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

20 April 2011
Multi-media

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.