- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Baraka Books (Nov. 28 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1926824520
- ISBN-13: 978-1926824529
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 544 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
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Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO's War on Libya and Africa Paperback – Nov 28 2012
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About the Author
Maximilian Forte is an associate professor of anthropology at Concordia University in Montreal. He is the author of Indigenous Cosmopolitans, Indigenous Resurgence in the Contemporary, and Ruins of Absence, Presence of Caribs: (Post) Colonial Representations of Aboriginality in Trinidad and Tobago. He lives in Montreal.
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Forte deconstructs the doctrine of "R2P" (Right to Protect) as a mask for colonial empowerment, much like Britain's crusade against the slave trade of an earlier era. Specifically he ties it to the need to remove an ideological competitor from Africa who stood in the way of "opportunity granted" by austerity-preaching free marketeers and their NATO musclemen. Qaddafi's career as a revolutionary sponsor of violence allegedly justified his overthrow by invasion and subsequent brutal lynching; yet the "humanitarians" who enthroned their own godhood as judges of the quick and the dead showed themselves to be made of the same clay. Hillary Clinton's ghoulish mockery - "We came, we saw, he died!" (p. 130) - was a display of imperial tastelessness not even ascribed to Hitler or Stalin. But self-promoting angels are allowed every evil impulse, including entitlement to the robes of empire itself in 2016.
Forte goes on to elucidate how R2P had nothing to offer the inhabitants of Qaddafi's model city of Sirte because NATO bombs by definition kill only the guilty, no matter how scattered their trajectory. Similarly, calls for human rights meant only the rights of those who aided and abetted the regime-change goals hatched in Washington, Paris and Brussels. They certainly did not apply to the black Africans and Libyans who were sadistically lynched, like Qaddafi, but en masse. Propaganda tropes like "mercenary hitmen" were paraded by the "responsible" Western media because, of course, no natives could legitimately side against their protectors. Violating sovereignty to defend rights and dignity is much like the rapist knight who took his reward for rescuing the helpless dame from the dragon's jaws.
Thus when rightwing pundits blame Mrs. Clinton for the assassination of Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi they are not far from the truth. As in Cambodia and Iraq, when a nation is bombed back to the Stone Age it's no surprise when the cavemen take over. This excellent analysis could not be published in the US without crushing criticism descending on the author (as witness Professor Stephen Cohen, for not buying into the demonization of Vladimir Putin). All those who sincerely believe in the necessity of invasion and the sodomizing murder of Muammar Qaddafi will not be pleased with this book. Watch as any of that camp who do find it and review it will sputter calumny, but not debate the hard facts of naked emperors caught in the buff yet again.