Libya risks being re-colonised, says political analyst

Post-Gaddafi Libya risks being re-colonised with the main interest in the country's vast oil resources, according to journalist and political analyst Sajid Ali Khan.

“Libyans will have to take care they are not re-colonised, mainly by the perfidious French,” said Khan, former editor of World Affairs.

He referred back to the example of France and Britain, the leading members of Nato's military intervention in Libya, attacking Egypt during the 1956 Suez crisis.

Rebels seeking to overthrow Muammar Gaddafi have reportedly met strong resistance since entering the capital, Tripoli, on Sunday.

In an interview with IRNA, Khan compared Nato's intervention to support the rebels in Libya with the refusal by the US and Europe to save the Bahraini people from brutal attacks that are still continuing.

“Rather the UK went to sell more arms to the brutal, unelected Bahrain rulers,” he said, while also pointing out the strategic importance of the Persian Gulf island, which accommodates a US naval base.

The chief difference leading to Nato's military intervention in Libya “seems to be extensive oil available in Libya,” Khan suggested.

Underlining the Nato's determination, he said that it was continuing its air attacks under the 'UN cover' of a no-fly-zone “not withstanding the new Libyan charge d'affaires in London asked for NATO to cease operations forthwith.”

[Source: Islamic Republic News Agency, London, 23Aug11]

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