A Journey through the Guardian’s Coverage of the Libyan Disaster


In this analysis we examine Libya’s recent history looking through the eyes of the Guardian, the flagship of liberal western outlets, and its reporting. As with most other western media, the Guardian was an enthusiastic supporter of the NATO intervention that overthrew Gaddafi and threw the country into the disaster that we are about to describe. Faithful to western interests then, the Guardian remains faithful afterwards as well. But imperial designs are laden with contradictions and sometimes drastically change course, but the Guardian dutifully follows. More interestingly, in light of the complex Libyan situation, the Guardian resorts to labels, adjectives, to distinguish the “good” (i.e. western-supported) actors from the “bad” ones. And as western powers stumble from one strategy to the next, these labels change accordingly.

We start this journey around the 2012 election in Libya, a few months after the end of the brutal, western-led regime change. We will not focus on the western media’s cheerleading for the NATO intervention, on the basis of preventing a repeat of atrocities that did not happen and stopping an imminent massacre that was also not going to happen, or on the conveniently overlooked extremist elements in the opposition ranks. We will also not compare the free and democratic future predicted by western commentators to the disastrous failed-state that Libya has become. Finally, we also do not cover the tragic refugee crisis in the…

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  • Joe Blow

    I cried twice over the assassination of public figures…JFK and Gaddafi. Gaddafi was an incredible elder statesman, not a tyrant, to his people. Under his guidance people could go with, government financing, to universities anywhere in world. Married couples got a new car and thousands of dollars, they were creating the largest public water project in history to turn the desert into a Nebraska farm land (the USA bombed that project as one of their first targets), etc.

    Gaddafi had something in common with Lincoln, Garfield, Hitler, and JFK.. all were murdered for going up against the central bank, basing their money on gold.

    Gaddafi, days before being assassinated by NATO (Clinton) supported rebels: “You are bombing the wall that stopped mass migration into Europe! Libya is a wall, you are destroying it you fools!”

    General Wesley Clark was told after 911 by a high ranking general in the Pentagon, “We’re going to take out seven countries in 5 years, starting with
    Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”

    And President Trump is getting shit over not wanting to be a nation building terror any more, chosing to talk with our “enemies” created by the neocon control of or country all these decades.