Sham Libyan Elections
Democracy wasn't on the ballot.
by Stephen Lendman
In 2011, Washington-led NATO forces destroyed Libya. It was ravaged, not liberated.
Humanitarian intervention was cover to wage war. "Responsibility to protect (R2P)" was subterfuge to colonize and plunder another country.
Tens of thousands were killed. Vital social services were lost. Imperial control replaced Jamahiriya governance. Pre-2011 Libya no longer exists.
Libyans call what NATO wrought "dimacracy." Dima in Arabic is blood. NATO gains control by shedding it.
An illegitimate National Transitional Council (NTC) was appointed. Puppet leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil was made chairman.
Mahmoud Jibril became prime minister. Abdurraheem el-Keib replaced him. He's a businessman and prominent Tripoli family scion. He taught at the UAE's Petroleum Institute. Oil giants fund it.
Last August, Washington parachuted him in as its man. Protracted conflict continues. Libyans want to live free. Their struggle won't end until NATO's removed.
On July 7, sham elections were held. Originally scheduled for June 19, violence and instability postponed them. Current conditions are just as chaotic. Tribes and insurgent gangs control much of the country. Turf battles continue.
Anyone holding a position in any capacity in Gaddafi's government was excluded from participating. So were ordinary Libyans. Only those judged professionally qualified could run. NTC stooges decided. Washington had final say.
Democracy wasn't on the ballot. It never is with America in charge. Obama officials claimed otherwise.
Hillary Clinton did what she does best. She lied. She called Libyan elections a "historic milestone."
"(M)en and women from every corner of Libya are determining their own future."