So the UN is complaining what a shame! Let us help the UN to understand WHY? UN: Libya armed groups attacking human rights defenders
Ok! finally the UN is complaining about the situation in Libya and its activists who by the way most of them are expatriates who lied, begged, blackmailed the western world to come and bomb Libya because Qaddafi went crazy and massacred his people who later was proved to be a LIE. The plans of USA and its allies which is France and England ordered the UN to go ahead with the No-fly zone to protect the civilians, so where did all those activists and allies go wrong? I can not imagine that the activists who are CIA assets installed in Libya are naive they knew exactly what they were doing. They are all responsible for the destruction of Libya and have blood on their hands for killing thousands of civilians with depleted uranium bombs, sex slavery, organ trafficking and children trafficking.
These activists that the UN is so worried about their safety are no activists… It says in this article that some activists are being threatened even abroad that is a blatant lie, because colleagues of mine and I included have not been threatened by Armed groups but we have been threatened by secret agencies there is a difference. Lets not forget that the UN and its people like Bernandino Leon are pushing for Muslim Brotherhood to be installed by force in Libya and they are protecting these armed groups so my question to the UN why are you complaining?
These people are your people they are not TRUE LIBYANS they are Libyans born outside Libya and grew up with western ideas which has nothing to do with the Libyan society. I will not say that I am glad that they are killed or kidnapped but I am sure YOU HAVE YOUR AGENDA in not helping them, maybe they found out your true face and they had to be silenced, it will not be the first time or the last.
Your Human Rights defenders where the ones LYING to the world about the atrocities that supposedly Qaddafi did because your bosses told you so, only to come a year later to deny everything… and you think that the Libyan people have forgotten your role? You believe that we have forgotten that the Red Cross would supply YOUR freedom fighters with arms instead of helping civilians. Or do you think we have forgotten your “doctors without borders”helped these armed groups to revive prisoners of war so that they would be tortured again?
You have the audacity to claim that the tribes are involved in this killing how dare you? Where were you when the whole of Bani Walid was attacked by your ARMED GROUPS with WHITE PHOSPHORUS AND SARIN gases? You did nothing to help the children and civilians you just stood there SILENTLY and now you are complaining… these groups are your groups you armed them, trained them, financed them and you brought them in Libya. It serves you rightly what is happening now to your people who never had the balls to stand up and say no.
All of you are responsible for what is happening in Libya and still you are insisting to install by force these armed groups who are a menace to society and to the world so that you can please Israel, SHAME ON YOU in destroying so many lives. What is happening now in Libya will happen to you very soon by your own people.
When you decided to illegally bomb Libya you should have thought of all the con’s and pro’s but you were hasty as you thought it was your chance to steal everything from Libya and not considering that you can not control Libya.
Libya by its own right after 42 years has understood its worth we are not the Libyans you thought you left behind in 1969. Every single Libyan after 1969 understood that we were a thorn to your eye because of our geopolitical position, our oil, our gold and other resources. We knew it was a matter of time that you would invade us. What you didn’t know was that we are a STRONG TRIBAL SOCIETY not like the Saudis or the Qataris and Qaddafi knew exactly what he was doing supplying every civilian with arms.
Qaddafi is laughing from his grave because after FOUR YEARS you still can not control us…. and you will never be able to find the recipe of having all the TRIBES united.. but you can not divide them the only tribe you have under your control is Misurata which supplies you the Armed groups that you are complaining now…. You tend to forget that the Misurata people are a mixed race from Jewish and Turkish origin. You believe that they are your friends but they are not they will betray you eventually and by the looks of it they already have. My suggestion, if you want peace in Libya START TALKING TO THE HONORABLE TRIBES AND THE LEGAL GOVERNMENT AND LET GO OF THE TERRORIST GANGS THAT YOU WANT TO INSTALL BY FORCE… because if you do not, things will escalate even worse and terrorists from all the world will come to Libya and then travel to Europe and there is nothing you can do to stop them… So stop complaining and lift the ban for arms so that the Libyan Army can clean our country.
[JURIST] Armed groups in Libya are deliberately attacking human rights defenders, according to a UN report [text, PDF] released Wednesday. Attacks have increased since fighting escalated in May 2014 and have been documented in a joint report [press release] by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites]. Attacks include killings, abductions, torture, unlawful deprivation of liberty and threats via phone and social media. Prominent civil society activist Entissar al-Hassaeri was shot and killed in Tripoli last month [UN report], and two members of the National Commission for Human Rights-Libya, a human rights NGO, were abducted in central Tripoli. Both individuals have been released, but other activists remain missing. Many activists are receiving threats against themselves and their families even after leaving the country. The National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Libya closed its offices in Tripoli in late 2014 as a result of such threats. Armed groups across all ideological, political and tribal divides are responsible for the attacks after many human rights activists were drawing attention to the widespread human rights abuses across Libya. The joint report stresses a need for stronger state institutions, especially in law enforcement and criminal justice. It also calls upon neighboring countries to issue emergency visas to threatened or attacked human rights activists.
WHAT A HYPOCRISY FROM THE BIGGEST TRAITOR OF THE NATIONS THE U.N. “UN warns of war crimes as hundreds die in Libya”
Editor’s Note: Lets take a look at what the UN’s role is;I looked it up in wikipedia so here is the first paragraph –The United Nations (UN) is an intergovernmental organization established 24 October 1945, to promote international co-operation *****(of the United States and Israeli interests). A replacement for the ineffective League of Nations, the organization was created following the Second World War to prevent another such conflict ****(I doubt they are trying to prevent anything). At its founding, the UN had 51 member states; there are now 193. The headquarters of the United Nations is situated in Manhattan,New York City, and enjoys extraterritoriality. Further main offices are situated in Geneva, Nairobi and Vienna. The organization is financed ****(by corporations and lobbyists) by assessed and voluntary contributions from its member states. Its objectives include maintaining international peace and security ***(yes lets see how they have tried to keep international peace and security since 1945; Since the end of the Second World War in 1945 there have been over 250 major warsin which over 23 million people have been killed, tens of millions made homeless, and countless millions injured and bereaved. In the history of warfare the twentieth century stands out as the bloodiest and most brutal – three times more people have been killed in wars in the last ninety years than in all the previous five hundred and here is another site taking you step by step to see all the wars; Major Episodes of Political Violence 1946-2013), promoting human rights, fostering social and economic development, protecting the environment, and providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster, and armed conflict ****(Apparently the UN has nothing to do (with promoting human rights or fostering social and economic development or providing humanitarian aid in cases of famine, natural disaster and armed conflict) because the UN IS THE PRIMARY WHO HAS CAUSED ALL THESE DISASTERS by allowing the EVIL axis to make more wars for their own interest here is what someone else wrote);. all in a day’s work“Since the beginning of history people have got angry, had disagreements and punch-ups, and even killed each other. This we have in common with a few other animal species. But it’s very different from war. War is an activity that needs preparation, organisation, planning and calculation, like farming, or education, or building. It has little to do with aggressive moods or eruptions of anger. There is no baring of teeth in the chemical weapons laboratory. Designing a nuclear bomb that can kill millions of people is a long-term project, requiring skill, imagination, quiet concentration, and a lot of taxpayers’ MONEY. The hundreds of thousands of people employed in armaments factories in Britain alone don’t go to work in the morning red with fury and ready to slay ‘the enemy’. Most of them are loving parents who take care of their children, seldom considering that the weapons they help to make might one day kill some other parent’s children somewhere else. Murder, the world over, is a crime punishable by long prison sentences (in some countries by execution). Yet hundreds of thousands of people in the world’s armed forces are trained to murder – and murder people they do not even know. Whatever words we use to disguise the fact, war is essentially about murder. To drop bombs on a city, for example, is to murder ordinary citizens, many of them children;the pilot has no personal quarrel with them, but drops the bomb in the name of war – and thereby commits a mass murder. But ‘murder’ is not a word used when talking about war. That would clearly make war a bad thing – something we should avoid at all cost,ready to lock up anyone who tries it. You can see the problem – ‘British soldiers murder 150 Iraqi women and children in liberation of Kuwait’ would make a very unusual headline in the daily paper. War transforms murder not only into something acceptable but highly commendable, for which, if you survive, you may receive praise, promotion, and even a medal.”
The last paragraph is the truth:The organization won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2001, and a number of its officers and agencies have also been awarded the PRIZE. Other evaluations of the UN’s effectiveness have been mixed. Some commentators believe the organization to be an important force for peace and human development, while others have called the organization ineffective, corrupt, or biased.
So to conclude that the UN is helping nations is a farce to say the least, all money sent in by charities or by any other contributions which nobody knows who the contributors are! We do know that Soros is one of them but we also know that he does not give his money to save his soul from when he dies but to earn more profits. It’s a known fact that money given to the UN and its branches for the World food programme does not go to the people in need but into their (organizers) pockets, never arrives to destination I should know they did it also in Libya with expired food etc and only the half of it ever arrived to destination, same happened to the Balkans, Africa the list is long to put in detail.
The Security council if it was doing its job really Palestine would have been recognized since 1945 but NO it was under the British rule and it could do whatever it wanted sell the country, destroyed whatever the Queen desired and this is only one of the countries till to date has not be recognized or given a voice to complain about the massacres and murders are done by the Israelis to the Palestinian people. So when I read an article like the one I am going to post to you about Libya its no wonder I am fuming with anger, because had it not been for the UN and the Axis of Evil we wouldn’t be in this mess. So enough with my rumbling and here is the article for you to read.
GENEVA: Recent fighting in Libya has killed hundreds of civilians and forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes, the UN said yesterday, demanding justice for serious rights violations and possible “war crimes”. In a joint report, the UN human rights office and the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) warned of surging violence across the country since May and widespread human rights violations, including abductions of civilians, torture and executions. “Violations are continuing with impunity. There has been no effort to stop them,” Ravina Shamdasani, spokeswoman for the UN human rights agency, told reporters in Geneva. *****(Well Ms. Shamdasani, this has been going on from the start of the illegal war in 2011, the only thing you and your colleagues did is hide it under the table, only to come now to tell us the ugly truth. Why didn’t the UN STOP IT AT THE BEGINNING? Is it that the Axis of Evil want to divide the country into 3 pieces? Or that Soros together with Levi are profiting, I am aware there are other people who are profiting from this mess but if I start mentioning their names I am liable to sued and unfortunately I do not have the financing to go to court.)
She warned that many of the abuses being committed across Libya “may amount to war crimes”. Three years after dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed ****(HE WAS NOT KILLED HE WAS COLDBLOOD MURDERED AND SODOMIZED) in a NATO-backed*****( ILLEGAL DONE BY CIA, MOSSAD, MI6, DGSE a so-called) revolt, Libya is awash with weapons and powerful militias, and run by rival governments and parliaments. Yesterday’s report pointed to an escalation in fighting since mid-October in Benghazi, where forces loyal to General Khalifa Haftar ****(he is CIA/DGSE asset does that say something to you?) have been battling Islamist militiamen who have taken control of much of Libya’s second city.
Some 450 people were killed there in the two months leading up to mid-December, and some 90,000 people had fled, including more than 9,000 seeking shelter in schools, unfinished buildings and open spaces like parking lots, the report said. Clashes in Benghazi on Monday meanwhile killed another 16 people and wounded dozens, security sources and medics said. ****(What they do not tell you that from the beginning of the war till to date, we have over 70,000 prisoners of war who no one knows their whereabouts, we only know of the very important people who are in the Tripoli prisons. They do not tell you that during the bombing in 2011 by NATO we lost over 500,000 civilians from both sides. They do not tell you that over 3 million Libyans have been displaced or gone to exile. They do not tell you of how many mass murderers from torture, rape and mutilation has been going on from the end of the illegal war till to date. They do not tell you who finances them world-wide to spread Ebola, Cholera and other deadly diseases who the UN supports to eliminate million of people, these philanthropists who we are in their mercy through the UN. THE UN IS JUST ANOTHER BUSINESS CORPORATION LEAD BY THE NWO.)
In the western Warshafana area, fighting between rival armed groups****(the rival armed groups they mean the upgradedLIBYAN DAWN from Misurata, yes the same militia who displaced Tawergha neighbouring village just because they were blacks and rumoured that they were mercenaries helping the previous government. Warshafana tribe try to protect itself from LIBYAN DAWN), the same had killed some 100 people and injured 500 others between mid-August and mid-October, the report found. It warned of “a humanitarian crisis” with at least 120,000 people displaced in the area facing “severe shortages of food and medical supplies”. Fighting in the neighbouring Nafusa mountains had also left a reported 170 people dead, and displaced around 5,700 families, it said.
People displaced by the fighting had told UNSMIL that hundreds of houses, farms and businesses had been looted, shelled, burned down, or destroyed by bulldozers *****(Again they do not tell you that all the displacement and fighting it’s not done by the militias but by LIBYAN DAWN WHO IS OWNED BY THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, while they are having heavy losses they retaliated by bombing, looting, kidnapping, rapping, burning and destroying everything on site). In the capital Tripoli the humanitarian situation had improved since late August, but activists, journalists and public figures continued to be abducted and threatened, the report found. “One prominent human rights defender received text messages from armed groups warning him to stop his advocacy work or else his children would be abducted and killed,” it said. *****(Again in this article they do not mention that GNC in Tripoli, Hassi – Muslim Brotherhood -Al Sharia – Al Qaeda- Isis- LIFG- Libyan Dawn and Libyan Dignity with Hafter are the ones who are causing all this travesty of destruction which the UN BROUGHT THEM TO LIBYA TO TOPPLE THE PREVIOUS GOVERNMENT.)
Several journalists had been killed, including the October 5 killing of al-Tayeb Isa, the founder of Tuareg Tumsat television, whose body was found riddled with bullets and his car set on fire. The report painted a horrifying picture of widespread abductions, torture and abuse, as well as reports of summary executions, including beheadings. A father and son detained at a checkpoint in al-Maya said they had been severely beaten before their captors poured petrol over them and threatened to burn them alive. *****(What is here described it’s an everyday thing since the end of the illegal war in 2011 – It’s the UN fault together with the Axis of Evil WHO want to divide LIBYA INTO 3 STATES and the only way to do it is to cause this havoc of destruction.)
In a statement, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein cautioned commanders and high-ranking officials that they were “criminally liable under international law” for any human rights abuses they commit or order. They could also be held ACCOUNTABLE if they “fail to take reasonable and necessary measures to prevent or punish” war crimes or human rights violations taking place, he said *****(Mr. Al Huseein knows very well they will never be prosecuted because they are financed, trained by the same people who installed them in Libya which is the UN, FUKUS & NATO so no high-ranking officials take any notice of his statements, if they were liable to prosecution they should have done so from the first instant which was the cold-blooded murder of the Late Qaddafi and his son, but did anyone do something about it? No, on the contrary they had the video shown widely for over a week and some scenes of this cold-blooded murder has been put on TV series and films. So allow me to say THAT THE HYPOCRISY OF THEIR STATEMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS IS ONLY FOR INNER CIRCULATIONS WHILE ALL COUNTRIES WHO REALLY NEEDED THEIR SUPPORT ARE DYING. THE UN, BAN KI MOON AND ASSOCIATES ARE JUST PUPPETS TO THE ELITES AND DO ABSOLUTELY NOTHING BUT COLLECTING MONEY FROM THE WORKING PEOPLE AND WITH THESE STATEMENTS THEY JUST WANT TO SHOW TO US THAT THEY ARE WORTH THEIR SALARIES. ALL OF THE UNITED NATION SHOULD BE DISMANTLED BECAUSE THEY HAVE F@@@ED UP NATIONS INSTEAD OF REALLY ASSISTING THEM JUST TAKE A LOOK TO LATIN AMERICA, MIDDLE EAST LIKE SYRIA, IRAQ, LEBANON, PALESTINE, YEMEN, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, AFRICA if you take a look at the nations of Africa you will understand that the UN has done nothing whatsoever to help they only brought more disaster and famine to them). – AFP
Editors note: The article admits that the Illegal war in Libya was a false flag, its what we have been saying since 2011 finally the truth is coming out and going into the mainstream. We the simple people have been writing about it from the beginning and the Mainstream was calling us conspirators, Qaddafi loyalists are some of the names that I can remember. Thanks to all the activists and bloggers who spent hours on end with no financial back up. We have been for the last three years laughed at, condemned at, some were prosecuted, some lost their lives and some are still in hiding as the Libyan Militias have put a price on our heads. I would like to thank the author and his colleagues who took the time to read our articles, videos etc and to decide to write an article about the truth. We still have a long way to go, but its a start.
More than three years after the US and its NATO allies unleashed an “intervention” and regime change in Libya, the US establishment admits they maybe have “got it wrong.” Naturally, there were many of us who were demonized endlessly for speaking out against that war, and against all those politicians, analysts, and “activists” on the left and right, who championed the “humanitarianism” of waging war on Libya. We were attacked as “soft on dictators,” “conspiracy theorists,” and “anti-Americans.” And yet, today it is our voices that still proclaim loudly the immorality and illegality of that war. Thankfully, it seems the establishment is beginning to hear us.
One of the most highly regarded politico-academic institutions in the US – the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University – has issued areport which undermines the established narrative of the war in Libya, laying bare the cold, hard reality of what Libya was at the outset of the war, what really happened in the early days, and what Libya has become today. Of course, responsibility for the tragic and lasting effects of that war should be laid at the feet of Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy, and the other participants,in addition to those media outlets and NGOs that deliberately spread lies about the reality on the ground in Libya. All must be held accountable.
Finally Seeing the Light?
The recent report, which is actually almost a year old, was written by Dr. Alan Kuperman, Associate Professor of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Kuperman attempts to shed light on some of the key aspects of disinformation before and during the war in Libya. These important findings contradict every single justification for that war, from the lies and distortions of Samantha Power, Susan Rice, and Hillary Clinton, to the deluge of propaganda from so-called NGOs such as Human rights Watch and Amnesty International. By examining the obfuscations and outright lies told by these individuals and organs of soft power, Dr. Kuperman makes it quite clear that, just as with Iraq, the people of the United States (and much of the world) have been lied into yet another war.
One of the principal lies told about Libya and Gaddafi was the totally unsubstantiated claim of “massacres” by Gaddafi forces in Benghazi and a few other cities. This claim, perpetrated by Human Rights Watch among others, was repeated ad nauseam by every major media outlet. As Dr. Kuperman writes:
Contrary to Western media reports, Qaddafi did not initiate Libya’s violence by targeting peaceful protesters. The United Nations and Amnesty International have documented that in all four Libyan cities initially consumed by civil conflict in mid-February 2011—Benghazi, Al Bayda, Tripoli, and Misurata—violence was actually initiated by the protesters. The government responded to the rebels militarilybut never intentionally targeted civilians or resorted to “indiscriminate” force, as Western media clai med. Early press accounts exaggerated the death toll by a factor of ten, citing “more than 2,000 deaths” in Benghazi during the initial days of the uprising, whereas Human Rights Watch (HRW) later documented only 233 deaths across all of Libyain that period.
These are indeed significant facts that merit further examination as they completely contradict the standard narrative of the war in Libya and, most importantly, the justifications for it. First and foremost is the question of who initiated violence. The talking points in Western media all through early 2011 held that Gaddafi was “murdering his own people,” and that this justified a humanitarian intervention, to “help the people of Benghazi.” However, the hitherto suppressed truth is that it was the violent “protesters” (who should rightly be referred to as terrorists within the protests) who actually initiated the violence, using protesters as human shields.
Secondly, the notion that Gaddafi’s forces intentionally targeted civilians has been thoroughly debunked. Quite the contrary, the evidence now shows that Gaddafi went to great lengths to make sure that no civilians were harmed in the counter-terrorism operation as can be evidenced by the fact that “Qaddafi avoided targeting civilians…HRW reports that of the 949 people wounded [in Misrata] in the rebellion’s initial seven weeks, only 30 were women or children, meaning that Qaddafi’s forces focused narrowly on combatants.” Rather than ordering the wanton killing of civilians, Gaddafi attempted to maintain discipline among his forces such that they could stamp out insurgency with as little collateral damage as possible.
Third is the simple fact that all death tolls reported by the media leading up to the war were not only inaccurate, but wildly exaggerated beyond the parameters of “margin of error.” In fact, by overestimating the death toll by a factor of ten, Human Rights Watch consciously played the part of public relations clearinghouse for US-NATO. Of course, Human Rights Watch, long since understood to be very cozy with the State Department, Pentagon and CIA, has become increasingly discredited in the eyes of serious human rights investigators and activists. The role of HRW in Libya exposed the organization in ways it had never been exposed before – as an organ of US soft power projection, working tirelessly to justify on humanitarian grounds what is undoubtedly a nakedly imperialist war.
Dr. Kuperman also points out another key aspect of the Western narrative which is a complete fiction, namely that US-NATO’s goal in waging the war was not regime change, but the protecting of civilians. As Kuperman writes:
The conventional wisdom is also wrong in asserting that NATO’s main goal in Libya was to protect civilians. Evidence reveals that NATO’s primary aim was to overthrow Qaddafi’s regime, even at the expense of increasing the harm to Libyans.NATO attacked Libyan forces indiscriminately, including some in retreat and others in Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte, where they posed no threat to civilians. Moreover, NATO continued to aid the rebels even when they repeatedly rejected government cease-fireoffers that could have ended the violence and spared civilians.Such military assistance included weapons, training, and covert deployment of hundreds of troops from Qatar, eventually enabling the rebels to capture and summarily execute Qaddafi and seize power in October 2011.
Indeed, the US and its allies abandoned the “protection of civilians” justification almost as soon as UNSC Resolution 1973was passed, authorizing merely a No Fly Zone in Libya which the NATO forces took as a de facto authorization for total war. As Dr. Kuperman describes, NATO forces were clearly engaged in an air war to destroy the military and political institutions of the Gaddafi government, rather than simply protecting civilians and providing support to rebels. Indeed, the NATO forces became the primary driver of the campaign against Gaddafi,allowing the rebels to take territory and, I might add, carry out their massacres of civilians.
Even Human Rights Watch, which vigorously suppressed the truth about ethnic cleansing carried out against black Libyans while it was happening, was forced to admit crimes against humanity in Libya, specifically the forced displacement of the Tawerghaethnic group. Naturally, these revelations came much too late to save the many innocent black Libyans, particularly in the Fezzan province, who were slaughtered by the rebels backed by US-NATO.
Kuperman’s report also highlights a number of other disastrous effects of the US-NATO war on Libya, including the civil war in Mali, the proliferation of weapons to terrorist groups throughout North Africa, and the general chaos and breakdown of all political, economic, and social institutions in Libya. Additionally, Kuperman notes that the US-NATO war prolonged significantly the war. He writes:
When NATO intervenedin mid-March 2011, Qaddafi already had regained control of most of Libya, while the rebels were retreating rapidly toward Egypt.Thus, the conflict was about to end, barely six weeks after it started, at a toll of about 1,000 dead, including soldiers, rebels, and civilians caught in the crossfire. By intervening, NATO enabled the rebels to resume their attack, which prolonged the war for another seven months and caused at least 7,000 more deaths. ****(unfortunately it was not 7,000 deaths the number is a lot bigger to even for someone to grasp it. In these eight months the death toll arrived over 100 thousand people including women and children.)
This is a critical point to highlight. Even by the western investigation number of 7,000 – a gross underestimation in my view, the death toll is likely much higher – the US-NATO war led directly to at least 6,000 additional deaths in Libya. Far from “protecting civilians,” it seems US-NATO was too busy killing them.
While noting some of the critical points, Kuperman’s report also leaves out a number of other shameful outcomes of the war including the deliberate destruction of critical infrastructure (including the Great Man Made River Project), the oppression of women whose rights were protected under Gaddafi, the displacement of many black Libyans and Africans from other neighboring countries who had taken refuge and found employment in Gaddafi’s Libya, and many other deeply troubling developments.
Who Should Pay?
Because the entire narrative of the Libya war has been shown to be a fabrication of the State Department, CIA,International Criminal Court, NGOs and other appendages of US hard and soft power,the question of guilt and culpability comes into play. The United States, along with its allies, has been howling for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, held illegally by the Zintan militia since 2011, to be taken to the International Criminal Court to be tried for war crimes. Now that both mainstream and non-mainstream, western and non-western sources have emerged to challenge this narrative, it’s time we start asking who in the West should be held to account.
First among the criminals must be high-ranking officials in the Obama administration, including former Secretary of State Hillary “We Came, We Saw, He Died” Clinton, and President Obama himself. Not only have they, and their subordinates, blatantly fabricated intelligence leading to an aggressive war(a crime against peace, the most serious of the Nuremburg charges), they deliberately misled the world as to the nature of their operation in Libya. Russia and China certainly feel betrayed by the US and its lies in the UN Security Council. But this is merely the tip of the iceberg.
What price should be paid by media organizations and NGOs deliberately spreading misinformation? Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International should face serious investigations intocriminal negligence, or at least gross misconduct, in terms of their dissemination of lies – lies which were used as the prime justification for the war in terms of how it was sold to the people. Is it a crime to inflate by 1000% casualty figures, the end result of which is a justification for war? If not, it should be, as without such propaganda, the war could never have been sold to the public.
Media organizations, especially some ostensibly on the Left, should also be held to account for their misinformation and disinformation.Democracy Now is at the top of the list of guilty organizations. As Bruce Dixon, Managing Editor of Black Agenda Report, wrote at the height of the war:
So like every other Western reporter, Anjali Kamat [Democracy Now’s Libya correspondent] never sawany “mercenaries,” just their oversized bullets. She never saw any mass graves of the hundreds or thousandsallegedly killed by Qaddafi’s “heavy machine gun fire” either, or that would be on Democracy Now too. It’s not. Nobody’s located the thousands of wounded survivors either, that must have been the result of shooting into crowds killing hundreds of people, and none of this has stoppedDemocracy Now from carrying the story just like Fox News or CNN or MSNBC…Something is really wrong with this picture. We have to wonder whether, at least as far as the war in Libya goes, whether Democracy Now is simply feeding us the line of corporate media, the Pentagon and the State Department rather than fulfilling the role of unembedded, independent journalists.
As Dixon points out, Democracy Now exhibited at the very least poor journalistic practice, and at worst, served as the left flank of the imperial propaganda machine. By faithfully reporting the “facts”, which have now been utterly discredited,Kamat and Democracy Now primed the pump of left progressive support for “humanitarian” war.
Of course, Democracy Now is not the only outlet that should be held responsible. All major media in the US obviously toed the US line on Libya. So too did Al Jazeera, the Qatari-owned news outlet which gained notoriety during the Bush years as a news outlet hostile to US policy in Iraq. However, by the time of the war in Libya, Al Jazeera had purged its staff of anyone truly critical of US foreign policy, particularly as it pertained to the “Arab Spring” narrative. In fact, insiders have told me that a wave of resignations, forced resignations, and firings at Al Jazeera coincided with the refusal by some of the more principled journalists to suppress the truth of what was happening in Libya. It would seem then that, rather than reporting the news, Al Jazeera, like its western counterparts, was more interested in serving powerthan challenging it.
In fact, Al Jazeera was the first news organization to report, and repeat ad nauseam, the liethat Gaddafi’s soldiers were systematically raping women in Benghazi, and that they had been issued Viagra by their commanding officers. This claim, repeated by Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice, UN Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, and many others has since been debunked, with absolutely zero evidenceever surfacing to substantiate the allegation. And yet, it was one of the principal claims used to justify the indictment issued by Luis Moreno-Ocampo as head of the International Criminal Court. This fact, among many others, shows how the irresponsibility of Al Jazeera, and nearly every other journalistic and human rights organization, led directly to the war in Libya.
Sadly, it is unlikely that any of the parties responsible for the criminal and shameful war on Libya will ever be held to account for their crimes in a courtroom. However, they can be held to account in the court of public opinion.Their institutions must be discredited. Their names and faces must be known and repeated the world over. They all share responsibility for the misery inflicted on the innocent people of Libya. And we who have stood against this war from the beginning, we have been vindicated. Unfortunately, there is no solace to be found in a Libyan graveyard.