Libya’s armed conflict may be described as many things, but “revolution” is not one of them. It is existentially impossible that a coalition comprised of the world’s imperial superpower, the planet’s former colonial masters, and oil-soaked Middle Eastern royalty would sponsor an insurrection that could by any contortion of language be called a “revolution.” In the modern world, of which Libya was an active participant, “revolutionaries” – African revolutionaries – do not name their fighting units  “the Brigade for Purging Slaves, Black Skin.” No legitimate claimants to humankind’s revolutionary legacy would parcel out, in advance, their country’s most precious natural resource to foreigners, or partner with the former colonial master that murdered one-third of the homeland’s population and confined most of the rest to concentration camps – Italy’s genocide against the Libyan people. No conceivable revolutionary formation would beseech imperial militaries to pulverize the dearly bought infrastructure of their own country. What Arab revolutionary pays homage to the demagogic, Arab-hating leader of the nation that slaughtered millions of neighboring Arabs in Algeria, just two generations ago, and today maintains himself in power through appeals to domestic anti-Arab and African racism, as does French President Nicholas Sarkozy?
It is difficult even to describe as “insurrectionists” the disparate Libyan gunmen whose (red, black and green!) flag now flies at the United Nations, since they were never the main actors in the conflict that pushed Moammar Gaddafi’s government out of Tripoli. It has been an imperial project from the very beginning, affirmed as such by a United Nations Security Council resolution that effectively transformed the Benghazi uprising into an armed protectorate of NATO. There was no revolution.
The Libyan War continues. It's illegal and Barack wanted the UN to know this week that this was how you do an illegal war, you get every one of the greedy countries on the same side and agree to divy up the spoils ahead of time so that everyone's included and you don't end up with another Iraq War where a major player sits it out and can call you out.
The Libyan War is a sing of just how awful Barack truly is.
The column itself is a strong one; however, the reason I highlighted it tonight is due to the fact that Black Agenda Report is back up and running.
If you tried recently and were unable to visit it, it is back up and running and has many important articles and commentaries so please make a point to visit it. They were down as part of a retooling and I'm sure in a few weeks time we'll all be grateful for the work they did on that but right now just get the word out that the site is back up and running.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):