Reaction to the capture to the Morning Glory, the tanker that sailed away with Libyan oil and then recently seized by US Navy Seals, has been one of mild jubilation. Talking to people in Dahra, Tripoli, Libya, most were at best glad that the oil was coming back to Libya but were not going out to celebrating the fact. There was one individual who was very elated about the fact that the US got involved, saying “that it’s important that the rest of the world see us better than the way we have been portrayed in the past.” An oil company official stated that “the Americans had no choice to get involved.” When asked why, his response was “American Oil Companies own 42 percent of that oil – it comes from a field operated by Americans which is cooperation with a Libyan Oil company. One older gentleman who identified himself as a former Gadaffi supporter stated that it didn’t matter, the country is still not as safe as it was before the revolution.
As an American living here, despite the sporadic gun fire at night mixed in with the usual fireworks from wedding celebrations, it just business as usual. But I can’t help but having a nagging thought that those in the East of the country could potentially retaliate against American interest if not Americans themselves as a result of this action.