Who is responsible for the catastrophes in the Middle East?
by Bill Van Auken
“The United States of America is not responsible for what happened in Libya, nor is it responsible for what is happening in Iraq today,” Secretary of State John Kerry declared at a Cairo news conference held in the midst of his recent crisis tour of the Middle East.
As Kerry spoke, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and a growing Sunni insurgency were consolidating their grip over the north and west of Iraq, including the country’s borders with Syria and Jordan. Upwards of a million Iraqis had been displaced by the fighting, and thousands had been killed in the mounting sectarian slaughter.
Libya is in a state of complete collapse, with continuous fighting between rival militias, a government that exists in name only, oil production down by at least 80 percent, and over a million ****(unfortunately its over 3 million) people forced to flee the country’s violence. Many thousands ****(over 70 thousand) are incarcerated in a network of prisons run by armed groups that practice systematic torture.
Kerry’s statement merely made official the steady drumbeat from the political establishment and the media since the situation in Iraq turned into a complete debacle: “The US bears no responsibility.”
Typical was the commentary by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, a “human rights” imperialistwho was a vocal proponent of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. He wrote: “The debacle in Iraq isn’t President Obama’s fault. It’s not the Republicans’ fault… overwhelmingly, it’s the fault of the Iraqi prime minister, Nuri Kamal al-Maliki.” ***(Really? Maliki is the puppet of the USA so how is it his fault?)
Maliki, the stooge put in power and kept there by the US occupation, is made the fall guy.
Thomas Friedman, the Times’ foreign affairs columnist, wrote Sunday that Maliki is an “arsonist,” who, “the minute America left Iraq,” deliberately unleashed mayhem. This is the same Friedman who in 2003 declared that the US invaded Iraq “because we could,” spoke proudly of US troops going house-to-house and ordering Iraqis to “suck on this,” and declared that he had “no problem with a war for oil.”
Listening to the chorus of statements insisting that the US has no responsibility for the deepening tragedy inflicted upon the people of Iraq and Libya, one is reminded of nothing so much as the Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg, from Hermann Göring on down, rising one-by-one in the dock to declare themselves “not guilty.”
What are the crimesfor which Kerry and so many others in the ruling establishment insist Washington bears no responsibility?
The description that they used for their own actions at the time was “shock and awe,” the unleashing of colossal destructive force upon a society already shattered by a decade of sadistic US sanctions. Killing hundreds of thousands of people and turning millions into refugees, the US war and occupation destroyed every institution of Iraqi society, while Washington deliberately fomented sectarian divisions as a means of overcoming Iraqi nationalism. The country’s deposed ruler, Saddam Hussein, was tried by a drumhead court and unceremoniously executed.
All of this was justified with warnings about the imminent threat from “weapons of mass destruction” and ties between Baghdad and Al Qaeda. As the whole world now knows, it was all lies.
There were no WMDs and there was no Al Qaeda in Iraq until US imperialism overthrew the country’s government and tore its social fabric to pieces. In fact, there was no Al Qaeda at all before Washington set about inciting a bloody war by right-wing Islamists in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
In Libya and now in Syria, the Obama administration abandoned the “war on terrorism” pretext for an equally cynical and fraudulent justification for regime-change: “human rights.” In Libya, the US and NATO heavily bombed the country while organizing and arming Islamist-led militias in a sectarian war that destroyed all of the existing governmental and social structures. As in Iraq, it ended its war with the brutal murder of the country’s secular leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
Washington is carrying out a similar war for regime-change in Syria, backing Sunni Islamist and sectarian militias that are led by ISIS, the same force that has overrun much of Iraq. The US hopes to end this war with the assassination of a third secular Arab head of state, Bashar al-Assad.
Just last week, Obama proposed to funnel $500 million in arms to the Syrian “rebels”—weapons that everyone knows will end up in the hands of ISIS, which the US is supposedly committed to defeating in Iraq.
As the contradictions and deceptions of Washington’s policy become ever more glaring, US officials simply act as though the American people won’t notice, or will believe anything. Or, for that matter, they won’t see that $500 million can be conjured up instantly to pay for a criminal war, while working people are being told “there is no money” for health care, education, housing or jobs.
The destruction that the US oligarchs have wrought in the Middle East, with all of its terrible human consequences, is the external manifestation of their destructive role within the US itself—smashing up the country’s manufacturing base, turning its economy into a gambling casino for financial parasites, destroying the jobs and living standards of millions of people. With no answers to the growing crisis at home, they turn to violence abroad, only compounding the catastrophes they have created overseas.
The “not responsibles” and “not guilties” from Kerry, Kristof, Friedman and the other advocates and apologists for American military aggression won’t wash. US imperialism is responsible for terrible crimes against humanity.
Yet no one has been held accountable.Not those in Washington—Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Powell, et al.—who conspired to wage a war of aggression; not those in the current administration, from Obama on down, who conspired to shield their predecessors and continue the same predatory policies; not the military brass who carried out the war; not the private contractors who enriched themselves off of it; not the lying media that helped foist the war onto the American public; not the cowardly and conformist academics who justified and went along with it.
Together, they are responsible for the catastrophes that have been inflicted upon the peoples of Iraq, Libya and Syria.
Editor’s Note: This article was passed to me through my good friend Lady Khamis. Although the writer friendsoflibya has done a wonderful job but it neglects in every way to say the origin of Sarah Bronfman which is from Jewish decadent also they avoid to name her father’s company and who her father was which to me tells me that they have nothing against the Zionists governing Libya and do not want to warn the Libyan people. Lets not forget that friendsoflibya was against the Jamahirya and helped NATO for its bombing targets through twitter. It seems to me CIA/MI6/MOSSAD want to drop BASIT IGTET and what better way through this article.
Basit Igtet’s IndependentLibya Foundation.orgis a charity in URL-registered domain name alone. The organization’s website is:ww.independentlibyafoundation.org. Although required by US law, the organization founded in New York in 2011, was NEVERand is still NOT a registered 501(c)(3) charity in New York. Nor has the foundation registered to operate as a non-profit organization anywhere else within the United States.
The Better Business Bureau of New York confirmed the fact. Their letter:
Thank you for reaching out to the BBB with your inquiry into the Independent Libya Foundation. Unfortunately this organization does not appear to be a registered 501(c)(3) charity, so they won’t fall within our purview to conduct a review.
Our critique will cover the facts about the non-profit organization’s lack of status as a nonprofit organization. We suggest that International Libya Foundation.org (INLIFO) wasnever intended as a NPO or charity, per se. Based on documented evidence, we suggest that rather than philanthropic motivations, the real impetus for Basit Igtet and other INLIFO founding members was to have an organization which providesan international platform for their political ambitions and business interests in Libya.(see our list of documents below)
In fact, our investigation discovered financial affiliations of this nonprofit organization. Independent Libya Foundation is the registered owner of the domain name: AMCHAMLIBYA.ORG. (here & here) Why and what is the connection? Amchamlibya.org is the domain name of theAmerican Chamber of Commerce in Libya. Our evidence is that the registrant for the INLIFO in this transaction was Richard H. Griffiths, whose other job is as Executive Director at the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya. (see below)
Besides this financial affiliation to the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya, INLIFO president Basit Igtet, his wife, Sara Bronfman and INLIFO former media contact/registrant/ international advisor, Richard Griffiths own at least three other chambers. We provide Canadian and Swiss government documents. (here, hereand here)
The Libyan implication for this particular business is that a chamber of commerce is a non-governmental organization whosebusiness is one of peddling influence and access to Libyan politicians for international businessmen. Access for the businessmen can meanfavors or preferential treatment with respect to government contracts, etc. A very lucrative business for its owners,paying up to $100 thousand per business, a chamber promises to provide access to the Prime Minister on down through his cabinet and laterally through his ministries.
If Basit Igtet becomes Libyan Prime Minister, with his ownership of so many chambers, the situation he and his INLIFO founding members created would be one where access to him and his ministries would be through prior direct payment to their chambers. Is this corruption? Libya’s revolution eradicated the corrupt system of multi-national corporations buying government contracts through direct payment into Saif’s Gaddafi International Charity and Development Fund. (Here & Here) A quick revisit to the corruption of the GICDF is pertinent to our present discussion.
In October 2009, London School of Economics’ Middle East Center director Fred Halliday wrote a memo to LSE governing body requesting then not to accept a £1.5 million grant from the Gaddafi International Charity and Development Fund (GICDF or QF). Note his description of the corrupt situation within the NGO that Saif created and perpetuated.
….While it is formally the case that the QF is not part of the Libyan state, and is registered in Switzerland as an NGO, this is, in all practical senses, a legal fiction. The monies paid into the QF come from foreign businesses wishing to do business, i.e. receive contracts, for work in Libya, most evidently in the oil and gas industries. These monies are, in effect, a form of down payment, indeed of taxation, paid to the Libyan state, in anticipation of the award of contracts. The funds of the QF are, for this reason, to all intents and purposes, part of the Libyan state budget. ‘NGO status’, and recognition of such by UN bodies, means, in real terms, absolutely nothing…..
The Basit-Igtet-Situation varies in thatit is paid directly to Basit Igtet, Sara Bronfman and Richard Griffiths among othersrather than paid to an entity in the Libyan government. The fact is these documents show that if Basit Igtet, becomes prime minister, he, his wife and business partners, will be reaping in the cash. For the Libyan people the question is:it is ethical or legal fortheir Prime Minister topersonally profitfrom his position?
As for the Independent Libya Foundation, we providein their own wordshow the planners, viewed the organization’s purpose: it is for their own personal use. As stated on its press releases:
The Foundation is intended to be a resource for individuals and organizations interested in a free and prosperous future for the people of Libya.
And for Basit Igtet, his non-nonprofit organization is his international platform to promote himself for the position of prime minister of Libya.
The overview the Independent Libya Foundation is:
The Foundation states that it is a non-profit organization which in 2011 had an office in New York City but is not nor ever was as a registered New York 501(c)(3) charity or non-profit organization.
It gave a New York City address and New York City phone number in 2011 & 2012 press releases. (Both address and phone number are fraudulent)
There is no evidence that the not-for-profit organization has a required EIN(Employment Identification Number) or that it has ever filed as a not-for–profit organization with the Internal Revenue Agency-IRS which requires filing annual 990s forms. It is illegal under US law not to file annually.
Although required by US law, it has not been registered in any US government (IRS), New York State or any non-governmental (charity) database.
It provides a website without a physical location i.e. building, city or country and provides only two mobile/cell phones as a contact.
The only Internet search of the Foundation (other than press releases) is that it has registered two URL domain names. One is a.org and the other is a .com.
Past and present contact information for the Independent Libya Foundation
2. The following eight governmental and nongovernmental organizations have NO DATAon the Independent Libya Foundation. A. United States Government-Internal Revenue Service – exempt organizations
Organizations eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub. 78 data),
Organizations whose federal tax exemption was automatically revoked for not filing a Form 990-series return or notice for three consecutive years, or
Form 990-N (e-Postcard) filers and filings.
The Independent Libya Foundation is not found in database #1, 2 or 3.
B. New York Department of State, Division of Corporations, State Records and UCChas No recordsof active or non-active as a business or not-for-profit corporation for the Independent Libya Foundation. There is no DOS number in either domain name.
A simple glance at the website one could argue that the organization is simply a vanity mouthpiece for Basit Igtet’s political campaignrather than a philanthropic organization. There is little to no mention of the ongoing charity programs that should be the essence of a non-profit organization activities and news. Notice, the archives and articles are coming soon.
It seems the most important detail about the Independent Libya Foundation.org is its link to Basit Igtet’s personal site, ww.basititgtet.com. This details Igtet’s past articles, his plan for Libya and an array of statesmen-like photos from which to choose.
Since its inception the Independent Libya Foundation has only existed as two domain names … theIndependent Libya Foundation .org and Independent Libya Foundation.com. As of now there has been no traceable physical location, i.e. building, city or country. Since 2011, press releases either gave no address or a false address. Precariously,it has violated both US and Belgium laws as it has not filed with either country to be a registered non-profit organization.
The result of this lack of governmental oversight is that thisphilanthropic organizationis used for exactly what the founder, Basit Igtet and the others have formed this entity to be:an international platform for their political ambitions and business interests in Libya. I assume this would explain why the domain name is register as a .com as well. We will offer two founding members and their actions as evidence.
Two founders and their financial ambitions are listed below:
In announcing the Belgium office of the Independent Libya Foundation, “Co-founder Richard Reinert,a former chairman of the International Petroleum Exchange and a hedge fund and oil executive…” seems to revealed his real interest, “…The beauty with Libya is that they don’t need money” because the country’s oil wealth, which eventually ‘can be used to benefit the people and the country”. (see press release below)
Richard Griffiths and Company.
As mentioned before, the other example is that Richard H. Griffiths, Executive Director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya who started as the media contact/vice presidentof the US-Libya Chamber of Commerce.Simultaneously, Mr. Griffith was the Independent Libya Foundation’s media contact/ registrant for all the press releases and later was ”officially appointedas theDirector of International Affairsfor the Brussels-based Independent Libya Foundation (ILF).” Not to be outdone, Mr. Griffith is also a current director/officer in theNorth American Chamber of Commerce as of 17th May 2012. (see below) His co-director/officer is Mossab O. Bassir, whose Canadian company Mint Media Lab Incorporated has registered the name Amchamlibya.comon the 5th May 2012 withGoDadday.com. Amchamlibya.com is otherwise known as the American Chamber of Commerce-Libya.And going full circle again, Amchamlibya.org is where Mr. Griffiths is the Executive Director.
Mr. Bassir’s co-founding partnerin Mint Media Labs Incorporated is also a vice president at Tirsana, a defense company whose “focus centers in the industry of defense and aerospace, security, transportation, safety equipment, industrial equipment and IT.” Going full circle again, Mr. Bassir and Mr. Griffiths are recognized in related photos at meeting with “Libyan Ministry of Defense employees” in Tripoli published on the AmChamLibya.org site.
INLIFO-AMCHAMLIBYA connection and Richard Griffiths
As we stated before Richard Griffith, is the registrant for (ILF) Independent Libya Foundation as it purchased the domain namefor AmChamlibya.org. With reference to this transaction, we note that both the address and the phone number are questionable. The address for ILF is: 177 Ocean Lane #713, Key Biscayne, Fl, 33149. Yet, this addressbelongs to Ms. Yolanda Cebolla. The phone numberis a NY City landline. However, we note once again that Mr. Griffith has provided the same numbers linking back to 2011 INLIFO press releases. 1 9174634321 and 1 9174634231Yet, in this document the last three digits are shuffled.
With all the cloak and dagger, comes the proverbial moment where the people of Libya need to pierce the corporate veil. Our research was unable to find a document showing where the American Chamber of Commerce Libya was registered. One can conclude that the ownership of the American Chamber of Commerce-Libya is hidden through layers and layers of holding companies. It seems someone wants to hide the actual ownership and those who benefit financially. For exposure, it would require an individual who specializes in money laundering.
Consider the following: we have noted repeated examples of false addresses and numbers not coordinating on official documents; a non-profit organization is financially affiliated with a strategic business entity; an INLIFO media contact/registrant/international advisor who simultaneously is the Executive Director of the same business entity. Further, we have noted the illegal activity of a non-profit organization which was never registered in two countries, and finally, we documented that three people own at least four chambers of commerce waiting to profit from a possible prime minister.
More specifics: Sara Bronfman, Basit Igtet and their business partner, Richard Griffiths.
We feel compelled to provide thisarticlewhich has since been cleaned fromAuthorsden which was boastfully authored by Richard H. Griffiths about himself.The article’s highlights note Richard H. Griffiths’ impressive connections to American and Canadian intelligence agencies such as CIA,CSIS(Canadian Security and Intelligence Agency), and the US Navy. As well as being “…exclusive director of public relations for Scaix (Nasdaq-UGMI) a US based counter Terrorism and tactical equipment developer for the US Military, CIA, FBI and Intelligence…” He further elaborated: “Mr. Griffiths has developed relationships with United States counter intelligence as well as Special Operations command as well as having classified clearance via NASA.”
Downshifting, we are noting Mr. Griffiths’ second chamber of commerce: as of March 12th 2012 he became a partner in the Canadian-Libya Chamber of Commercewith Igtet and his wife. Beside Sara Bronfman’s appointed as the firstboard member of the US Libya Chamber of Commerce in 2011, Basit Igtet and/or his wife, Sara Bronfman personally own at leasttwoother chambers including the Swiss-Libyan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SLCCI).(see below) Fees paid by businesses that join these Chambers are up to $100 thousand annually to the chamber’s owners.
As we said before, a Chamber of Commerce is a non-governmental entity whose profit orientation is to arrange access to policy makers within the Libyan Government. It is the business of selling access and influence. For instance, the AmChamLibya’s price structure is sliding based on exposure to Libyan government officials. Under the Founder’s Circle Plus it is noted:
“Plus: Access to officials within the Libyan Government and other leading figures arranged on an individual and tailored basis.”
The predicament for the Libyan people of all these interconnected people around Basit Igtet and his wife, Sara Bronfman is, what IF, he does become the Libyan Prime Minister? Imagine all the companies signing up to file into the Prime Minister’s office to collect what their Chambers’ membership guarantee…. access to Prime Minister Igtet.
Once again we ask, would it be ethical or legalfor Prime Minister Basit Igtet, his First Lady Sara Bronfman or his former INLIFO Director of International Affairs, Richard Griffith to financially profit from the position of Prime Minister. Libyans would have to decide if this couple has the moral fiber of a Prime Minister and wife that they want to represent them. For Basit Igtet, I suggest he offer to the Libyan people evidence,if he is able, of American and Belgium registrations of his organization with each government dating back to 2011. Next, he needs to explain both his personal relationship and the INLIFO financial affiliation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Libya. And in the spirit of transparency within the New Libya, Mr. Igtet should secure for his fellow citizens a document demonstrating AMCHAMLIBYA’s ownership. Further, I would suggest that Libyans insist that Basit Igtet and his wife explain the financial/political reasoning behind establishing all the chambers. Finally, as Mr. Igtet used this organization as a platform for his political career, let him demonstrate through explanation to his fellow Libyan citizens that he pursues the rule of law not just the rule of business
Libyan army: We call on the Egyptian army to lend us a helping hand
A spokesman for the Libyan National Army Colonel Mohammed Alhijazy: “The dignity of the process carried out by the national army with incitements groups in Libya are open until the eradication of all fundamentalist groups obscurantism, which seized control of Libya and insulted its people.” “The Alhijazy” that the regular forces of Libya succeeded in eliminating ammunition stores, owned by those terrorist groups, and continue to be cleanse the country of these groups, pointing out that more than 90% of the Libyan people with the movement of the Libyan National Army in the “Battle dignity, “adding that the transitional government of Libya has become in the development of the Dead, because it does not reflect the Libyan people, but for obscurantist organizations, including the Muslim Brotherhood, did not do anything, will not have a role on. He appealed to “Alhijazy” Egyptian army extended a helping hand to maintain the Egyptian-Libyan border stable, said: “The Egyptian army safety valve for the entire Arab nation and count it a lot and extend our hand to him to protect the borders of our destination.” He said a spokesman for the Libyan army that all guards the border with Egypt acceded to the dignity of the process, under the banner of the General Command of the Libyan army, and play an important role to protect the Libyan-Egyptian border.
Video: Statement of Colonel Nice Bouchmadh General Command of the Special Forces of Benghazi announces the joining Khalifa Haftar
As NATO and its US masters edge the US and EU closer to war with Russia over Ukraine, it might be appropriate to have a look at NATO’s last “success” story.
Yesterday in Libya, where NATO bombs fell just over three years ago to “liberate” the people from Gaddafi, Islamist militias in Benghazi were under helicopter and warplane attack by a paramilitary force headed by former general Khalifa Haftar. The former general first emerged in Libya back in 2011, having left his long-time home base in the US state of Virginia where his ties to the CIA were an open secret.
Yesterday’s attack by Haftar’s paramilitary group was said to have been joined by some of the Libyan armed forces. At the same time, Libya’s acting prime minister, Abdullah al-Thinni, condemned the attacks as “a coup against the revolution.” ****(What revolution? He must be taking something otherwise he must be crazy, there was no REVOLUTION there was an ILLEGAL WAR BY NATO & F.UK.U.S. AGAINST A SOVEREIGN COUNTRY. So what ever Haftar is doing is cleaning up the mess NATO, F.UKU.S. QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA.)The acting prime minister continued, “Air force units that bombed targets in Benghazi today did so illegally, without any orders from us.”
Ironically, the Islamist militias under attack in Benghazi — presumably at the behest of the Obama administration — were not long ago instrumental to the US and NATO when they started the uprising against Gaddafi.
So who runs the government in Libya when some armed forces units attack “the revolution” in Benghazi at the command of a CIA-affiliated former general?
As the Interventions Watch blog points out, claims that Gaddafi was bombing Benghazi from the air provided the main trigger for the NATO attack on Libya. So what will western cheerleaders for that attack say when now a CIA-affiliated militia and parts of the country’s armed forces are actually bombing Benghazi from the air?
If the 2011 NATO attack on Libya was such a success, why is chaos the only thing that reigns in Libya? And why are US military assets beingmoved from Spain to Sicily over fears of increasing unrest in Libya?
With this great “success” under its belt, we can hardly wait for NATO’s next act:a war with Russia over Ukraine.
David ‘Sham’ Cameron has been welcoming the terrorist John Kerry in London this week – and getting his orders from the U.S.
And so now the British regime has announced that another 30 million pounds of British money is to go to Syria to help the terrorist rebels – and aid them in continuing their campaign of killing, brutality and suffering against the poor people of Syria. A plot that was planned some years ago by the U.S., France and ‘israel’.
There have also been meetings in London this week with the ‘Friends of Syria’ group – (known to all sane people as the Enemies of Syria group)…
The busy child killer ‘Sham’ Cameron has also been sitting on the British TV sofa this week prattling on about helping those Nigerian schoolgirls – and who was in the U.K. sitting right next to him on this sofa? None other than Christiane Amanpour!Well, what a surprise! Another false flag operation by the western terror regimes using Boko Haram– who the Nigerian government are completely complicit with in their attacks in Nigeria – so that the F.U.K.U.S. (France, U.K., U.S.) can continue and expand their subversion and covert occupation of Africa – with the help of the Nigerian regime which does not do a thing without its Western masters say so.
And the deluded British public thinks how wonderful their leaders are for all these apparent kind deeds…Bloody hell! They will not be mentioning any of these poor young girls that are disappearing off the streets of Libya to go to NATO’s rebels as sex slaves…
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