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Agricultural farm in Majer, Libya, bombed by NATO.
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There is a multinational corporation, which, despite the crisis, is working at full throttle. It is dealing with demolition and reconstruction. Not of buildings but of States. Its headquarters are located in Washington DC, where the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) resides ... at the White House. The main regional headquarters are in Paris and London, in the hands of unbridled managers and covetous business committees, but the corporation has branches on all continents.

The states slated for destruction are located in oil-rich zones or in a key strategic position, but which are totally or partially outside the control of the multinational. The favorites on the demolition list are those states lacking the necessary military force to pose a threat, by way of reprisals, to that of the demolishers. The operation begins by zeroing in on the internal divisions that exist in all states.

In the Yugoslav Federation in the 90’s, secessionist tendencies were spurred by backing and arming ethnic and political sectors opposed to the Belgrade Government. In Libya today, support and arms are being given to the tribal sectors hostile to the Tripoli government. To get off the ground, the operation has to rely on new groups of leaders, often made up of politicians who joined the ranks of the opposition to get their hands on the dollars and land positions of power.

Then, authorization is sought from the appropriate office - the UN Security Council - justifying the intervention by the necessity to oust the dictator, standing on the top rung of the ladder (Milosevic yesterday, Gaddafi today).

A rubber stamp with the mention "All necessary measures are authorized" is enough, but if it is not obtained (as in the case of Yugoslavia), the ball is kept rolling anyway. The wrecking crew, already pre-positioned, moves into action with a massive aerial attack and ground operation inside the country, around which a vacuum was created through a draconian embargo.

Meanwhile, the corporation’s advertising department hammers out a media campaign portraying the war as necessary for the protection of civilians threatened with extermination by the ruthless dictator.

Once the demolition is over, the reconstruction of a new state (as in Iraq and Afghanistan) or a set of rump states (as in the Former Yugoslavia) may proceed, at the hands of subservient officials.

The other major business that the multinational is involved in is the restoration of faltering states. Like Egypt and Tunisia, Yemen and Bahrain, whose foundations were shaken by the popular movement which has overthrown or jeopardized the regimes serving the interests of Western powers.

In accordance with the CEO’s instructions to ensure an orderly and peaceful transition, the restoration is organized primarily by consolidating the pillar on which power was already resting - the supporting structure of the armed forces - and repainting it with the rainbow colors of democracy. While the States in North Africa and the Middle East, convulsed by a social earthquake, are restored and on which the corporation bases its influence, another articial quake is set off so that another relatively independent state can be demolished.

Back at Headquarters, a toast has already been raised to the vanishing danger of the Arab revolution. However, deep in the recesses of Arab societies, beneath the foundations of imperial palaces, brewing tensions are preparing the ground for a new upheaval.

Source: Il Manifesto