Mossad officer leading ISIS as mosque Imam arrested in Libya


Mossad officer leading ISIS as mosque Imam arrested in Libya

 

By Ian Greenhalgh on August 27, 2017

[Editor’s note: We have known for a long time that US, Israeli & Saudi officers were leading ISIS, this latest incident is just further proof of that. Ian]

preacher Abu Hafs’ real name is Benjamin Efraim, an Israeli national operating in one of Mossad’s special units which conduct espionage operations in Arab and Islamic countries.

 

 

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Mossad officer leading ISIS as mosque Imam arrested in Libya

Libyan authorities arrested a leader and mosque preacher of the ISIS terrorist group who later confessed to be a Mossad officer.

According to the Libyan authorities, preacher Abu Hafs’ real name is Benjamin Efraim, an Israeli national operating in one of Mossad’s special units which conduct espionage operations in Arab and Islamic countries.

The Libyan authorities said the Mossad spy has started his career in Libya by leading a 200-member ISIS-affiliated group and moved to Benghazi in disguise as a preacher.

According to them, Abu Hafs had attempted to infiltrate Egypt, adding that the group, under his command, is among the most barbaric terrorist groups which had threatened to export war to Egypt.

The report came in the backdrop of a number of reports that said ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was also a Mossad agent although no credible evidence has yet been presented to substantiate the claim.

When the terror outfit attacked Iraq and conquered Mosul some three years ago, numerous reports have surfaced the media disclosing that tens of Mossad agents are leading ISIS fighters.

The report came as speculations are increasing within the ranks of ISIS over the possible successor of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi after the recent reports about his death.

According to last month reports, ISIS’s leader in Libya Jalalulddin al-Tunisi and ISIS’s leader in Syria Abu Mohammad al-Shamali are the main two picks to lead the terrorist group after al-Baghdadi.

Jalalulddin al-Tunisi, whose real name is Mohammad Bin Salem al-Oyoni, was born in 1982 and is a resident of the town of Masaken in Souseh province in Central Tunisia.

Al-Oyoni has also acquired the French nationality after his trip to the European country before joining terrorist groups in Tunisia in 2011-2012.

Al-Oyoni joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria in 2013 and 2014.

American and Iraqi sources claimed that six commanders of ISIS, including a Belgian-Algerian and a French member of the terrorist group are read to be the successor of al-Baghdadi.

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Israel’s Mossad Replaces CIA as Handler of Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar


Israel’s Mossad Replaces CIA as Handler of Libyan Strongman Khalifa Haftar

A recent revelation, albeit quietly by choice, has been trickling under the popular western-dominated news radar. This under-reported, to the point of outright censored, exposé, has to do with Israel secretly providing weapons and military assistance to Khalifa Haftar, commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), one of the factions in the so-called Libyan Civil War.

Libya has remained in a state of war for over six years – since 2011, when a western-concocted and directed uprising led to the demise of the country’s leader, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. The strongest faction in war-torn and chaos-ridden Libya is the eastern-based Tobruk-led Government, which is affiliated with LNA, who’s commander is Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, an old adversary of Gaddafi, who lived in the United States for several decades and became a U.S. citizen before returning to Libya in 2011.

In February of 2011 the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1970, which prohibits the export of war materiel to Libya. Only two months ago, in June 2017, the United Nations accused Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates of violating the embargo by providing secret military assistance and weapons to Haftar and the LNA:

The panel of experts which reports on violations of U.N. sanctions across Libya said Haftar’s forces had received aircraft as well as military vehicles from the United Arab Emirates, and had built up an air base at Al Khadim. The annual U.N. report provides rare detail on the level of outside intervention in Libya, where foreign backing for rival armed camps is widely seen as having exacerbated conflict.

“The United Arab Emirates have been providing both material support and direct support to the LNA, which have significantly increased the air support available to the LNA,” it said. The U.N. report included satellite imagery of Al Khadim air base, about 105 km (65 miles) east of Benghazi, between July 2014 and March 2017, showing a gradual build-up of infrastructure and aircraft, including drones “most probably” operated by the UAE.

The panel said it had confirmed a delivery of 93 armored personnel carriers and 549 armored and non-armored vehicles to the LNA in the eastern city of Tobruk in April 2016. The personnel carriers likely included Panther T6 and Tygra models, both made by companies based in the UAE, the report said, and were delivered by ship from Saudi Arabia.

Yet, despite recent reports establishing Israel as a supplier of war materiel and air power support to LNA-Haftar, there has not been a peep from either the United Nations or the Western media outlets. Here are a few excerpts from this highly significant revelation:

Khalifa Haftar, the military commander who controls the east of the Libya, has reportedly been receiving Israeli military aid following meetings with Israeli intelligence that were allegedly mediated by the United Arab Emirates.

A high-ranking military source in Haftar’s forces told The New Arab on Monday that the controversial UAE-backed military strongman has held secret meetings with the Israeli agents over the past two years. “Coordination between Haftar and Israel has been ongoing, he held talks with Mossad agents in Jordan in 2015 and 2016,” the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety, said.

“The meetings, which appear to have been mediated by the UAE, were held in strict secrecy,” he said, adding that he has seen documents that reveal Haftar met with Israeli intelligence agents going by the names Ackerman and Mizrachi. The source said that Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army [LNA] has been provided with Israeli military aid in the form of sniper rifles and night vision equipment.

The intimate partnership and military-intelligence coalition between Haftar and Israel are not as secret as the media outlets recently reporting on it claim. For instance, only a month ago, on July 5, 2017, it was openly reported that one of Haftar’s ministers and close associates, Omar Al-Gawairi, had met with Israeli officials in Greece.  However, the word ‘secret’ was inserted in the title- “Libyan minister met with Israeli officials in ‘secret’ meeting”:

An east Libyan minister has been pictured meeting with two prominent Israelis over the weekend. The Minister of Media, Culture and Antiquities for the General National Congress in the eastern Beida authority, Omar Al-Gawairi, who is linked with Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, “secretly” attended a conference on the right of return for Libyan Jews in Rhodes, Greece, according to the New Arab.

Held at the Rhodos Palace Hotel between 29 June and 2 July, the conference focused on the 50th anniversary of the “last exodus of Jews from Libya” after the 1967 war with Israel.

In the picture, Gawairi is seen standing next to Yehiel Bar, the deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset, as well as Israel’s Minister of Communications, Ayoub Kara.

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Not only that, Haftar has been linked with Israelis before. He previously paid $6 million to use the services of the Canadian lobbying firm, Dickens and Madson, headed by Ari Ben-Menashe, who is an ex-junior officer in the Israeli intelligence:

The US Department of Justice had published the contract of six Million US dollars that was signed last year between the Israeli Businessman, Ari Ben-Menashe, and the Libyan side that was represented the Head of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Saleh, the commander of the HoR army, General Khalifa Haftar, Abdul-Razek Al-Nadhouri, and Murad Al-Sharif.

According to the contract, which was published by the US Department of Justice, the Libyan side had hired Ben Menashe’s firm (Dickens & Madson) to get them the support of the US, the EU, Russia, and the UN for the army of the HoR under the leadership of Haftar to succeed in his war in Benghazi.

Montreal-based Dickens and Madson is run by notorious lobbyist Ari Ben-Menashe, a former employee of Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate. It worth mentioning that Canada-based Dickens & Madson is under the management of Ben-Menashe, who is an Iranian-borne Israeli Businessman. He was previously an employee of Israel’s Military Intelligence Directorate from 1977 to 1987 and an arms dealer. He now lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and runs an international commodity exporting firm, Traeger Resources and Logistics Inc, according to online Wikipedia.

Just a few cursory glances through various Israeli defense related news and analyses sites makes Israel’s view and support of Haftar overtly clear. Last February Israel Defense published an analysis titled The Global Strategy of General Khalifa Haftar. It would be impossible to miss the value Israel placed on Haftar, turning him from a dictator CIA-Puppet in Libya to the only hope and salvation against Islamic factions and movements threatening Israel’s interests in the region. In fact, the analysis assumes an accusatory and scolding tone towards the United States’ recent semi-abandonment of Haftar:

However, in the naive mentality of the major international decision-makers, only Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army was the true enemy of national reconciliation. The former US Secretary of State, John Kerry, referred precisely to the former Gaddafi’s protégé when he said that the “battles of individuals, having only their own interest in mind, jeopardize the security of Libya.”

We know for a fact that, for some strange alchemy, the former Secretary of State stated the exact opposite of the truth, with haughtiness and self-conceit. Hence, we can infer that Haftar’s forces were inevitable to eliminate the jihadist militants in the Sirte region, which, however, is a fact.

Moreover, at the meeting of the African Union held in Brazzaville on 30 January last, Al-Serraj said he wanted to create an “anti-terrorist” unit and, to this end, he could meet General Haftar.

The agreement that al-Serraj has in mind is certainly the appointment of Haftar as Commander-in-Chief of the joint Libyan Armed Forces but above all the preservation of his Tripoli government and his current job.

At least by capitalizing on his international connections and support, namely the “disarmed prophets” of the West.

The role played by Israel in Libya, including its military support of another dictator initially supported and installed by the US-CIA, despite direct violation of UN Security Council Resolution 1970, does not seem so secret or covert. However, the blanket blackout by the Western media is eerie considering how the same media has been making one sensational accusatory splash after another against Russia for trying to insert its own influence in Libya. Just check out the title alone in an article published by Russia-Gate Junk News PlayerHuffington Post: Russia Is Emboldening A Libyan Strongman Who Could Dictate The Future Of The Country!” And it gets better (sarcasm intended) with the subtitle for the same article: “Khalifa Haftar could be the next Assad if the U.S. and EU don’t act fast!” Let’s check out a few more excerpts:

Six years after the revolution that drove former dictator Muammar Gaddafi from power, Libya remains deeply divided. Now, Russia is fueling another military strongman who threatens to make the situation far worse for Western powers and Libyans in what would be a major blow to the democratic hopes that sparked the 2011 Arab Spring uprising. How the international community responds ― especially on the heels of a U.S. strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government ― could be critical for the future of Libya and the surrounding region.

Amidst this chaos, Khalifa Haftar, a U.S. citizen and ex-Libyan military officer who once served and later turned on Gaddafi, has emerged as a key influencer in the country. If he plays his cards right, Haftar may have the fate of a nation in his hands.

As early as 2014, he called for the overthrow of the Libyan General National Congress and for the arrest of all the elected officials. And in a tactic used worldwide to delegitimize political opposition, he labeled his internal opponents “terrorists,” and even launched a military assault on the Libyan parliament building in Tripoli in an attempt to topple the elected government there. 

Running out of options, Haftar has now turned to the Russians for help fighting off Islamists preventing him from solidifying control. Recent reports indicate that Russia, which benefitted from having an authoritarian leader like Gaddafi in Libya, may be providing Haftar with military assistance in the form of both arms and surveillance equipment. And there are already reports of Russian forces massing near or in Libya, with Russian denials and state media accusing the West of exaggerating the Russian influence.

Many other similar, almost identical, headlines are being used by the Russia-Gate-Creating-Junk-Mainstream sites to vilify Russians for possibly meddling in Libya and possibly weaponizing Haftar’s military (or is it actually paramilitary) unit in Libya in violation of the ever-hypocritical-toothless UN resolution-to sample a few look at this, this, and this.

Then, there is this complete silence and blanket censorship on the Israel-Haftar coalition, secret arms transfer from Israel to Haftar, and even a six-million-dollar lobbying arrangement between Haftar and Israel …

Where were these outlets when Haftar was transported from the US to Libya by his CIA handlers in 2011, after more than two-decades-long grooming in Langley Virginia? You see, up until 2014, when the supposed fallout between US-Haftar forces occurred, you only had sites like this trying to expose documented factual background on Haftar. And then came the 2014 fallout, and once given the script by their handlers you had the mainstream scream ‘Bloody CIA-Man Haftar (See here, hereand here).

Considering Israel’s track record in the region, from playing both sides to far more nefarious false-flag creation, shouldn’t the international community and the media be paying more attention to the not-so-secret Israeli double-game in and weaponization of Libya than to some manufactured Russia-Gate connection with a far-fetched spillover in Libya?

The manner in which Israel’s Mossad tricked the United States into attacking Libya was described in detail by former Mossad case officer Victor Ostrovsky in “The Other Side of Deception,” the second of two revealing books he wrote after he left Israel’s foreign intelligence service. The story began in February 1986 when Israel sent a team of navy commandos in miniature submarines into Tripoli to land and install a “Trojan,” a 2-meter-long communications device, on the top floor of a five-storey apartment building. The device, only about 20 centimeters in diameter, was capable of receiving messages broadcast by Mossad’s LAP (LohAma Psicologit ­ psychological warfare or disinformation section) on one frequency and automatically relaying the broadcasts on a different frequency used by the Libyan government.

The commandos activated the Trojan and left it in the care of a lone Mossad agent in Tripoli who had leased the apartment and who had met them at the beach in a rented van. “By the end of March, the Americans were already intercepting messages broadcast by the Trojan,” Ostrovsky writes. “Using the Trojan, the Mossad tried to make it appear that a long series of terrorist orders were being transmitted to various Libyan embassies around the world.” As the Mossad had hoped, the transmissions were deciphered by the Americans and construed as ample proof that the Libyans were active sponsors of terrorism. What’s more, the Americans pointed out, Mossad reports confirmed it.

“The French and the Spanish, though, were not buying into the new stream of information. To them it seemed suspicious that suddenly, out of the blue, the Libyans, who had been extremely careful in the past, would start advertising their future actions. The French and the Spanish were right. The information was bogus,” he continues.

“Operation Trojan was one of the Mossad’s greatest successes,” Ostrovsky writes. “It brought about the air strike on Libya that President Reagan had promised.” He doesn’t mention, however, the other apparent direct result of the Mossad “success:” The bombing of PanAm Flight 103.

Despite the refusal by mainstream American media to revisit the well-documented facts presented above, they contain some obvious political lessons for the United States. For example, the U.S. government might decide to continue its sanctions on Libya in retaliation for the deaths of the 270 victims of the PanAm bombing, regardless of the verdict of the Scottish judges. In that case, however, true justice would also require the imposition of similar U.S. sanctions against Israel for instigating the U.S. bombing of Tripoli, in retaliation for the bombing of La Belle Discotheque, a crime which the Israelis knew from the beginning  the Libyans had not committed.

***** Editor’s note: Israel and the USA are betting on the wrong horse….

Sibel Edmonds is editor and publisher of Newsbud, founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), and author of the acclaimed books Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story, and The Lone Gladio, a Political Spy Thriller. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN/Newman’s Own First Amendment Award. Ms. Edmonds is a certified linguist, fluent in four languages, and has an MA in public policy from George Mason University and a BA in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University.

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.

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.