May 30th, 2011

Libyagate: The basis of the NATO coup d'etat attempt

Maybe it went like this - Dear UN, when is your funding review due? We want a puppet gov't in Libya. Here's the justification. "Probably", "possibly", "could", "may", "might", "our understanding". Rubber stamp the permission.

Noting that the Libyan government under international law affirmed by the UN was justified in suppressing an armed riot that was taking place in Benghazi.
Noting that the intervention, however false the justification for it, was to avoid the Libyan government's excessive use of force in suppressing the armed rioting by enforcing a no fly zone and protecting civilians.
Noting that NATO intervention and support by third party governments enabled the rioting to develop into an armed insurgency.
Noting that members of the group heading the insurgency that are anonymous for unknown reasons, claim to speak for the Libyan population.
Noting that NATO considers killing civilians, aiding an armed insurgency and bombing civilian structures in a sovereign country falls within the remit to protect civilians and enforce a no fly zone.
Noting that the insurgency support in the west of Libya appears to be limited to a small group of mountain tribes aided by third parties, possibly mercenaries, certainly east Libyan tribesmen, Benghazis and a group of less than 500, probably less than 300 in Misurata, many ferried in from east Libya with assistance of the Royal Navy that also escorts weapons and munitions to the group according to accounts.
Noting that in east Libya support is far from universal, even the "capital" of the east, insurgency HQ has seen pro government protests from citizens of Benghazi that are sick of the death squads, violence, lawlessness and intimidation.
Noting that the UN has called for a ceasefire on several occasions that have been ignored by NATO.
Noting that the same groups that stand to profit from the defeat of the Libyan government also fund the ICC
Noting that MSM reportage, where it has not been outright lies has been heavily biased to conceal the brutality of the insurgents, to inflate minor skirmishes into major battles, to avoid disclosure of how many people NATO has erased in its insurgency aid (thousands of soldiers and tens possibly hundreds of non combatants), to avoid revealing that the skirmishes in the absence of NATO produce few casualties and very few deaths.
Noting that embargo regulations are breached daily in favour of the insurgency and east Libya.

Below is the equivalent of a "gold standard" UN IPCC report that was based on Greenpeace and WWF activist rhetoric, activist scientists' computer printouts and magazine articles.
Remember that many thousands have been killed because of words such as "believe", "suggest", "likely". The report was probably crafted in outline months ahead of its publication, events such as the Benghazi riots, the storming of prisons, the youth protests 2 days before the armed rioting very likely being made to happen to fit the rhetoric:

Libya's Test of the New International Order
February 26, 2011 —
The current dangerous situation in Libya has become a serious test for the international community's resolve and credibility, especially in the context of a changing Arab world. In particular, it is a test of the ability of a much heralded multipolar new world order, which includes the United States and Europe and the newly emerging actors, China, Brazil and India. The challenge now is how to respond to a situation where the UN believes there are occurring gross violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including "crimes against humanity."
It is a test that the international community has to pass. Failure would shake further the faith of the people's region in the emerging international order and the primacy of international law. Success would demonstrably draw a line in the sand to deter other Arab autocrats who resort to attacking their people rather than dialogue and genuine reforms.
With Qaddafi and his sons vowing to die in Libya, a decisive battle for the liberation of Tripoli seems imminent. Calls for international support have also grown louder both from inside and outside the country. Furthermore, the rising spillover effects of refugees on both African and European continents as well as oil prices and world commerce, have turned the Libyan situation in to a threat to international peace and security.
To date, the response of the international community has been painfully slow. The United Nations Security Council, which this year includes Brazil, India and Germany in addition to its permanent members, the US, Russia, China, the UK and France, finally met last Tuesday following credible and persistent reports of more than one thousand deaths in under a week. In fact, it was the first time the world's principal body responsible for addressing threats to international peace and security had met since the uprisings in the Arab world started in Tunisia in December.
A non-binding press statement, not a resolution or a presidential statement, was the hard won result of four hours of negotiations. World leaders took comfort from achieving a consensus condemning the regime's actions and that the statement called on the regime "to meet its responsibility to protect its citizens."  Even this outcome was in doubt as the Russian and Chinese delegations attempted to water down the most significant parts of the statement, including efforts to hold accountable those attacking civilians and a possible UN investigation in to the current events. These objections were finally dropped when the Arab League produced its own strongly worded statement and as diplomats listened to Qaddafi's extraordinarily threatening TV appearance where he claimed he had "not yet ordered the use of force" and warned that "when I do, everything will burn."
Worse still, after days of shameful silence, the UN Human Rights Council (HCR) finally met today in special session to consider the situation in Libya. While the Council has now proposed suspending Libya from the HCR to the UN General Assembly, the country remains one of its 47 elected members required to "uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights." Notably, the HRC has decided to send an international commission of inquiry to investigate "alleged violations of international humanitarian law in Libya." /continues

"how to respond to a situation where the UN believes there are occurring gross violations"
Notice the careful phraseology. Rusky satellite monitoring that the US, UK and many other countries use showed that the only Libyan air force bombing activity was against Libyan army weapons storage depots.

I won't spend time showing links between the groups that fund the ICC and those that fund the institute responsible for the report.

When the UK helicopters set about mincing people en masse (with apparently unguided missiles that discharge fletchets that are more deadly than the cluster bombs used in Misurata) to protect insurgents, write to your favourite newspaper and ask why there are never any photographs of the Libyan army burial sites that cover acres of desert. The insurgents are responsible for perhaps 1 or 2 in any skirmish that actually results in deaths. The rest are down to bomb aid. NATO is wiping out a significant proportion of Libya's earning class as well as destroying the country's ability to defend itself. The total population of Libya was estimated at 6 million before intervention daily, nearly 2 million less than London. As a percentage NATO is likely doing more damage to Libya than Hitler's blitz did to London.