13 April 2011 — Stop NATO
- NATO’s Libyan Air War: 2,038 Sorties, 832 Combat Missions
- Video And Text: NATO Using Depleted Uranium In Libya
- Pentagon Provides Continued Support For NATO’s War Against Libya
- U.S. Confident Of NATO “Success” In Libya
- Italian Foreign Minister: Libyan Rebels Ask NATO For Arms
- U.S. Endgame In Libya
NATO’s Libyan Air War: 2,038 Sorties, 832 Combat Missions
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
April 13, 2011
NATO and Libya
JFC Naples, SHAPE, NATO HQ
Since the beginning of the NATO operation (31 March 2011, 08.00GMT) a total of 2038 sorties and 832 strike sorties* have been conducted.
Sorties conducted 12 April: 159
Strike sorties conducted 12 April: 60
12 April: Twelve tanks destroyed in the vicinity of Misrata. Four tanks and one pick-up truck with an anti-aircraft gun destroyed southeast of Sirte.
Video And Text: NATO Using Depleted Uranium In Libya
April 13, 2011
NATO using depleted uranium in Libya
Despite NATO saying otherwise, experts think Libya is becoming the battlefield for uranium warfare.
Though NATO denies the use of depleted uranium in its humanitarian efforts in Libya, some experts insist that the highly-poisonous metal is being used in North Africa.
Conn Hallinan is a columnist with Foreign Policy in Focus and says that, after examining the impact wounds left on tanks in Libya, he is almost certain that depleted uranium is being utilized. “Politically, it’s a bad idea. Medically, it’s an extremely bad idea. It’s just one of those things that’s an effective weapon that you have to step away from,” says Hallinan, who attests that, why the element is both affordable and powerful, “It’s just a very, very bad idea.”
The US dropped thousands of depleted uranium bombs upon Fallujah, Iraq in 2003, and the aftermath since has been catastrophic. A quarter of all births since the strike have suffered from abnormalities ranging from cancer to leukemia, and the rate of mutation among newborns is higher than what was found after America attacked Japan during the Second World War.
Hallinan says the US military investigated the effects of uranium warfare as early as 1991 and realized then the consequences. Hallinan reveals that tanks that were impacted by uranium ammunition were buried in radioactive dumps and that those involved in site clean-ups were advised to wear bio-hazard suits and dispose of all of their clothing.
“The army knew that the stuff was dangerous. What they didn’t do was they didn’t tell anybody that it was dangerous, and that’s still the situation today,” says Hallinan.
Dr. Doug Rokke, the ex-director of the Pentagon’s Depleted Uranium Project, says that there is no way to totally decontaminate an area hit with uranium, an element that has a half-life of 4.5 billion years and has thus earned the title “the silent killer that will never stop killing.” Rokke today says he was told by the government to lie about the effects of uranium and that most of the crew he worked with is now dead.
Hallinan says that given the amount of depleted uranium in the hands of the US—one of the few countries that has refused to sign on to the UN’s Human Rights Commission’ ban on the element—we’re going to only further saturate foreign battlefields with the toxic metal in years to come.
“The price that you pay for it in the end is simply too high” says Hallinan.
Pentagon Provides Continued Support For NATO’s War Against Libya
U.S. Department of Defense
April 11, 2011
U.S. Provides Support for NATO’s Libya Operations
By Jim Garamone
WASHINGTON: The United States continues to support NATO efforts in Libya…said Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan.
Since April 9, NATO aircraft have flown almost 300 sorties, the secretary general said, destroying 49 tanks, nine armored personnel carriers, three anti-aircraft guns and four large ammo bunkers.
The DOD comptroller estimates the cost of U.S. operations in Libya to be $40 million per month. Total U.S. cost from the beginning of operations in mid-March through April 4 was $608 million, Lapan said.
American forces are not conducting strike missions in Libya. U.S. forces are supporting NATO with air-to-air refueling, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities and unmanned aerial vehicle support. U.S. ships are also participating in the arms blockade off Libya in the Mediterranean.
U.S. Confident Of NATO “Success” In Libya
April 13, 2011
US confident of NATO success in Libya
The United States expressed confidence Tuesday that NATO is capable of effectively carrying out its mission in Libya amid criticism in Europe that the alliance is not doing enough, dpa reported.
“We believe that NATO is more than capable of carrying out its mission, and in fact they are carrying it out successfully,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said.
NATO headquarters in Brussels has rebuffed earlier criticism from Britain and France that it was not doing enough to halt Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi’s assault against opposition forces. The US is the largest contributor to the alliance.
The US initially led the international military response that began on March 19…and later transferred the role to NATO’s command. The US has since reduced its military role in the conflict but continues to provide logistical support.
Earlier, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told a French radio station Tuesday that NATO was “not sufficiently” playing its role and should more aggressively go after Gaddafi’s forces. British Foreign Minister William Hague also said NATO needs to intensify its efforts.
Italian Foreign Minister: Libyan Rebels Ask NATO For Arms
Russian Information Agency Novosti
April 13, 2011
Italy says Libyan rebels ask for weapons
Rome: Libyan rebels have asked NATO to supply them with weaponry as the prospects for a rebel military victory over Muammar Gaddafi’s forces are fading away, the Italian Foreign Ministry said.
Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini met in Rome on Tuesday with envoys from Libya’s rebel Transitional National Council (TNC).
The ministry’s spokesman Maurizio Massari told reporters after the meeting that the Libyan rebels reiterated their request to gain access to Libya’s overseas financial assets frozen by a UN resolution and demanded that NATO intensify its military operations in Libya.
Despite dozens of sorties carried out by NATO aircraft against Gaddafi’s forces, the government troops maintain their combat capability and continue to pound the poorly-equipped rebels with heavy artillery and rocket fire.
France and the U.K. acknowledged on Tuesday that the allies should intensify their efforts to cripple Gaddafi’s war machine.
Rebels in Libya have been fighting forces loyal to longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi since mid-February. A NATO-led operation is enforcing a no-fly zone over the country…
Gaddafi has accepted an African Union road map to ending the civil war in the North African country, but rebels says they will not back down on their demand that Gaddafi must go.
U.S. Endgame In Libya
April 13, 2011
US endgame in Libya
Ali Ashraf Khan
While Afghanistan is certainly getting out of hand of the US-NATO Coalition, and Pakistan is on the brink of chaos and the Middle East is boiling, the US, thinking itself to be the lone world power who can act according to its sweet will, has manipulated the UN, a second fiddle of US into a military action in Libya claiming to act as saviours of the civilian population. This new military adventure of the US, which is right now trying to cope with an economic and financial crisis which is threatening to break the US back in rendering obsolete their economic prevalence.
It is no news that in the wake of globalization international economic power relations have changed and that it is becoming increasingly clear that the future of the world lies with Asia, with China to be particular.
This has been developing for quite a while without being noticed because the Chinese attitude as opposed to the US one is that of quietly working and not of noisily boasting.
The Chinese economy has been growing at a rapid speed, very well diversified and expanding into those areas and markets which the West and the US would neglect such as Africa in general and Libya in particular. As a newly developing superpower China needs access to energy resources and except for the US it would secure those legitimate interests of its own not by invading oil-rich countries, or by trying to stir up revolts and change their governments but by investing into them, by sponsoring development where nobody else wants to invest such as Libya and Nigeria in Africa and Pakistan as another spectacular example.
Just recently it was disclosed that China had overtaken Japan as the second largest economy. The recent financial crisis emanating from the US, which had hit the capitalist systems of the West hard, did not harm the Chinese economy much because they follow a different model of financial policies. The US can clearly see now that their economic and financial system is highly fragile because of excessive printing of dollar currency and a resultant disequilibrium, therefore their political leadership has also come under attack and maybe this process is already beyond repair.
But this is what the old superpower does not want to acknowledge. They are hellbound to fight it out without caring for the consequences of these misadventures because of mediocrity in administration and Libya is one central battlefield for this.
While Colonel Ghadafi might have made mistakes also and some people may have legitimate grievances against him, where in the world does a leader command the undiluted admiration of all of his people?
The US did what they have done before: they sent CIA operatives into the country in order to stimulate the grievances of those few critics and encourage them to rise against the regime.
They gave money and weapons and instigated an uprising, pumped in insurgents from neighbouring countries. When this was not enough they got the UN manipulated into it and sent arms and ammunition to the rebels in order to make sure that Ghadafi will fall soon.
Ghadafi of course had no other choice left than to fight the foreign-sponsored rebels with all the forces at his disposal. By thus inciting a civil war the US managed to kill two birds with the same stone, they thought: one, the regime of Ghadafi will have to go and, second, in the wake of the civil war the Chinese will have to close down their projects and businesses and 30,000 Chinese workers had to leave the country in a rush. The Western world feeling their domination coming to an end has joined their leader the US in this last-ditch effort to save Western supremacy, which is diminishing fast.
But the conscience of people in the world cannot be fooled that easily by false insistence on preventing civilian casualties. In their mad rush, US and NATO troops are killing scores of civilians each and every day in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan. What a double standard it is when they stand by when Israel is killing unarmed Palestinian women and children, when it is invading Lebanon and when it is killing Turkish civilians on humanitarian missions.
American greed for power and their arrogance in addition to a failing capitalist system are losing grip over the world. What we are seeing is the final struggle for survival.
The Obama government itself has been close to collapse just a few days back; only a last-ditch compromise with the Republicans has saved them for the time being. But this safety is a fake one; it is the beginning of the end not only of the Obama government but of the supremacy of this country and the Western world at large. The rest of the world including our own country would be well-advised to read and understand the writing on the wall and take their political decisions in the light of this ongoing endgame. If we do not mend our ways and distance ourselves from US policies in the East, we might end up perishing together with them.
[A] US-led war or intervention in Libya is a disaster for the Libyan people, and for peace and progress around the world.