Tony Blair: Libya could be a “Gold mine.”

We have it from the former PM of Great Britain:

As Nato increased air strikes on the dictator’s forces, Britain’s former prime minister insisted Libya should open up its society and economy.

‘The thing about Libya is that potentially it is a goldmine of a country – it has got fantastic financial resources, it has got amazing tourist sites,’ Mr Blair told Danish TV.

‘If it opened up its economy and opened up its society and takes that route of reform once they change government, then Libya will be a phenomenally successful country but we need to be there to partner them to do that.’

He also warned that anti-Gaddafi rebels may disagree about how the country should be run if the leader is toppled.

‘I know quite a lot about what makes up the different compositions of the rebel groups – some will be people we would want fully to support, others would have a somewhat different view as to how Libya develops,’ Mr Blair said.

One would hope he means that we don’t want Al Qaeda in Libya, or groups that try and oppress women, or some other group, but the context of his little set of comments makes it pretty plain– we don’t want people in charge who might have their own ideas on how to run Libya and esepcially its economy.

Consider this– the move of NATO is right now setting the nation up for a long stalemate.  The US, UK and French armed forces are not staffed by idiots–they know this.  Even ignoring the illegal nature of moving UNSC 1973 from no-fly and protecting citizens to regime change, the current tactics are tailor made to insure that neither side can win quickly–and whatever side that does win is confronted with a shattered nation, and have seen their own forces bled white.  Not only that, but it’s safe to say the other outcome will be such a hardening of attitudes among the former combatants that whoever wins will need external support to maintain control.

Support which no doubt the UK, US and France will be willing to provide, for a few minor considerations, say favorable terms on the various oil concessions, perhaps a veto on any foreign agreements they might make, how about cutting the Chinese and Russians loose from any deals?  After all, you want to be a partner, don’t you?

Welcome to the 21st century– for nations like Libya, it’s going to be just like the 19th century was for Latin America with the US moving in changing governments to suit our economic interests.