As Libya’s eastern region of Cyrenaica declares its semi-autonomy from the central government, political analyst Pepe Escobar says no one will be intervening this time to stop a war among Libyan tribes should it kick off.
The Cyrenaica region, with its center in Benghazi, the cradle of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, declared its intention on Tuesday. The new state, to be known as Barqa, will have its own parliament and police force, and wants to run its affairs independently from Tripoli.
Tribes in eastern Libya have been antagonizing Tripoli for decades now, remarks Escobar. The new leaders, witnessing the growing federalism in the country, seem to want a leaf from Gaddafi’s book, he says.
“We have a NATO puppet in Tripoli, Mustafa Abdel Jalil. He says he is going to intervene into Cyrenaica because people there are splintering. So what is he going to be: Gaddafi 2.0?”asks Escobar.
Wherever a conflict among Libyan tribes may take the country, Western powers are not likely to get involved in Libya’s political affairs – as long as Tripoli honors the contracts, he points out.
“Who cares about the future of Libya as a democracy? The country is splintered – NATO does not care. The US, the French and the Brits don’t care as long as they have contracts with Tripoli. The alliance of Washington, London, Paris and the Gulf Cooperation Council wants to take over and then distribute the spoils. The war between tribal feuds is going to continue forever,” Escobar told RT.