Haunted by Gaddafi

Maximilian Forte’s analysis of the US-led destruction of Libya and its global implications provide the most accurate dissection of the current neoliberal world order that I have read.

ZERO ANTHROPOLOGY

One thing I did not predict is that, even five years later, what happened to Libya and to Muammar Gaddafi would still cast a long shadow across the centres of European and North American political and economic power. By now, almost all of the leaders who persecuted Gaddafi, have experienced their own demise, by far gentler means and thus even less justifiable than what befell Gaddafi. Almost all of the Libyans that appeared in the videos showing the brutalization of Gaddafi, have themselves been tracked down and killed. My expectation, around the autumn of 2015, was that Libya would be conveniently buried during the US electoral campaign. Reality, fortunately, proved me wrong. Libya has instead become a recurring theme in campaign debates, and apart from Hillary Clinton and some forgettable Republican candidates, everyone else is unanimous that the consequences of US military intervention in Libya were catastrophic. Gone are theā€¦

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