THE OTHER BUTCHER OF BAGHDAD


THE OTHER BUTCHER OF BAGHDAD

 

BY LADY KHAMIS

Everyone knows Bush and Blair as the Butchers of Baghdad – but there is another contender for this title – the little known Jim Steele.
Retired US Colonel James (Jim) Steele is the living proof of the US’s complete complicity in the setting up and maintaining of death squads and prisons in Iraq, in which the most horrendous cruelty and torture took place – and still does. Brutality so normal to Jim Steele that he would just sit there and conduct meetings with people, while victims screamed in the background, utterly ignored by him and his cohorts.
As an American, Jim Steele began his notable overseeing of death squads when he went to El Salvador – during the CIA’s dirty civil war there. Eagerly learning underneath him was none other than David Petraeus – the Butcher Of Mosul – notorious for personally overseeing the operation that saw the murders of THREE Royal Arab Princes: Uday, Qusay and little Mustafa Hussein on 22 July 2003.
Later, Steele went to work for the Pentagon – and George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld – in Iraq. Rumsfeld came up with the torture programme code-named ‘Copper Green’. They paid no attention to the Geneva Convention as they regarded it as ‘quaint’.
Steele’s job was creating and overseeing the Shia death squads that led to Iraq’s civil war-like violence in 2006.
He oversaw the detaining and killing of Sunni Muslims and the creation of the Shia commando units. The most notorious of these – known for its extreme violence and killings – was the Wolf Brigade. Many of its members were from the equally barbaric Badr Brigade. Therefore, both were regularly targeted by the legendary Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
The Wolf Brigade was also under the control of the Iraqi Interior Ministry – an institution so extreme in its violence that it makes Saddam’s ‘regime’ look like pet tigers.
The Shia commandos had already began shocking levels of brutality and torture – in secret Iraqi prisons ran by the CIA.
Dozens of bodies of Sunni Muslims were turning up in the rivers of Baghdad every single day…
Jim Steele was a regular visitor to the prisons ran by his Shia Muslim death squads – including another in the Sunni city of Samarra.
In a television programme on al-Jazeera UK, first broadcast last year (2013), the true level of America’s attitude towards human rights was laid bare in stark detail.
The prison room Steele sat in had blood everywhere…
He was also seen in another room, where a man – still alive – was hanging from the ceiling…
Torture methods included the pulling of the ears – using pliers – and deliberate dislocation of the shoulders of the victims…
People were heard screaming – throughout the night…
Even 14-year-old children were victims…
Steele would sit there and just ignore it – like it was the most normal thing in the whole world…He did not care, was totally complicit in it all – and his bosses knew everything…
Back home, he now does tours – giving speeches, being applauded and very well paid. It seems Steele will never face justice for his crimes. This is America’s shame.
Before the war started, I would read or listen in despair as silly but genuinely ‘caring’ people said we must go into Iraq to end the culture of torture Saddam was allegedly inflicting. That such cruelty will end when we – the ‘good’ people – go and save the Iraqis. My opinion was that torture in Iraq would dramatically increase if Saddam were removed. I was right. But the real scandal is how much unimaginable suffering America itself – and its allies – brought to Iraq.
‘Copper Green’ was used at Abu Ghraib jail and brought a new twist into torture – sexual humiliation and worse. The Western media always referring to ‘abuse’ at Abu Ghraib constantly angers me. People were not just abused there – they were murdered there. Tortured to death. The West will continue to sanitise what really went on, despite the pictures proving it went well beyond ‘abuse’.

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Other, even more shocking, pictures remain covered up by the US government and held in secret.

It was also kept off the mainstream news that US soldiers shot prisoners just for fun from a watchtower – as the inmates were outside in a courtyard, peacefully spending what little time they had outside of their cells.
And that, on another occasion, a prisoner was bitten by a snake in the courtyard and the Americans were told he would die if he did not get medical treatment. He was left to die.
In another prison, the CIA interrogated an Iraqi general of Saddam’s army. General Mowhoush made the terrible mistake of going to the site to try and find out about his four sons – who had all been arrested about a week earlier. To his surprise, he then found himself promptly being arrested. Gen. Mowhoush was beaten, tortured, and put into a sleeping bag – and then zipped up so that he could not breathe. The CIA agents then sat on him until the poor man suffocated to death.
An American general, General Abizaid, has recently stated that the invasion of Iraq was purely for the purpose of getting the oil.
But it was also a plot to strengthen ‘israel’ and break up Iraq.
The Sunni are now understandably ejecting the CIA-created Shia death squads from Sunni areas – with the help of the CIA-armed and sponsored ISIL.
The world has had more than enough of psychopaths like Steele, Petraeus, Abizaid etc. It is time the US and its servants, who helped invade the country, faced justice for their wickedness – a wickedness that will be felt in the very psyche of the noble people of Iraq for decades to come…

(You can read more about Steele and Rumsfeld in Iraq on this site, in a posting titled ‘James Steele: America’s Mystery Man In Iraq: Dirty War In Iraq’, posted 14th April 2013).

Lady Khamis (‘thegirlwholoveskhamis’)
For libyaagainstsuperpowermedia.org

 

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EX- LIEUTENANT SALAH BADI FROM MISURATA GOES ON BLOODTHIRSTY RAMPAGE IN TRIPOLI


EX- LIEUTENANT SALAH BADI FROM MISURATA GOES ON BLOODTHIRSTY RAMPAGE IN TRIPOLI

MP resigned from Congress Salah Badi

CRAZY SELF APPOINTED COLONEL SALAH BADI

Salah Badi is from Misurata, was in the Jamahirya army as a Lieutenant were for medical reasons (psychopath)  he was forced to resign in 1992 I think, so it explains the hatred towards the Jamahirya government as he lost most of his privileges. CIA, MI6, MOSSAD, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA and TURKEY want such men on their side, as it is very easy to manipulate them. You can see on the photo above his eyes look kind of crazy, he must be from a mixed marriage as most Libyans do not have Green eyes. The man self-appointed to Colonel, it is said that he resigned from the puppet Congress in 2012 and ever since then he has been on the verge of a nervous breakdown because he can not control Tripoli.

Tripoli or Tripolitania as its originally called has completely disregarded the Misurati militias and its people, the capital can not forgive them for the MASSACRE OF GARGOUR (by the way I was there when it happened too much blood too many dead and they were innocent civilians killed by Bady and its crew).

This last rampage that he is doing and going against the peoples wishes is because his masters: CIA,MI6,MOSSAD, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA AND TURKEY who are connected to ALQAEDA, ANSAR SHARAIA, MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, DAASH AND LIFG are loosing to the renegade Hafter plus they (Misurata and its crew) has lost the MILITARY airport Metiga, which means they can not have the support from Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey with guns, money etc which is all done with Best Wishes from the Obama/Cameron/ Netanyahu and the French administration.

Here is an admission of the Muslim brotherhood who praises Badi for his accomplishments leading Muslim Brotherhood member Abdul Razag al Aradi supported the attackers, describing their grab for the airport as a response to “aggression” by Khalifa Haftar, the ex-general who has been leading Libyan armed forces in a crusade against Islamist militias. The Zintanis have been actively supporting Haftar’s “Operation Dignity” — his fight against Islamist militias in the east — and they have also played a role in Haftar’s forces in Tripoli. The Zintanis supported Haftar’s demands for the dissolution of the General National Congress (GNC), which they see as under the sway of the Islamists. Justice and Construction Party member Mahmud Abdulaziz also endorsed the operation, hinting that he knew about it in advance. “Libya Shield forces from Misurata have told me they’ll keep the number of causalities to a minimum as they attempt to take over the airport,” which of course it was not held to the minimum. Badi lost a lot of men on the first round. Now he is a wanted man in Tripoli and the police and army is looking for him. Naturally he is not hiding because he has his masters to protect him in Misurata. Now he commands from Misurata his small army that his masters gave him. Militias from Misurata tend to side with the Islamist groups within the GNC, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and the Wafa Islamist bloc (of which Salah Badi was a prominent member).

To conclude the Zintan still hold the international airport, but all of Tripoli is grieving for the deaths of the innocent civilians and children who were to Badi collateral damage. Here are the photos of his rampage.

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Also a hospital was hit with no regard to the patience!

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On Libya, Now They Tell Us


On Libya, Now They Tell Us

The U.S. capture of an alleged al-Qaeda terror leader in Libya underscores the failure of the major news media to give the public the full story during the military intervention that led to Muammar Gaddafi’s ouster and murder. Mainstream journalists behaved more like propagandists, as Robert Parry reported in 2011.

By Robert Parry (Published on Sept. 15, 2011)

During the six-month uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, major U.S. news outlets repeated again and again that the Libyan dictator was behind the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, and they ignored warnings that militant Islamists were at the core of the anti-Gaddafi rebel army.

Indeed, for Americans to get alternative views on these points, they had to search out Web sites, like Consortiumnews.com, which had the audacity not to march in lockstep with the rest of the Western media. Only outside the mainstream press would you find significant questions asked about the certainty over Libya’s guilt in the Pan Am bombing and about the makeup of the rebels.

Libyan Ali al-Megrahi, whose conviction as the “Lockerbie bomber” remains a point of historical dispute.

Now, after the United States and its NATO allies have engineered the desired “regime change” in Libya – under the pretext of “protecting civilians” – those two points are coming more into focus. The New York Times and the Washington Post finally acknowledged that radical Islamists, including some with links to al-Qaeda, are consolidating their power inside the new regime in Tripoli.

And, the proverbial dog not barking – even as Libya’s secret intelligence files have been exposed to the eyes of Western journalists – is the absence of any incriminating evidence regarding Libya’s role in the Lockerbie case. Earlier interrogations of Libya’s ex-intelligence chief Moussa Koussa by Scottish authorities also apparently came up empty, as he was allowed to leave London for Qatar.

Since Gaddafi’s fall, news outlets also have reported that Libyan intelligence agent, Ali al-Megrahi, who was convicted of the Lockerbie bombing by a Scottish court and was later released on humanitarian grounds because of terminal prostate cancer, is indeed gravely ill, bedridden and seemingly near death. [He died May 20, 2012.]

Megrahi’s trial in 2001 before a panel of Scottish judges was more a kangaroo court than any serious effort to determine guilt – even a Scottish appeals court expressed concern about a grave miscarriage of justice – but the Western press continues to describe Megrahi, without qualification, as the “Lockerbie bomber.”

It also was common in the West’s news media to smirk at the notion that Megrahi was truly suffering from advanced prostate cancer since he hadn’t died as quickly as some doctors thought he might. After Gaddafi’s regime fell, Megrahi’s family invited BBC and other news organizations to see Megrahi struggling to breathe in his sick bed.

His son, Khaled al-Megrahi, also continued to insist on his father’s innocence. “He believes and we know that everybody will see the truth,” the younger Megrahi told the BBC. “I know my father is innocent and one day his innocence will come out.”

Asked about the people who died in the bombing, the son said: “We feel sorry about all the people who died. We want to know who did this bad thing. We want to know the truth as well.”

Convicted or Railroaded?

As more information becomes available inside Libya, the facts may finally be clarified about whether Gaddafi’s government did or did not have a hand in the bombing over Lockerbie. However, so far, the indications are that Megrahi may well have been railroaded by the Scottish judges who found a second Libyan defendant innocent and were under political pressure to convict someone for the crime.

After Megrahi’s curious conviction, the West imposed harsh economic sanctions on Libya, agreeing to lift them only if Libya accepted “responsibility” for the bombing and paid restitution to the families of the 270 victims. To get rid of the punishing sanctions, Libya accepted the deal although its officials continued to insist that Libya had nothing to do with the Lockerbie bombing.

However, amid the 2011 propaganda campaign in support of the Libyan rebels, none of this uncertainty was mentioned in the New York Times, the Washington Post or other leading U.S. news outlets. Gaddafi’s guilt for Lockerbie was simply stated as flat fact, much as the same news organizations endorsed false claims about Iraq’s WMD in the run-up to the 2003 invasion of that Arab country.

Similarly, there was scant U.S. media attention given to evidence that eastern Libya, the heart of the anti-Gaddafi rebellion, was a hotbed for Islamic militancy with that region supplying the most per-capita militants fighting U.S. troops in Iraq, often under the banner of al-Qaeda.

Instead, Gaddafi’s claims that he was battling Islamic terrorists in the Benghazi region were widely mocked or ignored in the West. Even a report by analysts Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman for West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center got short-shrift.

In their report, “Al-Qaeda’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq,” Felter and Fishman analyzed al-Qaeda documents captured in 2007 showing personnel records of militants who flocked to Iraq for the war. The documents showed eastern Libya providing a surprising number of suicide bombers who traveled to Iraq to kill American troops.

Felter and Fishman wrote that these so-called Sinjar Records disclosed that while Saudis comprised the largest number of foreign fighters in Iraq, Libyans represented the largest per-capita contingent by far. Those Libyans came overwhelmingly from towns and cities in the east.

“The vast majority of Libyan fighters that included their hometown in the Sinjar Records resided in the country’s Northeast, particularly the coastal cities of Darnah 60.2% (53) and Benghazi 23.9% (21),” Felter and Fishman wrote.

The authors added that Abu Layth al‐Libi, Emir of Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), “reinforced Benghazi and Darnah’s importance to Libyan jihadis in his announcement that LIFG had joined al‐Qa’ida.”

Top Libyan Terrorists

Some important al-Qaeda leaders operating in Pakistan’s tribal regions also are believed to have come from Libya. For instance, “Atiyah,” who was guiding the anti-U.S. war strategy in Iraq, was identified as a Libyan named Atiyah Abd al-Rahman.

It was Atiyah who urged a strategy of creating a quagmire for U.S. forces in Iraq, buying time for al-Qaeda headquarters to rebuild its strength in Pakistan. “Prolonging the war [in Iraq] is in our interest,” Atiyah said in a letter that upbraided Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi for his hasty and reckless actions in Iraq.

After U.S. Special Forces killed al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011, in Pakistan, Atiyah became al-Qaeda’s second in command until he himself was reportedly killed in a U.S. drone strike in August. [See Consortiumnews.com “Time Finally Ran Out for Atiyah.”] ***(Unfortunately Bin Laden had died of natural causes in 2002 or 2005 this has been proven, what they killed in May 1st 2011 is an unfortunate person who was not Bin Laden. Do a research and find out what happened to the CREW and SPECIAL FORCES who were involved in this escapade, If I am not mistaken they are all dead) 

However, to most Americans relying on the major U.S. news media, little of this was known, as the Washington Post itself acknowledged in an article on Sept. 12, 2011. In an article on the rise of Islamists inside the new power structure in Libya, the Post wrote:

“Although it went largely unnoticed during the uprising that toppled Gaddafi last month, Islamists were at the heart of the fight, many as rebel commanders. Now some are clashing with secularists within the rebels’ Transitional National Council, prompting worries among some liberals that the Islamists — who still command the bulk of fighters and weapons — could use their strength to assert an even more dominant role.”

On Sept. 15, 2011, the New York Times published a similar article, entitled “Islamists’ Growing Sway Raises Questions for Libya.” It began:

“In the emerging post-Qaddafi Libya, the most influential politician may well be Ali Sallabi, who has no formal title but commands broad respect as an Islamic scholar and populist orator who was instrumental in leading the mass uprising. The most powerful military leader is now Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the former leader of a hard-line group once believed to be aligned with Al Qaeda.”

Belhaj was previously the commander of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which was associated with al-Qaeda in the past, maintained training bases in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks, and was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Though Belhaj and the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group deny current allegiance to al-Qaeda, Belhaj was captured during George W. Bush’s post-9/11 “war on terror” and was harshly interrogated by the CIA at a “black site” prison in Thailand before being handed over to Gaddafi’s government which imprisoned and – Belhaj claims – tortured him. ****(he was not tortured stayed in prison only a year and then was on a house arrest) 

The Times reported that “Belhaj has become so much an insider lately that he is seeking to unseat Mahmoud Jibril, the American-trained economist who is the nominal prime minister of the interim government, after Mr. Jibril obliquely criticized the Islamists.”

The Times article by correspondents Rod Nordland and David D. Kirkpatrick also cited other recent developments of growing Islamist influence inside the Libyan rebel movement:

“Islamist militias in Libya receive weapons and financing directly from foreign benefactors like Qatar; a Muslim Brotherhood figure, Abel al-Rajazk Abu Hajar, leads the Tripoli Municipal Governing Council, where Islamists are reportedly in the majority; in eastern Libya, there has been no resolution of the assassination in July of the leader of the rebel military, Gen. Abdul Fattah Younes, suspected by some to be the work of Islamists.”

It may be commendable that the Post and Times finally gave serious attention to this unintended consequence of the NATO-backed “regime change” in Libya, but the fact that these premier American newspapers ignored the Islamist issue as well as doubts about Libya’s Lockerbie guilt – while the U.S. government was whipping up public support for another war in the Muslim world – raises questions about whether any lessons were learned from Iraq.

Do these prestige news outlets continue to see their role in such cases as simply getting the American people to line up behind the latest war against a Mideast “bad guy” – or will they ever take seriously their journalistic duty to arm the public with as much information as possible?

BENGHAZIGATE:The killing of al Qaeda leader Faraj Al-Shalabi Connected to the Killing of Stevens


 

BENGHAZIGATE: The killing of al Qaeda leader Faraj Al-Shalabi Connected to the Killing of Stevens

The killing of al Qaeda leader Faraj Al-Shalabi ‫ ‬ customary in Prairie

Faraj al-Shalabi

According to news sources from El Marg City, Libya. They confirmed the death of Al Qaeda/Ansar Sharia/ Daash/ LIFG/ Nusra/Isis/ CIA/FBI/MI6/DGSE Secret Service leader, Faraj al-Shalabi, who is also a member of the Jewish Misurata militia. The news sources stated that Al Shalabi was found dead after his disappearance two days ago.

As reported in the mainstream media in the USA, the Obama administration and US State department told the whole world that ambassador Stevens and three SAS Americans were killed by the Ansar Sharia militia. The supposed Master mind of this killing (assassination?) was Faraj al Shalabi hence the State department issued that the Ansar Sharia is a terrorist group.  What the State department of America does not say is that Al Qaeda and its affiliates, listed above, are one and the same. On June 14, 2014, The US kidnapped Ahmed Abu Khattala (on Libya soil) . Khattala is a man who is not capable of tying his own shoes let alone master minding a sophisticated attack.

In other words, this was not “Osama bin Laden” hiding in a cave in Afghanistan, changing locations constantly to avoid detection. Khattala told his CNN interviewer, Arwa Damon, that he had not been contacted by any Libyan or American officials despite being an eyewitness to some of the events of September 11, 2012. “Even the investigative team did not try to contact me,” he told Damon, referring to the FBI. For further information on the kidnapping please press on the links above.

Ahmed Abu Khattala

Ahmed Abu Khattala

 Rumors abound about Obama wanting to run for the presidency of the US in 2016 for a 3rd term but Hillary Clinton also wants to run for the Presidency in 2016.  It’s only natural that both Obama and Clinton would like the BENGHAZIGATE scandal to disappear forever. It is only reasonable to assume that they are killing off any witnesses that were either involved or were eye witnesses to what happened on the night of September 11, 2012.  Both of these “criminal” politicians do not want the public to know the truth and the reason for the ORDER to “stand down” and do respond to call for help from the Ambassador.  One should always remember that Hillary Clinton and her husband are famous in the US for the trail of dead bodies that they have around them since Bill Clinton was the Governor of Arkansas.  Not long after Clinton took the White House, Hillary Clinton’s right hand man, Vince Foster, was found dead in a park in DC. The report said suicide but they could not explain how Foster could kill himself and then move his own body to a park in DC and then cover himself with leaves from a different park.  Suffice it to say, the Clintons and Mr. Obama are not averse to using any measures to maintain their power.  This is historical fact.

This article is just another verification of the illegal war that Obama waged against Libya: President Barack Obama has waged illegal wars (Libya).  Obama is well know for following his Zionist orders and using armed Islamic fundamentalists (Libya and Syria) to provoke civil wars (Ukraine) and assert the right of their puppet president to order the assassination of any person, including American citizens, without trial or even a hearing. The Obama administration has built up the infrastructure of a police state, greatly expanding the US spying apparatus and seeking to monitor and collect the telecommunications, email and Internet activities of virtually everyone on the planet.  Obama is now moving thousands of illegal aliens across the southern border of the US (being done illegally) and it is known that radical Islamists are filtering into the US this way as evidenced by prayer rugs and Korans found laying around the border of the US and Mexico.

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is pushing for an investigation.  Not an investigation of the countless crimes committed by Obama and Clinton against humanity, international law, the US Constitution and basic democratic rights, but of the White House talking points on Benghazi.  On May 8, the House voted 233-186, along nearly party lines, to establish a select committee to investigate the incident.

Its not enough that the Zionist Mafia (Obama) violated our sovereignty, but they imported Al Qaeda to destabilize Libya and now they are killing off witnesses who can shed light on what really happened. There are so many different scenarios playing in the western media currently that it is difficult to discern the truth of any of these reports. Confusing? Not a coincidence. You can read more on the page Benghazigate and other updates in the archives of this blog.

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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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