By John Brindley
DISCOVERING the real reasons nations go to war or specific military actions are taken is a full-time job.
After all, Governments as a matter of course are reluctant to reveal their true motives.
The only explanation you can safely rule out is the one they reveal to the media and therefore the general public – you know, the one you’ll find in that nation’s history books a generation or so later.
Instead it’s helpful to think of a five-letter word beginning with ‘M’ and ending with ‘Y’ and you won’t be far off.
Following the money explains why Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi was brutally assassinated in October 2011.
Official explanations focused on Gaddafi the dictator killing his own people yet emails sent to then American Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, the driving force behind this international atrocity, reveal a much different story.
Instead it was Gaddafi’s moral fight to release Africa from the financial restraints of the west that led to his downfall.
The email in question was sent to Clinton by her unofficial adviser Sydney Blumenthal titled France’s client and Qaddafi’s gold.
The communication, one of 3,000 Hilary Clinton emails released by the State Department on New Year’s Eve 2015, includes a lengthy section outlining the huge threat Gaddafi’s gold and silver reserves, estimated at ‘143 tons of gold and a similar amount in silver’ posed to the French franc circulating as a prime African currency.
The key passage reads:
This gold was accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan golden Dinar. The plan was designed to provide the Francophone African Countries with an alternative to the French franc.
The same email identifies then French President Nicholas Sarkozy as leading the attack on Libya for five reasons – obtain Libyan oil, ensure French influence in the region, increase Sarkozy’s domestic reputation, assert French military power and prevent Gaddafi’s influence in what was considered a ‘Francophone Africa’.
Now if those reasons had been revealed in an official French press release how much support do you think there would have been for assassinating a leader of another nation?
Britain, naturally, stood unfair and square behind the killing.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “We should also remember the man, many Libyans who died at the hands of this brutal dictator and his regime and that ‘people in Libya today have an even greater chance, after this news, of building themselves a strong and democratic future.”
Wouldn’t mind getting an update on how you see that is progressing some seven years later, David, with Libya descending into greater and greater chaos?
Not for the first or the last time, a more aware reaction came from Russian leader and outspoken critic of the west’s financial system Vladimir Putin who said: “All the world saw him being killed, all bloodied. Is that democracy? Ans who did it? Drones, including American ones, delivered a strike on his motorcade. Their commandos, who were not supposed to be there, brought in so-called opposition and militants. And killed him without trial.”
Oh and what happened to Libya’s gold? Where is it today? Yet more important questions that may be answered years after the crimes have been committed.
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