Despite the austerity they will impose on you, they won’t skimp on imperial war. There are profits to make for oil companies, after all, and they pay hard cash into politicians’ election campaigns. The West’s Libya air war – the corporate war mercenaries who bomb Tripoli do not deserve anyone’s support or respect, by the way – now takes out Libya’s TV station transmitters, vainly attempting to kill the latest news:

Libya’s war has become a quagmire. On Thursday, rebel commander Abdel-Fattah Younis was shot and killed under mysterious circumstances, just before arriving for questioning by opposition authorities over alleged family links to the Gadhafi regime. His death raised the specter of a troubling split within the rebel movement at a time when their forces have failed to make battlefield gains despite NATO’s pounding airstrikes on Gadhafi’s military

The killing also underlined the uncertainty of the war. The United States and several dozen other nations have recognized the rebel leadership as Libya’s legitimate rulers, but Gadhafi has held onto a large part of the country. The government’s grip on the capital, Tripoli, seems secure.

Younis’ death is unlikely to lead the U.S. and its allies into any abrupt change in their decision to throw their weight behind the rebels in Libya’s civil war. It could, however, show signs that the movement is imploding or turning against its own, with much of the work of ousting Gadhafi still unachieved. And it casts doubt on the repeated claims in Western capitals that the rebels have proved themselves worthy national leaders and that Gadhafi’s regime is on the verge of collapse.

This is Obama’s war, need I mention? He could stop it on a dime. More, and more honest, from Alexander Cockburn yesterday:

At Last! The Head of Ghad … General Younis

It is surely one of the great strategic screw-ups in the history of war and intelligence analysis. In March, after the second UN Security Council resolution used by NATO to launch its bombing campaign, the predictions were that Tripoli and thus Ghadafi would fall within two or three weeks. Right and left alike, though not yrs truly, said it was a sure thing.

Yet, here the Guide still is, addressing rallies in Tripoli surrounded by a sixth of Libya’s entire population, while in the other end of the country, it seems that one faction in Benghazi, that of Mustapha Abdul Jalil, head of the rebel Transitional National Council, has just murdered Abdel Fatah Younis, commander of the Libyan rebel forces. … this renders moot Sen. John McCain’s letter last week to Jalil warning that credible accounts of serious human violations by the rebels were undercutting whatever support the NATO onslaught retained in Congress.

We are beginning to see some very graphic accounts and videos of the actual conduct of the rebels in torturing and executing prisoners and suspected Ghadafi loyalists in Benghazi, not to mention compulsory reimposition of the burka for women and kindred evidence of rabid fundamentalism among NATO’s clients.

The same day this news of Younis’s killing came, Britain recognized the rebels at the legitimate government of Libya and gave them the okay to take over Libyan government facilities in London. There seems to be civil war in London, since foreign secretary William Hague had come off his hardline stance against negotiations with Tripoli. By way of thank you, as his men pumped bullets into Younis, Jalil swiftly requested the $25 billion in Libyan government funds, held by NATO powers, which if turned over, — which I strongly doubt — will no doubt enter many a private rebel account, not to mention private NATO accounts …

Let’s not fail to mention, though, and Cockburn has mentioned this, Gadhafi is no charmer himself. But back to this weekend’s news; the Asia Times analyzes:

The killing of Libyan rebel military commander General Abdel Fattah Younes could lead to a violent split inside anti-government forces and comes as a major rebel offensive is failing to produce significant gains prior to the onset of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan in August when extremely hot weather and all-day fasts makes warfare very difficult and slow. …

The Western bravado of just a month ago – when British, among other officials, were preparing detailed plans of Libya’s post-Muammar Gaddafi future – has largely disappeared …

As the latest round of negotiations between Gaddafi, NATO and the rebels falter, the Libyan civil war is increasingly turning into a conflict over natural resources. This means, in part, that both sides are digging in for a protracted war. Moreover, it lends support to fears that a factitious civil war motivated by greed will ensue, like in so many other parts of Africa.

The consequences could include the collapse of central authority, at least in parts of the country, low-intensity tribal warfare, and the long-term proliferation of violence in Libya and the region.

Chaos on the frontiers makes them easier to penetrate. But order under Western corporate control, that’s always the goal. Hopefully, Western imperialism is part of what ends in three, four or five years when worldwide resistance to the austerity crusade gains the upper hand. 

Raise consciousnesses till then. One step in that direction would be: ANY WELL-KNOWN LEFTIST (preferably anti-militarist and anti-imperialist) please challenge Obama in next year’s primaries! I’ve suggested a sharp economist, because it will be the economy (stupid) and not the rape of Libya that will win or lose it next year. Okay, sorry, now I’m really off-topic.