The Western Intelligentsia, which includes the Mainstream Media, totally misread the ‘Arab Spring’, seeing it through their red-coloured glasses as a grassroots drive for democracy. In Egypt we now have an infant democratically elected Muslim theocracy under the control of the Muslim Brotherhood. We’re not sure what the Arab Spring has lead to in Libya. We suspect the primary difference between the current regime and the Gaddafi regime is simply the lack of Gaddafi.
But this gem of insight came across our desk today from Ed Steer’s via his daily email report:
RUSSIA TO WEST: We Told You Not To Overthrow Qaddafi!
On Wednesday Russia blamed Western countries for creating the current turmoil in Africa by arming Libyan rebels, Timothy Heritage and Gabriela Baczynska of Reuters report.
“Those whom the French and Africans are fighting now in Mali are the [same] people who…our Western partners armed so that they would overthrow the Gaddafi regime,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference.
The toppling of Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi led to “perhaps the greatest proliferation of weapons of war from any modern conflict,” Emergency Director of Human Rights Watch Peter Bouckaert told The Telegraph.
This very short story appeared on the businessinsider.com Internet site on Wednesday. It’s certainly worth skimming…and it, too, is courtesy of Roy Stephens. The link is here.
The idea is that by ousting the Gaddafi regime the West inadvertently armed an array of Muslim groups including Al Qaeda, leading to the destabilization of Mali and likely increasing insurgency across all of Northern Africa (witness the Algerian hostage taking).
The US, by overthrowing Saddam Husein and the Sunni ruling class in Iraq, destroyed the metastable relationship between Sunni Iraq and Shiite Iran leading to years of sectarian warfare that flourishes today, long after the US turned tail and ran – much like they are doing in Afghanistan at this time.
In short, Western intervention in Libya has directly lead to the problems in Mali.