The insurgents leaders seem dedicated to gaining control of oil towns, others are merely stopovers. Brega is the main refining town.
Benghazi is the largest city where human traffickers were prevalent before the Libyan gov’t incarcerated many of them. It looks as though they have been released by the insurgents who also appear to be funded by the same clique. Human trafficking via Benghazi will likely resume as a result of coalition interference – if the coalition prevails or if the nation is split.
Tripoli is suffering deprivation due to the blockade by the coalition.
The UN has abandoned its peacemaker role wholesale
NATO has abandoned its peacekeeping role wholesale
The public in coalition countries have been lied to repeatedly
An illegal cartel central bank and cartel oil company have been established in Benghazi
Other victories the illegal coalition rush to get Gaddafi has caused or permitted.
The trained fighting force of 1000 the insurgents’ council has professed to have looks to be formed of Al Qaeda trained extremists and including Hizbollah and other elements such as the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group that is a terrorist group banned in the UK.
A youth protest was used to cover the release of an armed uprising by the unleashing of an allied secret service supported insurgency (If the principal of provoking a coup attempt is acceptable, the attempt was at least premature, poorly supported and badly perverted by vested interests).
The legitimate youth protest was effectively stifled by the uprising
Protracting the conflict by fighting gov’t forces for Sarkozy’s bandits has brought the country to the brink of civil war.
The killing spree embarked on by the coalition against gov’t forces has increased the death toll probably measurable in terms of whole factors.
Infrastructure has been destroyed by missiles and bombs.
The mass exodus of migrant workers caused by coalition bombing with missiles produced a huge humanitarian crisis.
Residents fleeing the fighting have abandoned smaller cities and towns to take refuge in Tripoli and Benghazi effectively polarising the country
Destabilisation of the country is leading to a partition
Destabilisation is having ramifications. Other countries will think twice before protesting against their dictators. They want change not a war brought on by vested interests.
Externally oil supplies have been affected and oil prices have inflated
What the Libyan gov’t has not done – yet.
Has not called on citizens to fight NATO and their insurgents thus making the civil war a fact
Has not blown up oil wells.
Obama has seen the writing on the wall. Political expediency and falling popularity has greater sway. The threat of congress withholding funds means the hawks would have to pay from their own funds or have empty arsenals.
Cameron is in the same situation except there is no credible opposition party in the UK. He should pull out now even though he may have already done irreparable damage to his, the European Commission and the cartel bank’s credibility.
Sarkozy should be the first to go on trial for war crimes due to his involvement with the coup attempt.
I’ve already said the UK should withdraw from participation in the corrupt UN and NATO .
World Socialist reports:
American Media Silent on CIA Ties to Libya Rebel Commander by Patrick Martin 2011-03-30
London School of Economics was hub of relations between British elite and Gaddafi regime By Simon Whelan, 1 April 201
US, Britain press two-track policy in Libya war By Patrick Martin 1 April 2011
The Euro-US War on Libya: Official Lies and Misconceptions of Critics by James Petras and Robin E. Abaya March 30, 2011
[More reasons for the EC-Clinton war on Libya.]
April 1 DT
0645 US fighter jets are to end their combat role in Libya as early as tomorrow, the Defense Secretary Robert Gates has revealed. The surprise announcement, leaves British and French air forces at the forefront of the operation. President Barack Obama is anxious not to get bogged down in another Iraq but US senators have lined up to question the timing of the pullout as pro-Gaddafi forces make gains.
0807 With Britain and France taking the lead in the air strikes, divisions in Europe over military action in Libya are intensifying. The German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has just used a visit to China to call for an immediate ceasefire insisting: “We must get the political process underway.”
0814 The changes sweeping the Middle East continue unabated. Kuwait has become the latest country to see its government resign. Meanwhile the Foreign Office is urging all British citizens in Yemen to leave after a “rapid deterioration” in security following weeks of protests.
0907 Reports of heavy fighting around the key oil town of Brega which was retaken by government forces yesterday.
[Perhaps the only good to come of this is the defection of Moussa Koussa - but does the UK gov't, Israel and the CIA want the truth to come out about Lockerbie? Koussa may suffer a sudden heart attack if it doesn't.]
1006 With questions over the murder of PC Yvonne Fletcher, the Lockerbie bombing and arms shipments IRA already to the fore, now France looks set to become embroiled in the wrangling over Moussa Koussa’s past.
The families of those who died on a French plane blown up over Niger in 1989 are calling for French prosecutors to question him over the atrocity.
10:30am Rebels moved rockets and other equipment forward towards Brega today, seeking to retake the oil town and regain momentum against better equipped government forces.
At a checkpoint on the outskirts of the strategic eastern town of Ajdabiyah, rebels prevented unarmed Libyans seeking to join battle from going beyond the town’s boundaries towards Brega, where rebels and Gaddafi’s troops fought on Thursday. [Reuters]
[Insurgents with rockets are no match for gov't forces with RPGs as has been demonstrated.]
1235 Rebels in Benghazi have offered to observe a ceasefire but only if pro-Gaddafi forces pull out from all cities.
Was that an April fool’s joke?
If the gov’t forces at Ajdabiya go to Brega what seems to be the insurgents’ main force would have to defend against 2 fronts. The insurgents must have weakened Benghazi defences in reinforcing Brega. It’s a hard call. The insurgents are trying to make Brega irresistible. If Benghazi falls it is game over.
From the political aspect, Benghazi is the most attractive and offers a quick end with full benefits but is risky. Going full tilt for Brega would extend the conflict but critically weaken the insurgents’ military ability.
Dividing the force between Ajdabiya and Tobruk and or weaker towns on the other side of Benghazi would isolate the main city as with Misurata but again prolong the conflict.
Going all out for Misurata is an unlikley option but would provide a strengthened force with a cleared rear and only one direction to go. The Ajdabiya force will probably wait there till the US jets have gone.
With the US pulling out their jets they will no doubt send a parting salvo of missiles to residential areas in Tripoli.
Can the UK “treasury reserve” pick up the tab for half of another colonisation project on behalf of big oil, big bank, other vested interests and the delusional “Emperor Napoleon”?
If the EC continues to wage war against the legitimate Libyan government in support of a coup attempt that had already been brought to the point of failure the humanitarian disaster(s) they have caused will continue to grow. The coup has failed in fact. What remains is a NATO- UN coup attempt with the insurgents merely providing the opportunity for NATO to kill the Libyan army soldiers and destroy their armour. What a bunch of cowards, bigots and liars we have in charge.
Is this a mini nuke, yet another war crime?
Humanitarian aid bombs
BBC television quoted a Libyan doctor as saying that a Western coalition air strike had killed seven civilians, mostly children, and wounded another 25 people near the oil town of Brega on Wednesday.
The doctor told the BBC he had been called to a village 15km from Brega after the strike hit a military convoy driven by supporters of Gaddafi.
A trailer containing ammunition exploded between two homes, killing girls and young men aged between 12 and 20, the BBC said on Friday. The report has not been confirmed.
Koussa must have given intel, possibly corroborating much of what I've been shouting about the constituent parts of the insurgent army and the justification for Libyan gov't intervention in Benghazi.
Whatever, the truth is that the coup attempt was manufactured by Sarkozy and NATO and the UN are deadly-to-humans prawns in the salad.
US withdrawal will reduce the death toll and even the playing field a little, but not much with Cameron and Sarkozy blood and power lust at its peak.
I thought fox hunting was illegal.
The Riddle of the Neanderthal Within JD Adams Salem-News.com
Even with modern genetic analysis, the enigma of the Neanderthal is yielding different interpretations.
The Neanderthals are the nearest species preceding modern man. Recent research from different teams has converged on the finding that most of us have at least 1% to 4% Neanderthal DNA, and probably more, according to anthropologist Eric Trinkhaus.
The results of genetic testing reveal that Neanderthal DNA is 99.7 % similar to modern humans.
Food for thought.
That could explain much. Neanderthals were thought to be a peaceful species and very tasty.
From Yugoslavia to Libya: What Is Al Qaeda's Involvement?
Twelve years ago NATO attacked former Yugoslavia under the guise of humanitarian aid. Now history is repeating itself in Libya.
Michel Chussodovsky from the Centre for Research on Globalization says the coalition forces in Libya may say humanitarianism is the goal, but the military has attacked schools, media, hospitals and historic sites.
Climate advisor Hans Schellnhuber declares human society needs to be managed by elite group of ‘wise men’
notrickszone.com/2011/0... and motls.blogspot.com/2011/03/herr-schellnh
Cockroaches and woodwork are metaphors that come to mind.
The coalition supported LIBYAN ISLAMIC FIGHTING GROUP
Description: The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) was designated as a Foreign Terrorist Organization on December 17, 2004. In the early 1990s, the LIFG emerged from the group of Libyans who had fought Soviet forces in Afghanistan and pledged to overthrow Libyan Leader Muammar al-Qadhafi. In the years following, some members maintained a strictly anti-Qadhafi focus and targeted Libyan government interests. Others, such as Abu al-Faraj al-Libi, who in 2005 was arrested in Pakistan, aligned with Usama bin Ladin, and are believed to be part of the al-Qa’ida (AQ) leadership structure or active in the international terrorist network. On November 3, 2007, AQ leader Ayman al-Zawahiri announced a formal merger between AQ and LIFG. However on July 3, 2009, LIFG members in the United Kingdom released a statement formally disavowing any association with AQ. In September 2009, six imprisoned LIFG members issued a 417-page document that renounced violence and claimed to adhere to more sound Islamic theology than that of AQ. More than 100 LIFG members pledged to adhere to this revised doctrine and have been pardoned and released from prison in Libya as of September 2009.
Activities: LIFG has been largely inactive operationally in Libya since the late 1990s when members fled predominately to Europe and the Middle East because of tightened Libyan security measures. To date, the November 3, 2007 merger with AQ, which many LIFG members in Europe and Libya did not recognize, has not resulted in a significant increase in LIFG activities within Libya. LIFG engaged Libyan security forces in armed clashes during the 1990s and attempted to assassinate Qadhafi four times. On July 3, 2009, the LIFG released a statement that the group would cease terrorist activities in Libya. Although LIFG has not claimed responsibility for terrorist acts in recent years, in February 2006, the U.S. Treasury Department accused five suspected LIFG members residing in the UK of financing terrorism by providing false documents and financial assistance through front companies. The five were placed on the UN’s al-Qa’ida and Taliban Sanctions Committee’s consolidated terrorist list.
Location/Area of Operation: Since the late 1990s, many members have fled to various Asian, Arabian Gulf, African, and European countries, particularly the UK.
External Aid: The LIFG has used Islamic charitable organizations as cover for fundraising and transferring money and documents. LIFG also finances operations with criminal activity.
President of Bahrain's Center for Human Rights Nabeel Rajab says the US media have been ordered not to cover news on the government's brutal crackdown on Bahraini people.
Reports from the Center's colleagues in the United States say “In the US some news agencies and TV stations were asked not to report on Bahrain and not to embarrass [President Barack Obama's administration,” Rajab told Press TV.
He went on to say that the US and the Western governments have chosen to keep silent over ongoing atrocities in Bahrain due to their support for the country's authoritarian regime.
According to unconfirmed reports, over 420 people have been arrested during ongoing protests in the kingdom, Rajab pointed out.
The Bahraini protesters continue to demand the ouster of the 200-year-old-plus monarchy as well as constitutional reforms.
Monbiot is an orifice through which UN verbal diarrhea passes
The UN Would Never Lie to George Monbiot
Perspicacious perspective in the Counterpunch diary:
Battling the Beast
Libya has dislodged from the headlines a nuclear catastrophe in Japan, on top of a seismic one, that’s one of the epic dramas of the past half-century and what’s doubly weird is that the actual fighting in Libya is a series of tiny skirmishes. The muscle-bound adjectives and nouns used to describe the military engagements – if they even deserve that word – in press reports remind me of a Chihuahua trying to mount a Newfoundland http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/N... Ambition far outstrips reality, which is in this case is a nervous rabble motley insurgents – maybe 1,500 or so at most, posing for television crews and then fleeing back down the road to the next village (“strategic stronghold”) at the first whiff of trouble.
By my count, the mighty armies contending along the highway west of Benghazi would melt into the bleachers at a college baseball game. News stories suggest mobile warfare on the scale of the epic dramas of the Kursk salient in World War Two. But most of the action revolves around one tank. I’ve seen it in hundreds of video feeds. Like the tooth passed from witch to witch in Greek myth this tank performs many functions and to judge from the graffiti on its turret, it’s always the same vehicle. Maybe that’s why there’s endless bickering about whether the U.N. resolution covers the supply of arms and heavy equipment. The war’s PR men want to freshen up the visuals.
Libya: * Who Are the Rebels? * WikiLeaks
Depictions on satellite television of events in Iraq and Palestine fuel the widespread view that resistance to coalition forces is justified and necessary. One Libyan interlocutor likened young men in Derna to Bruce Willis’ character in the action picture ‘Die Hard,’ who stubbornly refused to die quietly. For them, resistance against coalition forces in Iraq is an important act of ‘jihad’ and a last act of defiance against the Qadhafi regime. …
The poseur UN faux peace keeper force is there for the cameras and the funding but not much else.
Around 500 civilians have died in the fighting.
Around 10,000 people have fled the country.
About 500,000 displaced.
Of course this country has little to offer in wealth, strategic location or oil. Cameron could have been a saint instead he's a twunt.
Rebels reach Ivory Coast president's palace
Egypt, another protest staged (I think protests are now illegal)
Syria, another 4 killed.
Afghanistan, UN offices attacked. Death count? 2 beheaded
Bahrain, "The last few nights they been raiding houses and beating and arresting people," Nabeel Rajab, the president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, told Babylon & Beyond, adding that approximately 400 people are either missing or in custody.
"Some people were also arrested at checkpoints controlled by thugs brought in from other Arab and Asian countries -- they wear black masks in the streets," Ragab said. http://latimesblogs.latimes.co...
Huffpoo has good coverage http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
Yemen, "Rival Protests Fill Streets as Yemen's President Defiant"
Gaza, Upcoming Gaza flotilla must be stopped, Netanyahu tells UN chief http://www.sanfranciscosentine...
Aussie most read "Sick of jerking in bed? Try masturbating"
If they need demonstrators I'm sure UK gov can spare a few.
If 1500 is a fair guess at the insurgents' number, 1000 Al Qaeda and the rest E. Libyans, escaped convicts, CIA, MI5, DGSE, Libyan gov't spies etc suggests that this is hardly a representative uprising even if it is just E.Libya.
1209: Thousands of Serbs are supporting a Facebook campaign to show solidarity with the Libyan regime, saying the airstrikes bring back bad memories of Nato's bombing of Serbia. The page entitled "Support for Muammar al Gaddafi from the people of Serbia" has attracted more than 65,000 supporters, BBC Monitoring reports.
1217: The Arab League has thrown its weight behind Libya's rebel forces. Hisham Youssef, who was the bloc's representative at this week's London conference on the future of Libya, said the Arab League would support whatever end to the conflict satisfies Libya's opposition.
[Arab league of dictators, aalmost half seeing protests and most violently suppressing them. But that's ok because they are friends with The US]
1236: Perhaps this is better news from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Libya. ICRC officials are in Tripoli at the invitation of Libya's authorities discussing how to expand humanitarian activities nationwide.
1329: The BBC's Nick Springate reports from Libya's eastern town of Brega that for the first time, rag-tag rebel forces have been bolstered by a number of well-armed, seemingly well-trained soldiers in full military attire. It's not clear where they've come from, our correspondent says, but their very presence has boosted morale on the front line. "
1336: Our correspondent says the rebels are now starting a major onslaught on Brega, having given a boisterous reception to two key rebel figures - the former interior minister and the former head of the armed forces.
1405: As if the unrest reverberating around the Mediterranean coastline wasn't enough, the region has just been hit by more shockwaves in the form of a magnitude 6.2 earthquake centred beneath the island of Crete
1451: Ibrahim writes: "I just came back recently from Aden in Yemen (my parents' origin). This government is a gang. It's run by Saleh and his family. Literally, this man has turned this country into his own real estate. He has to be investigated and prosecuted. Gaddafi is really a saint when compared to Ali Abdullah Saleh."
[Is it theirs to sell?]
1524: Hiefa, who has contacts in Misrata tells the BBC: "Now there is a battle between the rebels and Gaddafi's force in Misrata in the heavy transport road. Gaddafi's forces have been able to access the main warehouses of goods supply. They are bombing the fuel and water stores. At the same time, Gaddafi's forces are bombing the city centre heavily and randomly. If Gaddafi succeeds in trying to control these areas, he will destroy Misrata in a couple of hours. The situation there [is] very serious. People in Misrata wondering why the coalition force has not stopped Gaddafi's force until now? "
["People" - insurgents or civilians?]
1549: Libya Feb 17 tweets: "DIRECT from Misrata: 3 martyrs so far today, one body was completely charred. One injured being operated on
Misurata, insurgents, 3 killed, 1 injured today. How many killed by bombs and missiles on the army side?
This is hardly a major war. The humanitarian aid falling from the skies is the main threat to Libya and is responsible for causing a humanitarian disaster where there would have been none or at most a minor one had the coalition not intervened.
If you want peace, don't use banks, don't pay tax and don't vote for the tripartite coalition of EC representatives next election.
Incidentally, most of the damage in Misurata is to the account of the coalition. Bombs and cruise missiles flatten, shells and grenades damage. "Get Gaddafi" knows no moral limits. Perhaps because politicians' reputations are more important?
Winning the war (?) but yet to win a battle...
6:08pm And here's the latest report filed by Laurence Lee, our correspondent in Benghazi, wrapping up the day's events so far.
"Neither side seems muscular enough to gain outright victory"
Bolleaux. Absent coalition interference and a war would never have developed from Sarkozy's insurgency in Benghazi. Absent the air forces and missiles from 12 external nations and the insurgency would end pdq.
7:10pm AFP reports that the death toll from three days of fighting in Brega is 11, including 8 civilians.
7:12pm New Reuters footage shot in Ajdabiya shows images of a ghost town, with residents fleeing the city after the oil town of Ras Lanuf fell to pro-Gaddafi forces two days ago.
Another flower arranger breaks the news about the colonial invasion force. "No boots On the ground" should be chiselled on the headstone of each coalition leader.
7:16pm Catheron Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, says (through a spokesman) that the bloc will launch a military operation with boots on the ground to support humanitarian assistance in Libya, but only if asked to do so by the UN.
According to an EU statement, the headquarters for EUFOR Libya would be in Rome, under Rear Admiral Claudio Gaudiosi of Italy.
It would last four months at most, and cost $13.86 million.
Lie after lie after lie after lie after lie. As bad as the CO2 con.
8:37pm Ibrahim Dabbashi, the former Libyan deputy ambassador to the UN who stepped down to join the opposition, has just been speaking with Al Jazeera.
"Certainly to defeat the Gaddafi forces there are many conditions but one of them is the well organised leadership of the forces of the opposition. Without good military commanders ... certainly there will be no success. But this is one of the first conditions."
"Arming the opposition is very important and I think it is within the context of the [UN SC] resolution 1973 which indicates that all necessary measures should be taken to protect the civilians on the ground ... there is no alternative but to arm the opposition forces because, well, there should be also aerial attacks on the moving forces of Gaddafi that are aiming at citizens but I think there should be some forces on the ground to protect the civilians."
Asked if arming the opposition would lead to an even more civil war-esque situation, Dabbashi said:
"In Libya it is completely different, there is a consensus among the Libyan people that they don't accept Gaddafi anymore, once he steps down I think all these arms will be gathered by the concerned security and we saw it now, in the eastern part of Libya, as soon as the Gaddafi forces withdrew from the eastern part, all those who had arms went to the army and gave in their arms."
Dabbashi said the ceasefire is more for Gaddafi to observe, as the opposition was "only defending themselves".
There is a difference between defending and attacking such as happened at Sirte and is happening at Brega and Misurata. This is bankster and oil cartel reps talking, not wishing to have their gains threatened imo. The US is withdrawing their jets. Suddenly the insurgents want a ceasefire and for the Libyan gov't to admit defeat?
8:47pm Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel-Hamid has been on the road with Libya's opposition today, and filed this report from the western gate of Ajdabiya, where opposition fighters have prevented journalists from venturing any further.
9:12pm In this short audio message posted to the Voices of Feb 17 Audioboo page, a resident of Az Zintan (SW of Tripoli) says the western part of the city is being hit by Grad rockets fired by pro-Gaddafi forces. He says government troops have surrounded the town of Kikla (about 60km east of Zintan), and are also attack Aquila.
9:14pm Ibrahim Dabbashi, the former Libyan deputy ambassador to the UN who stepped down to join the opposition, has told Al Jazeera that he has "credible information that many people are willing to defect".
9:56pm Musa Ibrahim, the government's spokesman, on rejecting the ceasefire conditions set by the opposition:
"They are asking us to withdraw from our own cities. .... If this is not mad then I don't know what this is. We will not leave our cities."
What seems to define UK politics nowadays is not so much "what can we do for the UK" but "how much can we get past the electorate".
If / when we get a non sock puppet leader perhaps a lesson could be learned from Brazil, a former puppet led nation.
Brazil stares down the US on Libya
Lula himself has endorsed Dilma's critical position on Libya, going further in his condemnation of the intervention: "These invasions only happen because the United Nations is weak," he said. "If we had twenty-first-century representation [in the Security Council], instead of sending a plane to drop bombs, the UN would send its secretary-general to negotiate."
His remarks were widely interpreted to mean that if Brazil had been a permanent member of the Security Council – a position it has long sought – it would have vetoed the resolution authorising the bombing rather than, as it did, merely abstaining from the vote.
Argentina and Uruguay likewise have voiced strong disapproval of the intervention. On one level, this censure reflects Latin America's commitment to the ideal of non-intervention and absolute sovereignty. But on another, less elevated and more commonsensical level, it reflects a belief that the diplomatic community needs to return to a standard in which war is the last rather than the first response to crisis.
"This attack [on Libya] implies a setback in the current international order," IPS reports Uruguayan President José Mujica as saying. "The remedy is much worse than the illness. This business of saving lives by bombing is an inexplicable contradiction."
Heartwarming - followed by chilling news. The Afghan UN killings now reported as 7.
AlJ TV reports extensive looting in Ajdabiya. No side accused. Undisciplined insurgents or disciplined army?
10:24pm The Associated Press reports that the US will "soon" stop firing Tomahawk cruise missiles, in addition to pulling attack aircraft out of operations, in the Mediterranean theatre.
11:27pmLibyan television reports that coalition forces hit civilian and military areas in the towns of Khoms and Arrujban on Friday.
Khoms is about 100km east of Tripoli, and Arrujban is about 190km southwest of the capital.
11:32pm Franco Frattini, the Italian foreign minister, says his country has not ruled out the possibility of arming the Libyan opposition, but that to do so would be an "extreme measure".
Frattini said it would be a decision taken if it became "the only possible option to protect civilians".
11:37pm US-based rights watchdog Human Rights Watch says that the use of landmines by the Libyan government has been "confirmed".
[Punish them with more humanitarian cruise missiles...]