Democrats and Republicans Are Both Missing the Big Picture On Benghazi and Libya
Democrats and Republicans have very different views about Benghazi, Libya.
Image: Clinton & Obama (YouTube).
Republicans say the Obama administration is to blame for the death of Ambassador Stevens – and have created a special committee to investigate Benghazi – while Democrats by and large say that the is nothing but politics.
The truth is bigger than either side is admitting …
Third, as we noted right after Gaddaffi fell, the Obama administration’s stated reason for going into Libyamakes no sense. Now, RAND Corporation political scientists theorize that Obama might have decided to bomb Libya – not for any reason having to do with Libya or Gaddaffi themselves – but rather “to keep the Arab Spring going“.
The Washington Postargues that America fighting the Libyan war is a bigger scandalthan Benghazi itself:
Republicans have a potentially strong case to make against the Obama administration’s handling of Libya, as the latest political developments there underline. On Sunday, a disputed vote in parliament led to the swearing-in of a new prime minister — the sixth since formerdictator Moammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011 with the help of U.S. and NATO air forces. The new leader, an Islamist from the city of Misurata, replaced pro-Western prime minister Ali Zeidan, who was driven out of the country this year after his government proved unable to stop a militia from filling a tanker with stolen oil.
From the safety of Europe, Mr. Zeidan conceded what was obvious all along: Libya’s post-Gaddafi government has no army and no way of establishing its authority over the hundreds of militias that sprang up in the vacuum that followed the revolution. Libya has fragmented into fiefdoms, its oil industry is virtually paralyzed, massive trafficin illegal weapons is supplying militants around the region and extremist groupssuch as Ansar al-Sharia, which participated in the Sept. 11, 2012, assault on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, are unchecked.
The Obama administration and its NATO allies bear responsibility for this mess because, having intervened to help rebels overthrow Gaddafi, they then swiftly exited without making a serious effort to help Libyans establish security and build a new political order. Congress might usefully probe why the administration allowed a country in which it initiated military operations to slide into chaos.
There are events going on in Africa that are quite devastating for people living there, although the world is currently focused on Ukraine and another attempt to create a failed state. For example, on the last day of April 2014, 34 percent of the shares in Heritage Oil were sold to Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, the former prime minister of Qatar, by Tony Buckingham. Mr. Buckingham and his friends have become quite richfrom the wars in Iraq and Libya due to their ownership of oil fields, provision of private security to war zones, and creative business transactions.
Immediately after the sale of the shares of Heritage Oil, for example, the value of these shares rose by 23 percent. How such market accidents happen is beyond the logic of mere writers, but it will be recalled that a similar kind of market joy happened when Heritage Oil “discovered” its product in Iraq straight after the second Gulf War. Somebody from Heritage Oil leaked information to Genels directors Mehmet Sepel, Murat Ozgul and Levent Akca, who bought shares of the company before the oil find was officially announced. Fortunately they were prosecuted for insider dealing.
Returning to the more recent Heritage Oil deal. On its own, there is nothing remarkable in buying and selling companies. The timing of this sale, however, produced a remarkable coincidence. One of the areas in which Heritage Oil has interests is in the failed state of Libya, or to be more precise: Benghazi. Less than a week after Heritage Oil changed hands, the security headquarters in Benghazi were attacked yet again, this time killing nine people and wounding 24. The group blamed for this attack by the Libyan government is Ansar al-Shariah, which was also blamed for the September 2012 attack on the same security headquarters that killed United States Ambassador Christopher Stevens together with three of his staff members.
Ansar al-Shariah spokesperson Mohammad Ali al-Zahawi denies that the group had any involvement in the 2012 attack. If the attackers on May 2, 2014 were Ansar al-Shariah, they were well-funded by some source, because they put up a fierce battle against the security forces in Benghazi, and this cannot be done without modern weaponry. Ansar al-Shariah oppose Liberals in Benghazi and claim to have overthrown Muammar Gaddafi, which would make them NATO allies rather than enemies.
Before Buckingham became an oil magnate, he was implicated in mercenary activities throughout Africa. He has a past full of work on behalf of governments to overthrow other governments,and his days as a mercenary may be considered checkered, though he claims they are over. One of his business partners, Simon Mann, has been convicted of trying to engineer a coup d’etat and imprisoned for this crime. Another of Buckingham’s ties was to Tim Spicer, a former Lieutenant-Colonel in the Scots Guards who served in Northern Ireland. Two of Spicer’s soldiers there were serving lifetime prison sentences for shooting two unarmed men and killing one of them: Peter McBride.
Spicer has always been protective of Tony Buckingham. When he was pulled before a House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee in 1998 and questioned about whether Buckingham was Chairman of the private security company Sandline International, Spicer told the committee “I may have referred to him as Chairman but he is not the Chairman of Sandline,” claiming instead that he just sought advice and support from Buckingham. When asked who was the Chairman of Sandline International, Spicer finally said that he himself was the only senior official of the company. (Craig Murray, The Catholic Orangemen of Togo and Other Conflicts I Have Known, Atholl Publishing, pp. 64-5)
After the war in Iraq, Spicer got the contract for private security in that country through his company PMC Aegis Defense Services. After some serious questions in the US Congress, then-Senator Barack Obamawrote to a constituent in 2005 “As you know, the CEO of Aegis Defense Services Tim Spicer has been implicated in a variety of human rights abuses around the globe. Given his history, I agree that the United States should consider rescinding its contract with his company.” Spicer has been pressed on this issue more than once, but Aegis is still there, among other things allegedly protecting the oil fields stolen from the Iraqis in this other failed state.
Considering that Buckingham is a former mercenary with contacts in the private security industry, could it be a coincidence that the sale of Heritage Oil and the attack on the security headquarters in Benghazi happened only days apart? According to The Independent, Heritage Oil had recently not been performing well. This enabled the oil-rich Sheikh to buy in cheap, at less than a billion pounds sterling. Buckingham came out of the deal quite well, pocketing a cool £300m from his oil interests. Although he cannot sell his shares for five years, he stays on in an advisory role and retains a 20 percent stake, which has already shot up in value by 23 percent, as noted before.
What was thesource of the funds to Ansar al-Shariah, or whoever carried out the latest attack on Benghazi? Don’t be surprised if there is a drone strike andextra-judicial killing of somebody allegedly responsible for thesecurity-headquarters attack. It is the new way of US justice.
One cannot but feel sympathy for Libyans and Iraqis whose countries have been put into perpetual turmoil by a NATO intervention and theft of their oil.Qatar is one of the most repressive of the Sheikh kingdoms and a fitting partner to western powers. It has been chosen as the venue for the 2022 World Cup but an ambassador from Nepal, Maya Kumari Sharma, has called the country an “open jail” due to the deathsof a growing number of Nepalese migrant workers.
While Qatar is a state with which the UK is friendly for the moment, many people will recall the photograph of Tony Blair hugging Muammar Gaddafi three or four years before NATO’s humanitarian liberation of Libya that has since left it in a permanent state of civil war. Where there is big money, there are generally power battles to protect financial interests and maximize profits. Governments also have interests because the big investors fund political parties to gain lobby leverage. Tony Buckingham has been a big donor to the United Kingdom’s Tory Party.How much does the UK government know about what is happening in Libya and how much involvement do we as a country today have?
Eyes for Peace: “The NATO bombing killed 2% of the population in Libya”
May 17, 2012
The advocacy organization Human Rights Human Rights Watch calls for NATO to investigate the deaths of at least 72 civilians in the bombing of the Alliance during the military operation in Libya in 2011.
However, some NGOs estimate that the death toll may reach 2% of the civilian population. In a recent report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) analyzes eight air strikes carried out by the Allies in Libya and says that according to his “field research” and “interviews with witnesses and local residents,” there were 72 civilian casualties , including 20 women and 24 children.
However, NATO rejects the allegations and claims that only carried out attacks on military regime Muammar Gaddafi , according to statements by Oana Lungescu, spokesman for the Alliance.
For his part, counsel Purification González, International Collective Eye for Peace, believes that if the Alliance is not going to investigate the attacks is because he fears could come to light more cases. The NATO bombing “have killed almost 2% of the civilian population” in Libya, that is, about 60,000 people, according to the Peace Eye citing local sources. ****(till today its more than 2% with the every day killing, bombing and death by torture we have arrived to 500.000 people who have been killed from both sides)
The military campaign deployed by NATO in Libya between March and October 2011 was authorized by a resolution of the Security Council of the United Nations in order to protect civilians against armed conflict between the regime of then-Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and the rebels.
However, subsequently the NATO bombing contributed to the capture, lynching and murder without trialof Gaddafi and some of his relatives. But behind international intervention there were also economic interests , according Purification González. “Large corporations are using NATO governments through wars and to plunder the resources, in this case to keep the oil and strategically positioned for future wars and to support Israel,”says the lawyer.
UN cornered by the vast evidence of torture and unpunished murders, today acknowledged the existence of serious problems in governance, security and human rights in Libya, including the practice of torture and deaths in secret detention centers.
Confirmation of these violations was presented by the special UN envoy to Libya, Ian Martin, in a report to the Security Council devoted to analyzing the situation in the Arab country.
The official said that the expectation of rapid changes created tension in the political system and led to disappointment at the lack of progress five months after the coming to power of the current government.
In response, Martin urged the authorities to show tangible progress in the short-term, even before the next general elections and the formation of the new administration. As for the secret prisons, the UN envoy hypocritically estimated four thousand in the number of people held by terrorist groups serving NATO-NTC involved, along with NATO, in the coup against the Libyan government and the Assassination against Muammar Gaddafi.
Also confirmed that the abuse and torture continue as a common practice in those facilities, particularly in an existing in Misrata, where reported deaths from this cause, as well as other centers in Tripoli, Zawiya and Zintan.
Martin also warned about the tension in different parts of the country and explained various armed clashes in Sabha in March with the death of 150 people and 500 wounded, and others in the southwestern part of Libyan territory, in April.
****Editors note: This piece was written in 2012 but most of the photos were not circulated for reasons that a lot of bloggers were blocked as the west does not want the truth to come out. So please circulate these photos just to show what NATO and the so-called Rebels ex prisoners who were from Qatar, Guantanamo, Saudi Arabia, Egypt the list is long. The same thing is happening in Syria and Ukraine
Here is yet another al-Jazeera English documentary film on the current state of Libya – and it is their best yet. Shown this February 2014 in the UK as part of the ‘Fault Lines’ strand, it is a must-see video. Even the written trailer for the film and the programme announcers deem it “Nato’s SO-CALLED humanitarian intervention”!
The full written trailer was as follows: “Fault Lines returns to Libya to investigate what Nato’s so-called humanitarian intervention has achieved two and a half years after Gaddafi was overthrown”.
The half-hour programme packs in all the major events in Libya over the past year or so: The mass killings of protesters by the new ‘government’ militias, the death of US ambassador Christopher Stevens, the kidnap/arrest of al-Liby (with video footage of the actual raid and an interview with his family), the kidnap of Zeidan, the persecution of the Tawerghan people, the endemic torture of prisoners (actually interviewing some of the interned), the rise of the militias, the daily violence and “lawlessness” across the country, and the paralysis of oil production due to the seizures of the terminals.
The film pulls no punches as the presenter asks what went “wrong”and admits “there is a lot of support for the former regime”! The “crisis” has caused people to ask “Why is Nato not protecting civilians” and that the situation is “worse than Gaddafi”.
The only downer is an appearance from the odious new US ambassador to Libya, Deborah Jones, who has the affrontery to say that the “US bears no responsibility” for the current nightmares of the Libyan people, smugly stating “This is life”…
She also bleats that al-Liby killed some of her friends years ago – but neither she nor the programme bother to mention that America have known for years where al-Liby has been – busy working for her MI6 colleagues doing her country’s dirty work!…
It is also rather late for al-Jazeera to finally expose that they were so utterly wrong to aid and abet this war on behalf of their Qatari paymasters.
Editors note: I am glad that finally the truth is coming out, better late than never. One thing I will never agree with in this video and others to come: is that it’s not a revolution neither these scums low life rebel ratverments are revolutionaries. There was no uprising, or a so-called revolution it was a coup de tat made/planned/executed in THE GOOD OLD U.S.A. GOD BLESS AMERICA and her helping aids.
A real revolution must be bloodless like the one we had in 1969. Not one drop of blood fell from a Libyan brother or sister. A year before the Fatah revolution all the Libyan students were restless with the Kingdoms policy and governance that we had, also we were divided in three regions like now called the federation. When the revolution took place everybody rejoiced except the filthy rich Libyans who run away immediately. I will not say that everything was rosy also quite a few mistakes were done, but find me one revolution who hasn’t made a mistake! What you have to look for is the outcome of this revolution. The Fatah revolution took us from the poorest country in the world and made us one of the richest countries, with a very good standard of living, women’s rights, free housing, education, health, SECURITY, the list goes on. To conclude the Libyan people where happy with what they had. So please don’t tell me that what happened in 2011 was a revolution.
The Free Libyan people self-determination, dignity and regain our sovereignty. Under a single slogan Expel the colonialist invaders and their dogs!
“By self-determination of nations means the separation of the state authorities of another nation, the formation of an independent national state means.”
“… If we want to understand what it means to self-determination of nations, without playing legal definitions or” inventing “abstract definitions, but by examining the historical and economic conditions of the national movements inevitably arrive at the following conclusion: for self-determination nations understand their communities state separation from another nation, the formation of an independent national state means. “
“The parties of the Second International promised a revolutionary act, but we see from them any real revolutionary work and no support for the uprisings of the exploited and dependent against the oppressor nations, nor see, in my opinion, among the most matches who have dropped out and wish to join the Third International. We should say it out loud, to let everyone know. This can not be refuted, and we’ll see if any attempt is made to refute it. “
Quotes by Lenin on the right to self-determination and independence of peoples and oppressed nations.
Check the definition to Zintan, are they with the enemy or colonialist loyal to the Jamahiriya Libya?
There comes a great opportunity for the Zintan tribe resume its natural place [of the tribes] but the word alone is not enough Zintan of the tribes decision has to be translated into action, Zintan must return the wrong pilgrimage in which they entered [from February and holding hands with NATO], there are opportunities to do so, and this time after promising days from the south, if honest Libyans from Zintan decides to become with the people of Libya against colonial rule and extremist groups or Zintan plays no part in the liberation of Libya have been left alone, and they must be remembered – that they – the descendants Mujahid Salim Abdul Nabi, who defeated the Italians in 1914 there is the possibility to retake its historic past and returning back to the country in 2014.
Zintan should understand today that this is the ultimate opportunity to be part of the Libyan people, not an enemy against him, the enemy invading and humiliate the Zintan by extremist groups in all media, and drive them to pursue a macabre acts against their brothers for affecting the lives of people and to participate in the robbery, theft and the smuggling of them to act like a man of confidence of a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Beware the signal Zintan, has become the last bullet to protect the people of Libya, or the first bullet at the end of the farce after the green strength to return things to normal … Zintan can not be an ally of Misrata because it is being used as Scapegoat immoral and Zintan know exactly what are the people of Misrata, these traitors are vengeful, violent, subservient to Zionism that crushes the fate of the Libyan people, and Zintan Libyan whole have the same enemy are terrorists and extremist Muslim Brotherhood groups sent by the West.
We are waiting for the word of Zintan, a word about Green commitment among the people, and we do not agree with those who insists that “sacrificed for the sake of Libya and its people,” because the victim – is our principle, and know they have a source of weapons, men and money, and they have the most important of all – Saif al-Islam Gaddafi. These skills help you win the battle against the invaders Takfiris, Wahhabis and foreign service of NATO and the U.S., who do not leave you alone to mercenaries Libyan people, because the goal is to Zintan with the same feeling of all the people and Libyan tribes, Zintan was the decisive moment should meet with free men follow the example of all the tribes, to end the occupation of the country.Are you with us, there is no other option these days has started cleaning days of the nation, or your people will be martyred?.
* The arrival of the first secret of Zintan Brigades from heavily armed civilians supposedly to protect civilians in Tripoli.
* Two stolen gunships yesterday armed group belonging to zintantsam! Surprisingly, it turned out that the helicopters were dismantled and removed from the base of Al Watani. The Mi-35 helicopters were in good condition and is in order.
And the fact that the group made two helicopters, and took them to an unknown location.
- Urgent: The terrorist who acts mob boss in “NATO government in Libya” Ali Zeidane gave the green lightto U.S. troops entering the sacred territory of Libya.
- Bin Jawad: A powerful explosion in the ammunition storage in west Naufaliya Bin Jawad. At present one dead Egyptian reported in the explosion and is believed that resistance conducted sabotage against a center of Al-Qaida.
- Border Tunisia – Libya: Tunisian security forces captured Al Jazeera correspondents wiretapping equipment. Who works under the roof of journalists? An investigation is ongoing.
* Tunisia – Libya: Tunisian authorities closed the border crossing of Ras Dzhdir between Tunisia and Libya on Sunday night in connection with the seizure of a number of trucks armed groups and kidnapping a number of Tunisians in Libya …
- Cyrenaica: Sheikhs and heads of Cyrenaica, said: “Any attack against any soldier or any other attacks in the area of oil fields and ports located in the province of Cyrenaica is an attack on the entire population of the province of Cyrenaica”
Military command of the area declared a state of emergency and alert, because there are reports that a convoy from Misurata to the border with the intention of attacking Barca (Cyrenaica) to seize and take control of the oil fields.
The rat Ali Zeidan issued an order that the mercenaries take over the oil fields and offered them all the theft and a thousand dinars a day of ordinary people …
Until this moment all fields in Jala are still under the control of the children of Cyrenaica
- Benghazi : In the area of refugee “Syria” in Benghazi heavy gunfire over 30 cars belonging to NATO bandits burned.
- Misurata: rebels rats led by NATO, Misurata and takfiris ends meet and announce the following:
One. Bring down the government of Prime Minister with his Zeidane before February 7, 2014, the alternative government to the rebels,
Two. Privacy law is established as a result of the political instrument international conspiracy called “the revolution of February …”
Three. Defense of the legitimacy of a national conference and strongly defended and not to any other entity,
April. Abolition of political parties in the National Conference and the recommendation of the independence of the rebels by his constituency and his revolutionary alternative to recommend to replace it.
May. continue working with the new composition in late October.
- Turf:murder of two officers of the Air Force airbase Maratubet, attempts to settle a third officer, blew his house in the city, as witnesses say.
- Tripoli:Misurata say the INC (National Congress) is in the “red line”. He warns that it will be changed
* 55 prisoners escaped from a prison near Babiy Zhaps
- Sabha: Today, the Resistance men convey greetings to you and peace from the center of Sabha, in particular, and people in the stadium and the center of Sabha.
* They get reports from Misurata bandits are moving a convoy of mercenaries heading toward Sabha.
- NATO Rats fall from grace? Nowadays, Fatou Bensouda, the head of the International Criminal Court has ordered the arrest of 247 criminals puppets of NATO brazenly filmed videos of their crimesduring the war?? ?
For the sake of a wider process of systematically distorted picture of life of common people in Libya?
Mission of a party on NATO theft .. And now preparing another. Of those who danced and sang in the bodies under the video … Even willing to put in jail and quickly condemn and erase the traces of their crimes, and that no state prevailing decorate?
How is it not better to give armed leaders in refugee camps in cities devastated by theft? God is not jealous of them?
We – do not … A Muslim does not wallow in his brother … But how many dead, how much human misery and fear brought the patient to the people of other religions? Right to punish only in Allah and His Messenger?
And tell others until it was too late …
- Intellectuals, poets, philosophers and artists analisan and discuss the work and figure Mohamar Al Gaddafi in his contribution to culture, peace and solidarity among men and nations in the Book Fair in Cairo
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