In a news release, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) in Libya, Martin Kobler, stresses the importance of a vote approving the new GNA cabinet list by the internationally recognized House of Representatives (HoR).
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|The release was issued after Kobler met with HoR President Agila Saleh in Shahat, in eastern Libya on February 5. Kobler said the two had a long conversation about the political process. Kobler mentioned he had just returned from Rome where he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and a number of foreign ministers.|
The West now seems to be concentrating its efforts on cobbling together some kind of fragile “unity government” that can provide a legal cover for the next war by inviting foreigners in to help defeat ISIS. But Italy, France and others are (rightfully) terrified of what ISIS strength in Libya could mean in terms of migrant flows and terrorists. Also, if ISIS gets access to Libya’s oil and gas fields, even at todays prices, this would be a lot of money for a group that has vowed endless war against the West.The narrative about the Islamic State obtaining revenue from gas and oil is also part of this process of manufacturing consent for foreign intervention. However, Daesh's strategy, seen clearly in its actions, is to destroy oil supplies by burning oil tanks and blowing up pipelines. This is hardly a revenue-producing strategy. Daesh is depriving Libya of revenue it needs desperately but this fact is not nearly as useful to justify intervention as the threat of the Islamic State getting more revenue and expanding.