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Nato duped by Libyan rebels?

Published 11/10/2011

When did the Nato intervention in Libya cease to be an attempt to prevent the supposed imminent massacre of Libyan civilians in Benghazi and become, instead, a military alliance with the rebels in Libya to defeat Gaddafi's forces?

Professor Alan J Kuperman, of the University of Texas, says the threats against Benghazi have been exaggerated and, in fact, the rebels used propaganda to draw Nato into a war they couldn't win alone. And, of course, Nato obliges, knowing its sphere of influence will stretch into north Africa, with the resultant benefits to Western corporations who gain access to new markets, energy supplies and other strategic resources.

The Libyan people will see one thuggish regime replaced by another thuggish regime, as they bury their dead.

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

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