March 13, 2012
By Paul Joseph Watson
A shocking video appears to show Libyan rebels desecrating Christian and Jewish graves at a cemetery, further evidence that the same forces who helped NATO overthrow Gaddafi and are now carrying out attacks in Syria are extremist Muslims who care little for ‘freedom’ or ‘democracy’.
The clip shows Libyan rebels breaking apart headstones while shouting “Allahu Akbar”. The men later try to smash up a large Christian cross statue with sledgehammers.
This kind of behavior is par for the course given the fact that the western-backed regime change in Libya was achieved with the aid of Al-Qaeda terrorists who had previously fought against U.S. troops in Iraq.
Rebel forces in Libya were directed by Abdulhakim Belhadj, former leader of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which is designated as a terrorist organization by the US State Department. Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi admitted that Belhadj’s LIFG fighters were the second-largest cohort of foreign fighters in Iraq, responsible for killing U.S. troops.
Once the terrorist-led rebels executed Colonel Gaddafi, they proudly flew the distinctive black Al-Qaeda flag over courthouses in Benghazi and other centers of power. On the orders of Belhadj, the puppet National Transitional Council then announced that Sharia law would be reinstated.
Libyan rebels have since imposed a reign of terror over the country, incarcerating and torturing blacks and anyone suspected of supporting Gaddafi in concentration camps and cages.
These same terrorists were subsequently airlifted into Syria to fight NATO’s proxy war against President Bashar Al-Assad. Hillary Clinton admitted in a BBC News interview that the US and Al-Qaeda were on the same side in Syria.
February 20, 2012
By Paul Craig Roberts
“Speak against the government and you’re ostracized. Speak for the government and you’re an idiot.” –KTRN
In 2010 the FBI invaded the homes of peace activists in several states and seized personal possessions in what the FBI — the lead orchestrator of fake “terrorist plots” — called an investigation of “activities concerning the material support of terrorism.”
Subpoenas were issued to compel antiwar protestors to testify before grand juries as prosecutors set about building their case that opposing Washington’s wars of aggression constitutes giving aid and comfort to terrorists. The purpose of the raids and grand jury subpoenas was to chill the anti-war movement into inaction.
Last week in one fell swoop the last two remaining critics of Washington/Tel Aviv imperialism were removed from the mainstream media. Judge Napolitano’s popular program, Freedom Watch, was cancelled by Fox TV, and Pat Buchanan was fired by MSNBC. Both pundits had wide followings and were appreciated for speaking frankly.
Many suspect that the Israel Lobby used its clout with TV advertisers to silence critics of the Israeli government’s efforts to lead Washington to war with Iran. Regardless, the point before us is that the voice of the mainstream media is now uniform. Americans hear one voice, one message, and the message is propaganda.
Dissent is tolerated only on such issues as to whether employer-paid health benefits should pay for contraceptive devices. Constitutional rights have been replaced with rights to free condoms.
The Western media demonizes those at whom Washington points a finger. The lies pour forth to justify Washington’s naked aggression: the Taliban are conflated with al Qaeda, Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, Gaddafi is a terrorist and, even worse, fortified his troops with Viagra in order to commit mass rape against Libyan women.
November 28, 2011
By Kim Sengupta, Solomon Hughes
“Our efforts in Libya sure don’t seem to be paying off. Not much has changed there is seems.” –KTRN
Thousands of people, including women and children, are being illegally detained by rebel militias in Libya, according to a report by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Many of the prisoners are suffering torture and systematic mistreatment while being held in private jails outside the control of the country’s new government.
The document, seen by The Independent, states that while political prisoners being held by the Gaddafi regime have been released, their places have been taken by up to 7,000 new “enemies of the state”, “disappeared” in a dysfunctional system, with no recourse to the law.
The report will come as uncomfortable reading for the Western governments, including Britain, which backed the campaign to oust Gaddafi. A UN resolution was secured in March in order to protect civilians from abuses by the regime, which was at the time mercilessly suppressing the uprising against the Gaddafi regime.
There was evidence, says the report by Ban Ki-moon, due to be presented to the Security Council, that both sides committed acts amounting war crimes in the bitter battle for Colonel Gaddafi’s hometown, Sirte. The Secretary-General who recently visited Libya, echoes the concern expressed by many world leaders over the killing of the former dictator by rebel fighters pointing out that Gaddafi was captured alive before being put to death.
The report also stresses that it is a matter of great praise that the country has been liberated after 42 years of totalitarian rule. The victorious opposition – which formed a new interim government this week – fully intends to follow a democratic path and introduce a functioning legal system, he says. The report is due to be circulated among members of the UN Security Council, and discussed next week.
However, Ban Ki-moon also presents a grim scenario of the growing power of the armed militias that control of the streets of many towns, including those of the capital, Tripoli, and the settling of internecine feuds through gun battles resulting in deaths and injuries.
Meanwhile the lawlessness has resulted in the vast majority of the police force not being able to return to work. In the few places where they have been back on duty under experienced officers, such as Tripoli, their role has been restricted largely to directing traffic.
Libya is the only Arab uprising to have attracted direct Western military support, despite the closer links forged with the West in recent years by the Gaddafi regime. The resistance in London, Washington and elsewhere to Nato-led intervention in other Arab countries has centred largely on a lack of coherent opposition. Political backers of the air strikes in Libya had cited the National Transitional Council (NTC) as a credible alternative to the Gaddafi regime.
November 14, 2011
“More proof that we are constantly being lies to every day.” –KTRN
Here is a type of “smoking gun” proof that NATO and the U.S. has been operating through a smokescreen of lies, as well as intimidation. Please read the following January 4, 2011 report of the 16th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council, Universal Periodic Review:
Report of the Working Group on the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya [Document A/HRC/WG.6/9/L.13]
Before NATO and the U.S. started bombing Libya, the United Nations was preparing to bestow an award on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, and the Libyan Jamahiriya, for its achievements in the area of human rights. That’s right–the same man, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, that NATO and the United States have been telling us for months is a “brutal dictator,” was set to be given an award for his human rights record in Libya. How strange it is that the United Nations was set to bestow a human rights award on a “brutal dictator,” at the end of March.
So, I ask a question. Who is this “brutal dictator” that the United Nations General Assembly Human Rights Council was preparing to bestow an award to, for human rights, sometime at the end of March? So, they would have us believe that they knew that he was a “brutal dictator,” yet decided to give him an award for human rights?! Astounding! Astounding the lies that we’re being told by the media, NATO and the U.S. government. Absolutely astounding! Not surprising, but astounding! But more astounding still, is the fact that, time after time after time, much of the American public–without questioning–believes every single word that comes from the “news” media.
It is noteworthy to read the following couple of sentences from the General Assembly’s report:
“Several delegations also noted with appreciation the country’s commitment to upholding human rights on the ground. Additional statements, which could not be delivered during the interactive dialogue, owing to time constraints, will be posted on the extranet of the universal periodic review when available.”
In a footnote of that report, there is a list of countries that praised Colonel Gaddafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya (state of the masses), in support of the General Assembly Human Rights Council’s decision to bestow this award upon Colonel Gaddafi.I simply present the list. The reader can look at the list and make his or her own judgement regarding the credibility level, or perceived credibility level, of any of the particular countries listed:
October 27, 2011
By Glen Ford
Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton appeared like ghoulish despots at a Roman Coliseum, reveling in their Libyan gladiators’ butchery.”
Last week the whole world saw, and every decent soul recoiled, at the true face of NATO’s answer to the Arab Spring. An elderly, helpless prisoner struggled to maintain his dignity in a screaming swirl of savages, one of whom thrusts a knife up his rectum. These are Europe and America’s jihadis in the flesh. In a few minutes of joyously recorded bestiality, the rabid pack undid every carefully packaged image of NATO’s “humanitarian” project in North Africa – a horror and revelation indelibly imprinted on the global consciousness by the brutes’ own cell phones.
Nearly eight months of incessant bombing by the air forces of nations that account for 70 percent of the world’s weapons spending, all culminating in the gang-bang slaughter of Moammar Gaddafi, his son Mutassim and his military chief of staff, outside Sirte. The NATO-armed bands then displayed the battered corpses for days in Misurata – the city that had earlier made good on its vow to “purge Black skin” through the massacre and dispersal of 30,000 darker residents of nearby Tawurgha – before disposing of the bodies in an unknown location.
The saner sections of America’s psychological operations machinery – including their collaborators in the corporate media – were doubtless as horrified as anyone at the Libyan jihadis’ insistence on revealing so graphically to the entire planet the barbaric character of the “revolution.” The months of gushing, ad nauseam press reports of near-universal jubilation in Tripoli and elsewhere at rebel “victories” – always under cover of NATO bombs – now made great sense. Who but those in search of instant martyrdom would voice displeasure at the NATO-jihadi triumph, with murderous fiends such as this roaming the streets?
“In a few minutes of joyously recorded bestiality, the rabid pack undid every carefully packaged image of NATO’s “humanitarian” project in North Africa.”
The United Nations Human Rights Office and Amnesty International found themselves compelled to ask for investigations into Gaddafi’s death – as if the immediate circumstances were not excruciatingly apparent to anyone with eyes and ears. Although the same U.S. domination of the UN that enabled NATO’s regime-change operation will ensure that the neocolonial powers escape legal liability for the results, the world still sees the executioners, correctly, as monsters in league with Washington, Paris, London and Riyadh. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, who gave a snarling thumbs down to Gaddafi just days before his death, appeared like ghoulish despots at a Roman Coliseum, reveling in their Libyan gladiators’ butchery. Their hands and gums ooze blood – a lasting impression on decent world opinion.
The assault on Libya began as a desperate bid by the West and Persian Gulf royalty to bludgeon their way into the dangerous (for them) dynamic of the Arab Spring. The “rebels” (now, ludicrously, the “revolutionary” government) are their guys, just as the Afghan “mujahidin” were the foot soldiers of the Saudis and Washington from 1979 through the Eighties and (for the Saudis) beyond. Here lies the certainty of catastrophic “blowback.” As Trinity College political scientist Vijay Prashad points out, Tripoli may soon resemble 1996 Kabul, a place of mass carnage between rival warlords.
“The world still sees the executioners, correctly, as monsters in league with Washington, Paris, London and Riyadh.”
The Libyan jihadis are far more Saudi Arabia’s and Qatar’s brethren, than the West’s. The Arab Spring has both emboldened and frightened the wealthy Persian Gulf despots, who have their own agendas in the Arab world that are not necessarily consonant with the U.S. and Europe (the same applies in Pakistan and elsewhere in the region). All reactionaries are not alike. The oil-rich monarchs are fighting to preserve legitimacy in their own, Muslim milieu, not for Western-based corporate hegemony, and will cause at least as much problems for Washington as the accommodating Gaddafi they set out to depose at the beginning of the Arab Spring.
But that is secondary. As always, U.S. imperialists cannot resist the temptation to overreach. John Pilger writes, “With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.” It is by no means certain that Libya will remain “secure” or under American sway. And President Obama’s all-out offensive to the south – now centered in East and Central Africa, but soon to become generalized – takes place with the cell phone imagery of Gaddafi’s demise fresh in minds of tens of millions of Africans. Obama may believe the pictures send the message that resistance is futile, but it is likely to have the opposite effect. As Venezuelan President Caesar Chavez said, of the Americans, “The most lamentable thing is that in their determination to dominate the world…they are setting it alight.”
October 25, 2011
By Maria Golovnina
As fireworks celebrating Muammar Gaddafi’s death light up Tripoli’s central square, party-goer Hani Nuwara has already set his sights on his next target, with fears that traditional tribal rivalries will become the enemy within.
For eight months Libyans across the country put aside their complex tribal and cultural divisions to fight for a common good but many are concerned that the ousting of Gaddafi will re-ignite these rivalries and mar the path to democracy.
Nuwara, 24, from a respected Tripoli clan, was already angered that rebels from Misrata took the bodies of Gaddafi and his son Mo’tassim to their city for public viewing and have claimed the major role in the rebels’ victory.
“Misratans. We hate them. We don’t want any of them here,” he repeated angrily in Tripoli’s central square during celebrations to mark Libya’s new-found freedom.
“They think they fought hard. They say ‘we made this revolution’. They make me nervous. We also fought hard. We also suffered. The revolution is ours.”
Historic rivalries among Libyan cities such as Tripoli on the western coastline, the port city of Misrata, and Benghazi in the east, were kept in check under Gaddafi’s iron-fist rule.
Political risk consultancy Stratfor estimates that Libya has up to 140 tribes but only 30 have any particular significance and ubiquitous hatred for Gaddafi united Libya’s factitious population during the battle to oust the despot after 42 years.
But with the dictator gone, some wonder how Libya’s 6 million people, scattered thinly across the vast desert country and long plagued by regional and tribal rivalries, will remain in agreement to face the daunting challenge of nation building.
“The prospect of increased friction or violent conflict between the country’s tribes, clans and ethnic groups (specifically between the Arabs and Berbers) remains a serious source of concern,” risk consultancy Maplecroft said in a report released in August.
Euphoria over Gaddafi’s death on Oct. 20 was already giving way to new anxieties and frictions, and, behind the façade of celebration and fireworks, many Libyans are worried about the future while others are optimistic differences can be resolved.
“Everyone is happy now but of course there is uncertainty. Before it was even worse. If we fail, it would be only our fault,” said Abdelaziz Massoud, an engineer from Libya’s biggest tribe of Warfalla, who now lives in Tripoli.
“Before we blamed everything on Gaddafi, it was easy. Now we can only blame ourselves.”
NEW DAY OF UNCERTAINTY
Now Libya has been declared free, its new leaders have a month to create an all-inclusive government and work out how to hold a democratic election — a crucial period to define whether Libya can remain stable and unified in coming years.
It is not an easy task for a thinly populated country that was only united in the 1930s under Italian colonial rule.
Alongside regional enmities there are differences between Islamists and secularists, and ethnic tensions between Arabs and North Africa’s indigenous Berbers.
The immediate tensions after Gaddafi’s downfall was friction between rebels from different cities.
Misrata rebels, who suffered heavy casualties inflicted by Gaddafi forces, are claiming credit for the uprising and want special recognition.
That has infuriated Libyans elsewhere in the country who believe they also suffered during the war. Benghazi, Libya’s second largest city and the seat of the revolt that began in February, says it has played an equally important role.
Some, like Nuwara in Tripoli, are openly belligerent.
“If we wanted, we could take Misrata in three hours,” he said, as his friends nodded in agreement. “There are 2 million of us here in Tripoli, Misrata is tiny. Misrata is nothing.”
The interim government’s decision to make the official announcement of liberation on Sunday in Benghazi – Tripoli’s long-standing rival in Libyan tribal politics that can be traced bck to before the Romans – added to people’s bitterness.
“Tripoli is the capital. All the official celebrations, all the government officials should be here by now, not anywhere else,” said Samira Massoudi, 49, a bespectacled mathematics teacher.
Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) has already moved some of its operations to Tripoli but remains based in Benghazi.
It says it will move to Tripoli properly soon, citing lingering logistical and security considerations. Just days ago, clashes erupted in Tripoli between remnants of Gaddafi forces and NTC troops.
Tripoli is the most cosmopolitan city in Libya where tribes and cultures have long coexisted more or less happily side by side – a valuable unifying element for the country.
Here, too, people tried to rise up against Gaddafi in February but their repeated attempts were brutally quashed by the proximity of Gaddafi’s security apparatus headquartered in Tripoli with reminders of these deaths on public display.
The streets of Tajoura, a small, sandy town on the eastern edge of Tripoli, are lined by portraits of dozens of people killed during those early protests.
Only weeks ago Tajoura, with its winding streets and ageing palm trees, was still in the tight grip of Gaddafi’s rule, its residents too frightened to venture outside.
Days after Gaddafi’s death, it was carnival time. Tajoura was alive with crowds of smiling families and the smell of barbeques and fresh coffee replaced gunfire and burning tyres.
Holding her wailing baby tight, Fatima Suweisi, 38, said: “My little Mohaned will never see Gaddafi’s face in his life. He will grow up in a new Libya.”
Quietly, life is returning to normal even as the nightly parties go on in Tajoura and elsewhere.
As people danced and watched fireworks in Tripoli on Sunday night, street sweepers could be seen quietly cleaning street corners. Soldiers stuck flowers into the muzzles of their rifles.
“It’s time to work hard and make changes,” said 17-year-old Khalifa Milud, who had studied in Britain for seven years. “I am not going back to the UK, now it’s time to be here. We will make Libya at least like Dubai. We have a lot of money.”
His friend, Abdallah, his face illuminated by the green and yellow of the deafening fireworks, shouted: “We are going to rebuild Libya. We are ready. God is greatest.”
October 24, 2011
All hail humanitarian war. Regime change can be a bitch. Start with sanctions because of ‘humanitarian’ reasons. If they don’t work, arm ragtag mercenaries and implement a ‘no-fly zone’ through an international body. If the rebels can’t hunt down the defunct leader, then just bomb the hell out the country until a bloody carcass vaguely resembling the leader turns up. Then claim that the humanitarian intervention was a wild success. PS: Make sure you destroy enough of the infrastructure to secure a huge IMF bondage loan for reconstruction.
The before and after picture of Libya shows what the U.S./NATO means by a humanitarian war.
October 21, 2011
The Daily Mail
By RICK DEWSBURY
Syrian protesters have poured into the streets today and shouted that President Bashar Assad’s regime will be the next to unravel now that Muammar Gaddafi is dead.
The Syrian uprising has proved resilient over the past seven months, but it has shown some signs of stalling in recent weeks as the government continues a bloody crackdown the UN estimates has killed more than 3,000 people.
But inspired by the dramatic scenes in Libya, protesters poured into the streets and burned images of the despised leader. Syrian security forces fired on protesters today, killing at least four, activists said.
Although the mass demonstrations in Syria have shaken one of the most authoritarian regimes in the Middle East, the opposition has made no major gains in recent months, it holds no territory and has no clear leadership.
Now the armed uprising in Libya that drove Gaddafi from power – with Nato air support – appears to have breathed new life into the Syrian revolt.
‘Gaddafi is gone, your turn is coming, Bashar,’ protesters shouted in the central city of Hama, long a hotbed of resistance to the regime.
Gaddafi’s death, after he was dragged from hiding in a drainage pipe, begging for his life, decisively ends the 42-year regime that had turned the oil-rich country into an international pariah.
‘Our souls, our blood we sacrifice for you, Libya!’ Syrian protesters chanted.
The revived protests in Syria today came as Barack Obama hailed Muammar Gaddafi’s death as a warning to dictators across the Middle East that iron-fisted rule ‘inevitably comes to an end.
Obama said the fall of Tunisia, Egypt and now Libya in revolutions dubbed the Arab Spring proved that the leaders of Syria and Yemen should be fearful of similar endings.
Protests that broke out in Syria in March have so far seen more than 3,000 people killed after the leadership’s violent military response.
Washington has demanded that Bashar al-Assad, the country’s leader, halt his crackdown on democracy protests and step down. The White House is also pressing Yemen’s longtime president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, to leave office in the face of political upheaval.
Obama has also condemned Iran’s human rights record and is seeking further sanctions against Tehran over an alleged foiled plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Washington.
‘For the region, today’s events prove once more that the rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end,’ Obama said.
Obama stressed that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had lost his legitimacy to rule.
The leader said the United States would be a partner to Libya’s interim government and urged a swift transition to democracy but made no specific promises of aid.
The warnings from Washington were backed up by Libyan revolutionaires themselves, who vowed to help their ‘brothers and sisters in Syria’ fight for freedom.
‘This is the fate of a leader who destroyed the lives of his people for decades and opened fire on them before his demise,’ said Mohamed Beltagy, senior member of Egypt’s influential Muslim Brotherhood.
October 21, 2011
By Kurt Nimmo
Secretary of State Clinton was unable to keep her professional composure yesterday when told about the alleged murder of deposed Libyan leader Gaddafi at the hands of al-Qaeda. She had a good laugh over the gruesome act.
“We came, we saw, he died,” she joked in between formal interviews.
Clinton’s remark is a take on Julius Caesar, who reportedly said after his war with Pharnaces II of Pontus: “Veni, vidi, vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered’).
Paraphrasing Caesar is appropriate – the dictator took Rome from a republic to an empire. Like Caesar, Clinton’s boss, Obama, took the nation to war without consulting Congress or gaining the consent of the American people.
Clinton’s gleeful if ghoulish comment also reveals the degree of her psychosis. Most people do not laugh when told about the murder of others, even rivals. Clinton is unable to contain herself and displays her joy at the news of Gaddafi’s violent death.