March 26th, 2011

What is the UK supporting exactly?

AlJ 25 March 00:02am
NATO has reached an agreement to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya, Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen tells reporters

11:40am
The Daily Monitor, Uganda’s largest independent newspaper, reports that the European Union authorised the transfer of 265,000 euros to the African Union two days before the two sides, along with the United Nations and other bodies, were scheduled to meet in Addis Ababa to discuss Libya. (hat tip to Alex Thurston of Sahel Blog for pointing this out.)
The African Union has strongly criticised the international military intervention in Libya, while the European Union has supported it. The funding was announced in an EU statement on Wednesday and was provided through the African Peace Facility Early Response Mechanism – a four-year-old project that’s part of a 740 million-euro “conflict prevention” effort.
[Yet it is NOT ok for Gaddafi to pay supporters?]

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24 March 8:53am
Libya’s fairly tight-lipped opposition national council has opened up, or at least one of its members has.
US-educated Ali Tarhouni, the newly appointed finance minister for the council, spoke with reporters last night and revealed that the rebel army consists of only around 1,000 trained men. (He apparently didn’t mention how many untrained volunteers are involved in the fighting.) Until now, the opposition has kept military details under wraps.
Tarhouni admitted shortcomings in the rebel’s pell-mell ascent to power in the east.
“There was a total vacuum,” he said.
Tarhouni also said the rebels don’t have a cash crisis, despite being cut off from Tripoli. Countries have agreed to give the rebels credit, including the United Kingdom, which will give $1.1 billion, he claimed.
[From the UK "treasury reserve" perchance? Bitching about Gaddafi bribing supporters yet here...]

24 March 7:37pm
Libyan rebels kill 30 government snipers in Misurata and manage to reach the centre of town, a rebel spokesman told Reuters news agency.
[How do they know they weren't CIA bought mercenaries? All very confusing. There is little truth and much propaganda, the press doing not much more than providing snapshots and echoing opinion of participants who can't be expected to be unbiased sources.]

24 March 9:32pm
There are no signs that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s government is complying with UN Security Council demands for an immediate cease-fire, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
[It is not possible for a cease fire to be one sided.]

Incongruities
21 March 3:01pm
The head of Britain’s armed forces has told AFP news agency that Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was “absolutely not” a target for military action.
General Sir David Richards, the chief of the defence staff, was speaking after British Foreign Secretary William Hague refused to rule out that air strikes could specifically target Gaddafi.
In an interview with BBC radio earlier, Hague declined to be drawn into the details of military targets.
Yet
24 March 12:03am
Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught says there has been a series of “very big explosions” in the last hour. She says blasts were heard in “all sorts of directions” but in particular from the vicinity of Gaddafi’s compound. There were also reports of a strike on a military base in the district of Tajoura, she said.

“We are not at war”
Yet
AlJ 23 March 1:17pm
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Simmons, aboard the USS Kearsarge, says the aim of the Harrier jets aboard the ship is to help push Gaddafi’s troops back from their lines – not enforce a no-fly zone. He tells us:
“The rebels aren’t making much headway, so we’re seeing an escalation here.”

AlJ 21 March
7:06am
NBC’s Richard Engel draws a distinction between the Libyan rebels and the protesters in Egypt and wonders whether the transitional national council in Benghazi would be recognised by the rest of the country:
[From msnbc transcript:
"It is a bit of a misnomer to describe them as democratic activist, not like the people in Egypt protesting for democratic reform, they are armed rebels trying to get here as quickly as possible to topple Gaddafi's regime. They do have a command structure in place, shadow gov't recognized by France. It's unclear if that government is strong enough to govern all of Libya, probably not. That is a government recognized in Benghazi but there are parts of western Libya that would be very skeptical of a Benghazi [gov't]
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/3096434/vp/42185103#42185103 ]

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-21-0
http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/live-blog-libya-march-22

http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-23
http://blogs.aljazeera.net/live/africa/libya-live-blog-march-24

My questions. I need more than Cameron’s “believe me” as a reply.
What is the UK supporting exactly, an armed uprising, armed islamic insurgency or a US covertly sponsored minority coup attempt?

Is the intervention truly as the press reports or is it to rescue the almost failed coup (or whatever) attempt?

How many years have the CIA been active in promoting insurgency in Libya? (Was it to distract E. Libyans from attacking allies in Iraq?)

What is the evidence that Gaddafi has been targetting innocents rather than activist insurgents?

Who opened the arms dumps in E. Libya at the start of the uprising that was followed by the terrorising of E. Libyan civilians, blamed on Gaddafi?

Did French jets bomb hospitals at the onset of the war?

Are US paid mercenaries sniping civilians and insurgents?

Egypt supplied arms to the insurgents in contravention of the UN charter. Did the UK supply arms to Egypt for that purpose or did it buy arms from Egypt to be delivered to the insurgents?

Who supplied the former Libyan flags, uniforms and pre-made placards in English to the insurgents?

Would an islamic sharia government be better than the present people’s council?

Would a divided country be better than the former situation?

The present “opposition government” has trained forces of ~1000 men. Is that [a] a valid opposition [b] a valid government?

Is it true that in destroying Gaddafi’s government and infrastructure the country will be forced from it’s position as one with the healthiest and among the highest standards of living in Africa back to 3rd world status?

And to those who wonder, no I do not support Gaddafi’s methodology but neither do I support the war that the current action under the pretext of “a no fly zone and protecting civilians” gives every appearance of being. It has been said with justification that Libya is far from the top of the list of countries mistreating its citizens.

Updates and addendums

Canadian government collapses
Fri, 25 Mar 2011 18:42:03 GMT
Conservative Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has received a vote of no-confidence over "abuse of power" allegations, leading to the collapse of the government.
[...] Earlier this week, a parliamentary committee hit another blow to the government as it announced that the conservatives had hidden the full costs of a spending program from parliament and people.
"A government that breaks the rules and conceals facts from the Canadian people does not deserve to remain in office," Ignatieff noted.
The Liberals vowed to scrap $6.1 billion in corporate tax cuts and end extravagant multibillion-dollar plans to buy new fighter jets and build prison cells.
Press TV
http://previous.presstv.ir/det...

Libya says ready to accept AU mediation
Senior Libyan officials say the country's longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi is ready to accept an African Union-mediated political solution to the unfolding crisis in the country.
"We are ready to implement the Road Map envisaged [by] the High-Level Committee mandated by the Peace and Security Council of the African Union," the Libyan delegation to AU talks said in a statement in Addis Ababa on Friday.
This comes after the African leaders gathered in the Ethiopian capital to discuss the ongoing Libyan crisis.
Gaddafi had also dispatched a high-level delegation to join the African Union talks.
The talks also included EU, UN and Arab League representatives.
Press TV http://previous.presstv.ir/det...

AlJ Syria
8:15pm
Maamoun Al-Homsi,a leading Syrian opposition figure, called on the international community to intervene to stop "the massacres against civilians by President Bashar al-Assad's regime" in protests across Syria.
"There are killed and wounded and those who are arrested in all the provinces," he told Reuters by telephone from Canada, referring to protests that spread beyond the southern town of Daraa on Friday challenging Assad's rule.
[A proper job for Dave and The Crusaders and the UN rubber stampers?]

TUC March march is tomorrow
Rumours that police protesting redundancies will join the march are not yet substantiated. :)
All welcome except troublemakers.
http://marchforthealternative....
Stagger your arrival times:
The march assembles from 11am, but it will still be leaving at 2pm and possibly even later. Londoners might want to arrive later on. It’ll reduce your waiting times on the Embankment, as well as letting colleagues who’ve come the furthest distances to more easily get to their early coaches home.

Arrive from the rear of the march:
The front of the march will be forming up from Embankment tube, but unless you are coming very early, please use stations further back as when the Embankment is full we will need to route people to the rear via side streets. So think stations like Southwark, Mansion House, Bank and Farringdon. There is detailed advice on our website.

Be Patient:

The form up in particular will take some time. People arriving at the assembly area from side-streets and across bridges may have to queue to join the march. So if you need to wait, this is simply because the assembly area is full.

Follow @march26march on Twitter:
for our official information on where to join the march and what is going on. We’re going to be using the hashtag #26march, so please do share your photos and tweets with us – we’d love to see them!
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Oh dear.

The Egyptian cabinet approved yesterday a decree-law that criminalises strikes, protests, demonstrations and sit-ins that interrupt private or state owned businesses or affect the economy in any way.
http://english.ahram.org.eg/Ne...

24 March
Protests spread to Belgium...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

I didn't ask  - do only armed forces work in artillery factories?

Con Coughlin wrote-
Yemen and Syria pose a greater threat to us than Libya
Unlike Libya, both countries pose an active and current threat to our everyday well-being.
I fully concede that Muammar Gaddafi and his dysfunctional family should be removed from power at the earliest opportunity. But these days they can hardly be said to pose a serious threat to our security, having surrendered their investment in nuclear proliferation and international terrorism many years ago.
But the same cannot be said for Syria and Yemen, two countries that, in their different ways, pose an active and current threat to our everyday well-being.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/com...

Iran's hand is strongly suggested to be supportive in Syria and Yemen in more ways than mere words. That suggests it may be supporting the Libyan insurgency with arms as with Afghanistan and perhaps even with military.

In the Israeli gov''ts situation I would be trying to avoid giving the Palestinians and Lebanese justification to fire rockets and putting an end to settlement building work to reduce the number of reasons the islamics will have to attack them.
An unsettling thought is if the "liberated" countries form a centrally controlled union.

[Syrians are dying for their cause]
DT
88.55 The Syrian government has claimed that the protesters killed by security forces in Deraa this week were insurgents. @BBCWORLD has tweeted:
Twitter - Adviser to #Syrian President Assad tells BBC 34 killed in #Deraa protests by ´armed fundamentalists'

[Yemenians are ramping up the protests]
DT
08.57 Yemeni forces are trying to prevent anti-government protesters from reaching the capital Sanaa, witnesses have told AP. The troops are manning checkpoints on roads leading to Sanaa, trying to identify protesters. Demonstrators are trying to gather a million people today to demand the departure of Yemen's ruler of three decades, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Last Friday, security forces opened fire on demonstrators, killing more than 40.
09.23 Hundreds of thousands of rival demonstrators have gathered for separate rallies in Yemen's capital, AFP has reported. Anti-regime protesters poured into a square near Sanaa University where they have been camped since February 21, as regime loyalists crowded a nearby square in response to a call from the longtime president. The army and opposition activists set up separate checkpoints at entrances the square near the university, searching people entering and leaving the epicentre of the revolt against Saleh's three-decade rule.

[While the Libyan insurgents are stalemated, more evidence of war rather than "protecting civilians"]
09.14 French and British warplanes attacked Libyan targets overnight near the town of Ajdabiya as part of coordinated strikes against Gaddafi's forces. France's army chief of staff, Adm Edouard Guillaud, said a strike had destroyed an artillery factory. Ajdabiya has been under siege for more than a week, with the rebels holding the city center under shelling from government troops positioned on the outskirts.
Guillard also said that French forces destroyed a military base, a munitions depot and maintenance facilities inside Libya on Thursday, AP reported.

The paranoid Israeli gov't must be freaking out the way this is spreading. If it all comes to pass as in Egypt Israel will be surrounded by islamic sharia governments.

Syria, also see:
http://blogs.aljazeera.net/liv...
If the Yemen blog is updated to today I'll post a link.

Negative on Libya. US – plane talk. Top Secrets

….US-led military operations in Libya have received negative responses from different countries and also parties within the US.
Dennis Kucinich — a US Democrat — has severely slammed President Barack Obama for his decision to attack Libya. He says the attack is outside the US constitution and that Obama must be impeached for the move.
Other representatives including Democrats Jerrold Nadler and Michael Capuano have taken a similar stance.
Germany has already announced that it has pulled out of NATO operations in the Mediterranean.
Italy says it will review the use of its bases for attacks on Libyan regime forces unless NATO leads the operations.
Russia, China and India as well as several other countries have also opposed the military campaign in Libya. / From Press TV US-led strikes target Libyan city

‘Over 350 planes in US-led Libya war’

More than 350 aircraft are participating in the US-led campaign of military airstrikes against Libya, a US official says.
“More than 350 aircraft are involved in some capacity. Only slightly more than half belong to the United States.” AFP quoted US Navy Vice Admiral William Gortney as saying on Thursday at a Pentagon briefing.
As the Western alliance’s military operations entered its six day on Thursday Gortney added, “It’s fair to say the coalition is growing in both size and capability every day.”  /Press TV
[And when (if) the US withdraws its forces, over half the coalition's jets over the weekend?]

The relationships between some coalition members, Al Qaeda and the Libyan insurgents included in the following article from Peter Dale Scott’s Libyan Notebook.
Who are the Libyan Freedom Fighters and Their Patrons?
Sections:
I. Who Are the Libyan Opposition
1) Historically
2) National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL)
3) National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO)
4) Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, LIFG)
5) Transitional National Council
6) Facebook
7) Oil

II. Where Are the Libyan Rebel Arms Coming From?
Robert Fisk, “Libya in turmoil: America’s secret plan to arm Libya’s rebels;
Obama asks Saudis to airlift weapons into Benghazi,” Independent, March 7, 2011
“Libya rebels coordinating with West on air assault,” Los Angeles Times, March 24, 2011
“Egypt Said to Arm Libya Rebels,” Wall Street Journal, March 17, 2011
Benjamin Gottlieb, “Egypt Arms Libyan Rebels As Gaddafi’s Conquest Continues,” NeonTommy Annenberg Digital News, March 17, 2011
Yoichi Shimatsu, “Mideast Revolutions and 9-11 Intrigues Created in Qatar,” New America Media, March 1, 2011 /The Asia-Pacific Journal (via Global Research)

Well I never!

Fancy that, the Canadian gov’t tumbled for being dishonest.  Not much chance of that happening in the UK where the opposition is also a  QUAEFOP (Quasi autonomous EC fascists’ owned party)
http://previous.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=171648&sectionid=351020701

Libya: The Objective of “Humanitarian Bombing” is Death and Destruction
The Bombing of Civilian Targets
The objective is not to come to the rescue of civilians.Quite the opposite. Both military as well as civilian targets have been pre-selected.Civilian casualties are intentional.
They are not the result of “collateral damage”.Early reports confirm that hospitals, civilian airports and government buildings have been bombed.Within hours of the air attacks, a Libyan government health official “said the death toll from the Western air strikes had risen to 64 on Sunday after some of the wounded died.”
The number of wounded was of the order of 150. (Montreal Gazette, Gadhafi hurls defiance as allied forces strike Libya, March 19, 2011).
The death toll resulting from aerial bombings and missile attacks (March 24) is of the order of 100 civilians, according to Libyan government sources ( UN Chief Expects Int’l Community to Avoid Civilian Casualties in Libya, March 25, 2011)
Media Disinformation
These deaths resulting from US-NATO missiles and aerial bombings are either denied or casually dismissed as `collateral damage`. According to British Foreign Secretary William Hague modern humanitarian warfare does result in civilian deaths, a totally absurd proposition:
“This operation has been doing what it was meant to do, protect the civilian population of Libya, and there is no confirmed evidence of any casualties at all, civilian casualties, caused by the coalition strikes on the Gaddafi regime,” (British Foreign Secretary William Hague,  No evidence of civilian casualties in Libya strikes: UK  Reuters, March 25, 2011)
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates confirms that “The coalition is going to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties and most of the targets are air defence targets isolated from populated areas.” (West trying to avoid Libyan civilian deaths: Robert Gates – World – DNA, March 22, 2011)
The objective of the media disinformation campaign is to blatantly obfuscate the loss of life of civilians.  Western media reports on casualties are heavily convoluted. Tomahawk missiles and aerial bombings are upheld as instruments of peace and democracy. They do not result in civilian deaths.
Without media disinformation, the legitimacy of the military operation under R2P would collapse like a deck of card.  /More Global research
[Bear in mind not just the UK gov't and media have mastered the art of disinformation.]

CCNet - U.S. Has Earth’s Largest Energy Resources

CCNet – 25 March 2011

The Climate Policy Network 

U.S. Has Earth’s Largest Energy Resources

In case anyone missed it, let me repeat something that is of a magnitude of 10 on the scale of news-quakes for Joe Public USA: America’s combined energy resources are, according to a new report from the Congressional Research Service (CSR), the largest on earth. They eclipse Saudi Arabia (3rd), China (4th) and Canada (6th) combined – and that’s without including America’s shale oil deposits and, in the future, the potentially astronomic impact of methane hydrates. -- Peter C Glover, Energy Tribune, 24 March 2011

I am very worried about the budget announcement on the carbon floor price; it's like a super tax on our manufacturing industry. The proposed carbon floor tax would make us uncompetitive even compared to our European competitors, and will drive companies like Tata to invest elsewhere. --Labour MP Nia Griffith, BBC News, 24 March 2011

Households will be hit by an average £17 rise in electricity bills as a result of green measures in the Budget, it emerged today. Pain will be felt hardest by the poor, single parents and the elderly with a risk that fuel poverty will get worse. --Craig Woodhouse, London Evening Standard, 24 March 2011

The global warming hysteria is well and truly over. How do we know? Because all the relevant indicators – polls, news coverage, government u-turns and a manifest lack of interest among policy makers – show a steep and deepening decline in public concern about climate change. –Benny Peiser, Public Service Europe, 23 March 2011

“Within a decade, there will be no more snows of Kilimanjaro” due to warming temperatures, former vice president Al Gore stated in 2006. “Unfortunately, we made the prediction. I wish we hadn’t,” says Douglas R. Hardy, a UMass geoscientist who was among 11 co-authors of the paper in the journal Science that sparked the pessimistic Kilimanjaro forecast. “None of us had much history working on that mountain, and we didn’t understand a lot of the complicated processes on the peak like we do now.”-- Stan Freeman, MassLive, 19 March 2011 

1) U.S. Has Earth’s Largest Energy Resources -- Energy Tribune, 24 March 2011

2) Europe Boosts Shale Gas Search as Nuclear Crisis May Spur Demand -- Bloomberg, 24 March 2011

3) Britain's Green Suicide Note -- BBC News, 24 March 2011

4) Osborne's Carbon Tax Will Hit Poor And Elderly Hard -- London Evening Standard, 24 March 2011

5) Benny Peiser: Climate Fatigue Leaves Global Warming In The Cold -- Public Service Europe, 23 March 2011

6) Brendan O'Neill: Debate Over Nuclear Power Driven By Doom-Mongers -- The Daily Telegraph, 23 March 2011

7) Snows Of Kilimanjaro Defy Global Warming Predictions -- MassLive, 19 March 2011

Liars. Cameron, Hague and the rest

What effing use is the UN?
Libya is not about a no fly zone. It is most definitely not about protecting civilians. It is not about establishing democracy. The insurgents are islamic activists many of whom most likely fought against the US and UK in Iraq, they are supported at least by al Qaeda, Egypt, Saudi and Iran. They are in the minority as far as support goes, it is an E. Libyan thing arranged by external actors. The opposition “gov’t” is very likely owned.

The UK has gone to war against the Libyan government – that was exercising its legal right under the UN charter to quell armed insurgency – by lying to the UN and the UK public to recover a sponsored, floundering minority coup attempt that has been years in the preparation aided by the CIA and UK secret services (with full knowledge of UK leaders). Here is the latest act of war in a long string.

DT Libya Live
11.29 The latest from Damien McElroy in Tripoli;
Libya’s army has retreated from Ajdabiyah under [aircraft bombing and] fire from the international coalition which is using its might to back an opposition offensive, Khaled Kaim, Libya’s deputy foreign minister, has said.
Tripoli said it would protest to the UN Security Council over the involvement of international forces in weakening the control of Libyan forces over the frontline town of Ajbadiyah, which fell to the rebels this morning.
Mr Kaim said the Libyan armed forces had undertaken a tactical pullback. “The involvement of the coaltion was very direct. They were very involved – that’s why the Libyan armed forces decided to leave Ajdabiyah,” he said.
The aerial attacks on Libyan positions demonstrated foreign forces were attempting to spark a civil war. “What they are doing now is trying to push the country to a civil war,” he said.
[This is a coalition victory, not an insurgent victory. ]
11.47 The Sunday Telegraph’s Colin Freeman has entered the centre of Ajdabiyah, which is now under rebel control.
Colin Freeman
He says:
Quote Lots of pumped-up people firing guns everywhere – all in celebration. No signs of Gaddafi troops, at least in the centre of town. Some damage to buildings in the centre but far from completely flattened – most of the damage seems to be on the outskirts. Not many civilian residents left, most had already departed, apart from men who were fighting for the rebels. Now people are starting to pour in from outside.
["Not many civilian residents left..." so how was this protecting civilians?]

Cameron has lied to the country, lied to the UN and used UK forces illegally to commit illegal acts. He and probably the CIA (I hesitate to say Obama who appears to be a mushroom), likely Sarkozy and the other asshole Rumpoy give every appearance of having aided and abetted arming insurgents using Egypt and Saudi contravening UN rules and now Cameron wants the insurgents to be further armed.
The liars including UN puppets need to be called to account. The opposition (Labour, the second cheek of the tripartite coalition) was in on it so there will be no call from them.

Libyan Hospitals Attacked. Libyan Sources: Three French Jets Downed Global Research
The U.S. and its allies are embarking on another regime change operation. Before they started their attacks on the Libyans, they admitted that there would be civilian causalities in an act of irony. They claim to be acting to save civilians, but they will be killing them.
“Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the action amounts to an ‘act of war’ that is critical to remove Moammar Gadhafi from power before he massacres any more of his own people,” according to the Edmonton Journal. [1] It also added: “The prime minister acknowledged that the military operation will be complex and could lead to casualties among the very civilians that nations are trying to protect, and perhaps among the military personnel being sent to Libya.” [2]
The war criminals are back at it again.
Hours after the attacks, sources in Libya have reported that three medical facilities were bombarded. [3] Two were hospitals and one a medical clinic. [4] These were civilian facilities.
Al-Tajura Hospital was hit as was Saladin Hospital in Ain Zara. The clinic that was bombed was also located in the vicinity of Tripoli, the Libyan capital.[5] Not only where these civilian structures, but they were also all far away from the combat zone.
Civilian air facilities throughout Libya have been attacked. [6] Libyan sources have also said that all the Libyan military academies have also been destroyed. [7] This is a means to prevent Libya from training officers to defend itself.
The same sources have also said that all Libyan military bases were attacked, even ones that have no connection with imposing a no-fly zone. Libyan air bases, naval bases, and ground bases were attacked by the new Iraq-style “coalition of the willing.” Moreover, a vast naval blockade around Libya has now been imposed by the U.S. and its allies.
According to (unconfirmed) internal Libyan sources, two French jets were also shot down by the Libyan military near Janzour (Janzur/Zanzur). [7] According to the same source, another French military jet was shot down by the Libyans near Anjile. [8] People in Benghazi are also fleeing the city, because of the war. [9] Surt (Sidra) and Misratah have also been attacked by the French, the U.S., the British and their coalition allies. [10]
The U.S. and its allies are now the ones that are creating a real humanitarian disaster. /more

They have called for insurgents to be given arms and that is against the UN charter. Saudi and Egypt under UK and US direction have been accused of supply arms already. Thiş is a coup attempt that was seen to totally fail and that was when the puppet UN acted with unique alacrity to permit the actors to bomb the Libyan government forces that were conducting their legal right to combat armed insurgency.

Who Are the Libyan Opposition [Large excerpt from Peter Dale Scott's Libyan Notebook -Who are the Libyan Freedom Fighters and Their Patrons?]
1) Historically:
“If Muammar Al Gaddafi behaved paranoid, it was for good reason. It wasn’t long after he reached the age of 27 and led a small group of junior military officers in a bloodless coup d’état against Libyan King Idris on September 1, 1969, that threats to his power and life emerged – from monarchists, Israeli Mossad, Palestinian disaffections, Saudi security, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL), the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO), British intelligence, United States antagonism and, in 1995, the most serious of all, Al Qaeda-like Libyan Islamic fighting group, known as Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya. The Colonel reacted brutally, by either expelling or killing those he feared were against him.”3
2) National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL)
“With the aim of overthrowing Libyan strongman Muammar Khadafy, Israel and the U.S. trained anti-Libyan rebels in a number of West and Central African countries. The Paris-based African Confidential newsletter reported on January 5th, 1989, that the US and Israel had set up a series of bases in Chad and other neighboring countries to train 2000 Libyan rebels captured by the Chad army. The group, called The National Front for the Salvation of Libya, was based in Chad.”4
“US official records indicate that funding for the Chad-based secret war against Libya also came from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Israel and Iraq. The Saudis, for instance, donated $7m to an opposition group, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (also backed by French intelligence and the CIA). But a plan to assassinate Gadafi and take over the government on 8 May 1984 was crushed. In the following year, the US asked Egypt to invade Libya and overthrow Gadafi but President Mubarak refused. By the end of 1985, the Washington Post had exposed the plan after congressional leaders opposing it wrote in protest to President Reagan.”5
“The FNSL [National Front for the Salvation of Libya] was part of the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition held in London in 2005, and British resources are being used to support the FNSL and other ‘opposition’ in Libya…. The FNSL held its national congress in the USA in July 2007. Reports of ‘atrocities’ and civilian deaths are being channeled into the western press from operations in Washington DC, and the opposition FNSL is reportedly organizing resistance and military attacks from both inside and outside Libya.”6
3) National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO),
“The main group leading the insurrection is the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition which includes the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL). The NFSL, which is leading the violence, is a U.S.-sponsored armed militia of mostly Libyan expatriates and tribes opposed to al-Qaddafi.”7
4) Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya (Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, LIFG)
“The LIFG was founded in 1995 by a group of mujahideen veterans who had fought against the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Upon their return to Libya they grew angry about what they viewed as the corruption and impiety of the Libyan regime and formed the LIFG to create a state that would show what they believed to be the true character of the Libyan people.
The most significant LIFG attack was a 1996 attempt to assassinate Gadhafi; LIFG members led by Wadi al-Shateh threw a bomb underneath his motorcade. The group also stages guerilla-style attacks against government security forces from its mountain bases. Although most LIFG members are strictly dedicated to toppling Gadhafi, intelligence reportedly indicates that some have joined forces with al-Qaida to wage jihad against Libyan and Western interests worldwide. ….
As recently as February 2004, then-Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee that “one of the most immediate threats [to U.S. security] is from smaller international Sunni extremist groups that have benefited from al-Qaida links. They include … the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group.”8
“In recent days Libyan officials have distributed security documents giving the details of Sufiyan al-Koumi, said to be a driver for Osama bin Laden, and of another militant allegedly involved in an “Islamic emirate” in Derna, in now-liberated eastern Libya. Koumi, the documents show, was freed in September 2010 as part of a “reform and repent” initiative organised by Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi’s son….
The LIFG, established in Afghanistan in the 1990s, has assassinated dozens of Libyan soldiers and policemen. In 2009, to mark Gaddafi’s 40 years in power, it apologised for trying to kill him and agreed to lay down its arms. MI6 [British Intelligence] has been accused in the past of supporting it. Six LIFG leaders, still in prison, disavowed their old ways and explained why fighting Gaddafi no longer constituted “legitimate” jihad. Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi, another freed LIFG member, denied the official claims. “Gaddafi is trying to divide the people,” he told al-Jazeera. “He claims that there is an Islamist emirate in Derna and that I am its emir. He is taking advantage of the fact that I am a former political prisoner.”
Derna is famous as the home of a large number of suicide bombers in Iraq. It is also deeply hostile to Gaddafi. “Residents of eastern Libya in general, and Derna in particular, view the Gaddadfa (Gaddafi’s tribe) as uneducated, uncouth interlopers from an inconsequential part of the country who have ’stolen’ the right to rule in Libya,” US diplomats were told in 2008, in a cable since released by WikiLeaks.
The last 110 members of the LIFG were freed on 16 February, the day after the Libyan uprising began. One of those released, Abdulwahab Mohammed Kayed, is the brother of Abu Yahya Al Libi, one of al Qaida’s top propagandists. Koumi fled Libya and is said to have ended up in Afghanistan working for Bin Laden. Captured in Pakistan, he was handed over to the US and sent to Guantánamo Bay in 2002. In 2009 he was sent back to Libya.9 US counter-terrorist experts have expressed concern that al-Qaida could take advantage of a political vacuum if Gaddafi is overthrown. But most analysts say that, although the Islamists’ ideology has strong resonance in eastern Libya, there is no sign that the protests are going to be hijacked by them.10
“Fierce clashes between [Qadhafi's] security forces and Islamist guerrillas erupted in Benghazi in September 1995, leaving dozens killed on both sides. After weeks of intense fighting, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) formally declared its existence in a communiqué calling Qadhafi’s government “an apostate regime that has blasphemed against the faith of God Almighty” and declaring its overthrow to be “the foremost duty after faith in God.” [3] This and future LIFG communiqués were issued by Libyan Afghans who had been granted political asylum in Britain…. The involvement of the British government in the LIFG campaign against Qadhafi remains the subject of immense controversy. LIFG’s next big operation, a failed attempt to assassinate Qadhafi in February 1996 that killed several of his bodyguards, was later said to have been financed by British intelligence to the tune of $160,000, according to ex-MI5 officer David Shayler. [4] While Shayler’s allegations have not been independently confirmed, it is clear that Britain allowed LIFG to develop a base of logistical support and fundraising on its soil. At any rate, financing by bin Laden appears to have been much more important. According to one report, LIFG received up to $50,000 from the Saudi terrorist mastermind for each of its militants killed on the battlefield.” [2005]11
“Americans, Britons and the French are finding themselves as comrades in arms with the rebel Islamic Fighting Group, the most radical element in the Al Qaeda network [to bring down Gaddhafi]. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton admitted the risks of the unholy alliance in a congressional hearing, saying that the Libyan opposition is probably more anti-American than Muammar Gaddhafi. A decade ago, this very same delusion of a Western-Islamist partnership in Kosovo, Bosnia and Chechnya ended abruptly in the 9/11 attacks.”12
5) Transitional National Council
“A RIVAL transitional government to the regime of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi looks set to win US and other international support as momentum builds to oust the longtime dictator.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton confirmed yesterday that the Obama administration was reaching out to opponents of Colonel Gaddafi. She said the US was willing to offer ‘any kind of assistance’ to remove him from power.
Protest leaders who have taken control in Libya’s eastern cities claim to have established a transitional “national council” that amounts to rival rule. They have called on the country’s army to join them as they prepare for an attack on the capital, Tripoli, where the Libyan leader retains control.
Confident the Libyan leader’s 42-year rule was coming to an end, Mrs Clinton said yesterday: ‘We are just at the beginning of what will follow Gaddafi.’”13

Perhaps the April6 Youth Movement (AYM) will choose its senior members (Soros, Clinton, Rice, Power) and associates more carefully in future after its experience in Egypt where protests have been outlawed, Mubarak henchmen look set to be reinstated and religionists have marginalised the protesters.

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I’m going shopping to see if I can find a bullet proof jacket…
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I’d like to end with an appeal to Libyan expats that are considering retaliation against the UK.

We have been just as screwed as you, please don’t add to the misery.

Addendum
A commenter to DT’s Libya Live tony_opmoc gave this excerpt from
The CIA’s Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATO Troops in Iraq
2007 West Point Study Shows Benghazi-Darnah-Tobruk Area was a World Leader in Al Qaeda Suicide Bomber Recruitment
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[tony_opmoc] A reasonable analysis of what this is all about has been written by Webster Tarpley. If you are not already confused, then you should be. Just keep your eye on the oil as that is the obvious target.
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Extract
What is al Qaeda and Why the CIA Has Used It
Al Qaeda is not a centralized organization, but rather a gaggle or congeries of fanatics, dupes, psychotics, misfits, double agents, provocateurs, mercenaries, and other elements. As noted, Al Qaeda was founded by the United States and the British during the struggle against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Many of its leaders, such as the reputed second-in-command Ayman Zawahiri and the current rising star Anwar Awlaki, are evidently double agents of MI-6 and/or the CIA. The basic belief structure of Al Qaeda is that all existing Arab and Moslem governments are illegitimate and should be destroyed, because they do not represent the caliphate which Al Qaeda asserts is described by the Koran. This means that the Al Qaeda ideology offers a ready and easy way for the Anglo-American secret intelligence agencies to attack and destabilize existing Arab and Muslim governments as part of the ceaseless need of imperialism and colonialism to loot and attack the developing nations. This is precisely what is happening in Libya today.
The Obama method is to use Al Qaeda to overthrow independent governments, and then either Balkanize and partition the countries in question, or else use them as kamikaze puppets against larger enemies like Russia, China, or Iran. This approach implies a more or less open fraternization with terrorist groups, which was signaled in a general way in Obamas famous Cairo speech of 2009. The links of the Obama campaign to the terrorist organizations deployed by the CIA against Russia were already a matter of public record three years ago.

The Scenario Uncovered by the 1995 Shayler Affair is Operative Today

In 1995, David Shayler, an official of the British counterintelligence organization MI-5, became aware that his counterpart at the British foreign espionage organization MI-6 had paid the sum of £100,000 to an Al Qaeda affiliate in exchange for the attempt to assassinate Qaddafi. The assassination attempt did occur, and killed several innocent bystanders, but failed to eliminate the Libyan ruler. As Shayler understood the MI-6 scenario, it included the liquidation of Gaddafi, followed by the descent of Libya into chaos and tribal warfare, with a possible option for a direct seizure of power by al Qaeda itself. This situation would then provide a pretext for Britain, probably but not necessarily acting together with the United States or other countries, to invade Libya and seize control of the oil fields, probably establishing a permanent protectorate over the oil regions, the pipelines, and the coast.31 This remains the goal today.
Timed to coincide with the attempt to assassinate Qaddafi, MI-6 and other Western secret intelligence agencies fomented a considerable insurrection in northeast Libya, almost precisely in the same areas which are in rebellion today. Its insurrection was successfully crushed by Qaddafi’s forces by the end of 1996. The events of 2011 are simply a reprise of the imperialist attack on Libya 15 years ago, with the addition of outside intervention..”
So we get the oil, which apparently is worth a lot more than the bombs we use to splatter to pieces the opponents of Al Qaeda.
Apparently we will do absolutely anything to steal oil and have no concern whether we are fighing against Islamic Terrorists – or with them as is apparently the case in Libya…
I hope you understand all the reasons why.
Its the oil stupid.
I don’t know why we don’t just ask nicely for it instead – and give them lots of nice US Dollars instead of bombs. But apparently that is not good for arms sales.
So in my book that makes David Cameron a war criminal – just like Tony Blair.
Tony

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And the state bank!

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The plot thickens:
Anti-Gaddafi plot conceived in Paris – Voltaire Network
http://rt.com/news/voltaire-ne...