“Rebels” are power-hungry terrorists, say Libyan refugees — RT

23 June 2011 — RT

Civilian casualties have raised serious misgivings about NATO intervention in Libya, even among supporters of the ongoing aerial campaign. And while the international community is taking sides in the conflict, it is the Libyan people who suffer most.

Salma and her family escaped from the Libyan rebel stronghold of Benghazi to hide in a refugee camp in the west of the country when life in their native city turned into a nightmare.

‘It’s not safe there anymore. It’s become dangerous. And that’s not only because of explosions and gunshots. One day, people from the government in Benghazi – you call them rebels, we call them terrorists – came to me and told me, ‘we have to arrest your daughter, because we know that she supports Gaddafi,’ Salma told RT.

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NATO’s Afrika Korps Escalates War Of Attrition Against Libya

11 June 11, 2011 —

The relentless and intensifying Western air war against Libya will soon enter its fourth month. For the first thirteen days starting on March 19 under the control of U.S. Africa Command and Operation Odyssey Dawn and thereafter the North Atlantic Treaty Organization-led Operation Unified Protector, the air assaults represent the second longest armed aggression in NATO’s history, already surpassing by a week the 78-day bombing of Yugoslavia in 1999. Only the now nearly decade-long war in Afghanistan exceeds the current campaign in length.

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Pirates of the Mediterranean By William Bowles

20 May 2011 — williambowles.info

skull-tomahawk-2.jpg“The media rush to glorify Obama the ‘warrior president’ is symptomatic of a Western society that has come to view war as entirely normal… It is by now almost impossible to imagine that the West would not always be attacking, or targeting for attack, some defenceless nation or other.” — ‘You Cannot Kill An Ideology With A Gun‘ By Media Lens

All things being equal, which undoubtedly they are not, and surely that’s point, the long overdue arrival of a truly socialized, globalized planet would have been able to tackle the mess capitalism has made of things. After all, our disasters are now planetary in scale and thus can now only be handled by the planet as a whole. That means all of us, not just a privileged few.

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US and UK extend talons over Libya – II By Peter Eyre

8 April 2011 — Strategic Culture Foundation

No matter what spin you hear coming out of the US, Washington is very much in control of the conflict in Libya and in control of what goes on at the United Nations, and believe me, we have only seen Phase 1 of their objectives to force regime change and take control of the vast oil reserves in Libya.

The already US-manipulated UN is about to be yet again modified by puppet Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. I have never in my life seen such a weak Secretary General and he is an embarrassment to the General Assembly and those he represents. Perhaps we should reflect on the words of President Obama: ‘We will not – I repeat – we will not deploy any US troops on the ground’.

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NATO and Libyan rebels play the blame game — RT

9 April 2011 — RT

Anger is growing among anti-Gaddafi rebels after NATO’s second friendly fire bombing raid resulted in more rebel deaths with no overt apology from the alliance following.

­NATO’s leadership is coming under more and more fire over its military operations in Libya for being ineffective and making mistakes.

It is now nine days since NATO took command of the Libyan operation from the US. In the last week alone, two confirmed friendly fire NATO air strikes left a total of over 20 rebels dead and dozens injured, so there is no wonder tensions are running high in the desert. Particularly because NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, while publicly regretting the loss of lives, has not come out and said that he as the leader of the coalition is sorry for the unfortunate strikes.

NATO is essentially arguing that it was not aware that rebels were using tanks prior to the ill-fated air strikes and mistook them for Gaddafi troops.

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FT journalist accuses press warmongers

8 April 2011 — Morning Star

A leading Financial Times journalist accused the British media today of ‘buttering up’ the population to support the war on Libya.

At a Stop the War Coalition fringe event at the NUJ conference the paper’s assistant news editor David Crouch accused the Times and the Evening Standard of running a campaign to bring about Western intervention.

He said of the anti-Gadaffi rebels: ‘We are told that the opposition is defenceless – they are not.

‘They have liberated arms depots. They have tanks and had fighter planes, at least until they shot two of their own down.’

Mr Crouch labelled Colonel Gadaffi ‘a brutal dictator’ but questioned several stories which have accused forces loyal to the Libyan leader of carrying out ‘massacres.’

‘Reporters have been to the areas where it is alleged they took place and are not finding any evidence,’ he said.

He added that he regretted his paper’s backing for Nato action in north Africa but added: ‘The first causality of war is the truth.

‘The war is about the West reasserting their control over their former colonial back yard.’

Sarkozy between a Libyan ‘rock’ and a French ‘hard place’ — RT

8 April 2011 — RT

For a France that was pushing for a military solution in Libya three weeks ago, the possibility of a stalemate looks likely to bring some grand ambitions crashing down, with watchers already questioning the noble sentiments voiced by the country.

­A NATO friendly-fire air strike incident has killed at least five anti-Gaddafi rebel fighters in Libya, while some sources suggest it may have been dozens.

This only adds to the criticism coming from the opposition, who say the Alliance is not doing enough to help them.

‘France wants to get in on the imperial condominium of reconquest of Africa,’ slams author Diana Johnstone.

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Libya: Arms, Duplicity and Front Line Foetuses By Felicity Arbuthnot

6 April, 2011 — Dandelion Salad

‘The assessment is that we have taken out 30 percent of the military capacity of Gaddafi.’ (Brigadier General Mark van Uhm, senior NATO staff officer, 5th April 2011.)

On 29th March, freshly back from a good will tour of the Middle East, with a bunch of arms salesmen in tow, as bombs rained down on Libya, Prime Minister David Cameron, welcomed Foreign Ministers from more than forty countries to a London Conference: ‘To help the Libyan people in their hour of need.’ (i)

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Western intervention has made an incredible mess in Libya – anti-war activist — RT

66 April, 2011 — RT

When a revolution takes place in a country – it is the business of the people in that country to conduct the revolution, believes anti-war activist John Reese from Stop the War Coalition.

­‘My point about the western intervention would be this: I do not think that they did intervene in order to assist a revolutionary process, I think they intervened in order to get control of the revolutionary process.’

The people coming to the fore of the Libyan opposition ‘were trained in the west, have links with the west and western security services and would not have come to the top had the west not intervened,’ evaluated Reese.

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Libya on fire, who’s next? — RT

5 April 2011 — RT

As fighting for control over the cities of Brega and Misrata continues in Libya, RT looks at how the military operation could just be the start of Washington’s wider goals in the region.

With no official death toll available, international estimates put the number of civilians killed at close to a thousand after almost two months of clashes.

Meanwhile, the US is stepping away from the frontline, encouraging other NATO countries to increase their military contribution.

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