Bombing civilians to prevent a humanitarian crisis. What kind of doublespeak is this?
Would the US be in Libya if not for the sweetest of sweet crude on the planet?
After seizing control of critical oil fields and terminals in eastern Libya over the weekend, Libyan rebels are now trying to sell oil in international markets, potentially raising hundreds of millions of dollars to buy weapons and supplies.
Over the last few days, the rebels have seized several towns with important oil installations that they said would enable them to produce and export crude.
Although the Libyan government faces global economic sanctions and asset freezes, an official at the Treasury Department said that the United States would not seek to block oil sales by the rebels if they could prove the money was not going to any Libyan government authority, the national oil company or the Qaddafi family.
The rebels already have their own oil company, Agoco, which is based in rebel-held Benghazi and broke away from the main national oil company early in the conflict. Agoco controls fields that represent 40 percent of the country’s 1.6 million barrels a day of output and operates an oil terminal and refinery in Tobruk.
The rebels now control all five eastern oil export terminals, including Es Sider, Ras Lanuf and Zueitina, roughly two-thirds of the country’s export capacity and a majority of its production and refining capacity.
Well isn't that really really convenient!
The rebels already have their own oil company! They control two thirds- two thirds of the country's export capacity!
How did they manage to tend to the business of starting up an oil company, when they were so busy fighting for freedom?! When they were allegedly being killed by Ghaddafi forces?
Amazing foresight on their part, given the fact they just got took control of critical oil fields this past week-end?
And even more stupendously serendipitous....they already have a buyer! Qatar.
A nation that is going to recognize the legitimacy of the rebels!
Qatar had agreed to buy oil offered by the rebels and planned to ship it in leased tankers. The Qatari government has not commented on the oil sales, but on Monday, Qatar became the first Arab country to formally recognize the legitimacy of the rebels as representatives of Libya.
Stunning how everything is just falling into place. Like it was all preplanned.
If I may point you to a video, posted at Chuckyman's place and at Veritas's blog.
It deserves viewing. It really does.
Hypocrisy abounds as is pointed out below