Armored vehicles to the Islamists of Libya caught by storming on the ship on the south of Crete and Libya Armed Forces Releases TIMELINE of Events of Turkish Ship Carrying Foreign Fighters to Derna


Armored vehicles to the Islamists of Libya caught by storming on the ship on the south of Crete and Libya Armed Forces Releases TIMELINE of Events of Turkish Ship Carrying Foreign Fighters to Derna

 

 

Great success of OS and special forces of the Navy yesterday seizing the load vehicles intended for the Islamists of ISIS in Libya.

The prosecuting authorities had information that a cargo ship would try to illegally deliver cargo in the port of Libya which is under the control of armed criminal organization of ISIS in order to use it for their own use to the war that continues to grip the devastated country.

So with combined business since Port Authority and the Hellenic Navy spotted the truck vessel south of Crete. Immediately was organized undertaking of the special forces of the Port Authority men which they undertook storming on board the truck vessel to check the authenticity of the documents that accompanied the cargo.

The audit revealed that the the truck vessel ship had sailed from the UAE was destined for Libya but there were no documents to justify its cargo namely the end-user certificate (End User Certificate) something that automatically made it illegal cargo.

Besides there was absolutely no justification and from an official entity of the UN as well as to extract military equipment to Libya which requires permission of the organization.

From the investigation conducted later in the hold of the ship‘s men Port Authority they found:

18 MRAP vehicles type Typhoon – USA

Five armored Toyota Land Cruiser 200 – USA

Two armored BMW – USA

8 smaller SUV vehicles – USA

The above armored vehicles are specifications only for the USA Army.

Forthwith after verification of the cargo on the vessel that had leased the company Streit Security Systems was seized and the ship is at a port of Crete in order to make the unloading.

As mentioned authorities have reasonable suspicions that the cargo had as the final beneficiary the terrorist organization ISIS branches which operate in Libya and which are equipped with fast pace in order to occupy more and more of the country.

The loss of the consignment is considered a great loss as the MRAP vehicles would be particularly useful for a range of uses from the Islamists.

Now all of this equipment, information about presence of small quantities of portable weapons has been confirmed, it will come into possession of the SCE will acquire quite inexpensive 18 MRAP vehicles which had previously.

Indeed the lack of vehicles meant that the forces ELDAF in Afghanistan were forced to request and receive five vehicles MRAP American V type structure to meet their needs but which then returned.

The Typhoon vehicle is type 4 × 4 category as mentioned armored and protective ambushes, mines and IED (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected) and can carry up to 10 equipped troops.

Carry arms of a machine gun of 7.62 mm. or 12.7 mm., grenade launcher, weighing 12.5 tons, developing a maximum speed of 100 mph and autonomy of 1000 km.

So when Turkey says that she was wronged by the Libyan army/Navy we have to believe her right? Wrong here I have a screen picture taken few days ago reporting the whole timeline before striking the ship.

This is the article I posted about Turkey

This is the article I posted about Turkey

ORIGINAL STATEMENT IN ARABIC

ORIGINAL STATEMENT IN ARABIC

HERE IS THE TRANSLATION OF THE TIME-LINE OF THE TURKISH SHIP

HERE IS THE TRANSLATION OF THE TIME-LINE OF THE TURKISH SHIP

OPINION: Libya has one government and one parliament


OPINION: Libya has one government and one parliament

By Azza K. Maghur

Everyone out there please read carefully & complete.

Libya has one government and one parliament.

Nevertheless, members of the international media and foreign policy makers around the world are distorting this simple fact by speaking of Libya’s government as divided. Repetition has created a misleading media narrative and imposed a perceptual reality that in effect divides Libya. It is pressuring the country’s beleaguered democratization process to a point where it may be aborted, or worse, push Libya towards partition.
A Constitutional Declaration was written in August 2011 to guide Libya forward through the transitional period following its Revolution. Nevertheless, this essential document and the plan it lays out to lead a unified Libya to a democratic civil state is overlooked.
It is disturbing to see legitimate institutions, formed within the framework of the Constitutional Declaration, equated with so-called governments and institutions that are the product of violence. How are acts of warstorming the doors of governmental institutions, forcibly occupying ministries, shelling cities with missiles and destroying the country’s largest airport along with hundreds of millions of dollars of planes – be considered comparable to democratic process?
Peaceful transfer of power is a cornerstone in the democratization processes of newborn democratic states. Libya went through three elections, two of which involved a transfer of power. In accordance with the Constitutional Declaration, Libyan voters elected the country’s House of Representatives (HoR) on 25 June 2014; the House of Representatives then appointed an interim government headed by Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni.
How, after the hard-won steps Libya has taken towards democracy, can members of the diplomatic community and media refer to the democratically elected HoR as the “Tobruk parliament” and its legitimate government as the “Al-Thinni government,” thus ignoring the June 2014 election results and distorting the historical record?
Meanwhile, international media and diplomats refer to the remnant group of politicians in Tripoli as the “GNC,” the parliament that preceded the HoR. The General National Congress (GNC) mandate expired on 21 July 2014 when the results of the HOR election were announced. However, one week before, a coalition of Islamist and regional militias launched an armed operation, called Operation Dawn, to take over the capitol Tripoli. After weeks of urban warfare, it succeeded on 23 August. Operation Dawn’s first political move was to call on the GNC to resume sessions and to appoint a government. A small group of former GNC members began to meet and appointed Omar Al-Hassi as Prime Minister of, what he termed, a National Salvation Government.
Needless to say, the imposition of the rump GNC had no footing in the Constitutional Declaration and was in violation of democratic principles. The mandate of the GNC had expired and there is no constitutional provision for its return. In reality, the rump GNC, composed of thirty or fewer of the original 200-member parliament, became the political arm of the Operation Dawn militias.
How is it possible for a country unified under a Constitutional Declaration to have a “Tobruk parliament” and at the same time a rump “GNC”? The intent of this article is to dust off the truth and build a better understanding of Libya’s governing institutions and the plan laid out in the Constitutional Declaration.

Phase 1: The Constitutional Declaration, August 2011
The Constitutional Declaration was issued by the self-proclaimed political entity of the February 2011 Revolution, the National Transitional Council (NTC). It was simple and recognized the self-proclaimed NTC as the highest authority of the state, granting it a mix of legislative and executive powers. It allowed for the NTC to appoint (and dissolve) a cabinet to govern. A timetable stipulated that the NTC hand over power to an elected body, the GNC, within 240 days from the declaration of the liberation of Libya. Elections for the GNC were held on 7 July 2012 and on the 8 August, in a ceremonial event, the NTC publicly announced the transfer of power to the first parliament elected by Libyans in nearly 50 years.
The ceremony took place under the scrutiny of a people who had survived generations under dictatorship. On that remarkable day, at a time when militias were positioned in every corner, in every city, the NTC managed to transfer power to a purely civil entity chosen by the Libyan people. Nevertheless, the transfer ceremony was not without incident. Salah Badi, an elected GNC member who  demanded that a young Libyan woman leave the stage because her head was uncovered. Sarah Messelati, who was only 22, left the room quietly. However, shamefully no one in the gathering, including women representing 16% of elected GNC members, spoke up in her support. That day, everyone’s hearts and eyes were clinging to the power transfer ceremony and eager for it to take place as quickly and quietly as possible.
In addition to establishing the GNC, the Constitutional Declaration also created the Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA) tasked with writing the future Libyan constitution. It allowed 60 days for the CDA to draft the Constitution and then forward it to the Libyan people for referendum. This period was later extended to 180 days.

Phase 2: The General National Congress, July 2012-July 2014
In July 2012, the GNC replaced the NTC as the highest authority of Libya. The main goal and task of the GNC during its mandate was to establish the Constitutional Drafting Assembly (CDA). Following ratification of the Constitution, a second transfer of power would occur, with the GNC handing over to the newly-elected institutions prescribed in the Constitution. In summary, this second phase was about drafting a constitution and a subsequent peaceful power transfer, by which the transitional period would end and a new democratic civil state would be launched.
However, the GNC neglected its mandate, interfered with the executive branch and focused on promulgating a political isolation law by which Libyans became unequal before the law. This law was adopted in May 2013 under armed pressure from militias connected with sympathetic members of the GNC.
Finally, after eight months, the GNC realized it had been sharply diverted from its principle mission and appointed a committee to draft the CDA election law. The CDA election took place in February 2014, over a year and a half after the GNC assumed office. The CDA’s first session was held in the town of Baida in April 2014.

Phase 2.5: The February Committee, February-April 2014
As the GNC tenure wore on, it became increasingly apparent that the body was unable to run the country efficiently and its interference with the executive was making governance an impossible mission. When the GNC finally initiated the process of drafting the CDA election law in April 2013, disgruntled Libyans were already in the streets demanding that the GNC step down and transfer power to a new representative body.
Every time the GNC stretched the period of fulfilling its major duty, the establishment of the CDA, it also stretched its own mandate and continued to be the highest authority in the country. It became clear that the simplicity of the Constitutional Declaration did not account for a separation or balance of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government. The conclusion reached by the citizenry and many members of the GNC was that the limitations of the Constitutional Declaration made the GNC inadequate as a vehicle to take Libya out of the transitional period to a modern constitution.
Under tremendous pressure from within the GNC and the general public, a Sixth Amendment to the Constitutional Declaration was adopted by the GNC, by which a new phase was drawn to revive the democratization process. The GNC created a constitutional committee called the February Committee to take the necessary steps to amend the Constitutional Declaration to allow new parliamentary and presidential elections. Accordingly, the GNC decided to end to its existence, even before a constitution was issued and transfer power to a new parliament. This new parliament would be based on democratic principles, including separation of powers between branches, a series of checks and balances and a distinctly separate executive branch headed by an elected president with a clear mandate to state powers. By taking this step, the legislative power would no longer be the highest authority of the state of Libya.
A new road map introduced by the February Committee added an additional phase to allow for a new parliamentary body, the House of Representatives (HoR) and a directly elected President. Most significantly, the February Committee introduced a conventional module of governance based on equilibrium and separation of powers.
On 31 March 2014, the GNC adopted the February Committee’s first set of recommendations. However, the matter of the election of a President of the State was postponed to be reviewed by the HoR. The newly elected HoR would resolve whether the President would be elected directly by the people (as recommended by the February Committee) or by the HoR. By doing so, the GNC again created hurdles to the democratization process. The elements of the February Committee proposal were interconnected and could only be adopted as a whole. Any substantive changes or postponement of the proposal’s clauses rendered the concept of democratization refreshment useless.

Therefore, a third and additional phase, which was not originally anticipated in the Constitutional Declaration, was adopted by the GNC in March. On 29 April , the GNC passed Election Law Number 10 of 2014 to provide for the election of the HoR. This third phase afforded a dignified exit to the GNC and a peaceful hand over to a new parliament. The GNC was under an obligation to fulfill the peaceful transfer of power to the HoR as its predecessor had to it. Any failure to do so entailed individual legal responsibility of GNC members before the law.

Phase 3: The House of Representatives, June 2014-present
The GNC adopted a series of required legislative steps to insure a peaceful transfer of power to the HoR. These included a decree issued by the GNC President ordering preparations for the ceremonial transfer of power to the HoR and calling on the HoR to convene.

Beginning in May 2014 armed conflict ignited in parts of Libya and till now, this continues to complicate Libya’s transition to democracy. At the time of the 25 June election, fighting was underway in the city of Benghazi. An thinkable tragedy unfolded the night of the election when Salwa Boughaigis, a prominent civil society activist, lawyer, and deputy president of the National Preparatory Dialogue Commission, was brutally murdered in her home in Benghazi, not long after she posted on social media photos of herself voting. Her husband, Essam Gheriani, was kidnapped and to date has not been found. A national hero for her role in the revolution, Boughaigis became one of hundreds of Libyan civil society activists, military and security professionals, politicians and media figures assassinated in the years following the revolution.
On 21 July 2014, the High National Elections Commission announced the results of the H0R election: 188 members out of 200 were elected. The remaining twelve would have been from communities that were prevented from voting by extremist militias. In addition Amazigh communities chose to boycott the election as part of their campaign against what they claimed was constitutional marginalization.

In line with the February Committee recommendations, the seat of the HoR would be located in Benghazi. Preparations were already in progress to refurbish the Tibesti Hotel as its headquarters in order to allow the HoR to begin meeting there by the end of July. However, the combination of armed conflict, the closure of the airport in Benghazi and other violent incidents made it infeasible for the HoR to convene in Benghazi. The freshly-elected body was forced to quickly find a new place to meet. Given that armed conflict had spread to Tripoli, HoR members followed the suggestion of the body’s senior members and convened in the quiet eastern city of Tobruk on 4 August.
By the time the HoR convened, Libya’s democratization process was in deep crisis, but still surviving. Urban warfare in Tripoli compelled many residents to flee the city, including government ministers who began meeting in the relatively calm and secured city of Beida where the Constitutional Drafting Assembly had been working. This phase of the transitional period can certainly not be described as peaceful. How could it be in a country in the grip of militias?
The inaugural meeting of the HoR was attended by 158 of the 188 elected members; thirty members boycotted in protest of the change of location and some remnant GNC members tried to halt the process under pretext of ceremonial procedure.

Despite the series of decrees the GNC had issued to initiate the necessary steps to ensure a peaceful transfer of power, members of the body, led by its President, Nouri Busahmain, refused to attend the meeting in Tobruk. However, the inaugural session was attended by the GNC’s First Deputy, Ezzedine al-Awami. Al-Awami represented a large bloc of GNC members who supported the democratization and legitimacy requirements defined by the Constitutional Declaration. This document, as amended by the February Committee, emphasizes that the HoR must convene within two weeks of the date of the HNEC announcement of the final election results. This precise date, 21 July 2014, constituted the transfer of power between the GNC and its successor. The Constitutional Declaration stipulates that power and legitimacy originate from the people as “the source of powers.” Therefore, all other related acts and decisions from the previous legislative power are considered ceremonial only and add nothing to the result of the elections.

Immediately after the GNC was announced to be back on stage by the Operation Dawn militias, the media began to use different terms when writing about Libya. The international press went from celebrating the HoR elections, covering the HNEC’s announcement of the winners and speculating on the leadership and political composition of the new parliament, to writing as if Libya had two parliaments and two governments, in effect rendering Libya’s short but rich democratization process insignificant.

The democratization process and its values, including the transfer of power, do not depend on protocol and ceremonies. Ceremonial procedures are never considered an impediment during the democratization process; the crucial and substantive principle of the transfer of power overrides ceremonial procedures. Peaceful transfer of power constitutes a vital obligation for democracy, while the ceremonial process of “hand over,” if any, is merely a public declaration of it. Ceremonial steps cannot be used to impede or block the democratization process. The rump GNC, however, reached a point where it denied any transfer of power, for the simple reason that the GNC President’s insistence to hold the handover ceremony in Tripoli was not accepted by the HoR. To accept the rump GNC’s position would be to say that one person, i.e. “the Speaker of the Parliament,” can twist the whole concept of democracy, and block it.

In addition to the pressures exerted on Libya’s democratization process, foreign policy makers and the international media are undermining the process by imposing an unlawful, illegitimate and artificial reality. Each of the many references to members of the former GNC as the “GNC,” as if the dissolved body continued to exist, constitutes a false and erroneous statement. There is no longer the GNC body; rather, there are some former members of the former GNC who are contravening the spirit of the Constitutional Declaration and the essence of democracy. The GNC wittingly ended its term in office, amending the Constitutional Declaration and issuing legislation and decrees. It can never reverse this process because it is a legal obligation and the GNC is obliged to fulfill this obligation.

The remnant GNC members are claiming that they are still in power based on their interpretation of the Libyan Supreme Court November 6, 2014 ruling. They argue that it dissolves the HoR. Regardless of whether or not this is a correct interpretation, dissolving the HoR does not allow the GNC to return as the governing authority in Libya. If the HoR were dissolved, it would only open venues for new elections, a new road map and a new phase in Libya’s difficult road towards democracy based on the Constitutional Declaration, a political agreement or on a new constitution.

Today there is neither a GNC, nor a so-called National Salvation Government. Legitimacy is not a carte blanche conferred by the media or policy makers. Power can be divided and shared, but legitimacy cannot. If democracy is not only about elections, it is certainly about the transfer of power. If elections alone do not consign legitimacy, then refusal to transfer power is the suffocation and poisoning of democracy itself. The conclusion is that Libya has one government and one parliament.

To think or write about the Libyan State in any other way, gives a false image of Libya and threatens the country’s troubled democratization process, recklessly pushing it towards possible partition.

Azza Kamel Maghur is a Libyan lawyer, human rights activist and former member of the 2014 February Committee tasked by the General National Congress to amend the transitional Constitution and prepare the elections law.

Report: Egypt Preparing Large Assault Against ISIS in Libya Despite Opposition From Obama


Report: Egypt Preparing Large Assault Against ISIS in Libya Despite Opposition From Obama

 

AP Photo

The Middle East is on the brink of its fourth war (after Syria, Iraq and Yemen). debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report that Egypt is massing large-scale ground and air forces in the Western Desert along the Libyan border, in preparation for a military campaign to capture eastern Libya – Cyrenaica – from the Islamist State of Syria and Iraq – ISIS – occupation.

The substantial naval and marine forces assembling at Egypt’s Mediterranean ports indicate the possible launching of the offensive by dropping Egyptian marines on the Libyan coast around Derna (pop: 100,000), which ISIS has made its provincial capital. They may be accompanied by simultaneous landings of paratroops from the air.

For President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi, ISIS’s presence in eastern Libya (as well as Sinai) poses an unacceptable peril to his country. He has been warned in a number of intelligence reports that the Islamic State’s terrorists have already penetrated some Egyptian towns and even infiltrated certain army units.

To counter the Egyptian plan of campaign, ISIS is rushing reinforcements to eastern Libya from Syria and Iraq. From Syria, they are traveling by air or sea through the Mediterranean; from Iraq, through the Sinai Peninsula, whence oil and drug rings smuggle them across the Suez Canal and Egypt.

debkafile’s sources reveal that Egypt’s projected invasion of Libya was high on the agenda of American CIA Director John Brennan’s unannounced visit to Cairo on April 19 for a meeting with the president.
In reply to his visitor’s demand for precise information on Egypt’s Libyan campaign. President El-Sisi offered an assurance that he had no intention of keeping the Egyptian army in Libya. He would pull the troops out after defeating and disarming the jihadis and hand power to the Libyan government, which has established its seat in the eastern town of Tobruk near the Egyptian border and home to Libyan military bases and oil terminals.

The Tobruk government was set up by Libyan members of parliament who fled the capital Tripoli when it was overrun by a group of extremist Islamist militias, known as the Libyan Dawn, which included elements associated with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb – AQIM.

The head of the this government is Abdullah al-Thinni, who is recognized by the United States and most Western governments as the legitimate prime minister of Libya.

President El-Sisi was not surprised to hear from the CIA director that the Obama administration objects to a direct Egyptian invasion of Libya, but would not oppose Cairo acting through local Libyan militias.

Brennan put forward the name of Gen. Khalifa Hifter, a Libyan-American, who set up a militia in the eastern Libyan town of Benghazi to fight the Islamists, aided by Libyan army units based in the region.
On March 2, Prime Minister al-Thinni and the Tobruk parliament appointed Gen. Hifter commander-in-chief of the Libyan army, promoting him to the rank of lieutenant general.

He was entrusted with two missions: To liberate Libya from the clutches of the Islamic militias and to rebuild the national army.

debkafile’s military sources disclose that, for the past six months, the Egyptian president has given Hifter his support and even supplied him with weapons. But he does not see him as a sufficiently powerful and emblematic figure to unify the Libyan nation.

Brennan leaned hard on the Egyptian president to follow Washington’s line, but El-Sisi refused.
Their differences on the Libyan campaign were reflected by omission in the joint communiqué they issued after their conversation: After discussing “regional issues, terrorism and ways of enhancing bilateral relations, the two sides agreed to continue consultation and coordination on issues of mutual interest.”

Interestingly, Egypt is ready to throw ground, sea and air forces into its offensive in Libya, while at the same time abstaining from deploying air or ground power in the Yemeni conflict, although it is a member of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed rebels.
Egypt is already fighting the Islamic State’s branch in Sinai. It is now gearing up to tackle the Islamist peril on its western border.

 

 

MARGALLO CALLS TO ACT “FAST” IN LIBYA


MARGALLO CALLS TO ACT “FAST” IN LIBYA

by: Purification González White
International Collective Eyes Peace

 

BUT NOBODY HAS EVEN GIVEN AN EXPLANATION OF WHY ATTACKED AND DESTROYED THAT COUNTRY

“Spain keeps the international pressure to give an urgent solution to the Libyan crisis” and expressed the Monday, March 23, the Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, in an informative breakfast Houses Network Forum, and publishing various media, adding that “Libya must do something quickly and forcefully.” He also added that it supported the efforts of UN delegate, Bernardino León, to agree on a “unity government”.

At this point, Spain or any other country in the Atlanticist coalition have given explanations of the reasons that led them to attack Libya, a friendly country until then, I had gotten gains unthinkable even for many of the European countries, as a full employment, electricity and water free, interest-free loans, free and universal education (scholarships 1,600 € / month to study in other countries), or € 300 per person per month for sharing oil revenues, etc. Libya had the highest HDI in all of Africa, life expectancy was 78, like that of Germany, and was a dam against the flood of migration to Europe since his full employment totaled 2.5 million posts work for sub-Saharan workers.

Libya was bombed and razed under a lie (if they were weapons of mass destruction in Libya a nonexistent bombing of population in Iraq) and, what is worse, under the mandate of Resolution 1973 of the Security Council, which prohibited expressly give a coup. The category of the attackers was reflected in the brutal lynching and murder of Colonel Gadhafi, Libyans killed in 200,000 and the bombing of ports, airports, schools, hospitals, villages, cities, universities, water supply networks, herds … A dates today gave no explanation of why such atrocity was committed. Neither the ICC has yet claimed any of the leaders of the attacking countries.

Nevertheless, Libyans have been reborn from its ashes and retaking control of their country, have a unity government, which is to Tobruk, and a parliament, in which the tribes involved, the National People’s Libyan Movement , military, social movement … but have been excluded from the negotiating table on the future of Libya.

On February 23, convened by the United States (who insists on appropriate oil) meeting in Morocco attended by the Ambassador of that country Deborah Jones, the British Ambassador Michael Aron, and the French Ambassador in Libya was held on one hand, and representatives of Misrata (Libya Dawn, is pure and simple terrorism that serves Libya) and Abdul Hakim Belhadj (Al Qaeda terrorist recognized, now joined the Islamic Emirate, involved in 11-M) and Libyan Abu Obeida, also belonging to the Islamic Emirate. The conclusions of this meeting were among other supporting militias from Misrata (Libya Dawn) to wage war against al Daesh; apply a military solution to Libya; and boycott the dialogue process with the Libyan people, ie the government of Tobruk, which is agreed to dissolve the House of Representatives, in which the tribes involved, the National People’s Libyan Movement and military, as already stated; and forming terrorist groups in Sinai to thwart Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

This same scheme meeting has been moved to the supposed “peace process” in Geneva, led by a man imposed by the United States, Bernardino León, if anything has characterized has been your preferences in negotiating with armed gangs and left out of the dialogue table Libyans.
They are negotiating with terrorists Libya’s future while ignoring the legitimate representatives of the Libyan people who excluded from the bargaining table.

Libya has been assigned by those who attacked the nursery role of mercenaries and armed gangs, the US uses for export to other countries to repeat the script, such as Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Yemen and Nigeria. How surprised at the events in Tunisia?

Original article:

Ojos para la Paz

MARGALLO INSTA A ACTUAR “RÁPIDO” EN LIBIA

PERO NADIE HA DADO AÚN EXPLICACIONES DE POR QUÉ ATACARON Y DESTRUYERON ESE PAÍS

“España mantiene viva la presión internacional para dar una solución urgente a la crisis libia”, así lo expresó el lunes, 23 de marzo, el Ministro de Asuntos Exteriores, José Manuel García Margallo, en un desayuno informativo del Foro Red de Casas, y que publican distintos medios, agregando que “en Libia hay que hacer algo rápido y con contundencia”. Añadió asimismo que apoya los esfuerzos de delegado de la ONU, Bernardino León, para consensuar un “gobierno de unidad”.

A estas alturas, España ni ningún otro país de la coalición atlantista han dado explicaciones de los motivos que les llevaron a atacar a Libia, un país amigo hasta ese momento, que había conseguido logros impensables incluso para gran parte de los países europeos, como pleno empleo, luz y agua gratis, préstamos sin interés, enseñanza universal y gratuita (con becas de 1.600 €/mes para estudiar en otros países), o 300 € por persona al mes en concepto de reparto de las rentas de petróleo, etc. Libia tenía el mayor índice de desarrollo humano de toda África, su esperanza de vida era de 78 años, igual que la de Alemania, y constituía un muro de contención contra la avalancha migratoria hacia Europa ya que a su pleno empleo sumaba 2.5 millones de puestos de trabajo para trabajadores subsaharianos.

Libia fue bombardeada y arrasada al amparo de una mentira (si en Iraq fueron las armas de destrucción masiva, en Libia unos inexistentes bombardeos de población) y, lo que es más grave, bajo mandato de la Resolución 1.973 del Consejo de Seguridad, que prohibía expresamente dar un golpe de estado. La categoría de los atacantes quedó reflejada en el brutal linchamiento y asesinato del Coronel Ghadafi, en los 200.000 libios asesinados y en los bombardeos de puertos, aeropuertos, escuelas, hospitales, pueblos, ciudades, universidades, redes de abastecimiento de agua, rebaños… A fechas de hoy nadie dio explicaciones de por qué se cometió tal atrocidad. Ni el TPI ha demandado todavía a ninguno de los mandatarios de los países atacantes.

Pese a todo, los libios han ido renaciendo de sus cenizas y retomando las riendas de su país, se han dado un gobierno de unidad, que es el de Tobruk, y un parlamento, en el que participan las tribus, el Movimiento Nacional Popular Libio, los militares, los movimiento sociales…Pero han sido excluidos de la mesa de negociaciones sobre el futuro de Libia.

Con fecha 23 de febrero, convocada por Estados Unidos (que insiste en apropiarse del petróleo) se celebró una reunión en Marruecos a la que asistieron la embajadora de ese país Deborah Jones, el embajador británico Michael Aron y el embajador de Francia en Libia, por una parte, y representantes de Misrata (Libya Dawn, es decir el terrorismo puro y duro que opera en Libia), así como Abdul Hakim Belhadj (reconocido terrorista de Al- Qaeda, sumado ahora al Emirato Islámico, implicado en el 11-M) y el libio Abu Obeida, perteneciente también al Emirato Islámico. Las conclusiones de esa reunión han sido entre otras apoyar a las milicias de Misrata (Libya Dawn) para librar una guerra contra Al Daesh; aplicar un solución militar a Libia; y boicotear el proceso de dialogo del pueblo libio, es decir: el gobierno de Tobruk, del que se acuerda disolver la cámara de representantes, en el que participan las tribus, el Movimiento Nacional Popular Libio y los militares, como ya se ha expuesto; y formar grupos terroristas en el Sinaí para frustrar los planes del presidente egipcio Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Este mismo esquema de reunión ha sido trasladado al supuesto “proceso de paz” de Ginebra, dirigido por un hombre impuesto por los Estados Unidos, Bernardino León, que si por algo se ha caracterizado ha sido por sus preferencias en negociar con las bandas armadas y dejar fuera de las mesas de diálogo a los libios.
Están negociando con terroristas el futuro de Libia mientras ignoran a los legítimos representantes del pueblo libio al que excluyen de la mesa de negociaciones.

A Libia se le ha asignado por quienes la atacaron el papel de vivero de mercenarios y bandas armadas, que Estados Unidos Utiliza para su exportación a otros países que repiten el guión, como Iraq, Siria, Egipto, Yemen o Nigeria. ¿Cómo extrañarse de los sucesos de Túnez?

25 de marzo de 2015
Purificación González de la Blanca
Colectivo Internacional Ojos para la Paz

Quo Vadis Libya?


Quo Vadis Libya?

libya-split-and-stolen-by-rats

On the Heinous Deeds that US Interventionism Brought upon Libya and upon Libyan Women in Ousting and Murdering Qaddafi

By Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu

The late Col. Muammar Qaddafi, hailed as the “Great Leader” by the Libyan people during his incumbency, was murdered by Chad, Somali and Sudanese mercenaries in collusion with NATO and US invading forces on October 19, 2011. Qaddafi’s Libya, two years before he was ousted and assassinated was considered as one of Africa’s greatest nations.

Prof. Garikai Chengu a scholar of Middle East affairs in Harvard University wrote: In 1967, Colonel Qaddafi inherited one of the poorest nations in Africa; however, by the time he was assassinated, Qaddafi had turned Libya into Africa’s wealthiest nation. Libya had the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy on the African continent. Less people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands.”

But look at what happened to Libya now after the US/NATO interventionism! It is now in complete political anarchy, with a destroyed economy and its society is war torn and in full shambles. Presently, we cannot call Libya a State for after US/NATO armed intervention and regime change, all the Libyan villages are now run by the various tribes that was once united by Qaddafi. Libya is in the state of civil war showing the inevitability of what Hobbes called “the ugly, brutish, nasty, short state of nature” characterizing lawlessness.

In this post-Qaddafi Libya, the anarchic and lawless militias are wrecking havoc in different parts of the country—each fighting each other for supremacy. The so-called “Islamist” Jemaah-Islamiyya and ISIS forces are also staking out their fortune in the once secular and progressive socialist Libya.

Libya is now a stateless anarchy since various tribes and militias are declaring their own sort-of states in various parts of the country. NATO interventionism and US Hegemony has totally wrecked Libya and their so-called “Arab Spring” turned out as hell-hole of internecine, civil, regional and tribal wars in that side of the Middle East instead of exporting its so-called “democracy” to Libyan soil.

USA has been scheming for over four decades to topple Qaddafi because he never allowed US and the First World countries allied by US and Britain to dictate on the Libyan oil policy program nor did he allow the IMF-WB to wreck havoc in the economy of the country by not subscribing to its capitalistic financing and loan programs. Likewise, socialist Libya under the leadership of Qaddafi was a great supporter of the Non-Aligned Movement which detested foreign interventionism of superpowers in the affairs of the Third World countries.

He was a zealous supporter of Nelson Mandela’s ANC, the anti-apartheid, anti-racism socialist rebels in South Africa, while US and UK had been long supporters of Johannesburg apartheid regime—up until the time in the early 80’s when US/UK realized that the South African apartheid regime was already tottering apart, hence they belatedly withdraw support to the apartheid government.

Qaddafi’s Green Socialism strengthened economy by land distribution, free housing, free hospitalization, free education and profit-sharing of the nationalized oil industry and other State corporations to all Libyan citizens including the desert Bedouins

(See, Prof. Jaime Ramirez, “Qathafi: Assessment of Libyan Green Socialism”, pp. 18-29).

As of this juncture, it is beneficial to quote Prof. Garikai Chengu: Under Qaddafis rule, Libyans enjoyed not only free health-care and free education, but also free electricity and interest-free loans. Now thanks to NATO’s intervention, the health-care sector is on the verge of collapse as thousands of Filipino health workers flee the country, institutions of higher education across the East of the country are shut down, and black outs are a common occurrence in once thriving Tripoli.”

In many of his speeches, Qaddafi declared himself both as Islamic socialist and Islamic feminist—whatever and however those terms mean to him from the point of view of strict political theoretic. But one thing is very clear, from the point of political praxis, he practically endeavored to apply what he understood of socialism and most importantly of feminism, by way of State policies, in his public gestures: examples in his private life and in his government projects.

Again, let us hear it from the Harvard scholar of Middle East Affairs, Prof. Garikai Chengu: Even the United Nations Human Rights Council praised Qaddafi for his promotion of women’s rights. When the colonel seized power in 1969, few women went to university. Today, more than half of Libya’s university students are women. One of the first laws Qaddafi passed in 1970 was an equal pay for equal work law”.

In Libya, during Qaddafi’s rule, all women share the same rights as men and in fact, women are even preferred to men when it comes to access of education to State Universities and priority access of work opportunities in Libyan government corporations and institutions.

In 2007, women students in the University of Tripoli, University of Sirte and University of Cyrene bypassed the population of men students. In Libya, a woman can divorce her husband, demand for equal work-equal pay scheme with that of men, and husbands are given paternity leaves so that they can help their wives (likewise given maternity leaves) in taking care of their infant during the first three months after birth (Cf., Samuel Gurung, “Libyan Socialist Feminism under Colonel Qaddafi: Cases and Good Practices for Emulation to the Present Nepalese Government”, pp. 12-23).

It is no wonder that when NATO and US bombed Libya and the mercenaries financed by America eventually ousted Qaddafi and even mercilessly murdered him and his family, the sector that has suffered terribly from this interventionism was Libya’s womenry! As of the present, the anarchic and chaotic mini-tribal regimes ruling in every province in Libya are bent on subordinating women and denying them their rights. These anarchic tribes as well as the so-called extremist and resurgent “Islamist” militias allied with JI and ISIL see women empowerment as an aberration and are therefore bent on denying women their rights and freedoms. By removing Qaddafi, US hegemony has effectively turned back the struggle for gender equality and gender empowerment in Libya back to square one!

What did US hegemony achieve when it wrecked havoc on Libya by ousting Qaddafi?

Thanks to US interventionism, Libya from a progressive secularist and relatively economically well-off socialist country in North Africa has now become a putrid piece of cake to be cruelly subdivided by extremist terrorists, unruly tribes, armed bandits and undisciplined armed extremist sects—each militias of these armed sectors are presently wrecking havoc to the entire breadth and length of Libya, continuing their looting, raping, pillage and murder of civilians.

And yet America has never lifted a finger to intervene in this barbaric, anarchic and chaotic affair which it has caused in the first place! NATO bragged that the mission in Libya had been “one of the most successful in NATO history.”

Truth is, Western interventions have produced nothing but colossal failures in present Libya, Iraq, and Syria. Lest we forget, prior to western military involvement in these three nations, they were the most modern and secular states in the Middle East and North Africa—these three socialist and Islamic countries had fully subscribed to the recognition of women’s rights and they had relatively high standards of living in both Middle East and North African regions.

According to Dr. Michel Chossudovsky, the Arab Spring is actually not about initiating democracy in the Middle East, but it is all about petro-business and war-business. It is all about creating a situation where the Trans-Central Asian Afghan and Middle East Pipelines are easily facilitated throughout the whole breadth and length of the Middle East to the Caspian Sea up till Central Asia. Therefore, the US War on Terror—including its interventionism and bloody regime in Libya—is all about capitalist business and imperialist hegemony at their worst (See Michel Chossudovsky’s book “America’s War on Terrorism”, specifically chapter 5, ‘War and the Hidden Agenda’ and chapter 6, ‘Trans-Afghan Pipeline’; pp. 65-91).

Therefore, it is neither Libya nor the Middle Eastern countries, but it is the US corporatist military weapon producing mafia cliques that will truly benefit from this Arab Spring and destructive so-called “War on Terror” that US is waging against the Middle East and the Third World countries.

The so-called “Arab Spring” and the “US War on Terror” are all about US Hegemony, US/NATO Interventionism, Middle East-Central Asian Pipelines and the Military Industrial Complex from the start to finish, and this US interventionism is NEVER about democracy, NEVER about freedom nor for “just war”! These are all done for the selfish interest of US Hegemony! And at whose expense? It is always at the expense of the lives, limbs and properties of the oppressed and exploited peoples of the Middle East and the Third World!

OPPRESSED PEOPLES OF THE WORLD, UNITE! DOWN WITH ALL FORMS OF NEO-COLONIALISM, CAPITALISM AND IMPERIALISM!

(Written by Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu on March 7, 2015)

~

SOURCES:
Prof. Henry Francis B. Espiritu
Submitted by Libyan Fighters at
libyanfreepress.wordpress.com