Last night on the Chris Matthews Show, State Department Spokesperson Marie Harf demonstrated the mental disorder afflicting government bureaucrats.
“We’re killing a lot of them and we’re going to keep killing more of them,” Harf said. “So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs… We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people.”
Did the United States build the economy of Libya or destroy it? Is the average Libyan better off now or before 30,000 of them were killed and their country destroyed by NATO warplanes and al-Qaeda mercenaries supported by the U.S.?
Despite the fact Muammar Gaddafi was a dictator, the average Libyan was far better off prior to the invasion designed to install the neoliberal version of democracy. This sort of “democracy” levels a country, destroys its economy, and then moves in to hold fire sales and steal resources.
“Muammar Gaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa,” writes Garikai Chengu. “However, by the time he was assassinated, Libya was unquestionably Africa’s most prosperous nation. Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy in Africa and less people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands. Libyans did not only enjoy free health care and free education, they also enjoyed free electricity and interest free loans. The price of petrol was around $0.14 per liter and 40 loaves of bread cost just $0.15. Consequently, the UN designated Libya the 53rd highest in the world in human development.”
“Four years after Gaddafi was overthrown and killed by NATO-backed rebels in Sirte, the country has failed to form a legitimate majority government and draw up a constitution,” writes Sarah Townsend for Arabian Business. “The economic impact of the turmoil is painfully apparent: the once-busy airports are shut, oil production is at a fifth of its pre-liberation levels and the country is a no-go zone for foreign nationals.”
While Syria was not considered a prosperous nation prior to the U.S. supported and directed “civl war,” it is in far worse shape now. In addition to war, international sanctions “played a major role in the deterioration of the Syrian economy owing to their remarkable impact on the country’s commercial balance with the drop in exports, especially in oil,” writes Jamal Mahamid of Al Arabiya Institute for Studies. “Unemployment is expected to reach 60 percent if the tension continues.”
A deluded Maria Harf, reading from her globalist generated crib notes, insists “killing a lot of them” — that is, U.S. trained terrorists — will eventually produce “job opportunities” for average Libyans, Syrians and, as the war continues and expands, Africans.
It is not poverty that swells the ranks of ISIS. It is the allure of radical Wahhabism proselytized by U.S. “partner” Saudi Arabia and what Chalmers Johnson and Ron Paul call “blowback,” a reaction to political and military actions in the Middle East by the West and its junior partner in the neighborhood, Israel.