Libya, Italy, the Sublime Erdogan the Magnificent and…Lenin and Atatürk

14 Jan

Now that Turkey and Italy are effectively together on the side of the GNA government, such as it is, in Tripoli versus Gen. Haftar coming from the east, it is at least curious to recall that Italy took Libya from the Ottoman Empire in the Italo-Turkish war of 1911-12. About which Vladimir Ilyich Lenin wrote this:

The End of the Italo-Turkish War

Representatives of Italy and Turkey have signed preliminary terms of peace, according to telegraphic reports.

Italy has “won” the war, which she launched a year ago to seize Turkish possessions in Africa. From now on, Tripoli will belong to Italy. It is worth while taking a look at this typical colonial war, waged by a “civilised” twentieth-century nation.

What caused the war? The greed of the Italian money bags and capitalists, who need new markets and new achievements for Italian imperialism.

What kind of war was it? A perfected, civilised blood bath, the massacre of Arabs with the help of the “latest” weapons.

The Arabs put up a desperate resistance. When, at the beginning of the war, the Italian admirals were incautious enough to land 1,200 marines, the Arabs attacked them and killed some 600. By way of “retaliation”, about 3,000 Arabs were butchered, whole families were plundered and done to death, with women and children massacred in cold blood. The Italians are a civilised, constitutional nation.

About 1,000 Arabs were hanged.

The Italian casualties exceeded 20,000, including 17,429 sick, 600 missing and 1,405 killed.

The war cost the Italians over 800 million lire, or over 320 million rubles. It resulted in terrible unemployment and industrial stagnation.

The Arabs lost about 14,800 lives. Despite the “peace”, the war will actually go on, for the Arab tribes in the heart   of Africa, in areas far away from the coast, will refuse to submit. And for a long time to come they will be “civilised” by bayonet, bullet, noose, fire and rape.

Italy, of course, is no better and no worse than the other capitalist countries. All of them alike are governed by the bourgeoisie, which stops at no carnage in its quest for new sources of profit.

But now the aspiring neo-Sultan Erdogan has his own lust for profit (the Ottomans also were imperialists over Arabs, a reality not realized by those in thrall to fast Eddy Said’s Orientalism)–and, guess what, IT’S ALL ABOUT HYDROCARBONS!

…Now there is a possibility that Russian and Turkish firms will put Libya’s oil and gas reserves in their sights…

Interesting also that Atatürk, all in black at the photo, made some of his bones in Libya.

Mark Collins



Where to find “The 3Ds Blog” archives

10 Jan

Further to this post by the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, The 3Ds Blog archive (second) is now at left at orange box at bottom here  (h/t Denise)–posts 2010 to January 2013 are here.

Still tweeting @Mark3Ds.

Mark Collins



End of 3Ds Blog

5 Jan

CGAI regrets that the 3Ds blog will cease posting new material with immediate effect. Previous posts and comments will be archived and available for research on this site.  CGAI is most grateful to…

Source: End of 3Ds Blog

Mark Collins – “The fall of Aleppo shows us exactly what we have become”

28 Dec

Terrible Terry Glavin roars his rage; amongst other things he excoriates feckless and irrelevant Canadian word-mongering at the UN General Assembly–an excerpt: … The truth of it is we’d…

Source: Mark Collins – “The fall of Aleppo shows us exactly what we have become”

Mark Collins – Christmas/New Year Blogging Break (but not tweeting)

16 Dec

Will not be posting December 19/January 1 but will be tweeting. Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

Source: Mark Collins – Christmas/New Year Blogging Break (but not tweeting)

Mark Collins – World Defence Spending 2015/2016

15 Dec

A tweet–US$, Canada steady at no. 15 (what do we buy–only part of defence spending–for it?): Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs In…

Source: Mark Collins – World Defence Spending 2015/2016

Mark Collins – Big Dragon “Yikes!”–From 2010 to 2020 “China is set to nearly double its military spending…”

15 Dec

This should sure get the attention of PEOTUS Trump–the rest of the headline: …as an arms race heats up in Asia. China’s defense spending will balloon to $233 billion in 2020, up f…

Source: Mark Collins – Big Dragon “Yikes!”–From 2010 to 2020 “China is set to nearly double its military spending…”