Canada may have to answer for its role in Libya


Canada may have to answer for its role in Libya

 

By SCOTT TAYLOR

Then Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa in 2012. Baird was one of Canada’s fiercest supporters of regime change in Libya, change which Scott Taylor argues ultimately led to the chaotic state of the nation today. (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

It has been six years since the NATO-supported Libyan uprising murdered President Moammar Gadhafi and toppled his regime. Canada was proud of the fact that the big boys — namely the U.K., U.S. and France — had let us appear to be leading the charge against Libya.

Canada’s then-foreign minister John Baird was the loudest among the chorus of NATO voices bellowing for regime change, Lt.-Gen. Charles Bouchard was publicly named the allied force commander, our CF-18 fighter jets were among the first in operation in the skies above Libya, and the RCN frigate HMCS Charlottetown plied the Mediterranean coastline to enforce the UN arms embargo.

While it was never admitted at the time, the fact that members of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment marched in the Nov. 24, 2011 victory parade on Parliament Hill would appear to confirm that we also had special forces boots on the ground during that conflict.

In addition to that parade, complete with a ceremonial flypast of fighter jets and helicopters, Canada also fast-tracked the Order of Canada process to bestow this honour on Lt.-Gen. Bouchard in recognition of his glorious victory in the desert.

That is an awful lot of glory for such a one-sided martial contest, which pitted the world’s most capable military alliance against a fourth-rate developing-world African security force. It was also a very premature exercise in self-congratulation.

It quickly became evident that what NATO achieved was not regime change. In the absence of a replacement administration, we plunged Libya into a state of violent anarchy.

The disparate militias that had fought together against Gadhafi loyalists refused to disarm and they immediately began fighting among each other.

A British parliamentary report into the Libya intervention was tabled last September and it was a scathing indictment of U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron. The report concluded that the collective intervention of the U.K., France and the U.S. (no mention of Canada) resulted in Libya’s “political and economic collapse, inter-militia and inter-tribal warfare, humanitarian and migrant crises, widespread human rights violations, the spread of Gadhafi regime weapons across the region and the growth of ISIL (Islamic State) in North Africa.”

Former U.S. president Barack Obama summed it up much more succinctly when he described the 2011 Libyan intervention as a “shitshow” and called it the low point in his foreign affairs legacy.

To be fair to Obama, Libya was then-secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s personal pet project. Anyone doubting this need only watch the famous video clip of Clinton during her Oct. 20, 2011 CBS television interview. At one point during the taping the secretary of state learns that Gadhafi has just been murdered in the street by a rebel mob. She throws her head back, laughs and says triumphantly, “We came, we saw . . . he died,” followed by more unrestrained laughter. Laughing at news of a murder — any murder — is clinically sociopathic. But I digress.

Although Libya is not in the news much these days, there have been some significant developments in that war-ravaged country of late, not the least of which is the release of Saif al-Islam Gadhafi from captivity last June.

Gadhafi’s second-oldest son had been held prisoner by a militia group in the city of Zintan since his capture in the waning days of the civil war. Saif had always been seen as the heir to his father’s throne. Those familiar with the Libyan uprising of 2011 know that it was primarily an inter-tribal affair, aided and abetted by Islamic extremists and the might of NATO.

The six years of subsequent anarchy have left Libya a failed state, with a citizenry longing for stability. For this reason alone, Saif has already become a political force on the embattled Libyan landscape.

Last week he announced his intention to run in next year’s presidential election. With the backing of the Warfalla and Qadhadhfa tribes — Libya’s two most powerful tribes — and former loyalists of his father flocking to his banner, Saif has a strong shot at winning at the ballot box.

If that scenario does evolve, Canada will have to do some serious soul-searching into our own allegedly lead role in that disastrous 2011 intervention. It is never too late for us to follow Britain’s lead in conducting an extensive parliamentary review into how we could have gotten it so wrong in Libya. So wrong that it looks like Gadhafi’s son will get the last laugh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Libya .. rupture geography and a power struggle


Libya .. rupture geography and a power struggle

Was launched at the Conference Palace in the Moroccan city of Skhirat parties Libyans meetings to discuss a cease-fire, disarmament and that three years after the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

Libya .. a new raid on the Mitiga airport in Tripoli

After about three years, the so-called spring Libya and the spread of regional and tribal conflicts, which opened the civil wars threatened the collapse of the state and its institutions parties Libyans went to Marrakech to trace solution and fingers are still on the trigger. The battles continue in parallel with the dialogue table and continue to murder and power struggles, oil and land.

Specialists know that the art of negotiation of controlled on the ground more, has the strongest papers to negotiate where is the substrate geopolitical Libyan interlocutors?

Can be divided into the key players of the Libyan Parliament internationally recognized strike force of his troops, retired Major General Khalifa Haftar, but a second party represented the National Conference of the Libyan General (which is the outgoing parliament).

First team controlled large areas because of political influence and weight of parliament is in Tobruk, and a brigade of lightning, and civil Qaqaa of the city of Zintan.

The federal and Cyrenaica, led Aljdharan army commander, who demanded that the territory be gently federal troops has control over the oil fields and export ports to force the National Congress on what they say is a fair distribution of wealth and sovereignty.

Mahmoud Jibril and established the former head of the Executive Office of the Council of the Transitional National Forces Alliance during the Revolution and the coalition includes 58 parties.

Tribes have announced Rishvana and Tarhuna and Zintan and Oravlh as well as the city of Zliten in western Libya full support for Haftar.

The other party fitted nice variety of strengths such as General National Congress and the transitional government in Tripoli moderate Islamist armed battalions, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood and the cities of Mount group private Amazigh areas Nafusa, in addition to the city of Misratah and possesses a huge military capability and battalions each of the “Ruff God Alshaty” and “seventeenth of February,” and “Omar Mukhtar” and “Martyrs of Free Libya” and “supporters of urticaria

This scene Almichzi to Ibiavhm must return to the history of the seventeenth of March 2010 when the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1973, the judge imposed several sanctions on Gaddafi’s government, the most important of a no-fly zone over Libya and organizing armed attacks against its air force to obstruct their movement and prevent them from flying in Agua

Here completed the disaster opened Libya page and the ensuing My Iraq and Afghanistan. Most probably, the promises of democracy fade with the first strike fighter Ojneph penetrate sovereign airspace for homelands.

Morocco talks: last chance before the Libyans

With the intensification of the field battles between the parties and the Libyans on their land, politicians are busy in their dialogue Moroccan city of Skhirat, in an effort to get out by ending the crisis.

Outline of the dialogue under the auspices of UN, between representatives of the General National Congress, the Council held in Tobruk House of Representatives, to develop a comprehensive agreement, looking at:

– The security file

– Ceasefire

– The creation of mechanisms to regulate the army

Broad trends of the ongoing dialogue under the auspices of UN in Tobruk

While the question of forming a national unity government remains seesaw issue between progress and regression, while said about the agreement on the creation, spin differences on the names to be formed in.

Criteria for selection of chairman and members of the government

According to media reports from sources close to the dialogue that the two sides may discuss the formulation of a written agreement defines the criteria for selecting the chairman and members of the government, which was nominated, including the following:

– The nomination of the names of the parties to take ministerial portfolios dialogue

– Can not afford a candidate personalities another nationality to the Libyan side

– Not belonging to any political movement

– Not to be the candidate of the members of the House of Representatives or the National Congress

It also entrusted the discussions as well, to determine the form of consensual government, duration and validity and the number of ministerial her luggage.

Retired Major General Khalifa Haftar

The most sensitive point, perhaps she will play the role that retired Major General Khalifa Haftar.

Representatives of the General National Congress

Libyan delegation will return to Marjaitema to consult on what it negotiated in Skhirat, before whichever is again travel to Morocco in the event of disagreement Hsmanma.

UN envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon

Emerged in the hope of a breakthrough to end the Libyan conflict, has emerged clearly in an interview with the UN envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon, when he preached that Morocco talks were making progress in the file cabinet and security arrangements.

Supreme coordinated foreign policy of the European Union Federica Mogerena

While European support was evident in the upper coordinated foreign policy of the European Union’s remarks Federica Mogerena, which has not ruled out sending a team to Libya to monitor the ceasefire or infrastructure protection that succeeded Skheirat talks.

As there are in Libya, there is the view that the borrowed field, to coincide with the ongoing dialogue, aims to achieve the imposition of the facts become the spoils of the dialogue can not be brought.

Libya .. Czech and Austrian among the missing in an attack on an oil field

Alganaalent field and the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs Saturday, March 7 / March that the Czech Republic is among several foreigners missing after an armed attack on the Ghanaian oil field in Libya.

The ministry said in a statement that the fate of the Czech citizen is unknown since the attack on Friday, and an Austrian among the missing.

The statement said the crisis committee was formed comprised Czech Prime Minister Boslav Sobotka and intelligence agencies met to discuss the issue and delegates representing the Foreign Ministry will arrive in the region at the earliest.

This confirmed the Libyan oil installations guard device to restore control of the field after the attack, which killed seven guards.

 

United troops trying to take back Tripoli


United troops trying to take back Tripoli

TRIPOLI: Libya’s internationally-recognised prime minister said yesterday that military forces in the strife-torn country had united to try to recapture Tripoli and the second city Benghazi from Islamist militias.

Abdullah Al Thani also expressed his frustration over a lack of support from the international community, calling for foreign weapons and assistance in the fight against the Islamists.

“All military forces have been placed under army command to liberate Tripoli and Benghazi soon, inshallah (God willing),” Thani told AFP in a telephone interview from the eastern town of Al Baida.

Since a 2011 revolution which toppled Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi, interim authorities have failed to establish a regular army and had to rely on state-backed militias.

Former rebels who fought against Gaddafi have formed powerful militias and seized control of large parts of turmoil-gripped Libya over the past three years.

On Wednesday, retired general Khalifa Haftar launched an operation against Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi with the backing of army units and civilians who have taken up arms.

The operation is “under the control of the regular army and the control of the government and the parliament,” said Thani.

An AFP count based on hospital sources in the city put the death toll in Benghazi at 66 since Haftar’s offensive began, including eight killed yesterday and four who died in a suicide attack the previous day.

Haftar launched a first, unsuccessful campaign against Islamists in the city back in May but failed to muster support from the authorities who accused the Gaddafi-era general of trying to mount a coup.

Before this week’s assault, Haftar’s forces had been steadily beaten back to a final redoubt at Benghazi’s airport, which has come under attack by Islamists since mid-September.

Thani’s government and parliament, elected on June 25, have taken refuge in the country’s east to escape Fajr Libya, a mainly Islamist coalition which seized control of Tripoli at the end of August.

The fall of the capital followed a weeks-long battle with pro-government militias from the town of Zintan in western Libya.

Thani said the Zintan forces had also been placed under army command and joined regular units which aim to recapture the capital.

“All the forces have been placed under the command of the army to liberate Tripoli,” Thani said.

He branded Fajr Libya as “outlaws” who had set up an “illegitimate” parallel government and alleged the group was the armed wing of movements such the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist factions.

Unlike its predecessor, Libya’s new parliament is dominated by anti-Islamist lawmakers. AFP

Explaining the Meeting between some elders of Zintan and Misrata in Sabratha


Explaining the Meeting between some elders of Zintan and Misrata in Sabratha

Make no mistake these people who are a couple of 100 people are a partial tribe of the Zintan and are NOT with the other part of the Tribes of Zintan who have Saif al Islam Qaddafi.

The western media, Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Sharaia, LIFG or as they are called now Daash and Libya Dawn(shits) are using the face book and Twitter social media so that they can misinform the public and all Libyans who have sworn allegiance with the Honorable Tribes its distasteful to try to destroy the image or the conquests of the Honorable Tribes.

This meeting that took place in Sabratha the so-called elders of Zintan are Muslim Brotherhood and Ansar Sharaia very extreme which suits of course the above mentioned terrorist groups together with the USA Deborah Jones ambassador.  (According to the media center the meeting done in Sabratha included  partial elders of Zintan and Misrata who tried to sponsor an initiative of the Municipal Council the leaders of the rebels Sabratha boat house Tallil, in an attempt to heal the rift between the two cities.)

Here are the photos taken by Ruseifa news:

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As you can see from the photo they do look like the Takfirs we know

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Wahhabis, extremists you name it, its shown in this picture.

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When the Jalabia is shorter it means you are a Wahhabi, beards which are not taken care (bushy, uncut etc) are extremists

Green revealed modern human rights organisations about what is happening in Tripoli and Rishvana


Green revealed modern human rights organisations about what is happening in Tripoli and Rishvana

All of Libya is waiting for the Honourable tribes to pick up pace and clean all the mess that NATO, F.UK.US and ISRAEL left behind. All of us civilians are ready when they will ask us to assist them, I will be first in line.

We will never forget or forgive all nations who got involved in destroying Libya for the mere reason to get to our resources and have us Libyans kicked out of our own country. We will fight with everything we have to free our country or die trying from the vultures who think that they can destroy us. They have tried for the last 8000 years and they did not succeed they will not succeed now. One thing is for sure that all Libyans who love our country will do everything in its power to succeed to clean the WESTERNERS MEDDLING AND DESTRUCTION OF OUR COUNTRY.