Libya, one of the many now-destabilized nations of the Islamic world, was attack by NATO in 2011. Even If you think the reason was to arrest the former ‘dictator’ Muammar Gaddafi, realize that they waited for the former leader to complete construction of the third phase of the Great Man-Made River before they did so.
Global Water Crisis
Scientists are screaming about the depletion of the world’s fresh water supply, and rightly so. As the population increases and demand grows, the finite supply we have available is dwindling. Of all the water on earth, only 3% is fresh water and only 1% is accessible for human use. That 1% is finite.
The water cycle would normally replenish the world’s fresh water supply but there are various reasons why the water cycle is being disrupted. First, we are using more than is replenished, faster than the rate of replenishment. Second, urbanization, deforestation, and desertification have left less green space that can absorb rainfall, causing more to run off into the sewer or ocean. Once it’s mixed in, it is no longer suitable for human consumption. A few countries around the world, including Israel and Saudi Arabia, have turned to desalination and others, such as Australia and the USA, are looking to follow suit.
Other processes deplete the fresh water supply by pollution. The biggest uses of fresh water are power generation, agriculture, and industry. Personal use is a drop in the bucket. Agricultural use of water pollutes the water with the residual buildup of and runoff from toxic fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. Industry dumps harmful chemicals and industrial byproduct into public water sources, power stations have to find ways to store toxic water after is used in their plant, and even our own governments add various harmful compounds to our water before it reaches us.
A great video that sums everything up with can be found here.
Libya: A Key Global Water Resource
The Great Man-Made River in Libya is a $30bn project to provide water to the dry coastal cities in the north. The River runs from four large aquifers in the south of Libya, part of the 90% of the country that is covered by the Sahara desert. The total cost of the project was funded by the government through oil money without any cost to the citizens or taking any international loans. Libya is not a large producer of oil, producing less than 1.5 million bbl/day.
Some call it the eighth wonder of the world. It is in the Guiness Book of World Records as the largest ever irrigation project since part of the design delivered water for irrigation to newly created crop fields that now cover land that used to be desert.
You can watch a short video on it from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation here.
Each aquifer holds between nearly 5000 and 20 000 cubic kilometers of water and some of the water dates back to nearly 40 000 years – long before the time of modern, or even ancient, human civilization.
In 1996, at the opening of the second of five largely independent yet integrated phases, Gaddafi declared:
This is the biggest answer to America and all the evil forces who accuse us of being concerned with terrorism. We are only concerned with peace and progress. America is against life and progress; it pushes the world toward darkness.
An article, Libya’s “Water Wars” and Gaddafi`s Great Man-Made River Project, from globalresearch.ca goes on to explain that
At the time of the NATO-led war against Libya in 2011, three phases of the Great Man-Made River Project were completed. The first and largest phase, providing two million cubic metres of water a day along a 1,200 km pipeline to Benghazi and Sirte, was formally inaugurated in August 1991. Phase II includes the delivery of one million cubic metres of water a day to the western coastal belt and also supplies Tripoli. Phase III provides the planned expansion of the existing Phase I system, and supplies Tobruk and the coast from a new wellfield.
After NATO, the USA, attacked, the Great Man-Made River was hit immediately:
Many foreign nationals worked in Libya on the Great Man-Made River Project for decades. But after the start of NATO’s so-called humanitarian bombing of the North-African country in March 2011, most foreign workers have returned home. In July 2011, NATO not only bombed the Great Man-Made River water supply pipeline near Brega, but also destroyed the factory that produces the pipes to repair it, claiming in justification that it was used as “a military storage facility” and that “rockets were launched from there”. Six of the facility’s security guards were killed in the NATO attack, and the water supply for the 70% of the population who depend on the piped supply for personal use and for irrigation has been compromised with this damage to Libya’s vital infrastructure.
The construction on the last two phases of the Great Man-Made River Project were scheduled to continue over the next two decades, but NATO’s war on Libya has thrown the project’s future – and the wellbeing of the Libyan people – into great jeopardy.
The War in Libya: The Bigger Picture
The globalresearch.ca article contextualizes the issue against current global trends and the importance of water as follows:
Fresh clean water, as provided to the Libyans by the Great Man-Made River, is essential to all life forms. Without fresh water we simply cannot function. Right now, 40% of the global population has little to no access to clean water, and that figure is actually expected to jump to 50% by 2025. According to the United Nations Development Program 2007, global consumption of water is doubling every 20 years, more than twice the rate of human population growth. Simultaneously, every single year most of the major deserts around the world are becoming bigger and the amount of usable agricultural land in most areas is becoming smaller, while rivers, lakes and major underground aquifers around the globe are drying up – except in Gaddafi’s Libya.
In the light of the current world developments, there is more to the NATO destruction of the Great Man-Made River Project than being an isolated war crime. The United Nations Environment Program 2007 describes a so-called “water for profit scheme”, which actively promotes the privatization and monopolization for the world’s water supplies by multinational corporations. Meanwhile the World Bank recently adopted a policy of water privatization and full-cost water pricing, with one of its former directors, Ismail Serageldin, stating:
In practice this means that the United Nations in collaboration with the World Bank plans to secure water resources to use at their disposal, and that once they totally control these resources, the resources become assets to be reallocated back to the enslaved nations for a price. Those prices will rise while the quality of the water will decrease, and fresh water sources will become less accessible to those who desperately need it. Simply put, one of the most effective ways to enslave the people is to take control of their basic daily needs and to take away their self-sufficiency. (emphasis added)
And Nestle bottles away. But more on that soon.
Henry Kissinger said:
“Control oil and you control the nations; control food and you control the people.”
What he neglected to say was Control water and you control both at the source.
You don’t need wine to feel good, water is the original aphrodisiac. Just ask a woman after a good night of sex. So do like Jesus did and turn water into ‘wine’ and get turned on about the importance of clean fresh water – not on a personal conservation level, but in the bigger picture of things.
As always, much love.