U.S.-NATO Military Intervention in Libya: A Blueprint for the Future?

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Posted Oct. 26, 2011

Interview with Vijay Prashad, professor and director of International Studies at Trinity College, conducted by Scott Harris


Shaky video recorded the gruesome end of Libyan dictator Col. Muammar Gadhafi’s life on Oct. 20 as he tried to escape his embattled hometown of Surte in a car convoy that was hit by a NATO airstrike. An apparently wounded Gadhafi ran from his car and sought refuge in a drainage pipe. When rebels captured him, he was beaten, humiliated and executed with a gunshot to the head. The grisly images distributed on the Internet were soon seen by millions around the world. Before being buried in an unmarked grave, Gadhafi’s body and that of his son Mutassim, were transported to the city of Misrata, where they were put on public display in a warehouse cold storage locker.

The loose coalition of rebels that overthrew the Gadhafi regime under pressure from the international community, announced they would conduct an investigation into Gadhafi’s murder. But human rights organizations such as Amnesty International have declared that the rebels have not adequately responded to a growing pattern of unchecked violence by their forces during the course of their eight-month revolution. In fact, a massacre of unknown proportions thought to be perpetrated by anti-Gadhafi militias was discovered at Surte’s Mahari Hotel in the days after the city fell to rebel control.

Between The Lines' Scott Harris spoke with Vijay Prashad, professor and director of international studies at Trinity College, who expresses concern over the precedent set in the U.S.-NATO military intervention in Libya, in what may become a blueprint for future U.S. military involvement in conflicts around the globe.

Vijay Prashad is the author of “Darker Nations: A People's History of the Third World.”

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