider his hesitation and timidity to be a synergizer to the whole North Africa/Middle East protest movement. This is amply seen in bipartisan and international debate and scorn on the alleged hypocrisy of US policy as it pertains to say Libya,Egypt and Yemen compared to say Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. This is also the point where he loses my support. I cannot support intervention in Libya.
Sadly as I tapped away at the keys earlier today other keys were being tapped. The French and others have started flying sorties falsely called no fly zones as they have attacked land assets. France is in open alliance with the rebels. The USA on the other hand have launched Tomahawks against air defense assets of Gadaffi this is more true to the concept of no fly zone enforcement but is obviously fraught with the danger of striking innocent Libyans.
So from inception to publication the world has moved too fast and too far for my liking or for me to keep up. Well I post anyway.