Once upon a time the U.S. had legitimized Colonel Muammer al-Qadaffi's regime, which was guilty of political repression and had a long history of human rights violations, and today U.S. is backing force in Libya.
But why is U.S. backing force in Libya but not in Bahrain??? It will be the topic of another post...
Once referred to as the "mad dog" of the Middle East by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Qadaffi has sought reconciliation with the U.S. and the West by abandoning weapons programs, denouncing terrorism, and providing reparations payments for the families of victims killed in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
Bush administration took the wrong step in normalizing diplomatic relations with Libya because there was no evidence of genuine progress in Libya toward a more democratic government!
Today, the U.S. and the West are all mad again at the revolutionary, idealistic at best, tyrannical, and delusional at worst, and the longest serving head of state in the Arab world: Qadaffi!
Since Libyan crisis began, oil prices have risen about 20$ a barrel and gas prices are up about 50 cents a gallon.
Therefore, helping Libyans to get rid of their dictator is indeed now much more important than taking the time to help Ivorians to get rid of Gbagbo! The U.S. and the rest of the world are addicted to oil!
The left in the U.S. and France were chanting no blood for oil! This popular slogan says it all! The Libyan crisis occurred between the winter home heating oil and spring driving seasons.
Libya has Africa's largest crude oil reserves. Qadaffi has ordered security services to start sabotaging oil facilities in order to send his message to the U.S and the West: It's either me or chaos!