Monday, 2 May 2011
Bin Ladin's death will change nothing
Bin Ladin's death may now become the defining moment of Obama's presidency and pull him from the clutches of defeat by the GOP but the triumphalism that we will witness today will say more about our own lust for blood and need for a common enemy than Bin Ladin's terrorism.
Just as the West was responsible for hundreds of thousands, and possibly up to a million, deaths in Iraq following the invasions predicated on a supposed 45 minutes to mass destruction of the West but in reality a political need to secure oil, we are now attacking Libya in the name of democracy that hides the West's need to secure oil from them.
Libya considers diverting its oil supply to China and India and the US, UK and France start bombing them using civil liberties as an excuse. Strange how the West isn't intervening in Syria or Bahrain in the same was and how we completely ignored Gaza. Just look at oil reserves to get a feel for the liklihood of invasion.
Oil, the need to demonise and the economic benefits of war are driving the appalling foreign policy of the past 10 years. Bin Ladin may be dead but sadly that will not end our involvement in the Arab states.