The "Decent Left" and the Libya Intervention
A Reply to Michael Bérubé
Gibbs, David N.http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/11/25/the-%e2%80%9cdecent-left%e2%80%9d-and-the-libya-intervention/
Date Written: 25/11/2011
Year Published: 2011
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX13895
Western elites were perfectly comfortable with Gaddafis oppressive rule, including his use of torture. These states only broke with Gaddafi when his hold on power tottered, in response to the Arab Spring, and he ceased to be useful. He was no longer viewed as a reliable protector of Western access to Libyas oil resources.