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Oil real reason for Libyan aid

Whatever opinion one might have of Colonel Gaddafi (and I do not find him endearing), it is obvious that the rebels now safely installed in Tripoli thanks to Nato firepower owe a huge debt to the West, which will be paid in black gold, with profitable deals and generous franchises.

If Libya's only staple export was dates, Washington and its compliant Nato troops wouldn't have cared what Gaddafi was doing.

Any intelligent person can see this; but what is obnoxious is the cynical assumption on the part of Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron that the majority of their citizens are too dumb to grasp it.

ADRIAN MARLOWE

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