The kill Gaddafi war, etcetera
“War is a racket. It always has been. It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.”
War is a racket. (1935)
Socialist newspaper Common Sense, 1935 /Via Alarmist wiki. Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (1881-07-30 – 1940-07-21, one of the most colorful officers in the Marine Corps’ long history, was one of the two Marines who received two Medals of Honor for separate acts of outstanding heroism.)
Libyan rebellion has radical Islamist fervor: Benghazi link to Islamic militancy:U.S. Military Document Reveals. Daya Gamage – Foreign News Desk Asian Tribune
Well known to the United States policymakers in Obama White House and Clinton State Department along with the National Security Council but not widely known to American mainstream media, the U.S. West Point Military Academy’s Combating Terrorism Center document reveals that Libya sent more fighters to Iraq’s Islamic militancy on a per-capita basis than any other Muslim country, including Saudi Arabia.
Perhaps more alarmingly for Western policymakers, most of the fighters came from eastern Libya, the center of the current uprising against Muammar el-Qaddafi.
The analysis of the Combating Terrorism Center of West Point was based on the records captured by coalition forces in October 2007 in a raid near Sinjar, along Iraq’s Syrian border.
The eastern Libyan city of Darnah sent more fighters to Iraq than any other single city or town, according to the West Point report. It noted that 52 militants came to Iraq from Darnah, a city of just 80,000 people (the second-largest source of fighters was Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which has a population of more than 4 million).
Benghazi, the capital of Libya’s provisional government declared by the anti-Qaddafi rebels, sent in 21 fighters, again a disproportionate number of the whole.
If the 2007 captured records revealed the Eastern Libyan participation in the anti-coalition forces militancy in Iraq one could imagine the Banghazi-Darnah export of Islamists since then.
“Libyans were more fired up to travel to Iraq to kill Americans than anyone else in the Arabic-speaking world,” Andrew Exum, a counterinsurgency specialist and former Army Ranger noted in a blog posting recently. “This might explain why those rebels from Libya’s eastern provinces are not too excited about U.S. military intervention. It might also give some pause to those in the United States so eager to arm Libya’s rebels.” /more
2009 US Embassy secret Diplomatic Cable from Tripoli Highlighted Strong US-Libya Counter-terrorism Relationship
[...] Lieberman in his discussion with the Libyan leader and his son further noted that “common enemies sometimes make better friends. The Senators recognized Libya’s cooperation on counterterrorism and conveyed that it was in the interest of both countries to make the relationship stronger. They encouraged Libya to sign the Highly Enriched Uranium transfer agreement by August 15 in order to fulfill its obligation to transfer its nuclear spent fuel to Russia for treatment and disposal.” /more
Thanks Asian Tribune.
Pakistan is following, with serious concern, the developments in Libya in the wake of the military strikes. The loss of precious human lives is indeed regrettable. Peaceful political solution needs to be evolved by the Libyan people themselves in the spirit of mutual accommodation and national reconciliation.
China isn’t backing down on its opposition to the no-fly zone. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu used a regular news briefing today to say that China had “deep concern” about civilian casualties and the possibility of a “humanitarian disaster” and wanted an end to the fighting.
“[The air assault] is primarily a political decision taken by a few Western powers, and the very first message it delivers is that these Western powers are still the judge and executioner on a global level.The West has dominated the world for centuries, and clinging to world dominance still remains its major strategy.”
In France 66 per cent of those surveyed supported the intervention.
In the US Obama has been accused of acting outside their constitution, i.e. unconstitutionally.
Curiously the US jet that crashed “experienced equipment malfunction” over an area of conflict. Just coincidence I’m sure.
Thanks AlJazeera Libya live
Germany pulls out of NATO operations
Germany has pulled out of NATO operations in the Mediterranean due to the disagreement over the forces’ mission in Libya.
The German defense ministry said on Tuesday that Berlin pulled out of any military operations in the Mediterranean following the Western military alliance’s involvement in the Libya conflict, DPA reported.
A ministry spokesman said two frigates and two other ships with a crew of 550 would be reverted to German command. /more Press TV
Nobel Committee asked to strip Obama of Peace Prize. The Bolivian President and a Russian political leader have launched a campaign to revoke Obama’s honour after the US attacked Libya. /Digital Journal
UN Powers Violate Their Own Resolution By Targeting Gaddafi. As the contrived moral high ground behind the absurdly hypocritical “humanitarian” pretext of the attack on Libya collapses in the wake of Russia, the Arab League and the African Union condemning the US-led NATO bombings, so does any pretense of legality that the “no fly zone” resolution holds, because the obvious attempt to assassinate Gaddafi violates not only U.S. law, but the UN’s own charter. /Prison Planet
America’s Hidden Hand Behind The UN Resolution For A No-fly Zone Over Libya
The UN Security Council, spurred on by the United States, passed resolution 1973 (2011) authorizing a no-fly zone — a euphemism for war — over Libya.
[...] Veteran Indian diplomat M K Bhadrakumar writes:
The plain truth is that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU) commanded AL to speak since they need a fig leaf to approach the United Nations Security Council. . . .
The Western powers had earlier mentioned the AL and African Union (AU) in the same breath as representing “regional opinion”. Now it seems the AU isn’t so important — it has become an embarrassment. African leaders are proving to be tough nuts to crack compared to Arab playboy-rulers.
The Arab League resolution was rammed through by Amr Moussa, Secretary-General of the Arab League, who hopes to succeed Hosni Mubarak as Egypt’s next president. Arab leaders, who depend upon the U.S. for their continued existence, were not hard to persuade. /more Global Research
‘How do we get out of this?’ Hillary Clinton reveals Gaddafi may be considering exile
Exit: The Libyan dictator may be planning his exit strategy ‘and we would encourage that’, said Hillary Clinton
She said the American administration was getting reports his inner circle may have reached out around the world to ask ‘How do we get out of this?’. /Mail [Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and others, not as if Gaddafi has no options.]
Other areas of conflict:
Dershowitz’s Radioactive Plume
Israel’s sizable nuclear arsenal is somehow overlooked by Dershowitz.
(ISTANBUL) – Professor Alan M. Dershowitz
While some friends of the Jewish state are preoccupied with the possibility of a sushi shortage in Israel thanks to the disaster in Japan, Harvard’s crazed law professor Alan M. Dershowitz has more important things on his mind.
His most recent dispatch, entitled “Israel Now Has The Right To Attack Iran’s Nuclear Reactors,” begins with the assertion that “Iran’s recent attempt to ship arms to Hamas in Gaza is an act of war committed by the Iranian government against the Israeli government.” /more Salem-News
Egypt Air removes Israel from map
Jordan stretches to sea in online map by Egypt’s largest airline, though it continues to fly to Israel
Egypt Air, the largest airline in Egypt, has removed Israel from the map – literally. On its website, Ynet has learned, Jordan’s land reaches the Mediterranean Sea. /ynet
‘US, Saudis lead Yemen to civil war’ A former Pentagon official predicts that a civil war may break out in Yemen as a result of US and Saudi efforts to support the country’s dictatorial regime to keep it in power.
“We’re headed for a civil war in Yemen … As long as the US and Saudi Arabia is backing the president, he’s going to feel emboldened to continue on,” Michael Malouf told Press TV.
Malouf noted that from the US and Saudi standpoint, Yemen “is a very strategic area and they will try to help him (Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh) as much as possible to hang on.” /more Press TV
Syrians call for revolution; UN: Probe protestors’ death
Protests spread in southern Syria Tuesday as hundreds of people marched to demand reforms in a previously peaceful village, witnesses and activists said.
In a nearby city, troops and protesters faced off outside a mosque where demonstrators have taken shelter.
A group named “United Arab Tribes in Syria” posted a message online in which it declared a “revolution against the Syrian regime.”
The government sought to contain the first serious intrusion of the Arab world’s political unrest by firing the governor of the southern province of Deraa, where security forces killed seven protesters in the main city of Deraa over the weekend. /ynet [Around 20 killed so far AFAIK.]
Sudan: Militia kill five in disputed oil region (Reuters)
Sudanese militia have attacked a village in the disputed Abyei region, killing five people and adding to North-South tensions in the oil-producing area as South Sudan prepares for independence later this year.
The top official in the region blamed the Arab Misseriya tribe allied to the North. “Their intention is just to depopulate the area, to terrorise the civilians so that they leave,” said Deng Arop, from the pro-South Dinka Ngok tribe. /Independent
Poor Japanese may face another major quake.
Geologists warn another powerful earthquake could now strike Tokyo after disaster weakened fault line near capital
Geologists have warned that another powerful earthquake could hit Tokyo because the one that struck on March 11, which was of a size 9 magnitude, has altered the earth’s surface. /Mail
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Sri Lanka’s first ever Coal Power Plant “Lakvijaya” opened
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