In the first instance the Libyan government was acting legally in quelling armed insurgency. The UN sanctioned intervention was to avoid excessive force in its suppression. Notably the UK, US, France, Egypt and former Al Qaeda terrorists are now training insurgents in guerilla warfare.
The intervention was very likely illegal in the first instance, apparently based on hearsay and opportunism.
The NATO is attacking targets designated by insurgents to aid their insurgency, that is outside the scope of reg 1973 even by a Lisbon consti-treaty type interpretation. NATO is also bombing the Libyan army where there is no threat to civilians, every day, often in the capital Tripoli. Assassination attempts are carried out on a regular basis.
NATO has regularly bombed civilian targets.
NATO has permitted the insurgents to fly helicopters.
The reg 1973 states that the intervention is to protect civilians yet the the civilian death toll due to bombing and missiles is very likely in the hundreds.
NATO has consistently destroyed army weapons capable of firing into civilian areas. It has on one occasion done this to insurgent weapons, apparently by accident due to insurgents firing at a jet.
There is high probability that NATO is aiding outlawed terrorists, terrorists that are aiding terrorists outside Libya, terrorists that may have recently been involved in Iraq and other areas where there are US and UK soldiers.
Libya has a small population, around 6 mil. NATO is decimating the numbers in the age group that is bringing home the bacon. Both the insurgents and the army typically kill small numbers when they clash, 1 to 5 being common. When NATO gets involved the casualties go through the roof, especially when it is aiding insurgents with bombs in attacking a retreating army as seen in Misurata.
In the facade embargo arms are being delivered to insurgents in breach of the UN charter by Qatar and very likely by members of NATO. Terrorists have been reported by several sources of smuggling weapons out of Libya for use in other areas of conflict.
In the facade "protect civilians" NATO countries, especially the UK, US and France are training civilians to aid the insurgents.
China, Russia and BRIC countries have both called repeatedly for the NATO forces to stay within the UN regs.
I'm a blogger not a philadelphia lawyer. But I can see who the outlaws are in this action and I suspect despite the massive propaganda campaign to deceive the public, that many in the NATO countries are aware of the criminal actions taking place. The Libyan government ordered the army to withdraw from Misurata. The insurgents and NATO attacked the army as it withdrew. NATO is acting as the terrorist and insurgents air force, even bombing on demand.
The insurgents have been notably reported in several sources for their brutality towards army prisoners and to civilians, especially black Africans, a slaughter was reported in one case, there likely have been many others taking place and that, together with the blitz is the most probable reason for the mass exodus of migrant workers
The case against NATO and the UN by a human rights lawyer:
The Use of Force Against Libya: Another Illegal Use of Force Jurist
'NATO prolonging war in Libya' Press TV
“The NATO air raids are killing large numbers of Libyan civilians; ... Had it not been for the NATO intervention about a month ago, this entire thing would be over; the civil war would have come to a halt,”
Another Iraq? The US has thousands of troops off Libya's coast ready to go.
EU Readies Troop For “Humanitarian-Military” Deployment To Libya
The EU is preparing to launch a humanitarian military mission to the besieged Libyan city of Misrata within the next few days, French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Christine Fages said on Friday.
It's never was about "humanitarianism"
Imperialism’s Assault Gang And Complicit United Nations Daily Times
The UN resolution for intervention in Libya never authorised military action but the US and its allies, who, long since, had been looking for an opportunity to settle scores with Gaddafi have exceeded the UN mandate by resorting to air strikes against targets inside Libya — which reportedly have also done extensive collateral damage — and extending military support to anti-Gaddafi forces on the ground.
At the start of the Libyan campaign, President Obama had emphatically stated that the action was not aimed at regime change in Libya but to protect the population being persecuted by Gaddafi. However, at the latest moot between the allies in Berlin, it has been unequivocally asserted that the future of Libya with Gaddafi at the helm of affairs was inconceivable, which means that they are definitely striving for a regime change in Libya.
The most perturbing aspect of these ostensibly humanitarian interventions has been that they have resulted in more human casualties and bloodshed than they were meant to save and protect against. And, regrettably, they have been selectively used by the ‘assault gang’ comprising the US, Britain and NATO to achieve their non-humanitarian objectives. Their criminal apathy and indifference to the sufferings of the Palestinians, Kashmiris and other people around the globe groaning under oppression tells the whole story.
Regional Unity as an Obstacle to The Creation of a United States of Africa
Gaddafi's Libya refused to split Africa into "Arab North" and "Black Africa" in spite of the pressures from France and instead insisting that All Africa be One.
African Monetary Fund, African Central Bank, African Investment Bank
The African Monetary Fund is expected to totally supplant the African activities of the International Monetary Fund which, with only US$25 billion, was able to bring an entire continent to its knees and make it swallow questionable privatisation like forcing African countries to move from public to private monopolies. No surprise then that on 16-17December 2010, the Africans unanimously rejected attempts by Western countries to join the African Monetary Fund, saying it was open only to African nations.
The US$30 billion frozen by Mr Obama belong to the Libyan Central Bank and had been earmarked as the Libyan contribution to three key projects which would add the finishing touches to the African federation – the African Investment Bank in Syrte, Libya, the establishment in 2011 of the African Monetary Fund to be based in Yaounde with a US$42 billion capital fund and the Abuja-based African Central Bank in Nigeria which when it starts printing African money will ring the death knell for the CFA franc through which Paris has been able to maintain its hold on some African countries for the last fifty years. It is easy to understand the French wrath against Gaddafi.
Whistleblower: Libya "Vampire War" is About Oil, Lockerbie and CIA Heroin Op
with reference to Gadhafi, Fall Guy For CIA Drug Running
Like Afghanistan And Iraq: Libyan War Has Economic, Geopolitical Motives
Libya’s oil constitutes “two-thirds of the needs of some of the countries participating in the imposition of the no-fly zone over Libya” and “these countries are seeking to secure their oil interests in Libya
Dmitri Rogozin: more countries supplying Libya with weapons
Western countries should stop violation of UN Security Council's Resolution. They should cease to supply Libya with weapons, Dmitry Rogozin, Russia's Special representative to NATO said. "We got information that more and more countries are supplying Libya with weapons. We ask you to stop the violation of UN resolution. The resolution stipulates embargo for weapons in conflict zones, "- Rogozin said during a teleconference between Brussels and Moscow.
It was reported that insurgent support was provided by human traffickers. One of the first acts of the insurgents was to release human traffickers jailed by the Libyan government. They appear to be operating out of Tunisia now. It has been suggested that the insurgents are driving civilians into Tunisia. The capture of a border post may have been part of the human trafficking side of the insurgency.
It's "back in business....Benghazi to Malta was the route the human trafficking racket (took) between North Africa and Europe," exploiting millions of refugees in countries like Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Kenya and others.
It was longstanding for years until "Gaddafi and (Italy's) Berlusconi sat down together and (largely shut down) the Benghazi based human trafficking mob."
We request a halt to the violation of the UN Security Council resolution, especially its clause imposing an embargo on arms supplies to the conflict zones....No one has ever succeeded in extinguishing a fire with kerosene."
On April 19, RT.com headlined "Libyan relief effort feared guise for ground invasion," saying:
EU nations "plan to send up to 1,000 troops to Libya to convoy humanitarian aid," despite Russia warning about an invasion disguised as relief. Planned earlier in April, EUFOR Libya won't engage in direct combat unless attacked, said Michael Mann, spokesman EU High Representative Catherine Aston, yet expect them to have a very fluid mandate, escalating mission creep on any pretext or none at all.
In addition, US-led NATO forces may intervene to aid insurgents or engage directly in combat, according to AFRICOM General Carter Ham in early April testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, saying:
Air attacks produced stalemate, not resolution, and insurgents stand little chance of defeating Gaddafi on their own. As a result, he admitted consideration being given to direct engagement, saying his "personal view at this point would be that (it's) probably not the ideal circumstance" because of the regional reaction to another American-led land war. But he's not ruling it out, suggesting a pretext will be contrived to justify it.
Who are the insurgents?
The CIA’s Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATO Troops in Iraq W.G.Tarpley
UK military and financial support for violent sharia islamification
Libya: Another Neocon War (Also in the Guardian)
NATO may send military advisers to Libyan rebels
Video at URL above
Rebel forces have claimed a key city on the Tunisian border, in a rare victory over Gaddafi troops, but the win was overshadowed by shelling in Libya's third-largest city Misrata. It has been under siege by pro-government forces for seven weeks.
Meanwhile, the NATO allies have announced plans to send military advisers to the rebels' headquarters to help the opposition break the stalemate with pro-government forces. However, Russia's foreign minister warned that putting international officers on the ground could have unpredictable consequences.
“The latest developments in Libya are not making us happy,” he told a Thursday press conference in Ljubljana. “It's a clear launch of a ground conflict. We consider these moves extremely risky which couldlead to unpredictable consequences.
Did the Libyan government drive the insurgents to rise up and take arms? No. It was a CIA op latterly involving French and UK secret services.
When War Games Go Live
Staging" a "Humanitarian War" against "SOUTHLAND"
Under an Imaginary UN Security Council Resolution 3003
Military operations of this size and magnitude are never improvised. The war on Libya as well as the armed insurrection were planned months prior to the Arab protest movement...
Libya, 19 March 2011. "No Fly Zone" under UN Security Council Resolution 1973: A "Humanitarian War" is Launched.
We were led to believe that the protest movement in Egypt and Tunisia had spread to Libya.
The insurrection in Libya was presented as a spontaneous response to a wave of pro-democracy activism which had swept the Arab World.
In turn, we were led to believe that "the international community" decided in response to these unfolding events, to "protect the lives of civilians" and refer the matter to the United Nations Security Council.
The media then reported that it was only once the UN Security Council had adopted Resolution 1973, that the US and NATO member countries took the decision to intervene militarily in Libya under the "No Fly Zone"...
THE WAR ON LIBYA WAS KNOWN AND DECIDED WELL IN ADVANCE.
MILITARY PLANNING WAS IN "AN ADVANCED STAGE OF READINESS".
UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 1973 PERTAINING TO LIBYA WAS ALREADY ON THE DRAWING BOARD, MONTHS PRIOR TO THE ONSET OF THE "PRO-DEMOCRACY" INSURRECTION IN EASTERN LIBYA. ...
NATO needs to retitle to USAF and stop charging taxpayers for the UK's 3rd party services.
The spaghetti to which the NATO attacks are adding bolognaise sauce:
Special Report: Libya's Tribal Dynamics
[For gods' sake] StopNATO April 23 points to
Is Ladbrokes giving odds on who the next target of a humanitarian aid blitz will be? Algeria and Ghana are the favourites.
Projection. NATO nukes Brazil saying, "UN reg 1973 doesn't prohibit it".