Whenever their is western intervention in a Muslim country, the first conclusion we jump to is “they’re after the oil”. Within a week of meeting in London, Lloyds list reports the first tanker is docking at rebel held Tobruk to take load of one million barrels of oil, or about 130,000 tonnes of oil, over $100 million (70.5 million euros) worth of crude.
The tanker is owned by VITOL one of the big three “Big Oil” crude traders in the world.
Last week I stated why Turkey had been so outspoken over the Libyan situation.
“In a related development, the National Transitional Council in Benghazi announced Sunday the establishment of a crisis team to manage affairs in an interim cap city while battles raged between the rebel forces and the heavily armed Qadhafi loyalists determined to seize oil terminals and ports west of Benghazi.
The eight-member Crisis Management Team will be headed by Mahmoud Jibril, chairman of the rebel interim administration, with Ali Sayeed El-Barghathi as its secretary. Ali El Essawi will handle international affairs and Ali Tarhouni economics and finance with Bougaighis and Ahmed Shareef of the Benghazi central bank reporting to him.”
The opening up of the Oil supply will have two effects.
Firstly, it legitimises the opposition as the above crisis management team shows. Under whose directives they are operating seems unclear.
It has been widely acknowledged that U.S. President Barack Obama has signed secret orders, allowing CIA teams to enter Libya to gather intelligence and set up links with rebels.
Secondly, the west, does not want another expensive war to fund and to see itself bogged down in another Muslim country, but it is prepared to arm the opposition.
“US should not hesitate to arm Libyan rebels” Bill Clinton
While Robert Fisk reported on America’s secret plan to arm Libya’s rebels hinged on Obama asking the Saudis to airlift weapons into Benghazi.
The situation in Libya now looks like being a long drawn out one.
If the west are to benefit by effectively swapping oil for weapons, then there is a conflict of interest.
Why would you want the ensuing civil war to end if you are getting access to oil without having to fight for it, you can sell your inferior, out of date military hardware to the rebels and make a huge chunk of change in the meanwhile, with the added bonus of Muslims killing Muslims, heck, what’s not to like?
For further reading into the geopolitical and battle for natural resources, The Akh would recommend reading an article titled GENOCIDE IN LIBYA? NATO INVASION UNDER WAY. ITS NOT ONLY THE OIL, STUPID.