A False Pretext
The, United States, United Kingdom, France, and Italy targeted the Libyan government for overthrow or “regime change” not because these governments were worried about protecting civilians or to bring about a more democratic form of governance in Libya.
If that were the real motivation of the NATO powers, they could start the bombing of Saudi Arabia right away. There are no elections in Saudi Arabia. The monarchy does not even allow women to drive cars. By law, women must be fully covered in public or they will go to prison. Protests are rare in Saudi Arabia because any dissent is met with imprisonment, torture and execution.
The Saudi monarchy is protected by imperialism because it is part of an undeclared but real US sphere of influence and it is the largest producer of oil in the world. The US attitude toward the Saudi monarchy was put succinctly by Ronald Reagan in 1981, when he said that the US government “will not permit” revolution in Saudi Arabia such as the 1979 Iranian revolution that removed the client regime of the Shah. Reagan’s message was clear: the Pentagon and CIA’s military forces would be used decisively to destroy any democratic movement against the rule of the Saudi royal family.