I have been watching the TV news channel “Russia Today” and have been following their coverage of the current situation in Libya as it unfolds. Precisely what some of their correspondents have been saying about the situation I have found slightly surprising.
Instead of avoiding a humanitarian crisis, the NATO action in Libya appears to be actually to be causing one. Correspondents report of ‘empty’ cities where inhabitants have fled on mass taking all of their belongings with them. Many have fled to the border with Tunisia where many problems have been caused by the migrations and where there have even been reports of gunfire.
Further an Italian speaking eye witness reported seeing NATO bombing of hospitals, schools and civilian homes almost on a daily basis. This was not accidental bombing the witness claimed but a sustained policy to cause panic in the cities.
There has also been some debate as to how stable a new rebel led government in Libya will be. Apparently there is no guarantee there won’t be a civil war between the rival factions of the rebel groups and further some of the rebel factions are even given over to ‘al-Qaeda’ type extremism.
Apparently most of Libya’s natural oil resources have already been divided up on paper, the majority going to European corporations. The end result is that the average tax payer will foot the bill of the war effort while the corporations will reap the economic rewards of all the spoils. A rather cushy deal indeed!