Libya has come a long way – and not at all for the good – since David Cameron proclaimed that the successful campaign to overthrow Colonel Muammar Gaddafiin 2011 ***(that was not a successful campaign if you consider that NATO which includes Britain bombed 60.000 sorties in Libya for 8 whole months which was more than what was used in the WWII combined. As for the overthrow I would not call it that I would call it BRUTAL COLD MURDER, that is exactly what they are preparing for the President of Syria. Makes me wonder where the tables turned around what would the West do if one of their psychopaths leaders was brutally murdered? Surely the American idiotic empire would nuke the country who dared to do such an atrocious act, while we the Libyans cannot complain to the UN (because its even worse than NATO) or to anyone for that matter, the same goes for Syria. We have to swallow our pride and dignity accept stoically what is done to us and move on as nothing really happened. How ironic is this? Everywhere I look or research the analysts say that in 2011 we had a civil war – a civil war to begin it has to have 2 different political poles and you must have the country divided which this was not the case. We had a handful of CIA agents plus snipers and expatriates who wanted to invade Libya and murder in cold blood the president of the country that is a FACT not fiction what Cameron, Obama, Sarkozy, UN and NATO did was an ILLEGAL WAR – MASKED AS HUMANITARIAN INTERVENTION and now we see how successful this campaign is) provided the perfect template for undertaking future military interventions.
After all the political controversy engendered by Britain’s previous military involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq, Downing Street prided itself on the fact that its Libyan campaign objectives were accomplished without the need for any boots on the ground and, more importantly, without incurring a single British combat casualty.
Matthew Vandyke American national
these are some of the pictures that USA,UK & French troops on the ground in Libya
In this March 24, 2011, file photo U.S. Army Gen. Carter Ham, the top U.S.
Also in this picture are some foreigners just saying that there were no foreign troops on the ground… one picture 1000 words
****(that is a blatant LIE, all English/Americans/French/Dutch/Qatari/Saudi Arabia/Turkey/UAE/Kuwait soldiers and private armies had their families sign a gag order never to say that they were killed in Libya and I have to say yes we did kill quite a few and a lot more imprisoned, we had Sarkozy and Co.(Dutch/Americans and Brits) running up and down to free their bunch.)
For a few months after Gaddafi’s demise, Mr Cameron basked in the warm afterglow of his first personal experience of military conflict, even making triumphant visits to Tripoli and Benghazi, where he was greeted by cheering crowds ****(I wouldn’t say cheering crowds but paid with over a thousand dinars crowd). Indeed, the belief among senior ministers that Libya constituted a great foreign policy success persisted long after the country had descended ****(they did not persisted they were protected by the European and American Secret AGENTS that is how they stayed into power) into chaos, with lawless bands of Islamist militias roaming the country, killing and kidnapping their opponents with impunity. In 2013, when I accompanied William Hague, the then Foreign Secretary, on a visit to Mali, where Libya-based Islamist groups were threatening to overrun the country, I was subjected to several lectures by his entourage on the merits of the Coalition’s Libyan adventure. ****( and this is what your coalition left behind)
I think this picture say’s it all
victims of the coalition who decided to protect the civilians! REALLY?
These days Libya is so demonstrably a basket case that, with the general election campaign now well under way, I very much doubt we will be hearing any more idle boasts from Tory politicians about their hollow achievements in the country. On the contrary, I suspect they will be doing everything in their power to gloss over the issue, preferring to concentrate on more certain vote-winning issues,such as the strength of the economy, than their meddling in what has now become North Africa’s most troubled region.
Prior to the 2011 campaign, Libya was producing 1.6 billion barrels per day of its “light sweet” variety of crude oil, with significant quantities being sold to British refineries. Total daily output now stands at around 350,000 barrels, none of which is finding its way on to the export market and is barely sufficient to keep Libya’s own refineries operating – those, that is, whose oil tanks have not been set ablaze by rogue rockets fired by Islamist militias.
For while the Libyan economy is in freefall, the far greater concern remains the endemic state of lawlessness that has made the country a virtual no-go zone for Westerners, and indeed many Libyans. By conservative estimates there are around 100 ***(250) different Libyan militias operating in the country – though the actual figure could be three times that number – with more than 125,000 Libyans bearing arms. Assassinations and kidnappings have become so routine throughout the country that in 2013 the Libyan charged with investigating the assassinations was himself assassinated.
The security situation is further complicated by the growing involvement of other regional powers in the conflict, with Egypt’s new military hard man, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, sending Egyptian warplanes to bomb anti-government rebels, and Turkey ***(USA, UK & QATAR) openly backing Libya’s Muslim Brotherhood organisation – one of the many factions that are competing for power. The growing confidence of Islamist groups in Libya, furthermore, has resulted in the inevitable link-up with Islamic State fighters operating in Syria and Iraq, with the result that Western intelligence officials are now genuinely concerned that, ****(I doubt they are concerned the journalist has to explain why the Western intelligence is financing and training these terrorists, lets not forget that McCain has a camp in the United States where the terrorists ISIS were being trained, lets also not forget that the pentagon has given the go ahead in training these jihadists in Syria, so please explain to me this controversy? Maybe the Western intelligence are worried that it will be found out again like with the Benghazigate scandal you know the one where the ambassador was murdered and he was an arms dealer between the USA – LIBYA – TURKEY FINAL DESTINATION SYRIA) with large numbers of jihadists travelling to North Africa, it is only a question of time before Libyan-trained terrorists turn their attentions to Europe, and launch a campaign of violence on the streets of Britain and other European cities. ****(My dear Journalist we in Libya do not have Libyan-trained terrorists what we do have are mercenaries that your country brought into our country, we have no desire to kill anyone in Europe or in America other than Cameron, Hague, Obama, Sarkozy, Clinton, Erdogan, the Prince of Qatar and the late king of Saudi Arabia. It’s a wishful thinking, maybe if all Libyans concentrate with his mind on every single person named above, maybe they will die who knows God works in a mysterious ways. BUT THE ONES THAT YOUR COUNTRY HAS TRAINED IT WOULD BE AN IRONY IF THEY CAME TO YOUR COUNTRY AND CAUSE CHAOS THE SAME WAY THEY HAVE CAUSED IN LIBYA, SYRIA, IRAQ, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN AND YEMEN)
If that happens, then Mr Cameron and his supporters really will have some explaining to do. Certainly, the fact that the latest round of UN-sponsored peace talks in Geneva yesterday broke up without agreementdoes not bode well for Libya’s immediate future.
Several grave miscalculations on the part of the Coalition and its allies have created this miserable state of affairs. Whitehall’s ill-judged support for the so-called Arab Spring meant that Britain demanded Gaddafi’s overthrow without any consideration for the likely consequences his removal would have for Libya’s future. Another factor was the Government’s refusal to commit ground troops which, while keeping British casualties to a minimum, meant that Britain and its allies were unable to influence Libya’s post-conflict reconstruction phase in a positive, pro-Western direction. ****(What you do not understand dear Journalist who the f@@k gave the right to the coalition to invade Libya, who ever told you we were dissatisfied with our government? Who ever told you we wanted to follow the pro-Western direction, the only thing we wanted is to become like Dubai well that is what the younger generation wanted and its understandable when all our youngsters had everything, everything was provided for them so they wanted a new toy, to look like Dubai, to have an underground (metro) to have trains, to have private jets, to have concerts, nightclubs and alcohol that is all they wanted, they did not want your culture, your sex slave trafficking, your NO RESPECT FOR OTHER HUMAN BEINGS, your no respect for older people or family values and you have no respect for our tribal customs)
The Coalition’s insistence, moreover, on sticking with its “no boots on the ground” mantra has significant implications for the current military campaign being undertaken against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. Bombing Isil positions from 20,000ft, as RAF Tornado GR4 warplanes are doing on a regular basis, represents little more than a token gesture, and has only succeeded in halting Isil’s advance further south in Iraq, rather than forcing it to relinquish the large swathes of territory it seized last summer. And, as delegates arriving in London for tomorrow’s summit on Isil will discover, so long as Britain and its allies lack the political will to deploy ground troops, there is little prospect of ending Isil’s murderous reign of terror in Syria and Iraq. ****(Are you that naive? All these terrorist groups are paid by your taxes, these terrorists are the cheap labour army for the Western countries like yours and America so they do not put boots on the ground and have their asses kicked to hell like it was done in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan…. what better way to invade MIDDLE EASTERN countries with cheap labour army which is not western so NO ONE CAN CLAIM THAT THE WEST DID THIS!!!! If they used their own army there would be many body bags which the western government could not explain to its people the why they were killed when the Middle east is not a security risk but the only thing the West wants is to steal all of our RESOURCES. But the plan has backfired into your face people are waking up and are understanding the manipulation all of you journalists are doing in the name of freedom and democracy…. which it should be told in the name of slavery and dictatorship. Your colonies one by one is waking up and demanding that you leave their country pay damages which will bankrupt the west… that is what you are fighting for, to keep your comfortable houses, jobs etc, but once its gone from your hands and become poor like the African states and expect the UN to feed you with expired food cans, you will expect Brad and Jolie to come and hold your children’s hands when they will be sold for sex slaves to the elitists or to NEW WORLD ORDER which is Israel then maybe then you will understand how evil you were with the rest of the world.)
OUR FRIENDS THE TUAREGS – RAPED BY FRANCE’S GREED FOR URANIUM
AND VICTIMS OF THE WEST’S FALSE FLAG 2013 WAR ON MALI: ARMY TOLD TO “LEAVE AL-QAEDA ALONE”
BY LADY KHAMIS
France tested its first nuclear bomb on the land of the Tuareg people in the Sahara Desert in 1960 – it was four times more powerful than the one America had inflicted on Hiroshima…
It was also in 1960 that Niger and Mali both became independent countries from their colonial master – but, in truth, France never did let go. It has cruelly continued to use Niger and Mali – both containing the Tuaregs unofficially recognised homeland of Azawad – as their playgrounds ever since.
Al-Jazeera UK has done a largely excellent three-part series titled ‘The Orphans of the Sahara’. Its three one-hour programmes tell the harrowing suffering of the Tuareg people of North Africa following the removal of Muammar Gaddafi from power in Libya.
They show the brutal life that France has inflicted upon these people – in Niger, by stealing the wealth of the rich uranium mines for themselves, and in Mali, where an army general startling reveals how the government told the army to “leave al-Qaeda alone”… The war of ‘intervention’ by the West in 2013 was just another false flag operation.
Despite a little anti-Gaddafi propaganda from the documentary makers, the films tell the story of how much the Tuaregs miss him and how life has changed for them now that he can no longer protect them – they have the lowest quality of life of any people on earth.
The Tuaregs are the indigenous people of the world’s largest desert – the Sahara. Their land of Azawad was divided by colonial history. Gaddafi opened up his borders to them so that the herds of these pastoral people could flourish in Libya.
After Nato’s destruction of Libya in 2011, an act in which France played a huge part, a quarter of a million Tuareg workers and fighters were forced to leave the country and return to Niger – the poorest country on the planet.
They had been arrested, tortured and robbed of their money by Libyan rebels – and thrown out of their adopted home of Libya. They are now homeless and penniless. With no passports or papers, some risk their lives trying to return to the rebel-held country.
One brigade leader tells how most of his fighters were killed in the war, as well as his father. He grew up in Libya and speaks of his continual sadness that he does not know what to do with his life anymore.
All the Tuaregs benefited from Gaddafi. They tell of how everything they built was because of him and that “we are crying for his loss”, says one.
But after the war, they found upon returning to Niger that climate change had made the area even more arid and lifeless, adding to the misery of the people and the starvation of their animals.
Despite being in an area of astounding natural resources – one of the most prosperous in the world – they are living in a “dying world of drought”. For Niger has one of the richest uranium mines ever found – but few benefits ever reach the people. So the Tuaregs remain poor and isolated.
They found there were no schools and no hospitals. For those lucky enough to discover water and pastures, some find that even the water-well is a four-hour walk away from their pastures. Makeshift wells are dangerous – with lethal sand collapses an ever-present threat.
For those who have to continue their search for water and pastures, distressing footage of their animals that have either starved to death or are on the brink of doing so is shown in graphic detail. Hundreds of thousands have already met this fate.
The north of Niger is where the country’s most precious resources are found – and the French ensure they have them.
The French took the uranium from the Tuaregs’ land here – and it made France strong and prosperous. It gave the French light – and for decades now, they have been dependent on Niger to continue this. But the Tuaregs see nothing of this prosperity…
“It makes our hearts burn that we don’t see even a little bit of this wealth”, says one.
The French nuclear company Areva works the mine, in the Arlit area of the Agadez region in northern Niger, 24 hours a day – 7 days a week. Shockingly, Areva even refuses to hire any Tuaregs to work for them. Instead, most of its workers are brought up from southern Niger – hundreds of kilometres away. This is how France regards the Tuaregs…
The mine produces millions of tons of radioactive waste – and it makes the Tuaregs sick with illness. It also causes nerve disorders.
One couple featured in the programme live near the mine. They feed their animals only on dry food – as the pasture makes their herds ill;when their precious livestock eat it, they die. A nearby well is so contaminated that nearly every animal that drank from it perished. Children drinking from it also became sick.
The factory is right in the middle of the Tuaregs’ pastureland. The nuclear materials kill animals that are exposed to them or cause others to become handicapped. One camel is shown barely able to stand after she drank water from the well near the mine– she then gave birth to a dead calf…
The man and his wife also had a baby of their own – but it was born with a deformity.They took it to the Somair Mining Company Hospital – convinced it was malformed due to the radioactive waste. Somair is the name of the mine and the company that Areva uses.
The doctors told them: “The radiation came out in your child”. The baby then died…
Disturbingly, the couple could not get a document about this event. After continuing to campaign, the hospital eventually agreed to issue a death certificate – but when they collected it, the pair was stunned to see that the cause of death – radiation – had been completely omitted…
Shortly afterwards, speaking on the telephone to the doctor, he told them: “That is something I cannot write down on paper. It is true the baby is dead from radiation – but I cannot write that. We cannot write the word radiation on anything”.
The medic added that the couple had not originally been given a death certificate “because no-one gets one if you mention verbally the word radiation”.
Following the loss of the child, the wife found she was experiencing pain in the womb. The Somair Mining Company Hospital refused to treat her – dozens of sick local Tuaregs are regularly turned away by them. They told her to go to the city hospital - but treatment there costs money. Money the Tuareg people, thanks to France, do not have.
Another woman in the same situation is paralysed from the chest down – but no one will tell her why. She died shortly after filming…
No full environmental study has ever been authorised for this area. No proper independent medical study has ever been done. No investigation into the nervous system disorders or premature deaths.
Areva did its own study and, of course, gave themselves a clear conscience, denying everything and absolving itself of any blame.
Horrifically, France is now set to DOUBLE its mining production in northern Niger – with another new mine planned for the French and their clients.
The Imouraren Mine, named after the company that Areva is using for it, will make this an even more poisoned and waterless land – as millions more tons of radioactive waste will be produced…
When suspected local al-Qaeda rebels kidnapped some Areva workers in 2010 – with some suspected Tuareg involvement – this was portrayed in Western media as some kind of terrorist act. The truth of why it happened was utterly covered up. The kidnappers only wanted 20-30% of the mining profits (the least they deserve)…
You can bet that none of the huge profits that will come from Imouraren will be going to the locals.
Precious resources are also why the French have control of Mali – the mineral rich northern region here is the least explored of the Tuaregs’ traditional homeland areas.
As well as being forced out of Libya in 2011 and into Niger, many Tuaregs also had no choice but to return to Mali – taking with them the weapons that they had used to try and defend Libya.
They went to the northern desert, another part of their desired Azawad state. They too, found it another isolated place, remote from any normal services. Their animals also starved to death and this situation continues. There is no development and no aid assistance from the Mali government.
The Tuaregs have not controlled Azawad since the old, French colonialist war, when France gave Tuareg land to Mali – without the consent of the Tuaregs.
The French slaughtered all their animals. They then paraded the severed human heads of Tuareg leaders…
Decades later, in 2012, the Tuaregs launched the biggest uprising seen in the Mali area in over a century. It was a renewed bid to establish their beloved homeland of Azawad – a fight that has been going on against Malian rule since 1957. But their forces, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), found their revolution hijacked by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) and another rebel group, Ansar al-Dine.
Thanks to the war on Libya, Mali had become a powder keg in 2012.
The ensuing ‘intervention’ in Mali, by Britain and France in January 2013, was stated by Western politicians as a ‘necessary’ war to deal with the ‘threat of al-Qaeda’.
But, in truth,the Mali government lets al-Qaeda flourish in Mali.
The authorities even told an army general to “leave al-Qaeda alone”…
This is because the Mali government uses al-Qaeda as a bulwark against the Tuareg people and Azawad.
Drug smuggling is rife in Mali as the government secretly supports it – they use the profits from it to pay ethnic militias to keep on suppressing the Tuareg rebellion for Azawad.
(Although the programme does not mention it, the ‘intervention’ by the West was just another false flag operation – a covert war on the Tuaregs and Azawad – to keep them down and make sure France continues their colonial control. Due to the Islamists advance though, it has to be pointed out that some Tuaregs did briefly ‘side’ with the French. When Western media showed locals cheering the French, there were, in fact, not a Tuareg or an Arab amongst them)…
Paradoxically though, part of al-Qaeda is welcomed by some people – as they do provide clothes, charity provision etc. –including to those Tuaregs who want it. The recipients of this aid also say that it helps to strengthen their Islamic faith.
But many people here see the country of Mali as just another extension of France…
The Tuaregs feel that the only way out for them and their animals is for Libya to be returned to Gaddafi’s people.
A picture taken on October 22, 2014 in Libya’s Benghazi shows smoke billowing from buildings after the Libyan air force, loyal to former general Khalifa Haftar, pounded the buildings reported to be used for storing ammunition belonging to Ansar al-Sharia.
By Abayomi Azikiwe
On October 20, 2011, the leader of the North African state of Libya was brutally assassinated in the city of Sirte. Col. Muammar Gaddafi had been leading a struggle to defend his country from a war of regime-change coordinated and financed by the United States and NATO.
Since the overthrow of the Jamahiriya system of government in Libya, the social conditions prevailing inside the country are by no means stable. Various factions, most of which were utilized as ground troops in the Pentagon-NATO aerial war between March 19 and Oct. 31 of 2011, remained locked in a mortal conflict for control over the oil-rich state.
Conflicting sources of political power backed up by armed militias exist in the two largest cities of Tripoli, the capital, and Benghazi, in the east, where the counter-revolution against Gaddafi began. Areas in the south of the country have armed themselves against the US-installed regimes in Tripoli and Benghazi often in sympathy with the previous system under the Jamahiriya.
The two regional states that participated in the imperialist-engineered war against Libya, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have been carrying out periodic airstrikes against alleged “Islamist” strongholds in various locations in the east and west. Also renegade former Gen. Khalifa Hefter, a longtime Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) asset, has mounted a bid for power utilizing sophisticated weapons and airstrikes.
Oil production rising despite internal conflict
For several months during 2014, oil production in Libya was down considerably. Conflicts between various labor organizations in addition to clashes among the militias resulted in the decline of barrels-per-day extraction to almost nil.
A dispute over who could actually sell Libyan oil on the international market was eventually addressed by the US when it sent a naval warship to reclaim cargo traded by interests inside the country who were not endorsed by Washington. Subsequent efforts aimed at the resolution of the disagreements have still not cleared the way for a consistent boost in production.
Unrest has erupted again surrounding which political group claiming authority in Libya would control the proceeds from oil sales. Both the parties controlling the capital of Tripoli, who are often labeled as “Islamists,” and the “government in exile” in the eastern city of Tobruk say they are entitled to the revenue generated from the trade in oil.
With the decline in prices on the global market during October, the situation involving the struggle over the control of oil in Libya prompted the attention of the Wall Street Journal. Efforts by five Western countries designated by the United Nations to reach a political settlement in the Libyan quagmire has failed, and consequently, the major imperialist powers are concerned about the supply of oil and the role of Libya in the process.
“In a joint statement late Saturday, France, Italy, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. said they supported the U.N.-sponsored peace talks and a cessation of hostilities,” noted the Wall Street Journal. “The five governments condemned the violence by Islamist group Ansar al-Shariah, voiced concern about the attacks of the renegade general and said they were ready to sanction those threatening Libya’s security.” (Oct. 19)
This same article went on to point out that “Libya is normally one of Europe’s largest oil suppliers, but disruptions since the fall of strongman Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 have reduced its contribution to the continent’s oil supply.” Therefore, even the publication of the international finance capital has to openly acknowledge that the Pentagon-NATO policy of regime-change in Libya has disrupted oil supplies to the European continent.
The Libya Dawn group, which is contesting control of the state with the ostensible moderate group led by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani, who called themselves the House of Representatives, sent their own oil minister, Mashallah al-Zawie, to Turkey to participate in an industry conference held in Istanbul. The rival group headed by al-Thani based in Tobruk dismissed the Central Bank director Sadiq Kabir and claims they have control of the revenue from oil sales.
Nonetheless, the Wall Street Journal reports that “officials at NOC (the state-owned National Oil Co.) and at the central bank subsidiary which receives payments from oil buyers said revenues had continued to flow to its Tripoli-based accounts. Mr. al-Kabir also remains in office, they said.”
Such confusion over which entity controls Libyan oil could very well hamper the country’s future production and exports projections. Libyan oil officials say production is at 850,000 barrels a day, marking an increase of 40,000 barrels compared with earlier in October, suggesting that some facilities have boosted their output. In contrast, operations at oil fields in eastern Libya have been interrupted by labor unrest led by workers seeking jobs at the facilities.
Imperialists continue proxy war in Libya
The present situation in Libya is the direct result of the war of regime-change led by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the Pentagon and NATO during 2011. US policy is designed to overthrow all of the sovereign and anti-imperialist governments throughout Africa and the Middle East.
Consequently, the outcome of the current situation in the regions of North Africa and the Middle East will be critical in the future course of imperialist militarism worldwide. Obviously, these policies in Afghanistan, Iraq, Yemen, Sudan, Syria and Libya have prompted massive destabilization of these societies, including the vast increase in the number of internally displaced persons and refugees.
Libya, which under the years of the Jamahiriya-Gaddafi rule was the most prosperous state in Africa, is now a major source of instability in the region.The response of aerial bombardments from Egypt and the UAE will only further the generalized sense of lawlessness and terror.
Only the Libyan people themselves, united around a political program of national unity, and genuine sovereignty will be able to reverse the current malaise. The plans suggested involving the direct intervention of thousands of NATO troops to Libya under the rubric of the United Nations would eventually result in greater anti-Western sentiments already prevalent throughout the country.
What the role of the US in Libya has proven is that Washington and Wall Street have no rational policy towards Africa and the Middle East. Their interventionist posture will only breed more anti-US consciousness and mass resistance to imperialist control.
Evidence exposing who put ISIS in power, and how it was done.
The Islamic militant group ISIS, formerly known as Al-Qaeda in Iraq, and recently rebranded as the so called Islamic State, is the stuff of nightmares. They are ruthless, fanatical, killers, on a mission, and that mission is to wipe out anyone and everyone, from any religion or belief system and to impose Shari’ah law. The mass executions, beheadings and even crucifixions that they are committing as they work towards this goal are flaunted like badges of pride, video taped and uploaded for the whole world to see. This is the new face of evil.
Would it interest you to know who helped these psychopaths rise to power? Would it interest you to know who armed them, funded them and trained them? Would it interest you to know why?
On A Constitutionalist Note....“The time is now near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves.” Father of Our Country - George Washington 1776..............................................................................In Memoriam: "War" - Andrew Breitbart - Father of Our New Media (1969-2012)