‘Israel drops cancer-inducing bombs on Gazans’


‘Israel drops cancer-inducing bombs on Gazans’

 

A Norwegian doctor in the besieged Gaza Strip has strongly criticized Israel for using cancer-inducing bombs against Palestinian civilians.

Dr. Erik Fosse told Press TV that the majority of patients hospitalized in Gaza are civilians injured in attacks on their homes and about thirty percent of them are children.

Dense Inert Metal Explosive, known as DIME, is an explosive device developed to minimize collateral damage in warfare.

Experts say it has a relatively small but effective blast radius and is believed to have strong biological effects on those who are hit by the bomb’s micro-shrapnel.

Fosse, a department head at a university hospital in Oslo, also says some Palestinian in the besieged enclave have been wounded by a new type of weapon that even doctors with previous experience in war zones do not recognize.

Israel also used depleted-uranium and white phosphorus shells in the besieged region during their previous assaults.

This comes as Israel continues to pound the Gaza Strip for the sixth straight day. The latest Israeli airstrikes have killed at least 32 Palestinians in the besieged territory.

Palestinian sources say Israeli fighter jets have hit nearly 200 targets over the past 24 hours.

At least 167 people have lost their lives and more than 1100 others injured in Gaza since Tuesday when the Israeli attacks began.

People have held a funeral in Gaza for the Palestinians who have been killed in Israeli attacks on the coastal enclave. The participants in the funeral condemned the US support for Israel.

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Why the International Airport of Tripoli Closed down for three days.


Why the International Airport of Tripoli Closed down for three days.

We all know that Libya after the illegal war in 2011 is NOT the great success as declared by Obama but is a failed state that is a fact. What the Western Media neglects to report is that all Libyans are struggling against the ISLAMIC EXTREMISTS brought in by NATO, F.UK.US, QATAR, U.A.E. and SAUDI ARABIA. Before I conclude this article about the closing of the International airport of Tripoli, I would like to reiterate for my readers what has happened since the end of the ILLEGAL War up to and including today’s incident. 

The Israeli agreement signed and sealed by the phony entity NTC (National Transitional Council), which was put in place by NATO and F.UK.US to rule Libya forever.  This document gave the Mossad a permanent base of operations in the green mountain area of Libya. When I first tweeted this document other reporters (I do not claim to be a reporter just an activist and a fighter for the liberation of my country from the colonization done illegally by the west) tried to mock me by saying it is a false document and No Western Media has published it therefore, it does not exist.  This agreement was signed in Afghanistan. Here is the link which confirms: “The tribe’s security got this document from their people inside and I believe it came out of Afghanistan.” The document is written in Hebrew and is an agreement between the NATO puppet rebels and Israel. The agreement stated that Israel will arm and train the rebels until they take over Libya at which time Israel will be allowed to build a military base in the green mountain area in the east of Libya.“Israel-involvement-fake-revolution.  All of these conditions are being met and the location has been secured for Israel.

We the Libyan people are a very straight forward people. We were never fanatics about religion or politics. What we desire is security for our family, a good job, a home we could call our own and the ability to travel abroad. This we had before NATO blew up our country.  So what changed? Well the Illegal war for one, the imported mercenaries from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, U.A.E, Turkey, Syria, Palestine, Tunis, Algiers, Kuwait, Iraq, Jordan, America, Israel, England and France. Now the F.UK.US are using the uneducated-poor in Libya as their patsies because they are cheaper than their own troops. They import these uneducated-poor-mercenaries whenever they want to overthrow a legitimate government. Any Arab country that does not voluntarily comply with the commands of the “one world order” Zionists is invaded. Here is a formal confirmation supporting my earlier statements about the mercenaries who are Al Qaeda: The Database Shortly before his untimely death, former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook told the House of Commons that “Al Qaeda” is not really a terrorist group but a database of international mujaheddin and arms smugglers used by the CIA and Saudis to funnel guerrillas, arms, and money into Soviet-occupied Afghanistan”. Courtesy of World Affairs, a journal based in New Delhi, WMR can bring you an important excerpt from an Apr.-Jun. 2004 article by Pierre-Henry Bunel, a former agent for French military intelligence.

“I first heard about Al-Qaida while I was attending the Command and Staff course in Jordan. I was a French officer at that time and the French Armed Forces had close contacts and cooperation with Jordan . . .

“Two of my Jordanian colleagues were experts in computers. They were air defense officers. Using computer science slang, they introduced a series of jokes about students’ punishment.

“For example, when one of us was late at the bus stop to leave the Staff College, the two officers used to tell us: ‘You’ll be noted in ‘Q eidat il-Maaloomaat’ which meant ‘You’ll be logged in the information database.’ Meaning ‘You will receive a warning . . .’ If the case was more severe, they would used to talk about ‘Q eidat i-Taaleemaat.’ Meaning ‘the decision database.’ It meant ‘you will be punished.’ For the worst cases they used to speak of logging in ‘Al Qaida.’

 The west has plans for us Libyans: Africa is a land mass that is a little more than 3 times the size of the United States.  The Africans north and south of Sahara must unite. The permanent tactic of the Europeans in general, and the British, in particular, is to divide and conquer. This is the standard operating procedure of imperialist/Zionists.  In Libya, the Zionist had been planning for decades to exploit the traditional Arab Libya.  I abhor the Zionist vision of Libya as a racist state. The Zionists invision the creation of Libya as a racist State, in the same way as South Africa was once a racist State. Number one fear of the Zionists has always been the unification all of Africa.

So now you have a better picture of what is happening in Libya. Libya is now being occupied by imported terrorist groups brought in, trained and financed by ISRAEL, USA, FRANCE AND BRITAIN: Al-Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Sharaia, Misurata/Jewish Racist Rat Brigade and Daash which is under Abdelhakim Belhaj.  Belhaj is the only one who is a Libyan but he was in exile because Islamic Extremists were forbidden in Libya under the past government. Belhaj carries a BRITISH passport and has been caught with many other professionally prepared phony passports.  He was living in England when the US decided it was time to sent him back to Libya as a gift to the legitimate Jamahiriya government, but it was a trap. The US used all its influence with the UN to force the Jamahiriya government (for HUMANITARIAN REASONS) to release all prisoners in Libya who were claimed to be political prisoners but were in fact radical Islamist terrorists. All of those released were associated with Al Qaeda, Libyan Islamic fighting group (LIFG), and other extremist groups,  all of whom originate from the east Libyan town of Derna. The legitimate Jamahiriya government complied with this demand even though it was against the better judgment of the Late Leader. He capitulated with the UN demand because he was promised more freedoms in world business for the Libyan people.  The last prisoner was released in the first week of February 2011. This coincided with the resignation of Mustapha Abdeljalil from his job with the legitimate Libyan government.  

 Do you think this was a coincidence? I don’t think so!

Everything had been planned to the last detail. The master-planners did not calculate the HUMAN factor, this being that the Libyan people loved their country and supported their government by a factor of 85%. Libya is an ancient culture with one of the strongest support for family units in the world.  Those values are upheld by the tribal structure.  Libyan people are typically non confrontational, they enjoy strong belief in their God, but protect the every religion based on a book.  These are all the things that the Zionists cannot allow. They attempted to split Libya into THREE pieces to be shared with England, United States and France. This is why you see the attempt at forced independence of CYRENAICA which is Benghazi. Second division to be an area of the minority of the Amazigh or Tamazight known as Berbers; they are scattered between the regions of Zawiyah, Nalut and Gharyan. The area of northwest to be called TRIPOLITANIA and lastly the extremists want to make the city of Derna a radical Islamic emirate.  I have attached a map of Libya so that you can see the divisions.

 Political Map of Libya

 

MAP OF TRIBES

MAP OF TRIBES

Tribes Legend the numbers attached to the names of the tribes,  which connects to the map above.

When Benghazi tried to get its independence as Cyrenaica the rest of the Libyan population went against them, you can go to the archives of this blog to find more information. 

The Libyan people do not want to be divided, we do not want to live in fear, we do not want our wives and daughters raped. We are sick and tired from the 240 foreign & national militia’s who are financed by NATO/CIA/MOSSAD to cause chaos in Libya. We are sick with worry for all of our beloved sisters and brothers being illegally detained in militia-controlled detention centers, living under inhumane conditions. These centers are holding nearly 40,000 people without access to the justice system, and some 2 million civilians still remain forcibly displaced  or in exile as a result of the illegal war in 2011.

Since NATO began its destruction of Libya in March 2011until today, I don’t think any legitimate Libyan has had a peaceful night.  The legitimate Libyan people suffered continuous bombings for 8 months during the NATO attacks in 2011 (I am surprised any of us are still alive). After NATO accomplished the destruction of Libya it left 250,000 psychopathic mercenaries to finish the destruction of Libya. These mercenaries formed militias (armed gangs). These militias are always fighting each other and of course there is collateral damage.  In April of 2014, the calculated death toll since NATO started its destruction of Libya is over 600,000; most were civilians.

As I stated before the master-planners failed to calculate the Human factor – the love of our country. Today there is a Green Resistance and day by day it’s getting stronger as more Libyans are realizing or waking up and joining the resistance against the militias and the foreign occupiers. The tribes in exile are assisting were ever they can to help the resistance. Many “self exiled” Libyans are returning to assist. Each and every one of us is giving a helping hand.  We will never stop loving our country even if we have to die to save it.

On the 12th of this month there was a meeting with the main militias to decide who control’s what. After the militias agreed they shook their hands and left. The Misurata militia, Tajoura, Janzour brigade 27, Souk Juma and Daash initiated an attack on the 13th of July, against the Zintan tribal fighters and the International airport of Tripoli. The reason for this attack was because the Daash militia which belongs to Belhaj, lost control of the military airport called Mitiga. Belhaj’s control of Mitiga allowed Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the UAE to smuggle arms, alcohol and money into Libya.  In return, Belhaj and his crew would repay them with Human trafficking of children and women.  With the loss of Mitiga airport to the government,  Belhaj and his criminal associates are left with only one airport in Misurata which is not sufficient for all their illegal activities. These militia’s are attempting to put Tripoli under siege, but as I said before the Human factor is always foiling their schemes.  The Zintan tribe, although they are not my favorite tribe, are probably the most proficient Libyan fighters, they are more humane and apparently they do love Libya. They are always on alert. When the “militia mafia” fighters of Misurata, Daash, Tajoura, Zanjur , Souk Juma  attacked the Zintan, they were in for a very big surprise, they were soundly beaten back.

Many thanks for the editing of the above article by J. Moriarty 

“We are publishing the reports of the secret security officers of the Libyan intelligence regarding the meetings of the Muslim Brotherhood and the armed mafia in collaboration with the terrorist elements from Daash (Belhaj). This report shows the brutal schemes (collusion) of these criminals to attack the legitimate Libyan army who are working to bring back the dignity and security of Libya. A copy of their plan has been leaked and we have posted it below. This report shows what is happening today in Tripoli because of NATO’s illegal actions in 2011and its results in detail. A copy of the original plan was delivered to the head of Libyan intelligence by hand.”

 

Libya: 6 dead and 25 injured in clashes in Tripoli 13.07.2014 According to sources with the Ministry of Health of Libya today announced the arrival of 9 dead and 30 wounded to hospitals in the Libyan capital of Tripoli as a result of fighting between militias from Misurata and the Zintan in several areas of Tripoli, the source added that the cases of wounded, ranging from moderate to serious .

Libyan Civil Aviation announced the closure of the airport in Tripoli for 3 days 14/07/2014 Libyan Civil Aviation announced that it will be shut down the Tripoli International Airport for three days. Also added that travelers stranded abroad will run flights from Misurata to bring these passengers.

Video: of Tripoli clashes between militias the Zintan and Misurata 13/07/2014

Sound of clashes Palace bin Ghashir between militias Misurata and the Zintan 13/07/2014

Ongoing clashes to control the airport in Tripoli between forces from Misurata and the Zintan

Video the Zintan forces arrived at dawn today to Tripoli airport

Confessions of Abdul Hamid Issa one centrist leaders shield after his arrest

 for the attack to the international airport of Tripoli.

The killing of Abdel Moneim hunting leading of Ninewa operations room of rebel militias by the Zintan

 

Suleiman Shatwan was killed, he is the leader of the battalion “Big” in Misurata clashes of Tripoli 13/07/2014 sources reported the death of Suleiman Shatwan leadership of “Big battalion” in Misurata. The death of Shatwan came after his injuries in today’s battles in the vicinity of the airport in Tripoli.

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The death of Solomon Chitwan

Images of militias Salah Badi corpses

Gharyan military council confirms clashed with a convoy of Zintan gate of Abi Shaybah 13/07/2014 The head of the military council of Gharyan Chenkadh key “to the website ambiance” The clashes capabilities at noon today gate of of the Council area Iboshibh between forces loyal to them and the military convoy coming from the city of the Zintan heading to Tripoli four people injured during the clashes belonging to the forces of the military council of Gharyan.

Video: Statement of the people of the city of the Zintan on the events in Tripoli

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Libya, ALBA and the West: Humanity’s Choice Between Cooperative Solidarity and Murderous Competition


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In September 2013, the Belfer Center of Harvard University published a study confirming that NATO’s war on Libya was based on downright falsehoods. In June this year the US authorities announced data indicating that the economy contracted 2.9% in the first quarter. In the same month Facebook admitted accusations that it had abused its system so as to carry out an unauthorized experiment in mass psychological manipulation of its users

But no one in the NATO countries concerned is facing trial in the International Criminal Court for the criminal aggression against Libya. Stock market prices continue at high levels and the financial media say, six years after the international financial system collapsed in 2008, that the recovery is “gaining traction”. The millions of Facebook users continue to use that social network as if nothing has happened presumably because it has become such an integral part of their daily routine.

The connection between these diverse apparently unrelated events is that they show the integral corruption of the criminal system of Western capitalism. No matter where one looks. In international relations, in the United Nations, in the economy, in the financial system, in intellectual life, in the communications media, in sports bodies like FIFA or the International Olympic Committee, corruption is everywhere. Virtually every area of public policy is perverted so as to benefit corporate elites.

In Western media, innumerable liberal and progressive analysts express an almost neurotic longing for change. The academic and media phenomenon of Thomas Piketty’s study of capitalism openly acknowledges the social and economic injustice of capitalism. The media phenomenon of Edward Snowden explicitly recognizes the routine abuse on a massive scale about which many other people before Snowden had raised the alarm for decades.

Few have noted the paradox that these media phenomena are generated by the self-same inert broken system that Snowden and Piketty criticize. Far from being a virtuous demonstration of democracy, essentially what Piketty and Snowden and their promoters are saying comes down to something like, “Sure, the system’s broken but if we tighten a nut here and a bolt there the machinery will work again just fine”. Or perhaps, if the Princess could only overcome her revulsion and kiss the toad everyone could live happily ever after. Real human history has been very different.

Human history prior to 1945 was one of a century and a half of bitter struggle by untold millions of women and men around the world against the sadistic cruelty and injustice of genocidal Western capitalism. That long history of struggle achieved a few positive results at end of the Second World War, including the start of decolonization and recognition of the right to self-determination. One can argue that those changes have helped the majority world to resist in some degree since 1990 the persistent surges of aggression by the Western powers trying to defend their residual global domination.

In recent years, Libya has been the most representative case of North American and European sadism and hypocrisy. The opportune study in 2013 by Alan Kuperman of Harvard University’s Belfer Center concludes : “Libya’s 2011 uprising was never peaceful, but instead was armed and violent from the start. Muammar al-Qaddafi did not target civilians or resort to indiscriminate force.” Kuperman adds, “NATO’s action magnified the conflict’s duration about sixfold, and its death toll at least sevenfold, while also exacerbating human rights abuses, humanitarian suffering, Islamic radicalism, and weapons proliferation in Libya and its neighbors.

While there has been wide recognition of the deceit-based failure of the wars against Afghanistan and Iraq, not for nothing have few admitted the disastrous failure of the war against Libya. More than any other recent conflict, the sadistic aggression against Libya revealed the falsity not just of Western governments and corporate media but also of Western alternative media, progressive intellectuals and progressive movements. Along the whole length of the Western political spectrum the most distinguished political academic and intellectual leaders were mistaken in the most humiliating and shameful way.

The destruction of Libya shows the completely rotten reality underlying the false claims to moral and intellectual superiority of Western political culture. The contagion of baseless prejudices and rumours glibly treated as fact also extended to many majority world intellectuals. It was truly remarkable how many supposedly cultured, sophisticated individuals, knowing practically nothing about Libya, expressed an irrational antipathy against both the Libyan Jamahiriya and its architect Muammar al-Gaddhafi.

Only a few leaders, notably Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chávez and Fidel Castro, showed the necessary wisdom to accurately assess what was happening. This is indisputable. So one obvious conclusion is to question the judgment of all those Western political leaders, intellectuals and many supposedly progressive movements, whatever their political label may be. The aggression against Libya has proven to be the graveyard of the credibility of public political and intellectual life in North America and Europe.

The UN showed itself yet again to be a reliable accomplice of aggression violating its most fundamental principles. Almost alone, it was the governments of the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas who maintained a consistent and correct position based on an accurate assessment of the facts. When almost all other world political leaders failed so grossly on Libya, it is indeed interesting to look at why Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chávez, Fidel Castro and their ALBA colleagues got things right.

More than anyone those leaders and their colleagues like Nicolas Maduro, Evo Morales and Rafael Correa understand the meaning of the true history of mass struggle against the Western imperialist powers throughout the majority world. They were right about Libya and they are right now in their defence of Cuba, Venezuela and Argentina in Latin America and, elsewhere, of the people and government of Syria and the people of eastern Ukraine. Last week they again showed the strength of their anti-imperialist political vision in two very important events for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Firstly, last week saw the first meeting of the Administrative Council of the long delayed Bank of the South, a South American alternative to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Secondly, last week also saw unanimous solidarity with Argentina from Latin American and Caribbean countries in the Organization of American States against US court judgments favouring predatory vulture funds. Both cases indicate the influence and prestige achieved in recent years of the ALBA countries’ vision of solidarity based regional integration.

As the economic and political crisis in the NATO countries deepens, the challenge to its global political and economic domination increases. The West promotes a vision based on greed and competition rigged via unfair trade, manipulative development cooperation and unjust debt. The increasingly influential ALBA vision, of solidarity and cooperation based on fundamental respect for nations’ self-determination is also the vision of the Libyan Jamahiriya. In Latin America, the deep moral battle between this vision and the destructive corporate greed of the West plays out mainly in the continuing vicious blockade of Cuba, the violent destabilization of Venezuela and, now, the wanton legal attack on Argentina’s economy.

Originally posted on Libya 360°:

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In September 2013, the Belfer Center of Harvard University published a study confirming that NATO’s war on Libya was based on downright falsehoods. In June this year the US authorities announced data indicating that the economy contracted 2.9% in the first quarter. In the same month Facebook admitted accusations that it had abused its system so as to carry out an unauthorized experiment in mass psychological manipulation of its users

But no one in the NATO countries concerned is facing trial in the International Criminal Court for the criminal aggression against Libya. Stock market prices continue at high levels and the financial media say, six years after the international financial system collapsed in 2008, that the recovery is “gaining traction”. The millions of Facebook users continue to use that social network as if nothing has happened presumably because it has become such an integral part of their…

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Why is Turkey becoming a target in Libya?


 

Why is Turkey becoming a target in Libya?

by Sami Kohen

Men stand in front of the Turkish Consulate in Benghazi, May 19, 2014. (photo by REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

 

ISIS’s seizing the Turkish Consulate in Mosul and taking hostage scores of consulate personnel and Turkish truck drivers was the most dramatic assault ever against a Turkish diplomatic mission and its citizens. Sadly, Turkish missions and citizens have been becoming targets of multitude of quarters, the latest being in Libya when 250 Turks working there were given a 48-hour ultimatum to leave the country.

Retired Libyan Gen. Khalifa Hifter, who has rebelled against the government and already controls the eastern regions of the country, has accused the Turks and Qataris of acting against his rule and engaging in espionage. Newspapers in Benghazi reported that people have been angered by Turkey’s attitude, therefore Turks had to leave.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu called these claims “baseless and wrong” and said the legitimate ***(what legitimate government the 3%) government in Tripoli was responsible for defending the Turks against Hifter’s accusations. But in the end, Turkey had to evacuate these Turks.

Because of hot news from Syria and Iraq, events in Libya have been largely ignored despite the acute turmoil in the country. Hifter has the support of the army, police and most of the tribes. Clashes between forces loyal to him and the Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood, are continuing. The central government has become irrelevant.

It is not easy to predict how this struggle between rival forces will end, but for the time being Hifter controls most of the country. His decision to expel Turks and Qataris is one indicator of his standing. Although allegations used for this decision could be challenged as baseless and false, one has to wonder why there is such a perception among those controlling the country. It means that Turkey has given them the impression of taking sides against them in the raging political struggle for power in Libya.

The expulsion of Turkish nationals makes our Libya policy problematic. It is yet another sign of how Turkey is losing the gains made by Turkish diplomacy in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. After Syria, Egypt and Iraq, now Libya has become a country of problems for Turkey.

Of course, unexpected developments in those countries have played some part in this situation, but one cannot ignore the role of some wrong policies the Ankara government has pursued.

It is certainly imperative to correctly diagnose why all these countries once known as friends are now targeting Turkey.

The Truth of Libya (Finally) Goes Mainstream


The Truth of Libya (Finally) Goes Mainstream

Mustafa Abdul Jalil Head of False Libyan Revolution Admits Qaddafi did not Kill Protesters

Author: Eric Draitser

Editors note: The article admits that the Illegal war in Libya was a false flag, its what we have been saying since 2011 finally the truth is coming out and going into the mainstream. We the simple people have been writing about it from the beginning and the Mainstream was calling us conspirators, Qaddafi loyalists are some of the names that I can remember. Thanks to all the activists and bloggers who spent hours on end with no financial back up. We have been for the last three years laughed at, condemned at, some were prosecuted, some lost their lives and some are still in hiding as the Libyan Militias have put a price on our heads. I would like to thank the author and his colleagues who took the time to read our articles, videos etc and to decide to write an article about the truth. We still have a long way to go, but its a start.

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More than three years after the US and its NATO allies unleashed an “intervention” and regime change in Libya, the US establishment admits they maybe have “got it wrong.” Naturally, there were many of us who were demonized endlessly for speaking out against that war, and against all those politicians, analysts, and “activists” on the left and right, who championed the “humanitarianism” of waging war on Libya. We were attacked as “soft on dictators,” “conspiracy theorists,” and “anti-Americans.” And yet, today it is our voices that still proclaim loudly the immorality and illegality of that war. Thankfully, it seems the establishment is beginning to hear us.

One of the most highly regarded politico-academic institutions in the US – the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University – has issued a report which undermines the established narrative of the war in Libya, laying bare the cold, hard reality of what Libya was at the outset of the war, what really happened in the early days, and what Libya has become today. Of course, responsibility for the tragic and lasting effects of that war should be laid at the feet of Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy, and the other participants, in addition to those media outlets and NGOs that deliberately spread lies about the reality on the ground in Libya. All must be held accountable.

Finally Seeing the Light?

The recent report, which is actually almost a year old, was written by Dr. Alan Kuperman, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Kuperman attempts to shed light on some of the key aspects of disinformation before and during the war in Libya. These important findings contradict every single justification for that war, from the lies and distortions of Samantha Power, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton, to the deluge of propaganda from so-called NGOs such as Human rights Watch and Amnesty International. By examining the obfuscations and outright lies told by these individuals and organs of soft power, Dr. Kuperman makes it quite clear that, just as with Iraq, the people of the United States (and much of the world) have been lied into yet another war.

One of the principal lies told about Libya and Gaddafi was the totally unsubstantiated claim of “massacres” by Gaddafi forces in Benghazi and a few other cities. This claim, perpetrated by Human Rights Watch among others, was repeated ad nauseam by every major media outlet. As Dr. Kuperman writes:

Contrary to Western media reports, Qaddafi did not initiate Libya’s violence by targeting peaceful protesters. The United Nations and Amnesty International have documented that in all four Libyan cities initially consumed by civil conflict in mid-February 2011—Benghazi, Al Bayda, Tripoli, and Misurata—violence was actually initiated by the protesters. The government responded to the rebels militarily but never intentionally targeted civilians or resorted to “indiscriminate” force, as Western media clai med. Early press accounts exaggerated the death toll by a factor of ten, citing “more than 2,000 deaths” in Benghazi during the initial days of the uprising, whereas Human Rights Watch (HRW) later documented only 233 deaths across all of Libya in that period.

These are indeed significant facts that merit further examination as they completely contradict the standard narrative of the war in Libya and, most importantly, the justifications for it. First and foremost is the question of who initiated violence. The talking points in Western media all through early 2011 held that Gaddafi was “murdering his own people,” and that this justified a humanitarian intervention, to “help the people of Benghazi.” However, the hitherto suppressed truth is that it was the violent “protesters” (who should rightly be referred to as terrorists within the protests) who actually initiated the violence, using protesters as human shields.

Secondly, the notion that Gaddafi’s forces intentionally targeted civilians has been thoroughly debunked. Quite the contrary, the evidence now shows that Gaddafi went to great lengths to make sure that no civilians were harmed in the counter-terrorism operation as can be evidenced by the fact that “Qaddafi avoided targeting civilians…HRW reports that of the 949 people wounded [in Misrata] in the rebellion’s initial seven weeks, only 30 were women or children, meaning that Qaddafi’s forces focused narrowly on combatants.” Rather than ordering the wanton killing of civilians, Gaddafi attempted to maintain discipline among his forces such that they could stamp out insurgency with as little collateral damage as possible.

Third is the simple fact that all death tolls reported by the media leading up to the war were not only inaccurate, but wildly exaggerated beyond the parameters of “margin of error.” In fact, by overestimating the death toll by a factor of ten, Human Rights Watch consciously played the part of public relations clearinghouse for US-NATO. Of course, Human Rights Watch, long since understood to be very cozy with the State Department, Pentagon and CIA, has become increasingly discredited in the eyes of serious human rights investigators and activists. The role of HRW in Libya exposed the organization in ways it had never been exposed before – as an organ of US soft power projection, working tirelessly to justify on humanitarian grounds what is undoubtedly a nakedly imperialist war.

Dr. Kuperman also points out another key aspect of the Western narrative which is a complete fiction, namely that US-NATO’s goal in waging the war was not regime change, but the protecting of civilians. As Kuperman writes:

The conventional wisdom is also wrong in asserting that NATO’s main goal in Libya was to protect civilians. Evidence reveals that NATO’s primary aim was to overthrow Qaddafi’s regime, even at the expense of increasing the harm to Libyans. NATO attacked Libyan forces indiscriminately, including some in retreat and others in Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, where they posed no threat to civilians. Moreover, NATO continued to aid the rebels even when they repeatedly rejected government cease-fire offers that could have ended the violence and spared civilians. Such military assistance included weapons, training, and covert deployment of hundreds of troops from Qatar, eventually enabling the rebels to capture and summarily execute Qaddafi and seize power in October 2011.

Indeed, the US and its allies abandoned the “protection of civilians” justification almost as soon as UNSC Resolution 1973 was passed, authorizing merely a No Fly Zone in Libya which the NATO forces took as a de facto authorization for total war. As Dr. Kuperman describes, NATO forces were clearly engaged in an air war to destroy the military and political institutions of the Gaddafi government, rather than simply protecting civilians and providing support to rebels. Indeed, the NATO forces became the primary driver of the campaign against Gaddafi, allowing the rebels to take territory and, I might add, carry out their massacres of civilians.

bp2Even Human Rights Watch, which vigorously suppressed the truth about ethnic cleansing carried out against black Libyans while it was happening, was forced to admit crimes against humanity in Libya, specifically the forced displacement of the Tawergha ethnic group. Naturally, these revelations came much too late to save the many innocent black Libyans, particularly in the Fezzan province, who were slaughtered by the rebels backed by US-NATO.

Kuperman’s report also highlights a number of other disastrous effects of the US-NATO war on Libya, including the civil war in Mali, the proliferation of weapons to terrorist groups throughout North Africa, and the general chaos and breakdown of all political, economic, and social institutions in Libya. Additionally, Kuperman notes that the US-NATO war prolonged significantly the war. He writes:

When NATO intervened in mid-March 2011, Qaddafi already had regained control of most of Libya, while the rebels were retreating rapidly toward Egypt. Thus, the conflict was about to end, barely six weeks after it started, at a toll of about 1,000 dead, including soldiers, rebels, and civilians caught in the crossfire. By intervening, NATO enabled the rebels to resume their attack, which prolonged the war for another seven months and caused at least 7,000 more deaths. ****(unfortunately it was not 7,000 deaths the number is a lot bigger to even for someone to grasp it. In these eight months the death toll arrived over 100 thousand people including women and children.)

This is a critical point to highlight. Even by the western investigation number of 7,000 – a gross underestimation in my view, the death toll is likely much higher – the US-NATO war led directly to at least 6,000 additional deaths in Libya. Far from “protecting civilians,” it seems US-NATO was too busy killing them.

While noting some of the critical points, Kuperman’s report also leaves out a number of other shameful outcomes of the war including the deliberate destruction of critical infrastructure (including the Great Man Made River Project), the oppression of women whose rights were protected under Gaddafi, the displacement of many black Libyans and Africans from other neighboring countries who had taken refuge and found employment in Gaddafi’s Libya, and many other deeply troubling developments.

Who Should Pay?

Because the entire narrative of the Libya war has been shown to be a fabrication of the State Department, CIA, International Criminal Court, NGOs and other appendages of US hard and soft power, the question of guilt and culpability comes into play. The United States, along with its allies, has been howling for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, held illegally by the Zintan militia since 2011, to be taken to the International Criminal Court to be tried for war crimes. Now that both mainstream and non-mainstream, western and non-western sources have emerged to challenge this narrative, it’s time we start asking who in the West should be held to account.

First among the criminals must be high-ranking officials in the Obama administration, including former Secretary of State Hillary “We Came, We Saw, He Died” Clinton, and President Obama himself. Not only have they, and their subordinates, blatantly fabricated intelligence leading to an aggressive war (a crime against peace, the most serious of the Nuremburg charges), they deliberately misled the world as to the nature of their operation in Libya. Russia and China certainly feel betrayed by the US and its lies in the UN Security Council. But this is merely the tip of the iceberg.

What price should be paid by media organizations and NGOs deliberately spreading misinformation? Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International should face serious investigations into criminal negligence, or at least gross misconduct, in terms of their dissemination of lies – lies which were used as the prime justification for the war in terms of how it was sold to the people. Is it a crime to inflate by 1000% casualty figures, the end result of which is a justification for war? If not, it should be, as without such propaganda, the war could never have been sold to the public.

Media organizations, especially some ostensibly on the Left, should also be held to account for their misinformation and disinformation. Democracy Now is at the top of the list of guilty organizations. As Bruce Dixon, Managing Editor of Black Agenda Report, wrote at the height of the war:

So like every other Western reporter, Anjali Kamat [Democracy Now’s Libya correspondent] never saw any “mercenaries,” just their oversized bullets. She never saw any mass graves of the hundreds or thousands allegedly killed by Qaddafi’s “heavy machine gun fire” either, or that would be on Democracy Now too. It’s not. Nobody’s located the thousands of wounded survivors either, that must have been the result of shooting into crowds killing hundreds of people, and none of this has stopped Democracy Now from carrying the story just like Fox News or CNN or MSNBC…Something is really wrong with this picture. We have to wonder whether, at least as far as the war in Libya goes, whether Democracy Now is simply feeding us the line of corporate media, the Pentagon and the State Department rather than fulfilling the role of unembedded, independent journalists.

As Dixon points out, Democracy Now exhibited at the very least poor journalistic practice, and at worst, served as the left flank of the imperial propaganda machine. By faithfully reporting the “facts”, which have now been utterly discredited, Kamat and Democracy Now primed the pump of left progressive support for “humanitarian” war.

Of course, Democracy Now is not the only outlet that should be held responsible. All major media in the US obviously toed the US line on Libya. So too did Al Jazeera, the Qatari-owned news outlet which gained notoriety during the Bush years as a news outlet hostile to US policy in Iraq. However, by the time of the war in Libya, Al Jazeera had purged its staff of anyone truly critical of US foreign policy, particularly as it pertained to the “Arab Spring” narrative. In fact, insiders have told me that a wave of resignations, forced resignations, and firings at Al Jazeera coincided with the refusal by some of the more principled journalists to suppress the truth of what was happening in Libya. It would seem then that, rather than reporting the news, Al Jazeera, like its western counterparts, was more interested in serving power than challenging it.

In fact, Al Jazeera was the first news organization to report, and repeat ad nauseam, the lie that Gaddafi’s soldiers were systematically raping women in Benghazi, and that they had been issued Viagra by their commanding officers. This claim, repeated by Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, and many others has since been debunked, with absolutely zero evidence ever surfacing to substantiate the allegation. And yet, it was one of the principal claims used to justify the indictment issued by Luis Moreno-Ocampo as head of the International Criminal Court. This fact, among many others, shows how the irresponsibility of Al Jazeera, and nearly every other journalistic and human rights organization, led directly to the war in Libya.

Sadly, it is unlikely that any of the parties responsible for the criminal and shameful war on Libya will ever be held to account for their crimes in a courtroom. However, they can be held to account in the court of public opinion. Their institutions must be discredited. Their names and faces must be known and repeated the world over. They all share responsibility for the misery inflicted on the innocent people of Libya. And we who have stood against this war from the beginning, we have been vindicated. Unfortunately, there is no solace to be found in a Libyan graveyard.

 

source: journal-neo.org