Phyllis Bennis on Democracy Now! talks about the expanding Western intervention in Libya and it's consequences

20 April 2011

The continuing expansion of NATO's intervention in Libya has less to do with oil as in Iraq and is more a reactive response to the wider uprising across the Middle East which threatens US / Western hegemony.

As the UK announced it is sending military officers to "advise rebel fighters" against Gaddafi, it is clear they are intent on regime change in Libya - not the "protection of civilians" as originally claimed. Unlike the invasion of Iraq, which was to secure oil access, this is a response to the Arab uprising which has challenged Western interests in the region, by showing through massive popular mobilizations not only that the current system of Western-backed dictatorships is illegitimate, but that they will not be tolerated by the people any longer.