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Libya: New AFRICOM And NATO Beachhead In Africa

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"We are also exploring ways that we can create efficiencies in intelligence and information sharing. And I believe we essentially share intelligence facilities now, and there may be some ways to do even more of that."

Earlier this year Stavridis, in speaking of expanding NATO cooperation around the world, including for the first time "exploring possibilities with...India and Brazil," recommended Libya as a candidate for NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue military partnership, which includes every North African nation except that country - Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria - stating:

"Today, the Mediterranean Dialogue, we're in the process of talking, for example, with Libya. Already many of the other nations in General Ham's [AFRICOM's] region are part of this. The nations around the Mediterranean are natural NATO partners."

After the murder of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi last October, Agence France-Presse cited U.S. ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder urging that "Libya could bolster its ties with the transatlantic alliance by joining NATO's Mediterranean Dialogue, a partnership comprising Morocco, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Jordan and Israel."

At a two-day meeting of NATO foreign ministers last December, "several NATO officials and spokespersons expressed interest in Libya joining the Mediterranean Dialogue," according to a report in the Tripoli Post.

The statement issued by the ministerial included this initiative:

"Significant political developments have taken place this year in North Africa and the Middle East. Against this background and in accordance with our partnership policy, we have agreed to further deepen our political dialogue and practical cooperation with members of the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative...We stand ready to consider, on a case-by-case basis, new requests from countries in these regions, including Libya, for partnership and cooperation with Nato, taking into account that the Mediterranean Dialogue and the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative are natural frameworks for such requests."

U.S. Central Command and NATO are greedily eyeing Syria and Lebanon as their next military client states, as the next Mediterranean Dialogue cohorts after Libya, which will leave the entire Mediterranean region a NATO sea except for Cyprus [2] and Gaza [3], which will become the final acquisitions.

The absorption of Libya with Syria to follow would be entirely in keeping with the pattern NATO has established of militarily integrating nations it has attacked and brought about "regime change" in over the past seventeen years.

Bosnia is a NATO partner being prepared for the bloc's Membership Action Plan, the final stage before full membership in the alliance. After the 78-day NATO air war against it in 1999, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia disintegrated into three entities: Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. The last has been referred to by a former Serbian president and prime minister as the world's first NATO state.

In 2009, only three years after it became independent, NATO offered Montenegro a Membership Action Plan. Serbia was brought into NATO's Partnership for Peace program in 2006 and hosts a NATO military liaison office. Bosnia and Montenegro are supplying NATO with troops for the war in Afghanistan. Bosnian troops also served under the NATO-supported Multinational Division Central-South in Iraq.

This year NATO announced that Afghanistan and Iraq are members of a new military program, partners across the globe.

Nations bombed and occupied by the Western military organization are tapped for bases and troops to be used in wars against the next victims of aggression.
In regards to Africa, the offensive by the axis of AFRICOM, EUCOM, NATO and the European Union, with assistance from the Arab monarchies, to resubjugate the continent by returning it to the conditions of a century ago is well underway.

Pentagon's Last Frontier: Battle-Hardened Troops Headed To Africa
June 12, 2012

Cyprus: U.S. To Dominate All Europe, Mediterranean Through NATO
March 3, 2011

Chicago Summit: NATO To Complete Domination Of Arab World
April 18, 2012

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