Madison Ruppert, Contributing Writer
Conflicting reports of Gaddafi’s death flooded the internet and the airwaves almost immediately.
These reports have been questioned outside of the Western media as highly suspicious, especially when one considers the Libyan rebels’ track record of lying (skip to the end of this article to see reports questioning the legitimacy of the claims; this article is mainly about what is next for Libya if Gaddafi is indeed dead).
It is worth noting that none of the video footage allegedly showing the dead Gaddafi has been independently verified, as even the BBC points out. Videos and pictures quickly circulated en masse and the apparent reaction in Libya, at least the one presented by the Western media, has been jubilant.
Western leaders praised the murder and Hillary Clinton actually joked about it, saying, “We came, we saw, he died”.
Obama too made questionable comments, although his were nothing short of outright lies.
“Without putting a single U.S. service member on the ground, we achieved our objectives, and our NATO mission will soon come to an end,” Obama said in a statement aired on television.
This is just another example of a bald-faced lie to the American people, while hoping that we are either too ignorant to know the difference, or that we have the attention span of a goldfish.
In fact, last month the Pentagon confirmed that there were in fact American troops on the ground in Libya.
Furthermore, anonymous U.S. officials told Fox News that the CIA has indeed had a small force of what are known as spotters on the ground assisting in the NATO assault.
Well we can just add this lie to the long list of Obama’s deceptions; after all if you still believe a word that comes out of our President’s mouth at this point you quite possibly might be delusional.
It’s also amazing how quickly someone can go from a “friend” who is no longer in opposition to the U.S. to a vicious, bloodthirsty dictator for which hundreds of millions of non-existent American funds must be spent in order to remove him from power.
Now larger issues are at the forefront of the conversation about Libya, issues which have been sidelined since the uprising began.
Who will fill the massive power vacuum left by Gaddafi? Which of the many factions of the rebels will rise to the top? How long will NATO continue to intervene in Libya?
The future of Libya is uncertain, to say the least. The National Transitional Council (NTC), a de facto, unelected, unaccountable body of self-proclaimed Libyan leaders with ties to al Qaeda has yet to set a date for elections.
It should be noted that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) enjoys a prominent position in the NTC structure. As Tony Cartalucci points out, the LIFG is listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.
Someone highly skeptical of their providence and ability to lead, like myself, might point to the fact that after the so-called “revolution” in Egypt was falsely declared a victory the situation has only become worse for Egyptians, especially ones interested in a democratic government.
In the case of Egypt, elections have been consistently postponed and the military dictatorship controls the country with an iron fist.
How will the NTC deal with the tribes that remained loyal to Gaddafi until the end? Will these tribes be fairly treated and represented in the post-Gaddafi Libya?
A professor of politics at the University of Texas, San Antonio who was born in Libya, Mansour El-Kikhia, says that conflict within the opposition has already begun.
“It’s going to be very painful to come to terms with the vacuum Gadhafi has left,” El-Kikhia told USA Today. “The struggle for power will lead to the demise of the state. From what I’ve seen in the last month or so, I’m scared.”
Unfortunately for the people of Libya, it seems that their struggles are far from over, indeed they may be entering a new dark age in the post-Gaddafi era.
The Gaddafi regime successfully kept Islamic extremists largely in check but with the numerous ties between al Qaeda and the rebels, we can expect some of the extremism to resurface.
This could well present an opportunity for Western interest to come into Libya indefinitely, justified by claiming that Libya is now harboring terrorists.
Or the new Libyan government could welcome Western corporations into Libya with open arms, after all some of their first moves were blatantly concocted to serve Western interests like the opening of a private central bank and the selling of precious crude oil.
We never had a concrete picture of who the rebels really were and even Leslie Gelb of the highly questionable globalist Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) shared this sentiment in telling USA Today, “We don’t have a good feel for exactly who these guys are we have been supporting, and now they are in power […] We’ll get to know them as they start pushing and shoving and perhaps start killing each other.”
“I don’t see anything resembling reconciliation right now,” Gelb continued. “It is inevitable there will be more bloodshed.”
How will this bloodshed be handled? Will the West continue to step in every time there is bloodshed in Libya? After all, there have been numerous instances of possible war crimes and racist killings at the hand of the Libyan rebels.
Will these rebels be held responsible for their crimes or will the West pretend that nothing happened and the uprising was a peaceful one?
Who will be at the helm of the new Libyan government? Will they be democratically elected?
If the current self-proclaimed Libyan leadership, the NTC, is any indicator, we shouldn’t be quick to believe that the new government will be some shining example of democracy and peace.
How will the NTC deal with the tribes that might well still remain loyal to the Gaddafi family? How will they reconcile their differences with their detractors?
Currently all of these questions remain to be answered and the future for Libya looks to be even rockier than it was before.
One can only hope that the new leadership doesn’t turn into a military dictatorship like in Egypt and that they don’t continue to sell out to the West.
Hopefully the NTC will stop having their hands held by the Western warmongering elites and the corporate interests that supported them only so they could rape Libya’s resources.
However, if the NTC’s rise to power is a blueprint for their future plans for Libya, we can expect to see what was once a wealthy African nation descend into debt slavery and Western receivership.
If the more radical factions of the Libyan rebels manage to rise to power, which is far from out of the question, it is not unreasonable to suspect that a so-called peacekeeping force courtesy of the United Nations and NATO would be installed.
What will unfold in the near future in Libya is anyone’s guess at this point but based off of what we have seen thus far it does not look pretty.
What do you think? What will the future Libya look like? E-mail me at [email protected] and your comments might be used in our upcoming coverage.
Is Gaddafi actually dead or is it more rebel propaganda? Let us know via e-mail or the comments.