If we take a careful look at a map of Africa
and also look at the African organization of the new Pentagon Africa Command
the pattern that emerges
is a careful strategy of controlling one of China’s most strategically important oil and raw materials sources.
NATO’s Libya campaign was and is all about oil.
But not about simply controlling Libyan high-grade crude
because the USA is nervous about reliable foreign supplies.
It rather is about controlling China’s free access to long-term oil imports from Africa
and from the Middle East.
In other words,
it is about controlling China itself.
Libya geographically is bounded to its north by the Mediterranean directly across from Italy,
where Italian ENI oil company has been the largest foreign operator in Libya for years.
To its west it is bounded by Tunisia and by Algeria.
To its south it is bounded by Chad.
To its east it is bounded by both Sudan ( today Sudan and Southern Sudan ) and by Egypt.
That should tell something about the strategic importance of Libya
from the standpoint of the Pentagon’s AFRICOM long-term strategy for controlling Africa
and its resources and which country is able to get those resources.