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Oct 29

NYT Headline: West Sees Libya as Ripe at Last for Businesses


Check out this article. I don’t know how much more obvious it can get. 

Wanna know about business interest in our foreign policy?

"Western security, construction and infrastructure companies that see profit-making opportunities receding in Iraq and Afghanistan have turned their sights on Libya, now free of four decades of dictatorship. Entrepreneurs are abuzz about the business potential of a country with huge needs and the oil to pay for them, plus the competitive advantage of Libyan gratitude toward the United States and its NATO partners."

Liberators indeed… 

Let’s hope that there might be a thin film of democracy around Libya that is capable of retaining a small fraction of the wealth produced by its natural resources so that it can be funneled back to its people

Schools, hospitals, community centers… where is the voice of the people in all these business transactions? Where?

Nowhere… it’s all NATO, warlords and Harvard business schools. 

How can Libya’s oil be made to work for the people? A sound, representative, responsible and accountable government might be able to help. But how could that ever arrise so quickly out of the ashes of this civil war?

Business will come first. “Democracy” will be an afterthought.