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04 April 2011 @ 07:20 am
Libyagate: looking under rocks  

"Our Man in Tripoli": Islamic Terrorists Join Libya's Pro-Democracy Opposition Prof. Michel Chossudovsky
globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=24096
Concepts are Turned Upside Down: The US-NATO military alliance is supporting a rebellion integrated by Islamic terrorists, in the name of the "War on Terrorism"...
There are various factions within the Libyan opposition: Royalists, defectors from the Qadhafi regime including the Minister of Justice and more recently the Foreign Minister Moussa Koussa, members of the Libyan Armed Forces, the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL), the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO) which acts as an umbrella organization.  

Rarely acknowledged by the Western media, Al-Jamaa al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi Libya, the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) is an integral part of the Libyan Opposition.

The Libyan Interim Council does not constitute a clearly defined entity. It is based on the representation from newly created local councils established to "manage daily life in the liberated cities and villages". (
The Libyan Interim National Council » The Council’s statement)  

Opposition forces are in large part made up of an untrained civilian militia, former members of the Libyan armed forces together with the trained paramilitary Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG).

The Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), which is aligned with Al Qaeda, is in the front line of the armed insurrection.

The Al Qaeda Network as an Instrument of US-NATO Intervention
[The role of terrorist organisations, the CIA involvement and conflicting UN resolutions and laws are discussed In this section]
"Concepts are turned upside down. Both Washington and NATO, which claim to be waging a "War on Terrorism" are supporting a "pro-democracy movement" integrated by members of a terrorist organization. In a cruel irony, Washington and the Atlantic Alliance are acting in defiance of their own anti-terrorist laws and regulations. 
Moreover, support under "Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) to opposition forces integrated by terrorists is implemented pursuant to UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which is blatant violation of UNSC resolution 1267. The latter identifies the Al-Jama’a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya, the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) as a terrorist organization.

In other words, the UN Security Council is in blatant violation not only of the UN Charter but of its own resolutions." (The Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee - 1267).

Historical Origins of The Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG)
[Self-explanatory title, discusses Al Qaeda links]

Continuity in US and Allied Intelligence Operations: Al Qaeda Operatives in Yugoslavia
Since the Soviet-Afghan war, the Al Qaeda network has served as an "intelligence asset" for the CIA. confirmed by a 1997 US Senate document, Al Qaeda operatives were used by the Clinton administration to channel support to the Bosnian Muslim Army in the early 1990s. US Senate, Republican Party Committee, Clinton-Approved Iranian Arms Transfers Help Turn Bosnia into Militant Islamic Base, (
http://rpc.senate.gov/releases/1997/iran.htm, 1998)
[Continues with more revelations that will be news to some and asks about policy based on what is obvious, Benotman's role is looked at]

The essay continues with sections headed as follows:

Former Head of Libyan Intelligence, "Double Agent" Moussa Koussa Defects to the UK

The CIA "Counterterrorism Program" in Libya

Weapons and Covert Support to LIFG Rebels

Media Disinformation: Islamic Terrorists Join the Pro-Democracy Movement "in a Personal Capacity"

"Our Man in Tripoli"
Moussa Koussa was "Our Man in Tripoli". The circumstances of his defection as well as the history of his collaboration with the CIA and MI6, suggest that, for the last ten years, he has been serving US and Allied interests, including the planning of the "pro-democracy" armed insurrection in Eastern Libya.
Former head of Libyan Intelligence Moussa Koussa
Former head of Libyan intelligence Moussa Koussa played a central role in channelling covert support to the LIFG on behalf of his Western intelligence counterparts. Former CIA director George Tenet, while not explicitly referring to "Our Man in Tripoli", acknowledges in his 2007 autobiography that "the easing of tensions with Libya [was] one of the major successes of his tenure, as it led to cooperation between the two spy services against al-Qaeda."(quoted in Intelligence Partnership between Qadhafi and the CIA on counter-terrorism, op cit)
There should be no doubt: NATO and the LIFG are bed-fellows. The Western military alliance is supporting a rebellion integrated by Islamic terrorists, in the name of the "war on terrorism".
Who are the terrorists? In a bitter twist, while the Islamic jihad is featured by the US Administration as "a threat to Western civilization", these same Islamic organizations including the Libya Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) constitute a key instrument of US military-intelligence operations in Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, not to mention the Muslim republics of the former Soviet Union
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Michel Chossudovsky is an award-winning author, Professor of Economics (Emeritus) at the University of Ottawa and Director of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montreal. He is the author of The Globalization of Poverty and The New World Order (2003) and America’s “War on Terrorism” (2005). He is also a contributor to the Encyclopaedia Britannica. His writings have been published in more than twenty languages.
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An Irreverent Thought - A Matter of Empire
counterpunch.org/mayer04012011.html
Excerpt
[...] The United States no longer has the means of its imperial ambitions and its addiction to overseas interventions. Of course, Washington still appears to have plenty of military wherewithal. But it maintains this ace in the hole at the expense of the commonweal [general welfare] - except of Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, . . . Indeed, the weapons industry is one of the very few manufacturing growth sectors in America's deindustrializing economy. For complicated reasons conscript –adverse America lacks "boots on the ground."

However, it still manages to partially make up for this deficit with "contractors," heretofore commonly known as mercenaries: there were close to 200,000 contractors in Iraq and nearly 100,000 in Afghanistan, or substantially more than the regular military personnel. Needless to say, Private Military Companies—another economic growth sector—provide this "service" for profits, which soar partly because they recruit some of these boots for the ground in low-wage Latin American countries. Incidentally, one reason for pillorying Colonel Qaddafi is that he recruits mercenaries in the Heart of Darkness, though most likely he does not have recourse to the services of Blackwater or a Libyan equivalent.

Indeed, the moral imperative for the U. S. intervention is to prevent innocent civilians—tomorrow's armed rebels--from being massacred or slaughtered "on a horrific scale" by Qaddafi, especially by his "primitive" African mercenaries. In fact America and its "allies and partners" are intervening in a civil war. Civil wars are, of course, intrinsically ferocious, which is not to say that one ought to shrug off or spurn Montesquieu's postulate that "civil war is a milder evil than foreign war." Actually Americans know or should know a thing or two about their Civil War sans mercenaries. It consumed the lives of at least 600,000 fighting men, or 2 percent out of a population of 30 million, making for about 500 killed every day. In the Battle of Gettysburg alone the opposing armies suffered between 45,000 and 50,000 casualties. One might also want to recall the legions of wounded whose chances for survival were not all that great, especially not on the Confederate side. In any event, the War Between the States took a greater toll than all of America's foreign conflicts from Independence practically down to this day.

Arno J. Mayer is emeritus professor of history at Princeton University. He is the author of The Furies: Violence and Terror in the French and Russian Revolutions.and Plowshares Into Swords: From Zionism to Israel (Verso).
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Another good'un from Counterpunch
Is Anyone Keeping Count? Libya and the Holy Triumvirate Wm Blum
counterpunch.org/blum03302011.html
Barack "I'd kill for a peace prize" Obama
Is anyone keeping count? I am. Libya makes six.
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And the puppeteers that control and cause all this appear to have the mentality of an 18th century metalworker that was dropped on his head as a baby.

Undoing the illness foist on the planet and poisoning every level will be a long hard job that will take generations. There is no such thing as a leader anymore, merely the directed.