US Totally Destroyed Africa’s Wealthiest Country, Libya: Analyst

The United States and its allies are responsible for completely destroying Libya, perhaps the richest country with a highest standard of living in Africa, an American journalist and political analyst says.

Don DeBar, an anti-war activist and radio host in New York, made the remarks in a phone interview with Press TV on Friday while commenting on a report which says a group of US commandos who had traveled to Libya to “foster relationships” was ordered to leave the country soon after they arrived there on Monday.

A Facebook page belonging to the Libyan air force has revealed the secret US mission by posting photographs of US Special Operations Forces troops in Libya. The men were dressed in rugged civilian clothing, including plaid shirts, and were carrying assault rifles.

A  Pentagon official, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed on Thursday that the men in the photographs were indeed American troops in Libya, and that they were in Libya “with the concurrence of Libyan officials.”

DeBar said, “It’s a very bizarre story, but it shows the arrogance with which the United States has been treating Libya as if it’s a vassal state, or some deserted island in the South Pacific or something that they could do with it as they please.”

“Libya has been completely destroyed by the intervention of the United States and NATO.  With once the most prosperous countries in the region, perhaps the wealthiest country with a highest standard of living on the continent of Africa, and one of the wealthiest countries with one of highest standard of living in the Middle East region as well, it had complete domestic peace; they were constructing and had constructed rather an amazing economic space,” he added.

“It was the engine for the consolidation of the integration of Africa. And it has been completely and totally destroyed and now for some reason that escapes me the United States felt the need to drop troops into the country unannounced. It is a very bizarre story,” the analyst noted.

More than four years after the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is still grappling with rising insecurity as the country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups. The former rebels refuse to lay down arms despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.