Barack, Hillary and the Libya crime


Barack, Hillary and the Libya crime

by: Margaret Kimberley

Barack Obama’s last nine months in office will provide plenty of opportunity for him to spoon-feed his scribes in the corporate media. Under the pretense of writing history, they will serve as one collective pro-Obama mouthpiece between now and January 20, 2017.

The process is a delicate one, however. The president will also have to explain those policies that did not produce the outcomes he wanted. Such is the case with any discussion of his role in destroying Libya.

Cover for Hillary
It seems strange that he would want to remind people of the disaster of his own making, but there is a twisted logic. He is not only defending himself; he’s trying to give Hillary Clinton cover in her presidential campaign.

Hillary haters ought to be Obama haters too, but most Democrats won’t tear themselves away from their idol. The openly and gracelessly evil Hillary takes the fall for a plot hatched by both of them. It is just one of the reasons she is damaged goods to millions of Democrats who have chosen to support Bernie Sanders instead.

The United States, NATO and Gulf monarchy actions against Libya in 2011 were a war crime by any definition of the term. An unknown number of people died. (over 500,000 people) The aggression instigated a massacre against dark-skinned Libyans and immigrants from African countries.

Cities destroyed
Entire cities like Tawergha were turned to rubble by America’s jihadists – allies who are otherwise known as terrorists. President Muammar Gaddafi was murdered by a mob that was only able to carry out the deed with Western financial and military support. 

The attack by the United States and its allies resulted in a devastated nation that to this day is racked by political and sectarian violence. Libya has no functioning government and became a haven for ISIS. ISIS is strongest in Iraq, Libya and Syria – all of which were targets of regime change.

Thanks to Barack and Hillary, Libya is also a route for desperate people whose plight was created by U.S. interventions. Refugees from Syria, another country devastated by America, take circuitous paths to Libya in hopes of getting to Europe.

It is also a point of embarkation for Africans. Some of them falsely claim to be from Eritrea, a country under American attack by sanctions and other non-military means. America makes Eritrea unlivable and forces its citizens to immigrate. They and others then get a place at the head of the refugee line that wouldn’t exist if the United States would stop waging wars.

 

Direct consequences
American and European terror was a gift that kept on giving. The weapons seized from the Libyan army were used by al Qaeda affiliates in Mali and in Nigeria. Boko Haram’s strength and ability to terrorize Nigerians is the direct result of the Libyan crime.

Hillary Clinton is quite rightly taking heat for being the U.S. mastermind of this atrocity. As secretary of state, she made the case for the American nightmare. She was quite proud of Gaddafi’s murder and infamously said, “We came, we saw, he died.” These machinations were the cause of blowback in 2012 when jihadists killed the American ambassador at Benghazi.

All of this criminality is sent straight down the memory hole with the help of the corporate media.

As part of his never-ending marketing and propaganda drive, Obama graces the cover of the April 2016 issue of The Atlantic magazine with an article entitled, “The Obama Doctrine.”

Positive spin
Presidents don’t give access without an expectation of looking good. The interviews with the president and current and past administration officials doesn’t deviate from this rule.

The article reveals that the president refers to Libya as “the shitstorm,” as if the devastation happened by some strange osmosis unconnected with his administration. He even throws allies like the UK and France under the bus saying, “When I go back and I ask myself what went wrong, there’s room for criticism, because I had more faith in the Europeans, given Libya’s proximity, being invested in the follow-up.”

Most Americans still believe in Manifest Destiny, the belief that their country has a right to do what it wants in the world. They don’t really care about invasions and interventions as long as they can be considered successful. That means no dead Americans, and countries that are controlled by chosen puppets who seem to keep their nations under control and out of the news.

Imperialism is still acceptable if it is carried out seamlessly. It is only the mess that makes Americans uncomfortable, and Democrats are no different from Republicans in this regard.

No justice
If there was any justice in the world, Barack and Hillary would fear being on trial. Instead, he leaves office looking like a model on magazine covers, and they work together to make sure that she sits in the Oval Office after him.

But there isn’t enough justice in the world. They will work hand-in-hand like the political twins they have always been.

Margaret Kimberley’s column appears weekly in BlackAgendaReport.com. Contact her at Margaret.Kimberley@BlackAgendaReport.com.

Advertisements

Benghazi smokescreen hides U.S. war crimes in Libya


Benghazi smokescreen hides U.S. war crimes in Libya

THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
GUEST COMMENTARY

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?

Historic racism
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.

Terrorist haven
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.

How Obama and Clinton brought slavery to Libya


How Obama and Clinton brought slavery to Libya

MARGARET KIMBERLEY
GUEST COMMENTARY

Nearly every day there is a new report of desperate migrants rescued at sea in the Mediterranean.

Some are less fortunate and are among the estimated died there in the last three years alone. Their point of embarkation is Libya, a nation now a haven for human traffickers because of President Barack Obama and his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton.

Their deliberate destruction of Libya was a war crime by all standards of international law. That country was just one victim of the American plan to eliminate secular governments in the Middle East. Under the guise of a phony “responsibility to protect” and with cover from organizations such as Human Rights Watch, American propaganda gave an atrocity the appearance of a humanitarian act.

African slavery returns
Now come reports from media and the International Organization for Migration that African migrants are being openly bought and sold in Libya. This practice would not be taking place if Muammar Gaddafi not been murdered by American-backed jihadists in 2011.

Obama’s evil success in Libya set off an endless trail of disasters. Libya is a hotbed of ISIS activity, along with Iraq and Syria. It is not a coincidence that all three countries were targets of American regime change. Even the American ambassador in Libya fell victim to his government’s machinations in Benghazi.

Obama and Clinton hoped to continue their victory in Syria, but President Assad was stronger than they anticipated. When the Russians proved to be fickle allies who were willing to push Assad under the proverbial bus, Obama and Clinton wouldn’t take yes for an answer. They insisted that Assad had to go and they didn’t care how many Syrians they killed or turned into refugees in the process. Now the bloodshed continues under a new administration.

European countries struggle to contend with the flow of people from Syria and Libya who would be in their homelands – were it not for America’s designs on that part of the world. Yet the corporate media say nothing. They may report on the refugee crisis and the migrant crisis without ever stating what is easily provable: that the United States is entirely responsible for the suffering.

There can be no plan for reviving the peace movement that doesn’t include a reckoning of responsibility for the disasters that Obama and Clinton brought to the world. “We came, we saw, he died,” is one of the more memorable Hillary Clinton statements – memorable for all the wrong reasons. Obama knew better than to be so crass, but he privately called Libya a “shit show,” as if he were a bystander and not the perpetrator.

Nothing from media
While the corporate media make hay out of very dubious evidence of atrocities allegedly committed by the Syrian government, the atrocities caused directly by the American government go unmentioned. Or rather they are reported absent of any context of American responsibility.

Even press reports of slave trading in Libya follow the same proscribed language. They will say that Gaddafi was an autocrat and a dictator, but omit that the humanitarian disaster was carried out by the United States, NATO, and Gulf monarchs. The dismemberment of Libya is one of many crimes that are conveniently shoved down the memory hole.

Now we see the supreme and awful irony. America’s first Black president is responsible for slavery taking place in a once-prosperous African country. His role is covered up by people who once would have condemned his actions.

Black people defended Muammar Gaddafi if no one else did. American presidents made a show of castigating Gaddafi, calling him crazed, fanatical, dictatorial and mentally ill. Black Americans were unanimous in their support whenever he was attacked, whether militarily or even rhetorically. But that support ended when he fell under Obama’s crosshairs.

Eight-year curse
Barack Obama’s ascendancy to the presidency was a curse on Black America’s political heritage.

That curse is unlikely to be lifted anytime soon. There was never a great willingness to point out his wrongdoing, and now that the despised Trump is president, the selective amnesia grows worse.

The corporate media do not fulfill their most basic obligations. They repeat lies if they are told by people they decide to protect. They hide the truth if it is told by the people they decide to disappear from discourse and from history. But that dissembling should not silence people who put themselves in the anti-war camp.

When they read, or hear about refugees and migrants dying or being sold as slaves, they must state loudly and clearly that Obama and Clinton are the villains in the story.

Clashes in capital trigger fears fresh fighting betweem Misratan and Tripoli militias


Clashes in captive capital trigger fears fresh fighting betweem Misratan and Tripoli militias

Explosions in Tripoli’s Abu Sleem, Salahedeen and Airport Road districts late this evening have heightened fears of a major battle between hardline, mainly Misratan brigades and local brigades, notably those under Ghneiwa Al-Kikli, Haithem Al-Tajouri, Hashem Bishr and Abdul Raouf Kara.

Following a reported meeting in Salahedeen earlier this week between Misratan hardliner brigades vowing to impose themselves on the capital, Tripoli has been rife with rumours that something was about to happen.

At the time of writing, there were no further details about the fighting, although there were reports that Ghneiwa’s headquarters in Abu Sleem had been attacked. Explosions there are said to be the work of a group calling itself Fakhr Libya (“Pride of Libya” – فخر ليبيا). It is still unclear what exactly led to the explosion, but one theory is that Ghneiwa’s munitions were targeted by saboteurs who had slipped into his headquarters.

The name is a play on that the former Libya Dawn (“Fajr Libya” – فجر ليبيا), the alliance of hardliners opposed to the House of Representatives and the Thinni government in Beida. In arabic, the dot on the second letter is removed from below to above, changing it from a “j” to a “kh”.

Editors note: Misrata is financed by TURKEY, QATAR AND SAUDI ARABIA by the blessing of the USA. So you can understand it’s not enough that Misrata caused chaos in 2014 and is holding Captive the Capital it continues to suffocate Tripoli.

All teaching now stopped at Tripoli University over kidnapping


All teaching now stopped at Tripoli University over kidnapping

Tripoli, 14 May 2017:

Following yesterday’s announcement that exams were being suspended in response to last week’s kidnapping of the deputy head of the finance department Dr Said Mayouf, it has been announced today that classes in all faculties are now stopped until further notice.

The students’ union and staff are said to have jointly agreed today’s decision. Both are reported to be extremely angry and events, blaming the authorities and military forces for the situation.

Said is the second member of staff to have been abducted in the past three weeks.

So far there has been no news of Mayouf or of Dr Salem Beitelmal, the other kidnap victim.

Editors note: Conclusion, the GNC and the UN backed government which is backed by the UN representative Mr. Koebler and his puppets pay the Militias so that LIBYA WILL BE DIVIDED INTO 3 PIECES for the USA, BRITAIN AND FRANCE = F.U.K.US this was the plan 42 years ago this is the plan now…These three countries cannot forgive Qaddafi at winning them on their own game and the only solution was to MURDER HIM. We still have a fighting chance with his children Aisha has the brains of her father and the diplomacy of her mother, Khamis is exactly his father and Saif well he is charismatic.