France is calling for military action in Libya, the north African country reduced to a failed state by NATO and the United States.
Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was quoted as stating on Tuesday during an interview with the newspaper Le Figaro that France “must act in Libya and mobilize the international community.”
In addition to urging action by European defense ministers meeting in Milan, Le Drian called for a push by the United Nations Security Council for military action against Islamists who have taken over the country. He said France may move troops in neighboring countries to the Libyan border.
Since the NATO invasion and assassination of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi three years ago, rival militias have waged a ceaseless war for control of Libya. On September 1, the Libyan government admitted it had lost control of its ministries after the militias had taken over Tripoli “in another milestone in the disintegration of the state,” according to The New York Times.
In August, the militant Islamic group Ansar al-Sharia declared Benghazi an “Islamic Emirate.” Ansar al-Sharia was implicated in the attack on the CIA’s gun-running operation in Benghazi that left ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans dead.
Following NATO’s war that resulted in the death of more than 30,000 Libyans, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen predicted the country would devolve into a failed state and become a haven for terrorists.”The worst-case scenario would be to see a failed state that would fuel extremism and terrorism,” he said from Rotterdam in 2011.
“It is up to the Libyans to shape the future of their country,” he said.
“Chaos rules in Libya,” Abdel Bari Atwan reported last September. “Libya is simply disintegrating along tribal and geographical fault lines. Most of its people are in state of fury, including the Berbers in the south, and national reconciliation is a distant prospect.”
The Libyan “humanitarian intervention” that killed tens of thousands was specifically engineered to reduce the oil-rich country to ruin, as Iskandar Arfaoui notes:
Libya has been left to wither away by itself, which begs the question – was the Libyan intervention really about protecting civilians, or was it just another geopolitical and imperialist campaign to remove a leader who opposed the Western economic system. Before his bloody assassination, Gaddafi had pledged to fund three ambitious African projects — the creation of an African investment bank, an African monetary fund and an African central bank. Africa felt that these institutions were necessary to end its dependence on the IMF and the World Bank.