We all held our breath. TV cameras were trained on the Chinese Ambassador to the United Nations. As the "Those against?" vote was called, peace loving people watched with a sinking feeling in their stomachs as the ambassador's hand remained on his desk.
China had given the go ahead for the military might of the now neocolonial powers to blast away at their former colony which had raised its standard of living to a level higher than nine European nations including Russia.(1)
The Chinese Ambassador, with all the third world watching, doomed to brutal destruction and recolonization, a socialist country providing free health care and free higher education in a beautiful and well kept land.
The huge sinister Pied Piper of the Global Village, the America-über-alles media cartel, was busy panning off vicious heavily armed gangs with overseas supervision as peaceful demonstrators. Bu these as "protesters' who had no living condition grievance, no complaint of hunger, poor health care or poverty because of exploitation by the rich and foreign banks, no reason to protest, apart from a nine millennium tradition of rivalry between Cyrenaica and Tripoli - a rivalry being stimulated with organized violence by nefarious international corporate interests.(2)
It is now the month of May and even before Socialist Libya has been conquered, boldly, not even bothering to stay behind the scenes, the same amoral racist businessmen types of past centuries of colonialism, power mad unscrupulous manipulators of private investment financial capital, speak of arrangements to divide up the loot and opportunities to capitalize on.(3)
The Chinese, unlike most of us following closely, were, without doubt, fully aware of the intentions of the financial rulers of the gangster imperialist nations, the speculating plunderers of the world, to again use their military to extend U.S. hegemony.
Yet even that constantly repeated pathetic media manufactured lie, "protect the civilians from their own government" being used as the pretext for war, was, in the end, repeated as well by the Chinese ambassador as China's reason for only abstaining rather than vetoing with a no vote consistent with China's principle of non-intervention in the affairs of other nations (referred to in the opening of the ambassador's explanation of it's vote). In addition, China had an opportunity to vote in accordance with the founding principle of the United Nations being disregarded and violated by those voting in favor.
Why? Why no Chinese veto? And why did the Chinese ambassador, embarrassingly, repeat a base, obvious, deceitful and almost absurd deception meant to protect the attacking rebels, not civilians.
But why? China has extensive energy investments and construction investments in Libya, 50 major investment projects are in eastern Libya. Chinese companies are losing hundreds of millions of dollars from this intervention. Last year China had $6.6 billion worth of trade with Libya, most of it in oil. China is looking to Africa as a future energy source, and the Gaddafi led government had favored China in oil export. Libya's was creating gold dinars (Libya is estimated by the U.S. Treasury, to have 44 tons of gold) to use in place of dollars and euros and avoid the clipping of the central banking system in Europe, the tool of mega speculators. Was this not the kind of currency change China has expressed great interest in? Also Libya, under Gaddafi, had not joined the US Africa Command (USAC) by contributing troops as had a number of nations of Sahara/Sahel region, indicating that Libya might be a bulwark against USAC managing to gain US control over African oil exportation to exclude China.(4)
Why was China giving up so much? Had China been made an offer it couldn't refuse or was this imperialism supporting acquiescent vote, beyond comprehension and seemingly against China's own interests, in line with some long range Realpolitik that one could expect to understand in the future?
China lovers were instantly stumped into incomprehension, bewilderment, dismayed, betrayed, the rug pulled out from underneath their feet. Their confidence lost that the fifth of Mankind with wisdom gained during five thousand years of practical living would protect the rest of us from the insanely barbaric, homicidal imperialism wrought by predatory capitalism that had colonized the whole nonwhite world, including China. This confidence or hope was now destroyed with our witnessing China going along with a classic example of false flag violence fostering a civil war in the age old imperialist principle of divide and conquer. [See author's OEN and CounterCurrents published comprehensive review of all reporting on the violence in Libya from February 15 through April 26](2)
Speaking before the UN General Assembly in 2009, Gaddafi, had called the Security Council a "Terror Council" for the sixty-five wars it has failed to prevent, even approving participating in most of them. How prophetic for what would come his way so soon.