Carving up the Libya Corpse for Profit - by Stephen Lendman
Libya is Western states latest profit center.
On September 1, dozens of predator states met in Paris to pick apart Libya's bones even though it's breathing, if barely.
We've seen it before, notably in Iraq under Paul Bremer's 100 orders that turned the country into a cutthroat capitalist laboratory. Baghdad was open for business at fire sale prices with US and other Western firms having first dibs on everything.
The "cradle of civilization" became Iraq, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of corporate predators. The Iraq that was no longer exists.
A wish list of economic laws followed. Corporate taxes dropped from 45% to a flat 15%. Foreign companies got to own 100% of Iraqi assets and be able to repatriate all profits back home. Import restrictions ended, and investors could sign 40-year deals and leases so no future governments could change them.
Destruction, invasion, occupation, and reconstruction made Iraq a bold new experiment, transforming a once independent country into a fully privatized new market with a huge pot of public money helping at the expense of Iraqis left out entirely.
It was pure pillage, a classic example of war spoils to victors, taking full advantage of their new prize, backed by hardline enforcement to crush resistance.
As a result, mass arrests, aggressive interrogations, torture, other mistreatment, and death squads traumatized and cowed a shattered people. Iraq was erased and rebooted. For investors, a corporate utopia followed. For Iraqis, however, it's been a hellish dystopia.
They're plagued by unemployment, poverty, and human deprivation on a massive scale. State enterprises ended. Local ones were shut out. Nothing unrelated to Western interests went to rebuild local infrastructure, including electrical grids, schools, hospitals, and homes.
Iraqis played no role in planning. Local firms weren't given subcontracts. Jobs were destroyed, not created while thousands of serf-like foreign workers were brought in and abused. Moreover, critically needed social services ended or were ignored.
In addition, unsafe GMO crops infested the country. The combination of war, contamination and drought wrecked its ecosystem, drying up fertile farmland and marshes.
Arable land became desert, killing trees and plants. A Garden of Eden became a wasteland, perhaps never to be reclaimed.
Whenever Washington-led NATO arrives, Iraq's movable Green Zone follows in one form or other.
The Libya that Was No Longer Exists
Destruction litters the landscape everywhere. Ongoing NATO bombing creates more of it, plus unknown tens of thousands dead and injured. Death squad rebel killers up the body count daily, murdering anyone thought to be pro-Gaddafi.