Was Libya attacked because of its attitude toward AFRICOM?

Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

As the latest attempt to provide an ex post facto explanation for the imperialist attack on Libya, Ismael Hossein-Zadeh’s Counterpunch article “Why Regime Change in Libya?” breaks no new ground. Trawling Global Research and other pro-Qaddafi websites, the author strings together tendentious arguments made elsewhere.

Among them is an attempt to portray Qaddafi as a great anti-imperialist leader resisting AFRICOM, the American bid to build military bases in Africa. Hossein-Zadeh writes:

To the chagrin of US imperialism, Libya’s Gaddafi also refused to join the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), designed to control valuable resources in Africa, safeguard trade and investment markets in the region, and contain or evict China from North Africa. “When the US formed AFRICOM in 2007, some 49 countries signed on to the US military charter for Africa but one country refused: Libya. Such a treacherous act by Libya’s leader Moummar Qaddafi would only sow the…

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