April 12th, 2011

Libyagate: Gaddafi Buys African Union Peace Plan

DT article here: Libya: Col Gaddafi 'accepts road map to peace'
Government 'rows back on defence cuts to fund conflicts in Libya and Afghanistan' DT
The RAF and Royal Navy are to receive emergency funds from the Treasury to support operations in Libya and Afghanistan after Whitehall chiefs backtracked on the defence budget.
It is estimated that the Treasury will give the Ministry of Defence an extra £100million to keep the forces at strength.
[From the legendary, apparently bottomless "reserve fund"?]

Back at the scene of the crimes
The question is will the puppeteers accept it. Should they, will they then call off their poorly supported rag tag brigade of local and imported extremists, mercenaries, criminals, defected regulars, naive students and citizens, will the extremist factions heed their call or will NATO be obliged to bomb the coalition's ground force?
With regard to mercenaries in the pay of the insurgents, I expect they will melt away as the money runs out. Those paid directly by foreign to Libya interests will likely stay the course.

Libyan Rebels Reject to Ceasefire without Gadhafi Pullback AFP via Naharnet
Libyan rebels said Monday that any ceasefire would require the withdrawal of government troops from the streets and freedom of expression, as African mediators were due in their stronghold.

NATO says Libya airstrikes to continue despite peace plan
"We will continue to put pressure on forces threatening civilians and our operations will continue," a NATO official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"Our aircraft are still flying and when we see a threat to civilians, we will engage," the official said.
[Yesterday or the day before reporters said Ajdabiye was like a ghost town.]
Looking at a satellite pic of Ajdabiya there are a helluva lot of vehicles in the centre. Doesn't seem to be much going on in the way of shelling or bombing. Looking away from the centre there are very few vehicles to be seen suggesting that reports saying the inhabitants fled are accurate.

Via Google Earth

Libya Rebels had NATO Weapons from Day 1 grtv
Libyan rebels from the Feb. 17 armed coup attempt to overthrow the Libyan government had brand new weapons since the first day of the uprising. These weapons were of non-Libyan origin and had already been secretly imported into Libya in advance of Feb. 17. There are millions of dollars worth of technically advanced light and heavy weaponry.   
It appears that there were secret foreign benefactors giving state-of-the-art weapons to Benghazi terror gangs in the coup attempt, and the video even shows Western trainers showing them how to use the weapons against the Libyan Army. The Benghazi terrorist Libyan rebels from the Feb. 17 uprising appear to be paid mercenaries and Libyan expatriates, mixed in with naive students and Al Qaeda veteran foreign fighters, who each hope that they will come out on top.
Evidence indicates that the rebels are ex-patriate Libyans on CIA and MI6 payrolls who have been sent back and have infiltrated Libya as part of the coup attempt against the Libyan government of Col. Muammar Al Gaddafi.
[The "evidence" presented is unsubstantiated but several times I've seen expressions of surprise by reporters at how well armed the insurgents are, followed by the recent sudden appearance of insurgents' heavy armour that does not appear to be of Libyan origin.
I think the CIA, MI6 and French SS involvement is beyond doubt as is the foreign financial and logistical support of the almost blatantly fabricated uprising that overtook the peaceful protest by the youth of Benghazi.

The probably UN regulation breaking offer by the UK gov't to give the insurgents Libyan lira printed in the UK, the establishment of a central bank and oil company so rapidly after the civil war erupted and Sarkozy and Cameron's enthusiasm point to a coup attempt prearranged and additional to US money, financed by the coalition of central bank run EC countries brought to the party via the CIA. I suspect the Obama puppet was a mushroom till the last possible moment.

It is worth noting that attention is increasingly being directed away from Libya as revelations of deception are uncovered. I'll probably soon have to go to foreign sources for info if the MSM continues its past support of gov't double dealing. "Live reports" days may be numbered.

Where next? Syria has oil. Iran has oil. The other country with a non cartel central bank, Korea is a bit close to and friendly with China, little of consequence in mineral and hydrocarbon deposits so gets a pass for now.

From the live reports:

Al J GMT+2
(Yesterday) 11:34pm Anita reminds us of the contents of the Africa Union roadmap:
1. Ceasefire & protection of civilians.
2. Humanitarian aid for Libyans & foreign workers - especially Africans.
3. Dialogue between the two sides.
4. An inclusive transitional period.
5. Political reforms which "meet the aspirations of the Libyan people".
If Zuma's right, and Gaddafi has accepted these proposals, that could be pretty significant

(Today) 0:37am South African President Jacob Zuma said that the AU would be "making a call to NATO to cease the bombing... and give the ceasefire a chance".

NATO said on Monday it had taken note of reports of an African Union proposal for a ceasefire in Libya and that the military alliance welcomed all efforts to end the violence against civilians.
[So the poorly justified, probably illegal bombing of Libya will continue...]

Rebels claim they have now re-taken control of Ajdabiya, however, it has come at a heavy price as many lives were lost in the city that has borne the brunt of the constantly shifting frontlines.

11:20am Representatives from the African Union have arrived in Benghazi in eastern Libya, with their roadmap to peace. They say Gaddafi has already accepted the proposal.

11:43am Pro-Gaddafi forces have fired grenade rockets into the Libyan city of Misurata on Monday, and bombardment is still continuing - according to a rebel spokesman.

Arab League to Ask U.N. for No-Fly Zone in Gaza, Says Moussa AFP via Naharnet

As the French ban on burqas (the head to toe covering favoured by devoutly superstitious muslims that is in fact a cultural thing) becomes law, trouble is expected. What is the motive? The EC opens the gates and actively encourages and pays immigrants to enter then incites violence.

3:30pm NATO's secretary general says military action alone won't solve the crisis in Libya.
But Anders Fogh Rasmussen said any cease-fire in the north African county must be "credible and verifiable".

3:56pm Franco Frattini, Italian foreign minister, says:
"We need to support countries going toward a more democratic framework. Refusing a paternalistic approach, we have to encourage, to support, to help.
In Libya ... we need to increase miliary pressure while searching for a real ceasefire - not just  It is extremely difficult to envisage a ceasefire enacted after the horrific crimes enacted by Gaddafi ...
The future for Libya should include the removal of Colonel Gaddafi."
[Has he become the leader of the insurgency, or is it what he wants?]

4:21pm Fierce fighting continues in Libya's city of Misurata, 200km east of capital Tripoli.
"Heavy and fierce fighting is now taking place at the eastern entrance to the city and in the centre ... on Tripoli Street," a resident named Abdelsalam, told Reuters by telephone.

5:43pm Mustafa Jabril, TNC spokesman:
    This proposal today was determined more than a month ago, the initiative comes in line with the resolutions of the UN Security Council - including the ceasefire, protection of civilians, and granting the freedom of the Libyan people to determine their future.
    Col Gaddafi during this time [this past month] did not respect these resolutions and continued to bombard civilians from the air and artillery shelling. He laid siege with militia forces and positioned security personnel in plain clothes and snipers on rooftops - which cannot allow the Libyan people to determine their future.
    For more than one month, he has disregarded the UN resolutions.
    You are aware how many deaths and injuries have occured this month. You are also aware how many material assets have been destroyed, how many oil fields wrecked. Therefore, this porposal presented today is outdated.
    We are also aware the demands of our people from day one is that Gaddafi must step down. Therefore, any initiiative which does not include this key popular demand will not be regarded.
    Muammar Gaddafi and his sons should depart immediately [applause].
    If he will, to save himself, otherwise the flood of the Libyan people is heading its way to him [more applause]
    We cannot negotiate the blood of our martyrs. We will die with them or be rewarded with victory.
    I must extend my thanks to the international forces which have saved the lives of civilians.
    Without the air strikes that have destroyed Gaddafi's forces, we would have been history. We hail their efforts and ask for more, in accordance with the UN Security Council resolution, which stipulates that, for the protection of civilians, all necessary measures must be taken in this respect.

5:58pm  Mohamed Ben-Madani, editor of the Maghreb Review, tells Al Jazeera: "What they have done is to give Gaddafi a great propaganda score ... But time is on the side of the national council. Once they get better communication and reorganise their forces, they will win this war."
[Better communication with the bomber command?]

6:51pm Anti-Gaddafi fighters say attacks on the town of Misurata stepped up over the course of the day.
They said it was the first time Gaddafi's troops had used Russian-made Grad rockets - munitions fired in multiple rounds from launchers on the back of trucks - which take their name from the Russian word for "hail".
Mahmoud Amloda, a spokesman for the fighters, told Reuters:
    This is a new escalation and a new level. We do not see any sign of a ceasefire. We do not want war. But what choice do we have? We have to defend ourselves.
    He (Gaddafi) is destroying everything like a madman and causing havoc.

7:00pm Chad denies  that members of its republican guard are fighting in Libya alongside Gaddafi's forces

7:15pm The Rwandan government has frozen Libyan hotel assets, taking custody of Libyan-owned shares in the Laico Hotel in Kigali. Finance Minister John Rwangombwa told Reuters:
"It is true Laico Hotel assets are frozen. But that freezing here means removal of Libyan influence in the management of the hotel and stopping any transfer of resources to the Libyan government or its beneficiaries."

7:55pm The White House says coalition forces "are not letting up" in Libya and, reacting to a ceasefire proposal, said actions by Muammar Gaddafi would "speak louder than words".

8:05pm Libya's Transitional National Council has rejected the African Union's proposal to negotiate a way out from the deepening crisis.
The Benghazi-based committee has made Gaddafi's removal from power a prerequisite for any talks with Tripoli.

8:07pm Al Jazeera's Anita McNaught tells us:
    No-one has told us officially - Gaddafi hasn't told us - that he is playing for time. But that could be his strategy now.
[All of us thought that is what he has been doing since the army was driven back from Benghazi.]

8:48pm State TV says NATO air strikes hit military and civilian sites in Al Jufrah district of central Libya, 460km southeast of Tripoli.

8:55pm Shelling in Misurata continues. A resident named Ghassan tells Reuters by phone:
    Pro-Gaddafi forces are now shelling Al Bira, a rebel-held area near Tripoli Street in the city centre, using heavy artillery.

[via twitter
Near Benghazi saw SUVs with UK plates, communications equipment, driven by men who looked British and military

Via Press TV
Egypt's military rulers have transferred former dictator Hosni Mubarak to the capital Cairo in a bid to probe his involvement in the killing of peaceful protesters.

Egyptian protesters have called for an end to the military rule in the country by continuing their protests in Cairo's Liberation Square.

Troops loyal to Ivory Coast president-elect Alassane Ouattara have detained incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo in the main city of Abidjan, the French ambassador says.

World needs new reserve currency' 
In an interview with Bloomberg on Sunday, Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said that a “global system” is needed to replace the dollar as a reserve currency and help avoid a weakening of US credit quality. 
[As much as it needs a chip in the neck! Who would run the world economy then, the IMF, BoE cartel direct or its other front, the Fed? Gold backed or a continuation of fiat currency fraud? ]

Check this out, the reason for manipulation/destabilisation of the world currencies (Iceland, UK, PIIGS) by big money. clubofrome.org/eng/meetings/vienna_2009/presentations/Hazel.Henderson.Vienna.Apr09.pdf

With Muscular Moves, Sarkozy Aims To Define An Independent France NPR
[Add Sarkozy's ego the list of reasons for Libya getting blitzed.]

BNP candidate arrested for Koran burning Voice of Russia

Pakistan Tells U.S. It Must Sharply Cut C.I.A. Activities NYT

Dispatch: Obstacles to a Cease-Fire in Libya Sratfor
[In fact both parties could be accused of using civilian areas for cover.]

Algeria worried over al-Qaida elements infiltrating to Libya: report Xinhuanet.
The terror group is preparing to launch a new war in Libya by training recruits from Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Niger and Mali, in mobile training bases.
The same source said foreign military aircrafts have recently carried out air strikes on desert lanes in the Libyan Sahara, 50 km from the border with Algeria. The air strikes were aimed at tracking down terrorists attempting to reach Libya via Niger, the source added

Libyagate: No relief from bombing in sight - coalition wants it all

Perhaps a fly on the wall overheard Sarkozy to Cameron - "we aren't seeing the spontaneous eruption of support we were promised by the secret services, what should we do?"
Cameron - "obviously we haven't dropped enough bombs."

Funny how the treasury can find extra millions to fund the bombing but couldn't find enough to stop people dying of cold weather. Obviously people give the gov't less bangs for the buck.

Not much action being reported in Libya except as post mortem. DT live has been put down or relocated to where there are more than a couple of thousand agents and people involved in the unrest. Al J looks to have been muted. Scanning over Gorgle Earth images (that may be old ones substituted by the service despite hourly updates, (can someone in the centre paint today's date on a roof?), Misurata looks remarkably damage free from above considering the flow of claims from from "Feb17" of interminable shells, rockets and grenades. Does everything stop for evening prayer and resume after the morning devotions?

The articles I've read about nuke bombs and the US are disturbing. How can the US consider nukes without the nation's common consent? This isn't the 3rd world war, perhaps one is wanted hence the provocation by nuke action?

Here's what Al J has (GMT+2) from last evening running into this a.m.:
1:35pm Meanwhile, over in Washington DC, Ali Aujali, a representative of the Libyan National Council, paid a visit to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI).
Here [image] he's chatting with none other than Paul Wolfowitz, who we all remember for his time as a member of the Bush Administratio

5:47 am It looks like ceasefire talks have collapsed for the moment as rebels say that the siege of Misurata by pro-Gaddafi forces make such talks meaningless. Reuters news agency reports:
    Rebels in the coastal city of Misurata, under siege for six weeks, scorned reports that Gaddafi had accepted a ceasefire,saying they were fighting house-to-house battles with his forces, who fired rockets into the city.
    Western leaders also rejected any deal that did not include Gaddafi's removal, and NATO refused to suspend its bombing of his forces unless there was a credible ceasefire."
[House to house. Perhaps that means the insurgents are using civilian houses to shelter,  the army targets them then NATO targets the army for attacking civilians. A ceasefire has to be simultaneous. Neither the coalition nor the Libyan gov't wants it apparently.]

Prime ministers don't lie. Do they?
Prime minister, did you lie to me? An interview shows that they do, habitually and for reasons other than national interest.
Talking of lying prime ministers:
Cameron On Cannabis
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

What is the problem with the Libyan government? Their leadership pillage the country far less than the banks and the EC reps in national gov'ts do in the EU. Their people have a better standard of living than much of the EU. Their gov't structure has a close resemblance to the EU gov't excepting the facade parliament. It ranks perhaps among the least brutal of the regimes around the world. The insurgency does not have popular support. Why was it attacked by the UK, US and French leaders? Why was a peaceful protest used to stage an insurgency?

What Would Happen If America saw this [Pretty much the same as happens in the MSM brainwashed UK. Nothing.]
A video that describes how big oil, big gov't and various other scum interfere and murder their way around the world to advance agendas.
The EC has almost completed the Nazi dream, a centrally governed Europe with bankers behind the scenes making the major decisions. And as experience shows both the facade of bankster and lobbyist puppets described as national governments and the puppeteers are making an unholy mess of running economies and the part of the world that has submitted to their stranglehold.

Turkey Arrests Istanbul's al-Qaida Chief

David Cameron's gift of war and racism, to them and us John Pilger
The Euro-American attack on Libya has nothing to do with protecting anyone; only the terminally naive believe such nonsense. It is the West’s response to popular uprisings in strategic, resource-rich regions of the world and the beginning of a war of attrition against the new imperial rival, China.
President Barack Obama’s historical distinction is now guaranteed. He is America’s first black president to invade Africa. His assault on Libya is run by the US Africa Command, which was set up in 2007 to secure the continent’s lucrative natural resources from Africa’s impoverished people and the rapidly spreading commercial influence of China. Libya, along with Angola and Nigeria, is China’s principal source of oil. As American, British and French planes currently incinerate both “bad” and “good” Libyans, the evacuation of 30,000 Chinese workers is under way, perhaps permanently. Statements by western officials and media that a “deranged and criminal Colonel Gaddafi” is planning “genocide” against his own people still await evidence. This is reminiscent of fraudulent claims that required “humanitarian intervention” in Kosovo, the final dismemberment of Yugoslavia and the establishment of the biggest US military base in Europe.
The detail is also familiar. The Libyan “pro-democracy rebels” are reportedly commanded by Colonel Khalifa Haftar who, according to a study by the US Jamestown Foundation, set up the Libyan National Army in 1988 “with strong backing from the Central Intelligence Agency”. For the past 20 years, Colonel Haftar has been living not far from Langley, Virginia, home of the CIA, which also provides him with a training camp. The Mujihadeen, which produced al-Qaida, and the Iraqi National Congress, which scripted the Bush/Blair lies about Iraq, were sponsored in the same time-honoured way, in leafy Langley.
Libya’s other “rebel” leaders include Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Gaddafi’s justice minister until February, and General Abdel-Fattah Younes, who ran Gaddafi’s interior ministry: both with formidable reputations for savagely putting down dissent. There is a civil and tribal war in Libya, which includes popular outrage against Gaddafi’s human rights record. However, it is Libya’s independence, not the nature of its regime, that is intolerable to the west in a region of vassals; and this hostility has barely changed in the 42 years since Gaddafi overthrew the feudal king Idris, one the more odious tyrants backed by the west. With his Bedouin hyperbole and bizarre ways, Gaddafi has long made an ideal “mad dog” (Daily Mirror), now requiring heroic US, French and British pilots to bomb urban areas in Tripoli, including a maternity hospital and a cardiac centre. The last US bombing in 1986 managed to kill his adopted daughter.
What the US, British and French hope to achieve is the opposite of a people’s liberation. In undermining efforts Libya’s genuine democrats and nationalists to free their country from both a dictator and those corrupted by foreign demands, the sound and fury from Washington, London and Paris has succeeded in dimming the memory of January’s days of hope in Tunis and Cairo and distracted many, who had taken heart, from the task of ensuring that their gains are not stolen quietly. On 23 March, the US-backed Egyptian military issued a decree barring all strikes and protests. This was barely reported in the west. With Gaddafi now the accredited demon, Israel, the real canker, can continue its wholesale land theft and expulsions. Facebook has come under Zionist pressure to remove a page calling for a full scale Palestinian uprising - a “Third Intifada” - on 15 May.
None of this should surprise. History suggests nothing less than the kind of machination revealed by two senior diplomats at the United Nations, who spoke to the Asia Times. Demanding to know why the UN never ordered a fact-finding mission to Libya instead of an attack, they were told that a deal had been done between the White House and Saudi Arabia. A US “coalition” would “take out” the recalcitrant Gaddafi if the Saudis put down the popular uprising in Bahrain. The latter has been accomplished, and the bloodied King of Bahrain will be a guest at the Royal Wedding in London.
The embodiment of this reaction is David Cameron, whose only real job has been as PR man to the television industry’s asset stripper, Michael Green. Cameron was in the Gulf selling arms to the British-invented tyrannies when people rose up against Yemen’s Abdullah Saleh; on 18 March, Saleh’s regime murdered 52 demonstrators. Cameron said nothing of value. Yemen is “one of ours”, as the British Foreign Office likes to say. In February, Cameron revealed himself in an attack on what he called “state multi-culturalism” - the code for Muslims. He said, “We need a lot less of the past tolerance of recent years.” He was applauded by Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s fascist National Front. “It is exactly this kind of statement that has barred us from public life for 30 years,” she told the Financial Times. “I can only congratulate him.”
At its most rapacious, the British empire produced David Camerons in job lots. Unlike many of the Victorian “civilisers”, today’s sedentary Westminster warriors - throw in William Hague, Liam Fox and the treacherous Nick Clegg - have never been touched by the suffering and bloodshed which, at remove in culture and distance, are the consequences of their utterances and actions. With their faintly trivial, always contemptuous air, they are cowards abroad, as they are at home. War and racism and the destruction of Britain’s hard-won social democracy are their gift. Remember that when you next take to the streets in your hundreds of thousands, as you must.
(Thanks Tony)

President Obama Broke The Law For Reasons of World State Oped
Whatever your opinions and beliefs are about the war against Gaddafi, if you believe that popular consent, the social contract, and checks and balances in government are good ideas that should not be erased from history then you can not be a supporter of President Obama, other Western leaders, NATO, and the United Nations because they exercised arbitrary power and manipulated global public sympathy to advance their agenda in Libya.
There is no question that Gaddafi had to be overthrown, but it is not right for international coalitions to do the job of the Libyan people. The West would have reacted with indignation and scorn if the Libyan people had reached out to Russia or China or Iran to liberate them from their tyrant. It doesn't make it right just because the West is doing the overthrowing.
If Obama, Sarkozy, Harper, and Cameron were Putin, Ahmadinejad, Jintao, and Chavez you
wouldn't hear so-called humanitarians like Samantha Power preaching about human rights and genocide in Libya. Instead, there would be talk of Chinese imperialism, Islamic fascism, Russian aggression, and a Communist coup. /more 

I remind: French plans to topple Gaddafi on track since last November

Among the comments to DT live there was one that mentioned insurgents dragging people from a car and executing them. Considering the treatment of immigrant workers sparsely reported obviously brutality is not constrained to the gov't forces.