Dan Glazebrook: The War on Libya: A grand Display of NATO's Lynch Mob Mentality!
Review of Maximilian Forte's powerful new book, "Slouching Toward Sirte: NATO's War on Libya and Africa". Now available to order from Global Research. This book presents a withering indictment of liberal humanitarianism and its collusion in imperialist designs on Africa, as seen in NATO's Libya campaign of 2011. The media has gone very quiet on Libya of late. Clearly, liberal imperialists don't like to dwell on their crimes. This is not surprising. The "modus operandi" of the humanitarian imperialist is not one of informed reflection, but only permanent outrage against leaders of the global South, besides, in the 'topsy-turvy' world of liberal interventionism, the failure to act is the only crime of which the West is capable. As Forte puts it, their moral code holds that, if we do not act, we should be held responsible for the actions of others. When we do act, we should never be held responsible for the actions of others. When we do act, we should never be held responsible for our own actions. With Gaddafi dead, the hunt is for a new hate figure, on whom we spew venom, Assad Jong-Un, far more satisfying than actually evaluating our own role in the creation of human misery. This is the colonial mentality of the liberal lynch mob. For the governments that lead to war, of course. it makes perfect sense that we do not stop to look back at the last invasion, before impatiently demanding the next one. If we realized, for example, that the 1999 bombing of Serbia actually facilitated the ethnic cleansing of Kosovo, that it was supposedly designed to prevent, we might not be so ready to demand the same treatment for every other state, that falls short of our illusory ideals. That is why this book is so important. Thoroughly researched and impeccably referenced, it tells the story of the real aims and real consequences of the war on Libya in its historical perspective. Its author, Maximilian Forte, is well placed to do so. A professor of social anthropology in Montreal, much of his writing and research in recent years, has been dedicated to the new imperialism, and especially its humanitarian cover. He was among the first to really expose violent racism within the Libyan insurrection, and its role in facilitating NATOs goals in Africa, and has provided consistently excellent analyses of the media coverage surrounding the conflict. One of the books accomplishments, is its comprehensive demolition of the wars supposed justifications. Forte shows us that there was no mass rape committed by Gaddafi forces, as alleged by Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton, Luis Ocampo and others at the time, but later refuted by Amnesty International, the UN, and even the US army itself. Despite hysterical media reports, there was no evidence of aerial bombing of protesters, as even CIA chief Robert Gates admitted.