In preparation for the invasion the EC has told the UN it may send an expeditionary force to protect aid. All that is needed is to provoke an attack, perhaps a massacre and the Italian forces on standby and 600 Royal Marines that are being “dispatched to an exercise” will be right in there. Perhaps they are wearing sandals.
When the truth emerges about Lockerbie and if/when Palestinian terrorist are proven to be the guilty party, Cameron being a man of honour will go into exile. perhaps Blair has a spare bedroom.
On the actual invasion, Sirte is where the gov’t moved much of its hardware, the rest being in Tripoli. Sirte has received increasing attention from the humanitarian aid bombing as has Tripoli in the last few days despite there being no threat to civilians from planes or armour there. There has been little follow up on either the use of DU tipped weapons used by the US nor the possibility that the Libyan gov’t forces have mini nukes.
An unlikely but nonetheless possible scenario is that because the invasion is not wanted by either the insurgents or the Libyan gov’t, they could unite and fight the invaders. Hence the stealth by using aid as a cover and then reinforcements for the aid “protectors”. Then you have the AQ and other factions fighting back in their familiar role killing UK troops.
The EC’s UK gov’t needs to be ejected as quickly as possible.
Finishing yesterday’s live reports excerpts:
20.57 The EU has told the UN it is ready to bring humanitarian aid to Misrata, using military assets if needed, according to a diplomat.
“We cannot match their weapons,” said Kamal Mughrabi, 64, a retired soldier who joined the rebel army as shells drove the rebels back once again from Brega on Tuesday. “If the planes don’t come back and hit them we’ll have to keep pulling back.”
[I think DT is taking a well earned break for the weekend.]
Al J Friday
10:27pm Getting ready for boots on the ground? The European Union says it is ready to launch “a humanitarian mission” in Libya’s Misurata within several days, but only if it has United Nations backing, says the Associated Press news agency.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has reportedly contacted UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to share her concerns over Misurata, a source told the agency.
The mission might require military backing, but it would not go beyond strictly providing assistance for humanitarian action.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue, say any military involvement would only come if backed by the UN.
10:32pm Anti-Gaddafi fighters say they have fought off an assault on the east of Misurata by forces loyal to Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
10:40pm NATO airstrikes have hit weapons depots belonging to Gaddafi’s forces near the town of Zintan, a resident told Reuters:
10:56pm Five people were killed and ten wounded in fighting in Misurata today, Reuters reports.
Commenting under DT’s reports, spearofodin writes satirically -
Peter Tatchell has welcomed the news that the Al Qaeda rebels have adopted the colour pink as a symbol of their respect for gay rights in Libya.
” Its wonderful news “, says Peter to Reuters News, ” I am now organising a Gay Pride demo in Benghazi and George Michael has offered to sing at a benefit concert for the wounded of the war.
He has changed the lyrics of his hit single Last Christmas to ‘Ha ha you missed us’ in homage to the failure of Gaddafis forces to hit a barn door at five feet.
Asked to respond to the news that the Al Qaeda Gay Division have adopted the colour pink as a symbol of their respect for the gay rights agenda, the leader of the Libyan rebels, Mustafa Headchoppa said, ” DIE INFIDEL PIG DOG “.
Al J Saturday
8:43am Our correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid sent this report from Brega on how poorly trained opposition fighters are struggling to hold their ground, as Gaddafi’s forces continue to have the upper hand on the battlefield.
Airstrikes leave Libyan rebels and govt matched Sify.com
[...] “We cannot match their weapons,” said Kamal Mughrabi, 64, a retired soldier who joined the rebel army as shells drove the rebels back once again from Brega on Tuesday. “If the planes don’t come back and hit them we’ll have to keep pulling back.”
[Gaddafi is holding the country together and waiting out the coalition whose war against Libya started with less than popular support that is dwindling as time passes.]
The Link Between War and Big Finance Oped news
[Educational, why banksters like and promote wars for those that don't know.]
The DC/NATO Agenda And The Next Great War Oped news
In the 1930s the US, Great Britain, and the Netherlands set a course for World War II in the Pacific by conspiring against Japan. The three governments seized Japan’s bank accounts in their countries that Japan used to pay for imports and cut Japan off from oil, rubber, tin, iron and other vital materials. Was Pearl Harbor, Japan’s response?
Now Washington and its NATO puppets are employing the same strategy against China.
Protests in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Yemen arose from the people protesting against Washington’s tyrannical puppet governments. However, the protests against Gaddafi, who is not a Western puppet, appear to have been organized by the CIA in the eastern part of Libya where the oil is and where China has substantial energy investments.
Eighty percent of Libya’s oil reserves are believed to be in the Sirte Basin in eastern Libya now
controlled by rebels supported by Washington. As seventy percent of Libya’s GDP is produced by oil, a successful partitioning of Libya would leave Gaddafi’s Tripoli-based regime impoverished.
The People’s Daily Online (March 23) reported that China has 50 large-scale projects in Libya. The outbreak of hostilities has halted these projects and resulted in 30,000 Chinese workers being evacuated from Libya. Chinese companies report that they expect to lose hundreds of millions of yuan.
China is relying on Africa, principally Libya, Angola, and Nigeria, for future energy needs. In response to China’s economic engagement with Africa, Washington is engaging the continent militarily with the US African Command (AFRICOM) created by President George W. Bush in 2007. Forty-nine African countries agreed to participate with Washington in AFRICOM, but Gaddafi refused, thus creating a second reason for Washington to target Libya for takeover.
A third reason for targeting Libya is that Libya and Syria are the only two countries with Mediterranean sea coasts that are not
under the control or influence of Washington. Suggestively, protests also have broken out in Syria. Whatever Syrians might think of their government, after watching Iraq’s fate and now Libya’s it is unlikely that Syrians would set themselves up for US military intervention. Both the CIA and Mossad are known to use social networking sites to foment protests and to spread disinformation. These intelligence services are the likely conspirators that the Syrian and Libyan governments blame for the protests.
David Cameron’s gift of war and racism, to them and us johnpilger.com
[This article adds to the info given in Craig's item above.]
Info on just who the UN, the EC, the US and the UK are fighting the Libyan war for.
“Our Man in Tripoli”: US-NATO Sponsored Islamic Terrorists Integrate Libya’s Pro-Democracy Opposition Global Research
Pan-Canadian Day of Action to End the War in Afghanistan, No Military Intervention in Libya Global Research
Make the war an election issue!
UK air strike on Libyan oil field kills 3 Voice of Russia via Global Research
Three people were killed and several others were wounded on Wednesday in a British air strike on Sarir, one of Libya’s largest oil fields controlled by the Gaddafi government.
An oil pipeline connecting the deposit to a Mediterranean port was damaged.
The attack came after Libyan rebels complained earlier in the day that Colonel Gaddafi’s gunfire disrupted oil extraction at two rebel-controlled oil fields in the east of the country.
[NATO emphatically denies bombing the Sarir oil works fearing reprisals from big oil.]
“Legalizing” War With Secret Memos
In the good old days of Bybee and Yoo, before we let them get away with it, thereby guaranteeing worse things to come, Justice Department memos “legalizing” the crime of aggressive war were secret. Now they’re published quickly, and there’s a new one out on Libya (PDF). It begins:
“The President had the constitutional authority to direct the use of military force in Libya because he could reasonably determine that such use of force was in the national interest. Prior congressional approval was not constitutionally required to use military force in the limited operations under consideration. April 1, 2011.”
Nuclear Nightmare on the Great Lakes Counterpunch
[Highlighted by the disaster in Japan but ongoing from undamaged reactors around the world, low level contaminated waste water pumped into the sea has consequences. This article gives an example of such consequences.]