The best of all possible worlds
The Times of course is happy about events in Libya:
Western Companies See Prospects for Business in LibyaBut so too are many of my Lefty acquaintances. This item made its way around the lists recently:
WASHINGTON — The guns in Libya have barely quieted, and NATO’s military assistance to the rebellion that toppled Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi will not end officially until Monday. But a new invasion force is already plotting its own landing on the shores of Tripoli.
Western security, construction and infrastructure companies that see profit-making opportunities receding in Iraq and Afghanistan have turned their sights on Libya, now free of four decades of dictatorship.
Dual US-Libyan Citizen Appointed New Libyan Prime MinisterNot to worry, say the Marxist-interventionists. Leaves from a mailing list:
Abdurraheem el-Keib, a dual US-Libyan citizen, has been elected prime minister of Libya by members of the National Transitional Council who voted in a televised event on Monday, sticking ballots into a transparent box.
... Keib attended University of Tripoli in 1973, earned his M.S. at the University of Southern California in 1976, and his Ph.D. at North Carolina State University in 1984. He has taught as a professor for many years at the University of Alabama, the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Most recently, he served as Chair of the Electrical Engineering Department at The Petroleum Institute in UAE before joining Libya’s interim council last spring. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the US Department of Energy (US DoE), Southern Company Services (SC), and Alabama Power Company (APCO).
The logic here, insofar as I can follow it, seems to be that since imperial interventions often prove disappointing to the tower trolls who gin them up, they should be applauded. Or at least, they're nothing to worry about.
- Does it really make any difference? Gaddafi was bending backwards to please EU and keep oil flowing.
- I remember when they installed Hamid Karzai as leader in Afghanistan. He'd been a consultant for Unocal, the U.S. oil company, which Antiwar.com said proved he was a U.S. lackey. But that didn't turn out so well for the puppetmasters in Washington. The latest news from Karzai is that he now says if the U.S. and Pakistan go to war, he'll fight with Pakistan.
- The Iraqi government has proved a poor puppet too, hasn't it?
I feel sure there's something wrong with this line of reasoning, but my head is hurting really bad and I need to lie down.