Wednesday, November 16, 2011

British bombs, destroy and rebuild


Britain that has spent almost £300 million to destroy Libya's infrastructure is vying to win lucrative deals worth almost £200 billion to rebuild the North African state.

The UK Department of Trade and Investment believes the estimated value of the contracts to rebuild Libya, in areas ranging from electricity and water supplies to healthcare and education, could amount to almost more than £200 billion over the next 10 years, British media reported.

“Libya is a relatively wealthy country with oil reserves, and I expect there will be opportunities for British and, indeed, other companies to get involved in the reconstruction of Libya,” British Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

He called on CEOs and sales directors to “pack their suitcases” and head to the war-shattered country.

The statement has raised more questions about the UK's motives in playing such a big role in launching a destructive war on the sovereign state.

John Hilary, the executive director at the War on Want anti-poverty charity, says it has shades of post-war Iraq, when companies from countries involved in the US-led invasion were awarded all the best gigs.

“We bomb, we destroy, and then we get the contracts to rebuild afterwards,” he told the Russian state-run Satellite TV Russia Today (RT).

“For us [Britain], it's always been about those commercial interests ever since British Petroleum (BP) and Shell went back into Libya after the sanctions were lifted 10 years or so ago. For us, it's got this commercial edge to the entire thing,” added Hillary.

The UK Department for Trade and Investment already has staff on the ground in Libya, ready to welcome British companies awarded contracts. 

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