Slavery in Libya an American problem.
Last week, CNN released footage and a harrowing accompanying article documenting modern day slavery in Libya.
The footage showed men, chained together being auctioned off as slaves, as if they were cattle.
The world was horrified, but many people don’t realize that this problem has directly stemmed from U.S foreign policy, from the problems they have created in the Middle East while they were apparently trying to ‘help’.
The New York Times have reported that the problem of slavery in Libya comes from what they call the ‘Arab Spring’, a period of time while led to the overthrowing of tyrant leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“Since the Arab Spring uprising of 2011 ended the brutal rule of Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi, Libya’s coast has became a hub for human trafficking and smuggling. That has fueled the illegal migration crisis that Europe has been scrambling to contain since 2014.”
The U.S destabilized the Middle East under the guise of giving the people back their ‘freedom’, but TFTP reported last year that Gaddafi was overthrown to stop Libyan creation of a gold-backed currency, in secret documents leaked from NATO.
The U.S foreign policy tends to display an ‘act now, think later’ type of behavior, and while reports like the CNN documenting slavery in Libya are shocking, the U.S cannot pretend that their involvement is not a direct cause.
The Foreign Policy Journal reports:
“The email identifies French President Nicholas Sarkozy as leading the attack on Libya with five specific purposes in mind: to obtain Libyan oil, ensure French influence in the region, increase Sarkozy’s reputation domestically, assert French military power, and to prevent Gaddafi’s influence in what is considered “Francophone Africa.”
Most astounding is the lengthy section delineating the huge threat that Gaddafi’s gold and silver reserves, estimated at “143 tons of gold, and a similar amount in silver,” posed to the French franc (CFA) circulating as a prime African currency.”
— Phil Mphela (@PhilMphela) November 15, 2017