Apr 16, 2012

There’s no business like war business

Fertile land in the desert of Libya
By Pepe Escobar

The water privatizers

Few in the West may know that Libya – along with Egypt – sits over the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer; that is, an ocean of extremely valuable fresh water. So yes, this “now you see it, now you don’t” war is a crucial water war. Control of the aquifer is priceless – as in “rescuing” valuable natural resources from the “savages”.

Look from the space at the cultivated areas in Kufra

This Water Pipelineistan – buried underground deep in the desert along 4,000 km – is the Great Man-Made River Project (GMMRP), which Gaddafi built for $25 billion without borrowing a single cent from the IMF or the World Bank (what a bad example for the developing world). The GMMRP supplies Tripoli, Benghazi and the whole Libyan coastline. The amount of water is estimated by scientists to be the equivalent to 200 years of water flowing down the Nile.

Compare this to the so-called three sisters – Veolia (formerly Vivendi), Suez Ondeo (formerly Generale des Eaux) and Saur – the French companies that control over 40% of the global water market. All eyes must imperatively focus on whether these pipelines are bombed. An extremely possible scenario is that if they are, juicy “reconstruction” contracts will benefit France. That will be the final step to privatize all this – for the moment free – water. From shock doctrine to water doctrine.

Well, that’s only a short list of profiteers – no one knows who’ll get the oil – and the natural gas – in the end. There’s no business like war business.

Source:  http://waterpressure.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/theres-no-business-like-war-business-libya-and-water/?blogsub=confirming#subscribe-blog

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