There were many fiendish reasons behind the 2011 invasion of Libya which turned the nation with the highest living standards in modern African history into a failed state built on a terrorist training camp. The first and most obvious reason was Libya’s new project to create a gold backed pan-African Dinar in order to ween the continent off of Dollar dependence. Then there are the widely known facts of Libya being an energy rich, debt free, geopolitically independent and generous welfare state. But one of the prime motivators for the perverse US, UK, French invasion of 2011 was over a commodity that many people don’t even realise is of supreme value: fresh water.
On the surface of things (quite literally speaking) Libya has hardly any sources of fresh water. Even wells by the Mediterranean cost are too near to the sea to produce drinkable water. However, deep in the interior desert, Libya has some of the biggest fresh groundwater reserves in the world, most of which were totally untapped for centuries. According to independent experts, there is enough groundwater in Libya to last for another 1,000 years.
Having to rely mainly on imports during the early and middle 20th century, in the 1983, Libya’s revolutionary leader Muammar Gaddafi started work on a megaproject known as the Great Man-Made River. Gaddafi’s River would pump fresh drinking water and water for irrigation into the populated regions of the country, thus literally making the desert bloom and making the country independent in terms of water supply.
With the world’s population growing and clean sources of fresh water becoming more scarce, Gaddafi’s plan if anything looks more visionary today than it did in the 1980s when some western pundits wrote it off as a “vanity project”. Under present global conditions water is itself becoming a highly valued commodity as evidenced by recent reports that Turkey is now trading its water supplies to Iraq in exchange for oil.
Not only could Libya’s vast reserves of groundwater have been exported to poor and developing African nations that Gaddafi had warmly embraced as the world’s foremost pan-African leader, but Libyan experts could have helped other African nations access their own groundwater reserves, thus making such countries less dependant on cooperation with former colonial European powers and the neo-colonial United States. In this sense a pan-African Great Man-Made River was even more frightening to the destroyers of Libya than a pan-African Dinar.
The triple threat of un-managed population growth, particularly in Africa, climate change and man-made environmental exploitation is going to make water a far more valuable commodity in the 21st century than at any time in modern history. This is a fact willfully ignored by western corporations and their political dependants, but it is a fact that is being equally ignored by many environmentalists who are fixated on the long-term threat of carbon dioxide emissions, while ignoring the more immediate threat of poor access to fresh water.
Gaddafi’s famous spirit of generosity stood to threaten the western corporate hold on Africa’s resources, including and especially its groundwater reserves. For Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Nicholas Sarkozy and David Cameron, this simply could not be.
The result is that the Gaddafi, the father of the Great Man-Made River was brutally executed by NATO backed Takfiri terrorists and while the structure of his Great Man-Made River remains, its potential to make African blossom has been set back, possibly for a generation. This indeed was the plan as much as the plan also included forcing Africa to remain Dollar dependant and energy dependant. The “success” of NATO is being felt more acutely today than during the first years of Libya’s descent from a garden in the desert to a tragically failed entity. In an age where the two largest energy consumers, the US and China are becoming more energy independent and as the actual price of oil and gas remains low in actual terms, save for OPEC’s artificial inflation techniques, the wars that in the past had been fought primarily for gas and oil will increasingly be fought for water. This is especially true of the planned hybrid wars against Africa.