4. ‘La Isla de la Tortura’ and the Dangers of Neo-Imperial Hypocrisy
Those arming the Libyan opposition in their justifiable dissidence, postures themselves as impresarios of freedom. Some of them claim to be descendants of, and creators of a noble heritage; an empire of freedom, which began at the European renaissance, and spans most of Europe and America. But the fact remains that an empire of freedom is an oxymoron. It is like materialism constructing metaphysics. They are mutually exclusive terms and facts. Empires are absolute control freaks. It is a tyranny of restraints. Freedom on the other hand, is the dictatorship of liberty. To that end, when a wolf is about to gobble a lamb for dinner before the comity of nations, it manufactures narratives to suit his designs and justify his aggression.
For donkey years, Gadhafi was an asshole of international proportions even to his own people. But the West that guzzled, and was drunk on Libyan oil, was too drunk to see that. They sold him the weapons to oppress his own people and keep them from asking questions about what transpired with the billions that Libya made off her oil resources. The West was having a time of their lives. Libyan oil came cheap to finance their indiscretions. This bought their consciences and blinded them to the plight of the Libyan people. Now that Gadhafi fell out of favor based on the vociferations of his oppressed subjects, baying to throw off their yoke, the Western Imperiums; versed in the ancient art of dissimulation, knew that the best option is that if you cannot beat the wind of revolutionary changes, blowing across the Arab world at the moment, you must hijack and control it. If you cannot beat them, just arm them and lead them from behind.
To control the revolution, they armed the opposition. They scrambled a coalition to dislodge Gadhafi. They brought out the dossier of dirt they had on him all along, thereby creating a narrative that demonized Gadhafi so much so as to bag him a hanging in the courts of public opinion. But this guy has been their partner in crime all these years. Who talks about honor among thieves?
To that end, these narratives and postures, which are meant to deceive the unwary, are all parts of the deceptive tools in the arsenals of empire. In fact, it is the systemic default of empire. It must necessarily manufacture consents, and meanings to sell its iniquitous ontology. It must necessarily pretend to values it never possesses, due to the demands of its nature. It pretends to be a defender, and promoter of freedom, while to be an empire is to be a structural antithesis of liberty.
In Libya, strange bedfellows came together again. Just like it did in Afghanistan, when the CIA was arming Osama bin Laden to fight the Russians. In Libya, guys like Tripoli’s new rebel military commander, Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, who was designated a terrorist by the CIA, targeted for rendition, tortured, and handed over to Gadhafi’s goons, is now a commander of the opposition army, armed with NATO arms, European, Qatari, and Turkish, money to fight Gadhafi. Abdel-Hakim Belhaj was arrested in Thailand, tortured by the CIA, and handed over to Libya, where he was tortured and sentenced to death. But the revolution came. And the CIA and MI6 changed sides. The guy that was a part of the oranges squeezed out, and the juice sent to the CIA and MI6 is now in a position of power in the New Libya. I wonder what that holds in store for US and British interests. This may be the genesis of another Osama bin Laden in the most proximate potency! Time will tell.
One can see here, that like in every other historical instance, neo-imperial designs remain an enterprise in suffocating hypocrisy. Most of the countries that are now in gangsterist congress to oust Gadhafi were in the same armada of political hypocrisy that was hand in gloves with him. The same guys that wanted him out right now are the very same guys that were doing dirty business with him; shortchanging for donkey years, the same Libyan people they now claim to love so much, as to lend them arms and ammunitions in their push to depose Gadhafi. Gadhafi was their bad guy. Libya was their ‘La Isla de la tortura’, and Gadhafi was their torturer-in-chief.
In Ghadafi’s plight, the bubble of western hypocrisy has been busted. Western democracies in most recent times have distanced themselves from torture in deference to political correctness. They claim that they do not torture. Not in reverence to any lessons of history. Not in respect to any religion or ethics; after all the Christian religion was at the vanguard of the inquisition. Although medieval inquisition was a European invention, one would have thought that the heritage of human knowledge would have recommended the futility of torture in human affairs. That was not to be. The West, instead of torturing her enemies, contracts it out to countries with rogue leaders like Gadhafi. They used him as their proxy torturer in chief. He did their tortures for them. This explains why the US and the UK shipped suspected terrorists to his torture chambers, to be grilled, tortured, and dehumanized in ways that those countries would not want to be identified with. They funded and financed Gadhafi’s tortures, and are now hounding for his head, since their need of him has expired.
5. The Brutality of Nations and the Feudalism of Capital
Every people have a right to self-determination. The pretense that democracy is a western invention is simply that; a pretense, with no basis in reality. Self-determination has always been the hunger of the human heart. But whenever an imperial cabal of international buccaneers, rides roughshod upon these legitimate aspirations of a people to deliver its viral loads of tele-guidance mechanisms, aimed at kicking out a native dictator and replacing him with a Sonderkommando of locally-groomed puppets, then that land is lost to its people. That land is forced to host the brutality of nations. You cannot kick out a monkey to replace him with a chimp. They still share the same genetic ancestors.
Imperialism has always canonized shameless opportunism. It seeks, creates, or hijacks primeval fault-lines and fissures of discontent in the body politic of the societies it craves to conquer. It hypes this up; sugarcoating and masquerading its metaphysics of exploitation, under slogans of democracy and freedom. It actively seeks opportunity to deliver its gifts of Trojan horses to these societies under the ruse of helping them resolve internal issues; while the long term goal is the tying of this society onto its apron strings, so that the conquered would yield their labor and resources to finance the extravagancies of empire. Examples of this abound in the contact between empire and the conquered peoples across the globe. In pre-colonial Africa, it exploited tribal tectonic plates in many African nations to organize the slave trade. When these depopulated nations caved in to this demographic plunder of the crème de la crème of its humanity, imperial guns and canons were ushered in to advance and consolidate the imperial hunger for territories and resources.
History is nothing but the chronicle of the brutality of nations!
In the march of civilization, this brutality has always advertised itself before the entire world, against all canons of decency. From the days of ancient Troy, to the thresholds of tomorrow, the brutality and treachery of nations will remain the major furniture of that chronicle of perfidy, which mercenary narratives describe as the march of civilization.
For the powerful, it is the propensity of choice. Whenever the pseudo-aristocratic cabal of elitist interests, ruling many expiring, and ethically bankrupt citadels of power, rise in furtherance or defence of their interests, in areas they consider ‘their spheres of interest’
; they are ready to consult hypocrisy, convoke infamies, and crucify peoples, and nations in between their avaricious estates. All these are in order to satiate the yawning abyss of their impious ambitions.
The contemporary version of this transnational cabal, which in exuberant days of supremacist eugenics, identified themselves as ‘the masters of the universe’, has forever been ruthless in exploiting human beings and resources, and stashing them up for their private use, under the ruse of capitalism. This cabal does not give a hoot if millions of indigenous people inhabiting fragile ecosystems like we see in the South American Amazon forests or the Nigerian Niger Delta are evicted off their lands, to make way for multinational corporations to strip their land of coal, and oil to finance the greed of this cabal. Human lives or the sanctity thereof makes no meaning to greed in the thraldom of impious ambition. Wars are engineered and financed predicated on a shock doctrine, which essays to design a socio-economic or political tabula rasa, upon which rogue interests would write their version of progress and history.
Progress for this cabal means more profit for the powerful interests. The poor majorities across the world are simply means to this end. Where both interests accidentally intersect, it is touted as the beauty of capitalism. Capitalism is beautiful when the CEOs and their camp-followers, which is not up to one tenth of one per cent of the world’s population, own more property and clout than 87% of the world population. Their media mouthpieces run with that in celebratory masturbation. But for billions across the world, it is feudalism dressed in borrowed robes. It is medieval feudalism on modern steroids. It is the feudalism of capital
6. Historical Manifests!
That the march of civilization has been a persistent convocation of brutality by the strong against the weak is an understatement. Against all canons of decency that humanity hypocritically adapts sometimes, we have seen evil having a walk-over, above all our sublime declarations. Imperial buccaneers have always consulted extreme violence to conquer or break the revolutionary will of any people or group who wants to shake off the yokes of oppression. The brutality of nation is the impulsive propensity of the rogue micro-empires and aristocratic cabals of privilege, ruling the major global power centres, to consult perfidious narratives and treacherous violence, to secure and advance their neo-colonial interests. Since the dawn of history, the brutality of nations has been manifest.
From Scipio Africanus, who built ‘coalitions of common interests’ across the aisles of the ancient Roman senate, to bay for the destruction of Carthage; to George W. Bush, who created a laughable “coalition of the willing”, to sack and plunder Iraq, at the dictates of the Euro-American oil profiteers led by Halliburton; those who hold power have never had qualms of conscience deploying it against those principles they profess, whenever their parochial and insular interests are on the line. ‘Carthage must be destroyed’, became the ‘slogan of imperial atrocity’ upon a people that Rome could neither dominate, nor tolerate. Hannibal lost. Carthage was destroyed. The debauched senators and patricians of Rome then went home to luxuriate in the most unspeakable of debaucheries, underwritten by the wealth stolen off the conquered peoples, and colonies, that were under the yoke of Rome. As Carthage lay in ruins, the unearned privileges ploughed off the backs of the vast peoples and cultures that were conquests of Rome started inducing a socio-cultural decay that led to the decline and eventual fall of Rome.
Africa being parcelled out to competing European interests in 1885 Berlin was fuelled and underwritten by this same conceptual climate of eugenic feudalism, in which these interests view the world and its resources as being created for their game, and convenience. This also explains why Poland was crucified in between two thieves; namely the defunct USSR and Nazism, according to Fulton. J. Sheen; while the whole world watched.i That equally explains the tragedies of Biafra. It explains the convocation of an international conglomerate of strange bedfellows; whose sworn duty was to starve Biafran women and children to extinction, to achieve their goals of having free access and cheap concessions on the Niger Deltan oil fields. It equally explains why the whole world looked on in conspiratorial silence as Saro Wiwa was arraigned before a Kangaroo judicial inquest, and executed for daring to challenge Shell BP’s rapacious plunder of his backyard.ii
Proof that Biafra was bludgeoned to safeguard British access to cheap oil was picturesquely presented by Andy Rowell and his colleagues. We invite them to speak for themselves:
The Biafran War that started in 1967 nearly ripped Nigeria apart. It also threatened Shell-BP oil operations which had been growing in the region for the past decade. Political, ethnic and economic factors all played a part in the build-up to the war, but at its heart the conflict was about oil. It was ‘not so much a war to maintain the unity and integrity of the country, …‘as a desperate gambit by the Federal government to win back the oil fields of the Niger Delta from Biafra.iii
Our authors intending to clear all doubts as to who was driving the war cited the Prime Minister’s Personal Minutes to the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary of 29th July, 1969, FCO 67/212 in their submission of the following analysis:
An indication of how concerned the British were about the war is given in a document sent from Harold Wilson, the then Prime Minister, to the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary. Dated some three weeks into the war, it states: ‘It is of national importance that Shell BP investment in Nigeria, which is a major British interest of crucial importance for our balance of payments positions and for our economic recovery, should be protected, I therefore wish that everything should be done, as a matter of the greatest possible urgency, but for the present within the context of our existing policy on Nigeria, to help Shell BP and the Federal Nigerian authorities to establish effective protection of our oil investments.iv
They further revealed conscious complicity of the British government in the atrocities perpetrated on the innocent women and children of Biafra, thus:
Although the British government saw Shell BP’s oil as ‘our’ oil, they had a problem: they could not be seen to become directly involved in the war. The Foreign Secretary Michael Stewart replied to the Minister that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) were in ‘continuous touch with Shell’ and David Barran over what to do.v
The British underwrote genocide in Biafra pursuant to their greed for Oil. Anglo-American micro-empires of the 18th to the 21st century have been underwriting the hijack and overthrow of foreign governments to satiate their greed for resources and influence. Dick Cheney’s and the American Enterprise Institute’s hijack, and redirection of the terror narrative to sack Sadaam Hussein in Iraq, and gain access to Iraqi oil is equally an offshoot of this feudal conceptual scheme. The same is NATO’s tongue-in-cheek reasons, for bombing Gaddafi to smithereens, to secure Libya for puppets amenable to imperial dictation.
The micro-empires of today are those groups of powerful men and corporations, who view the globe as the playground of their greed and inordinate ambitions. This supranational league of elites and aristocracies are possessed of this belligerent sense of privilege, which makes the annihilation of peoples, cultures and heritages possible, whenever it stands on the way of their profit. These micro-empires are actual enfleshments of the principalities, powers, and wicked
force of darkness envisaged in the Pauline epistles. This is borne out by their unhinged readiness to advertise brutal ethical bankruptcy in their dealings with anyone who stands against their global dominance. This explains why Libya is today the playground for the advertisement of this brutality of nations.
To that end, anyone who is deceived by the sugar-coated narratives oozing out of the Western media and their satellites to the actual intentions of the patrons of that revolution need to wake up and smell the coffee. Libya is lost unless the Libyan people wake up to the danger of surrendering their sovereignty to the puppets that are presently being appointed by the imperial Metropoles to manage Libyan affairs post Gadhafi. The Libyan people must rise up now and reclaim their revolution from the outside interests that are now massed on the borders, waiting to install their lackeys on the tribunes of Libyan power.
i – Cf. George J. Marlin. ‘September 1, 1939’, article in the Catholic Thing, September 1, 2009 edition, http://www.thecatholicthing.org/content/view/2126/41/ accessed on 22nd of January, 2010.
ii – Rowell, A., Marriot, J. and Stockman, L., The Next Gulf: London, Washington and Oil Conflict in Nigeria, London, Constable and Robinson Ltd., 2005,p.72
iii – Ibid.
iv – Ibid., p.73
v – Loc. cit