Documents found in
Tripoli have pointed to close co-operation between Gaddafi's regime and Western
intelligence agencies. Activist Marinella Correggia says it is no surprise that
countries which had ties to Gaddafi have turned against him.
“It is the common politics of Western powers – they do
what they think is better for them,” said Correggia, an activist with Ecopeace.
“The biggest US enemy, Osama bin Laden, was their friend at the beginning, in
Afghanistan. Italy relied on the Libyan regime against Islamist groups. Now they
think they can control these Islamist groups because they gave them military
support and money. Now the West prefers to side with Islamist and racist
Correggia also maintained that
we might see NATO turn against the rebels if they do not fulfill expectations.
“NATO will put pressure on the rebels
because they are very much dependant on NATO and the West,” she explained. “They
will threaten them, they will not give them enough money.”
The new Libyan leadership announced that work should resume at
two oil fields by next week; five foreign companies already work the fields.
Libya's future relies on getting that industry in full swing again, and it has
to have some external help. But according to Correggia, it will soon change.
“Now the [new Libyan leadership] can have
a much better deal, there will be a lot of fighting between Western powers,” she
said. “The main Italian newspaper said Italy did not do enough in the war and
France will profit more. This is a dirty war. And it is not yet over.”
She also stated that oil revenues did indeed
go to the Libyan people during Gaddafi’s rule.
“I’ve been to Libya, they have good houses and food; a lot of
money was going to African countries for Africa’s development,” she said. “Oil
revenues were distributed, but I doubt it will continue to