Benghazi smokescreen hides U.S. war crimes in Libya
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The recent Benghazi smokescreen produced by the U.S. Congress may have tried to hide the war crimes committed by the USA and its Western vassals in Libya, but reality on the ground has blown all the smoke away and brought to light who the West really empowered: the Islamic State.
Throughout the Benghazi hearings, no mention was made of the tens of thousands of Libyans that were massacred by more than 10,000 bombing raids flown by Western pilots, part of a “no-fly zone” enacted even though there was not a single aerial raid by Muammar Gaddafi prior to the imposition of such. There was no mention that there was no need for a no-fly zone because Gaddafi never bombed anyone in Libya during the entire rebellion.
Built on lies
The fraudulent no-fly zone was part of a trio of fabricated charges used to incite international support for a particularly criminal war that destroyed a country whose people enjoyed a life that was the envy of their neighbors. During the golden age of Libyan peace and prosperity under Gaddafi and his “peoples’ movement,” Libya was generally an island of religious moderation surrounded by neighbors fighting powerful extremist movements that were the forefathers of today’s Islamic State.
Today’s Islamic State leader in what used to be Libya is one Bel Haj, infamous for his role in recruiting suicide bombers to slaughter untold thousands of Iraqi Shiites during his reign over Al Qaida in Iraq after the U.S. invasion. During the Libyan rebellion, he was recast as an anti-Gaddafi patriot fighting a despotic regime in Libya.
Tens of thousands of U.S.-made bombs later and after the death of Gaddafi, the man who released him from prison, Bel Haj is now caliph of a large chunk of North Africa. Where do you think Boko Haram in Nigeria is getting its weapons?
The other two lies used to whip up international opinion against Gaddafi were so intertwined in an historic racism rooted deep in the Arab psyche that all it took were broadcasts alleging that Black African mercenaries were raping Arab women to send hundreds of thousands of Libyan families fleeing their homes.
An Amnesty International senior investigator was in Benghazi a week after the rebellion broke out in 2011 and reported that there had been no rapes, no African mercenaries and only 110 total dead, including both sides, before the no-fly zone was launched under fraudulent pretexts. Not one case of rape has ever been proven, never mind Hillary Clinton’s Viagra-fueled mass rape charges.
No Black mercenaries, no rapes, and no aerial bombardments. The war against Libya was based entirely on lies. No wonder Pax Americana had to try so hard to divert attention from anything resembling scrutiny of what they created: the lawlessness and terrorism in what was once the state of Libya.
With a homeland under the Islamic State and its caliph, Bel Haj, fanatics from the entire region have a haven to rest, recuperate, and rearm before returning to the front lines to commit more murder against ‘apostates’ and ‘infidels,’ wherever they may be. Boko Haram has certainly benefited from Libyan arms and Bel Haj’s support.
All the smoke used to dress the Benghazi melodrama and punditry has blown away for now, and no one in the USA is any wiser about what really happened in the destruction of a once proud nation, Libya. For this we can thank the Benghazi smokescreen and those behind the fog machines: the ever-faithful media in the West.
Thomas C. Mountain is an independent journalist living in and reporting from Eritrea since 2006.