In de karavaan van berichten die gisteren op BOUblog zijn geplaatst, miste een ezeltje van Al Jazeera. Verstopt in de stront die deze zender over Libië uitstort, zat wat goede informatie. Dit Al Jazeera filmpje stond in een artikel van Information Clearing House. Secret Files: Former US officials Aided Gaddafi: Gaddafi had tot kort voor de aanslag op Tripoli nog contact met David Welch en met Denis Kucinich over de manier waarop de NATO-aanval misschien nog kon worden afgewend. Maar de aanval is geslaagd en er komt nu een spervuur van artikelen over Libië voorbij. Ik zal proberen om er een beetje chocola van te maken, door de artikelen op onderwerp te sorteren. Daarbij citeer ik slechts een of twee alinea’s en dat hoeven niet noodzakelijk de bovenste te zijn.
We beginnen met het ezeltje van Al Jazeera:
Secret Files: Al Jazeera uncovers evidence US officials aided Gaddafi cling to power.
Drie artikelen van Donkerdoorn geven een verhelderende kijk op de achtergrond van deze aanslag op Libië. Deze is zorgvuldig voorbereid middels een zogenaamde “militaire oefening”. Het gaat niet alleen om de olie, maar ook om de kapitalistische manier van bankieren waar Gaddafi niet aan meedeed. Een derde artikel gaat over de diplomatieke voorbereidingen en de Overgangsraad van de rebellen.
Op 2 november 2010 sluiten Frankrijk en Groot-Brittannië hernieuwd een militair pact. De beide landen willen vliegdekschepen gezamelijk inzetten, een 10.000 man sterke interventiemacht oprichten en een “ongekende samenwerking aangaan op het gebied van nucleaire wapens”. De samenwerking wordt bekrachtigd met een zogenaamde “war-game”, een militaire oefening, onder de naam “Southern Mistral”. Het scenario: in een staat ten zuiden van Frankrijk, Southland, heerst een autoritair regime dat Frankrijk’s “nationale interessen” dwarsboomt. De zittende dictator treedt echter terug en geeft de macht over aan zijn zoon. Vanaf dat moment wordt Southland’s politiek meer agressief, en het komt tot schendingen van Frankrijk’s territorium. Frankrijk besluit samen met Engeland “daadkracht” te tonen en begint met steun van een VN-resolutie een luchtaanval tegen Southland. De geplande datum voor de oefening: 21 tot 25 maart 2011. Zo ver zal het niet komen. Op 19 maart beginnen Frankrijk, Groot-Brittannië en de Verenigde Staten met hun luchtoorlog tegen het Libië van Ghadaffi.
Niet het oprichten van een parlement, of volksraad, niet het organiseren van een leger of militie, niet het opstarten van olieproductie, niets van dat alles. De allereerste handeling van de zelfbenoemde Libische “overgangsraad”, de politieke tak van de oppositie tegen Ghadaffi, zodra de Amerikaanse, Franse en Britse bommen beginnen te vallen, was het oprichten van een Centrale Bank. Een nogal opmerkelijke zet, aangezien men toch verwacht dat rebellen in een burgeroorlog tegen een dictator wel iets anders aan hun hoofd hebben als het vlot trekken van de banksector of een nationale valuta. Zelfs de toezeggingen over het mogelijk vrijgeven van de “bevroren” miljarden van Ghadaffi en Libië in het buitenland komen nadat de nieuwe bank een feit was. Met een beetje hulp van de Britse bank HSBC.
Hoewel natuurlijk mogelijk, heeft een dergelijke massa-defectie alle historische schijn tegen zich. Evenals de met wervelwind-snelheid opbouw van een oppositionele regering, inclusief nu vrijgesproken misdadigers uit het “oude” regime. Een betere verklaring laat zich vinden in een mogelijk zorgvuldig onderhouden netwerk, dat slechts moest afwachten totdat de dingen in gang werden gezet…..
Natuurlijk gaat deze oorlog om de olie, maar er staan nog veel grotere belangen op het spel. AFRICOM is een militaire organisatie van de NATO die als doel heeft om alle landen in Afrika te dwingen om zich te voegen naar de corporatistische belangen die de VS zo hoog in het vaandel voert. Gaddafi heeft zich altijd verzet tegen AFRICOM, en terecht! Maar helaas… 1000 bommen en granaten! En nu een hoop loslopend wapentuig!
Op 28 augustus 2011 verscheen in ‘The Sunday Times’ dat de grootste oliehandelaar (‘trader’) ter wereld, Vitol, als brandstofleverancier op krediet een cruciale rol heeft gespeeld in de Libische opstand. Vitol verwacht natuurlijk dat de rekening, die oploopt tot honderden miljoenen dollars, na het vertrek van Khaddafi wordt betaald.
Rebel leaders dismiss suggestions that firm promises have been made, but supportive countries look set to benefit.
After imposing the war for oil in Libya, the British government is to send a team of negotiators to Tripoli to make sure that UK firms do not lose out to Russian and Chinese companies over oil contracts with the new Libyan government.
Italy’s Eni SPA said it signed a memorandum of understanding with Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) that aims at strengthening cooperation between them.
Under the terms of the agreement, Eni and NTC said they are committed to “creating the conditions for a rapid and complete recovery of Eni’s activities in Libya.”
The two sides also said they are committed to “doing all that is necessary to restart operations on the Greenstream pipeline, bringing gas from the Libyan coast to Italy.”
Eni and NTC, referring to the joint declaration signed on May 31 by the Italian government and NTC, said Eni has begun providing a first supply of refined petroleum products to NTC to contribute to “the basic and most urgent needs of the Libyan population.”
Voor wie niet weet wat AFRICOM is, twee artikelen daarover:
You might not know or heard about AFRICOM. If you saw the name once, you might have dismissed it thinking AFRICOM is a new company to sell cement like Afrisam. Some might conclude that since it has a ‘com’ at the end, maybe it is something online.
These are wrong conclusions. At the end of this column, you will know what AFRICOM is, its activities and why it is a security threat.
NATO specialist observer Rick Rozoff analyzes the situation with the ongoing occupation of Libya
West fears heatseeking surface-to-air missiles will fall into terrorists’ hands
Libya must urgently secure weapons hoarded by the Gaddafi regime amid growing fears that smugglers are exploiting the chaos there to loot hundreds of portable missiles and other small arms, western officials have warned.
The US and Nato are pressing the National Transitional Council to make the issue a priority because of concerns that the trade has already begun, with reports that some African mercenaries who fought for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi are returning home laden with weapons.
One anxiety is that Gaddafi’s remaining stockpile of shoulder-launched missiles could end up in the hands of terrorists.
De “Overgangsraad” van de rebellen bestaat gedeeltelijk uit Al Qaida, of onderhoudt daar in elk geval nauwe banden mee. Ook blijken de rebellen racistisch, al wisten we dat reeds. Geen enkele neger is in Libië nog veilig.
The National Transitional Council (NTC), led largely by figures from long disadvantaged eastern Libya as well as by prominent defectors from the old regime, is under pressure from within Libya and from Western backers to form a stable, legitimate government that includes all regions and tribes.
But that is a tall order in a country where, since he seized power in a military coup on September 1, 1969, Gaddafi all but obliterated institutions other than the quirky underpinnings of his highly personalized rule.
Elements of al-Qaeda and other Islamic extremist groups were known to be key players in the NATO-backed uprising in Libya from the beginning, but now it appears that prominent Jihadists and terrorists are practically leading the revolution with Western support.
One terror leader in particular, Abdelhakim Belhaj, made headlines around the world over the weekend after it emerged that he was appointed the chief of Tripoli’s rebel Military Council. Prior to leading rebel forces against Gaddafi’s regime, Belhaj was the founder and leader of the notorious Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).
Eventually the terror “Emir,” as he has been called, was arrested and tortured as an American prisoner in the terror war. In 2004, according to reports, he was transferred to the Gaddafi regime — then a U.S. terror-war ally.
By 2010, Belhaj was freed by Gaddafi under an amnesty agreement for “former” terrorists. And more recently, the terror leader and his men were trained by U.S. special forces to take on Gaddafi.
Libya faces a number of nightmare scenarios, from a new civil war between rival factions to the rise of al Qaeda-affiliated Islamists, should a power vacuum plunge the country into a new phase of lawlessness and chaos.
There is a new smell of fear circulating under the sweet scent of victory; a fear that the National Transitional Council (NTC) is incapable of uniting and controlling the diverse elements within the rebellion and that the tribal rivals which are beginning to bicker over the spoils of war may soon start fighting each other over them.
With the possibility of Libya becoming a nation governed by a NATO-backed, weak and undemocratic central administration led by a compliant president and besieged by Islamist militants, some commentators have likened the unfolding situation as one akin to Afghanistan.
Others have rejected this, saying that Libya lacks a meddling neighbor like Pakistan, secretly supporting or condoning Islamist militias within the unstable state. Libya’s closest neighbors, Tunisia and Egypt, are themselves preoccupied with their own post-uprising recovery.
Abdulhakim Belhaj’s allegations suggest a close relationship between the US and Gaddafi’s regime
The overthrow of Gaddafi has brought together strange allies, but few stranger than Abdulhakim Belhaj, the military commander of all rebel military forces in Tripoli, and Nato. An Islamist whom Gaddafi tried to have the US list as a terrorist, Mr Belhaj says he was tortured by CIA agents after being arrested in the Far East in 2004 and later handed over by them to Colonel Gaddafi for further torture and imprisonment in Libya.
Mr Belhaj, the head of the military council for Tripoli, who led an Islamist guerrilla organisation fighting the Gaddafi regime in the 1990s, told The Independent in an interview that he had been directly “tortured by CIA agents” in Thailand after being first arrested in Malaysia.
If true, his story is evidence of the close co-operation between the CIA and Colonel Gaddafi’s security services after the Libyan leader denounced the 9/11 attacks. After his stint in the hands of the CIA, Mr Belhaj was kept in Abu Salim prison in Tripoli. He says: “I was in prison for seven years during which I was subjected to torture as well as solitary confinement. I was even denied a shower for three years.” Other Libyan Islamist prisoners have related how they were sometimes taken from Abu Salim to be questioned by US officials in Tripoli.
ISLAMABAD – The Central Intelligence Agency of the United States recruited over 1,500 men from Mazar-e-Sharif for fighting against the Qaddafi forces in Libya.
Sources told TheNation: “Most of the men have been recruited from Afghanistan. They are Uzbeks, Persians and Hazaras. According to the footage, these men attired in Uzbek-style of shalwar and Hazara-Uzbek Kurta were found fighting in Libyan cities.”
When Al-Jazeera reporter pointed it he was disallowed by the ‘rebels ‘to capture images.
Sources in Quetta said: “Some Uzbeks and Hazaras from Afghanistan were arrested in Balochistan for illegally traveling into Pakistan en route to Libya through Iran. Aljazeera’s report gave credence to this story. More than 60 Afghans, mainly children and teenagers, have been found dead after suffocating inside a shipping container in southwestern Pakistan in an apparent human smuggling attempt.
More than 100 illegal immigrants were discovered 20km from the border town of Quetta last week inside the container, which had been locked from the outside.
Aljazeera having dubious record gave human touch to this story as most of the men who intruded inside Pakistan from Afghanistan were recruits for Libyan Rebels’ Force.
Virtually all of the detainees say they are innocent migrant workers, and in most cases there is no evidence that they are lying. But that is not stopping the rebels from placing the men in facilities like the Gate of the Sea sports club, where about 200 detainees – all black – clustered on a soccer field this week, bunching against a high wall to avoid the scorching sun.
De NATO wil in Libië wel een dikke vinger in de pap, maar de Rebellenraad heeft liever zelf de macht. Ze willen verkiezingen organisteren. In plaats van gratis onderwijs en zo voort, krijgen de Libiërs dan het recht om eens in de zoveel tijd naar de stembus te gaan, om hun onderdrukkers te kiezen. Net als wij in het Vrije Westen… Iedereen blij!
The Libya war situation recently underwent dramatic changes. French and British defense ministers stressed at the end of July that the Libyan opposition could not defeat the government forces or capture Tripoli, the capital of Libya, on its own. However, certain media outlets revealed in mid-August that the Libyan opposition was expected to capture the capital before the end of August, according to a NATO schedule.
As it turned out, the opposition forces entered Tripoli on Aug. 21. There are two main reasons for the sudden victory of the opposition forces. First, Western countries not only launched air strikes and provided a large amount of weapons to the opposition forces but also sent ground troops to Libya. According to recent media reports, France, the United Kingdom and Italy had dispatched Special Forces to Libya to help the opposition troops finally win the ground war. Second, Western countries reportedly bought over almost all senior officials of the Qaddafi regime. In brief, Western countries planned and directed the opposition forces’ capture of Tripoli.
World leaders attend Friends of Libya summit to recognise NTC as new government. By Julian Borger in Paris
Nato will remain on a war footing in the skies over Libya until the last remnants of the Gaddafi regime have been defeated, European diplomats have said.
World leaders are converging on Paris on Thursday for a Friends of Libya summit intended to acclaim the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the country’s new interim government, and mark a pivot point in the international community’s efforts in Libya from war to reconstruction.
The leaders will discuss a new UN security council resolution which will endorse the new status quo, lifting the sanctions regime on Libya to allow the NTC to get access to over $100bn (£62bn) in state assets frozen abroad since the start of the conflict, while handing the United Nations the lead international role in rebuilding the country.
BBC, met een filmpje, dus link even door:
Aug 31 (Reuters) – Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) has set out steps leading to democratic elections monitored by the United Nations within 18 months.
The plan goes into effect with a “declaration of liberation” which the NTC has not defined precisely, though NTC chairman Abdel Mustafa Jalil told reporters the conditions for such a declaration included the capture or death of Muammar Gaddafi.
Verder blijkt de roofoverval op Libië een spoedcursus Orwelliaans voor beginners. Het is volledig 1984. Om de bevolking te beschermen tegen de wrede dictator Gaddafi, die zorgde voor gratis onderwijs, gezondheidszorg, elektriciteit, drinkwater, satelliet-communicatie in Afrika en zo voort, heeft de NATO een bloedbad aangericht en Al Qaida in Libië aan de macht gebracht. Oorlog is vrede… en Wikileaks speelt daarin ook een rol. Alleen in Praag, waar men opgroeide onder de Russische propaganda, doorziet men de leugens. Men verstaat daar vloeiend Orwelliaans!
Not since Winston Smith found himself in the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell’s 1984, rewriting old newspaper articles on behalf of Big Brother, has there been such an overnight perversion of history as there has been in relation to NATO’s intervention in Libya. Now that the rebels have taken Tripoli, NATO’s bombing campaign is being presented to us as an adroit intervention, which was designed to achieve precisely the glorious scenes we’re watching on our TV screens. In truth, it was an incoherent act of clueless militarism, which is only now being repackaged, in true Minitrue fashion, as an initiative that ‘played an indispensable role in the liberation of Tripoli’.
Normally it takes a few years for history to be rewritten; with Libya it happened in days. No sooner had rebel soldiers arrived at Gaddafi’s compound than the NATO campaign launched in March was being rewritten as a cogent assault.
On March 19, a coalition of nations allied with rebel fighters in Libya to help drive Muammar Gaddafi from power. NATO forces, including Britain, France, Canada and the United States began with sorties, a naval blockade and the firing of deadly Tomahawk cruise missiles.
On that day, all became participants in a bloody fight, putting their military forces at risk and adding to the carnage already taking place on the ground.
Yet, with rare exception, their leaders did everything possible to avoid the word that made it clear what they had got themselves and their citizens into — a war.
They have reached for every euphemism possible — “military action,” “use of force,” “mission,” “operation,” “conflict,” “intervention” and “responsibility to protect” have all acted as stand-ins for “war.”
Even the use of “no-fly zone” sounded benign enough, with its implications of clearing the skies in the manner of air traffic controllers. But as Robert Gates, then-U.S. Secretary of Defense, said early in March, “Let’s just call a spade a spade. A no-fly zone begins with an attack on Libya to destroy the air defences.”
And for our daily portion of anti-Gaddafi propaganda we can go to CNN. In a report from a few days ago we can read about a nanny that would have been terribly burnt by the wife of Hannibal Gaddafi because she couldn’t stop their baby from crying (1).
The Rebels recovered this young woman from Bab Al Aziziya, Gaddafi’s Military Compound. We are led to believe that in the last few days the Gaddafi parents decided to pour boiling water over her body, burning her from top to toe.
A few hours later NATO hit a target in Tripoli, killing Gaddafi’s 29-year-old son Saif al-Arab, three of Gaddafi’s grandchildren, all under twelve years of age, and several friends and neighbors.
In his TV address, Gaddafi had appealed to the NATO nations for a cease-fire and negotiations after six weeks of bombings and cruise missile attacks against his country.
Well, let’s see if we can derive some understanding of the complex Libyan turmoil.
The Holy Triumvirate — The United States, NATO and the European Union — recognizes no higher power and believes, literally, that it can do whatever it wants in the world, to whomever it wants, for as long as it wants, and call it whatever it wants, like “humanitarian”.
If The Holy Triumvirate decides that it doesn’t want to overthrow the government in Syria or in Egypt or Tunisia or Bahrain or Saudi Arabia or Yemen or Jordan, no matter how cruel, oppressive, or religiously intolerant those governments are with their people, no matter how much they impoverish and torture their people, no matter how many protesters they shoot dead in their Freedom Square, the Triumvirate will simply not overthrow them.
If the Triumvirate decides that it wants to overthrow the government of Libya, though that government is secular and has used its oil wealth for the benefit of the people of Libya and Africa perhaps more than any government in all of Africa and the Middle East, but keeps insisting over the years on challenging the Triumvirate’s imperial ambitions in Africa and raising its demands on the Triumvirate’s oil companies, then the Triumvirate will simply overthrow the government of Libya.
Wikileaks just published an editorial taking pride of contributing to the US-led series of regime change operations in the arab world publicly known as the “Arab spring.” The terrorists just admitted that their predatory war of aggression against Libya has already cost the life of 50.000 people. Wikileaks did not find a single word of regret for all the black people murdered in Libya by US-led terrorists, but expressed only regret that a recent breach of Wikileaks secrecy publicly exposed US-collaborators.
The criticism of NATO voiced at an international conference in the Czech Republic is a sign of the growing discontent with the Alliance’s policy both in Europe and in the US, stated Russia’s NATO Ambassador Dmitry Rogozin.
“I think the ‘Prague wave’, which has reached us, I mean the wave of stinging commentaries regarding NATO, indicates that the Alliance is running a serious risk of undermining its unshakeable reputation as an honest broker in matters of war and peace,” Rogozin told Interfax on Tuesday.
His comments came at the end of a conference titled “Central Europe, EU and New Russia,” a forum organized by the independent Czech think-tank Fontes Rerom and the European movement, an international association aimed at promoting civil society. It was attended by representatives of ten European countries and the US. The Russian delegation was led by the lower house vice-chairman Aleksandr Babakov.
Rogozin said that during the conference many Europeans spoke of NATO as a “police” or even a “criminal” organization. The Russian politician noted that the current mood has been gaining ground since the start of the military operation in Libya.
NATO and the Transitional National Council in Libya (or Paris or Qatar or wherever it is) have reportedly given the people of Sirte ten days to surrender or face a full military onslaught. This is not a cease-fire. While they await their fate, they will still be subject to shelling by artillery and British warships and NATO bombing, and food, water and electricity have already been cut off.
This closely resembles the tactics adopted toward resistance-held towns in Iraq by U.S. occupation forces. On October 14th 2004, the Washington Post reported that water and electricity supplies to Falluja had been cut off, one day before the start of Ramadan. Its population was then starved and bombarded for 3 weeks before the final assault by U.S. Marines that killed 4,000 to 6,000 civilians.
But these siege tactics, which have been used against civilian populations since the Middle Ages, have been outlawed by the Geneva Conventions.
BEFORE and AFTER the rebels “liberated” Tripoli
2 million people in Tripoli, 99% Gaddafi supporters. NATO brings boat loads of rebels knowing full well a bloodbath was the only possible outcome. How humanitarian.
Think about it. Gaddafi is gone from Tripoli. The “liberators” allegedly control Tripoli. Why is the conflict not over? Why are civilians dying, being tortured, being forced to lie in front of cameras? This should be a time for celebration if these rebels were true liberators.
Nothing on NATO news about the majority of the population of Tripoli being terrorized by terrorists. They refer to civilians as “Gaddafi loyalists”.