The one that you’re fighting in Libya is a real war for oil: the huge Libyan deposits of hydrocarbons are at the center of a black gold rush involving the United Nations, France, Britain and Italy, but also the various internal factions. Earlier this week, between Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 September, the militia under the command of powerful General Haftar conquered some of the most important oil terminals of the North African country, including the large refinery in Ras Lanuf, which is the heart of all the Libyan oil industry. Conquered site management has been entrusted by Haftar to National Oil Corporation (NOC), the Libyan State company for the extraction of crude oil after the leaders of companies get ready to cooperate with the military to double the number of barrels.
It is very clear that huge interests revolve around the Libyan oil and that all forces in the vast Libyan chaos is tempting to have control of the mining industry; even the newborn Government of Serraj must deal with the excessive power of Haftar after winning huge deposits of Libyans and this makes it a partner of second floor in the eyes of the international community who had staked everything on him and on his ability to reunify all the souls of the Libyan people. The oil is a market worth millions of dollars and those in the command automatically becomes the most important man of Libya, a role that is held at the expense of the Haftar Serraj, who still is trying to create a new unified Government between many hitches.
The Western powers that have more interests in Libya, Italy, Britain and France, are constantly looking for ways to be able to continue to source of Libyan oil which is essential to economic driver and they’re sending men and military means to protect wells, refineries and pipelines. In particular, Italy is trying to protect the interests of ENI, which has long been present in Libya and the control of important refineries and mining centers.
Even the Italian mission called Hippocrates, who is creating a military hospital to treat soldiers and the Libyan people, can be viewed with the perspective of an exchange between Italian and Libyan authorities: medical care in Exchange for maintaining petroleum agreements privileged that our Government had with the dictator Gaddafi.