"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Aug 25, 2011

Your Freedom and Democracy™ Best Super Duper Popular Rebellion Great Job Yeah!

Meet your rebel leadership, liberal friends of the "Libyan People's Revolt."

The President of the Transitional National Council (that is, the organization so committed to Freedom and Democracy that its only acts, thus far, have been to make a bank on paper so that Obama, NATO and the UN can assign it ownership of Libyan state assets, and officially beg for those assets to be unfrozen):

Mustafa Abdul Jalil. Qaddafi's former Justice Minister.

And his Prime Minister:

Mahmoud Jibril. Qaddafi's former National Economic Development Council chief, and well known as a neo-liberal proponent of privatization, trade reform and closer ties to Washington and London, in Libya.

Plus, some defected army chiefs, several lawyers, a few economists, the former Qaddafi appointed head of the Libyan National Air Force, and about a thousand fighters comprised of drug traffickers, smugglers, and poorly armed teenagers who, when not killing black Libyans, were busy calling air strikes down on each other.

(Shh...we're not mentioning the foreign powers, their flying piloted death machines, tons of munitions, special forces operators, including the British SAS [and rumoring, the French Foreign Legion], remote controlled sky death robots, off shore bombing from French, Italian and American naval vessels, and the completely innocent official recognition by about 30 states desperate for concessions or Western assistance...)

And what are they going to do with their glorious and totally spontaneous, popular uprising against a bad man who no man in his right mind would ever be associated with?

Why, hand out concessions and re-construction contracts to those Western powers that bombed the bejesus out of Libya with so much tonnage of explosives that reconstruction would of course be necessary the "foreign countries which backed"  a cynically transparent extraction and resources power grab an innocent and spontaneous popular uprising, and all this for the calculated pillaging of a resource rich nation the noble and democratic sake of an extraction regime of bankers, Qadaffi stooges and university professors the glorious people's revolution.


Tao Dao Man said...


"Few may remember that the TNC's Jalil was the judge that condemned those Bulgarian nurses to death - a notorious case in France that warranted muscular intervention by neo-Napoleonic Nicolas Sarkozy, who even regimented his trophy wife Carla Bruni to seduce the Big G. After the nurses were freed, Jalil was promoted by Gaddafi to justice minister, lasting from 2007 until his opportunistic defection last February."

Jack Crow said...

Nice catch, RZ. Thank you for that. I would feign unsurprise if I could, but the truth of the matter is that I can still be surprised by the banality and the opportunism of our neo/neo masters.

Jack Crow said...


Linkage gratitude.

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davidly said...

Please. Thank you. Please.

zencomix said...

The Bush/McCain/Lieberman overtures back a couple of years were most likely recon missions to see who could be bought. Now we know.

Jack Crow said...


From RZ's Asia Times link:

"...Follow the money

On the banking front, WikiLeaks once again had already revealed that the privatization of Libya's central bank was regarded as a golden "opportunity" for US banks. The shadow "rebel" bank facilitated by HSBC in all probability will take over - obviously not independent as the previous Libya Central Bank but aligned with the Swiss-based Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the central bankers' central bank.

So bye-bye to 'subversive', unifying Gaddafi ideas such as dumping the US dollar and the euro so Arab and African nations would start dealing in a new single currency - the gold dinar. It's crucial to note that most African nations - and a lot of Arabs - backed up the idea. The only serious contrarians in the region were South Africa and the Arab League (influenced by the House of Saud). Obviously Washington and the European Union (EU) were furious - to the point of calling NATO to the rescue..."


This series of episodes also demonstrates Turkey's relative weakness, and its precariousness as a counterbalance within Europe and NATO. Erdogan wanted to forestall intervention. He failed, miserably:

Clinton And Jibril Meet Early

JM said...

Heh, I found a special blog just in time for this post.

Jack Crow said...


What's your point? That there's a superficial difference between an Infowars adherent and my own criticism of cruise missile liberalism?

Tao Dao Man said...

Those two paragraphs are most telling.
The [BIS] is always a player. :-)

Turkey will be looking further East, not West.
It's is just a matter of time.

Jack Crow said...

Or Erdogan will suddenly be discovered as a dangerous, Iran loving Islamist...

Tao Dao Man said...


Iran is an observer nation for the [SCO] Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
And so is Pakistan, and India.

Afghanistan, Iraq, and Turkey want to become observer nations, which is the step before becoming a full member.
This is the biggest threat to the West in the Grand Chess game.

The energy resource route choke points are the the final agenda.

this is why Yemen, Bahrain, and Somalia are so important.
They are also energy route choke points.

It is the control of the energy that is the prize.
Energy is worth more to The Seven Sisters when the tap is turned off.

Jack Crow said...

A truth, RZ. The European heads of state learned the hard way, when the Russians, tired of being pissed on by NATO encroachers, turned the taps to Eurozone natural gas all the way to "Off."

Tao Dao Man said...

My wife is from Korea.
We are planning on moving to S/Korea.

Russia is planning on building a natural gas pipeline through N and S Korea.
From there it could be shipped quickly and cheaply to Japan and beyond.

Turkey has its own problems with the Kurds.
Kurdistan will be a major issue.
Israel has been trying to get a foot hold in Kurdistan.

Syria is much more complicated for the West than Libya.
Do you ever go the the blog.
The Trench.
I have him on my blog roll.

Ah said...

Been aware of your blog for a few months , but a have to disagree with your implication that the people of Libya did not rise on their own of were doing so on behalf of the c.i.a or the Italiano.You cannot begin to imagine the absurdity of Qaddafi rule , how bizarre , arbitrary stupid and cruel his rule could be.There are a few Libyans ,not one of them does not despise the personality cult surrounding the great the second they leave the country.But that this is now and has been for months a nato led and fed rebellion is almost indisputable.

Jack Crow said...


I don't think that every single person in Libya falls into an either/or category - with the only two options being either for Qadaffi, or as a stooge of the Western powers.

My criticism is aimed at the "revolution" which is playing out on Western televisions since that is I believe a clearly identifiable extraction raid, run by factotums for European and American resources and banking concerns.

NATO isn't bombing Libya out of the goodness of its collective and yet somehow still non-existent heart. It has run nearly seven thousand separate bombing missions, in the span of six months, so that a particular faction (the ones on the television) can get legal control of resources, and put a legal face on an act of piracy.

There are no doubt people in Libya who are glad Q is going or gone. A joy to which they are entitled, regardless of the opinions of powerless commentators in the relative comfort of occidental nation states.

I'm not taking a pro-Q position, for what it's worth, either, except in so much as anything which prevents the Western powers from consolidating their concessionist/neoliberal hold on former colonial fiefs deserves a second viewing.

Hope that clarifies what I'm aiming at here, Ah, and thank you also for reading.