The US plans to have military presence in Libya is a ploy to exert its control over the mounting anti-government uprisings across the Arab world, a political analyst says.
“The uprising against [Libyan ruler] Muammar Gaddafi is being deployed as a pretext by the US imperialism to intervene to seize control of that uprising and to put its forces on the ground to dictate the outcome of the Arab uprisings in Egypt … and across the region,” Ralph Schoenman, the author of Hidden History of Zionism told Press TV.
The political analyst mentioned Libya’s wealth as another reason for the presence of the United States in the North African country.
“In a country with 6.5 million people and huge oil wealth, the US rulers are not in any ambiguity or doubt as to what their intent is,” Schoenman opined.
The analyst further pointed out that Gaddafi’s former corporate allies, who have been enjoying Libya’s wealth, are now seeking his ouster in an attempt to gain a bigger share in the oil-rich country.
“All of the projects for the new American century, currently calling for US military intervention in Libya, were in fact ardent allies of Gaddafi since 2003, when 306 major factories were privatized and when the oil companies such as Exxon Mobile, Chevron, Rapsul, etc. were put in control of the oil of Libya,” Schoenman said.
“Gaddafi was personally rewarded according to the Italian Press with 5 percent shares in Fiat. Gaddafi since 2003 has been their man in Tripoli,” he added.
On Monday, US President Barack Obama said that a NATO military option is one of a wide range of options being considered for Libya.
In Libya, anti-government protesters are demanding the ouster of the long-term despot, Gaddafi.
Reports by human rights groups say that over 6,000 people have been killed so far during the Libyan regime’s harsh crackdown on the protesters.
In recent weeks, the anti-government revolts have been spreading across the Arab world.
Last month in Tunisia, nationwide outrage at the government’s suppressive policies sparked a massive revolution that ended the 23-year rule of its despotic President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and forced him to flee to Saudi Arabia.
On February 11, millions-strong nationwide revolution in crisis-hit Egypt, which started on January 25, ended the three-decade rule of US-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Other anti-government uprisings have taken place in Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Jordan and Oman, as more Arab countries are expected to stage similar popular revolts. Agencies