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Libya War:Sudanese analysts say economic, political interests behind western intervention in Libya

Monday, April 18, 2011

Laaska News April 18,2011
by Fayez el-Zaki Hassan

KHARTOUM, April 17 (Xinhua) — Several Sudanese analysts said economic and political interests were behind the Western intervention in Libya and reiterated that protests in Libya has become prey for western interests.

The analysts say that the foreign intervention has put Libya on a critical crossroad and that the big powers, whose ambition dwarfed the aspirations of Libya’s anti-government protesters, have played a key role in changing the course of the events in the North African country.

Sudanese political analyst Abdullatif Haj Hussein told Xinhua that “with the foreign intervention in Libya under the pretext of implementing the UN resolution, Libya has entered a new junction and the Libyan people found themselves between the hammer of the Gaddafi forces and the anvil of the international alliance.”

“We have learnt from Iraq and Afghanistan’s experiences that foreign intervention is associated, to a great extent, with political and economic interests. In Libya’s case, the Libyan oil constitutes two thirds of the needs of some of the countries participating in the imposition of the no-fly zone over Libya,” he said.

“It is known that Libya provides around one third of the daily oil needs of France, Italy and Germany. It is definitely that these countries are seeking to secure their oil interests in Libya, ” Haj Hussein added.

He said the operation against Libya was planned in advanced. ” The person who follows the developments arrives at one result that the war in Libya was planned for in advanced and that the Western ambitions had the upper hand in drawing the current scenario,” he said.

He went on saying that “the ambitions of the big powers have played a key role in changing the path of the Libyan protest and it is now clear that there are big countries seeking to draw a new map for north Africa and the southern Mediterranean. The Libyan event has availed a great opportunity for implementing this plan.”

Sudanese political analyst Abdul-Rahim Al-Sunny, for his part, told Xinhua that the main objective behind the foreign intervention “is to divide Libya into two parts — east and west,” adding that “this brings us back to a historical era that existed before the rule of King Al-Sanousi.”

“The current war in Libya serves the western economy because the big powers sell arms on one part and invest on the other. It is of the interest of the West to prolong the conflict in Libya for as long as possible,” he added.

He further said that “it is obvious that the Western alliance is trying to prolong the dispute in Libya and it does not seem keen on overthrowing Gaddafi. In addition, the West is not concerned with the Libyan people’s victims, but all what it is seeking for is its political interests in the region.”

The Western countries completely understand Libya’s political fabric and it seems that the West is convinced that there is no institution capable of ruling Libya after Gaddafi. Therefore, they are afraid that the Islamists would control the rule in Libya if Gaddafi is overthrown,” said Al-Sunny.

In the meantime, Al-Sunny criticized the performance of NATO in Libya, saying that “NATO has failed to protect the civilians. In fact, NATO has contributed to the killing of civilians through its random strikes against various areas in Libya, while some cities in western Libya have remained under siege for more than a month.”

NATO argues that it cannot strike against Gaddafi’s battalions which are entrenched in the cities and that it cannot break the siege over towns such as Misrata and Zantan, taking into account that Libya is an open desert country,” he added.

According to experts, the importance of the Libyan oil is not represented in its quantity but in its quality. It is known that Libya produces 2 million barrels of oil per day and it was planning to increase its oil production to 3 million barrels a day in the coming years.

The oil companies in Libya discovered 24 new oil sites last year, which enhances Libya’s importance for the West.

A number of Western countries depend on the Libyan oil in great part of their oil needs. Italy tops Libya’s oil customers where it purchases 523,000 barrels daily, followed by Germany (210,000 barrels), France (173,000 barrels) and then Spain (104,000 barrels) .

Xinhua.

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