"We are fighting nothing other than al-Qaeda in what they call the Islamic Maghreb. It’s an armed group that is fighting from Libya to Mauritania and through Algeria and Mali.… If you had found them taking over American cities by the force of arms, tell me what you would do?" – From a letter sent by the Libyan leader Muammar Qadhafi to the US president Barack Obama.
In the Theatre of the Absurd, anything is possible. However, this latest scenario in Libya has taken absurdity to a whole new dimension. A rag-tag bunch of armed, al-Qaeda affiliated tribesmen, being referred to as a ‘pro-democracy movement’ by British State TV (BBC) and other mainstream media outlets, are now being openly armed and trained by the French, British and American governments. This same Coalition of Crusaders, with the support of the Arab League, is fighting alongside the rebels, launching continual bombing raids on targets in Tripoli and beyond, including Muammar Qadhafi’s compound, in a brazen attempt to assassinate the man and re-colonise Libya.
And what is the support inside Libya for this so-called ‘Libyan pro-democracy movement’? The answer is less than 2% of the entire Libyan population. One might have expected that the Western and Arab worlds would have offered Qadhafi and the Libyan armed forces assistance to deal with this al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) inspired insurgency. But no. Surprisingly, or maybe not so surprisingly, instead, Britain and the US, led by the clown Sarkozy, in what can only be described as a war mongering frenzy, launched an all out attack on Muammar Qadhafi, his family, and the Libyan people. /the condemnation continues here
Whilst the international law exceeders (the politest term I could think of) clarified their position as all-out regime change (at any price?) that is not within the remit of the UN reg 1973 unless interpreted by lawyers capable of fairground hall-of-mirrors and other Lisbon Treaty type contortions;
“If we do not up the ante now, there is a risk that the conflict could result in Qaddafi clinging to power,” General David Richards, Chief of the Defense Staff of the United Kingdom, said in a newspaper interview. “At present, NATO is not attacking infrastructure targets in Libya. But if we want to increase the pressure on Qaddafi’s regime then we need to give serious consideration to increasing the range of targets we can hit.”
an unexpected yet nevertheless praiseworthy intervention of the type the UN had in mind both when the organisation itself and r.1973 were ratified was presented;
In another related development, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday that representatives of Mr. Qaddafi’s government were expected in Moscow on Tuesday, and that Russia also hoped to host Libyan rebel envoys soon, the Itar-Tass news agency reported.
[Comment. Should not a NATO representative lead the insurgents team as they have done in practice since entering the conflict?]
[excerpts in italics are from a well composed article by Dina Al-Shibeeb and Mustapha Ajbaili, Al Arabia with agencies link]
In the same article we are informed:
Libyan rebels on Monday welcomed a decision by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor to seek arrest warrants for Muammar Qaddafi, his son, and his spy chief, but they said he should be tried in Libya first.
To the best of my unqualified knowledge, when the ICC has been invoked as the court of last resort then all other paths are considered exhausted. If the statement is the expression of the recognised leaders of the insurgency then the request for a warrant by the ICC has been made under false circumstances.
Extract from Libya: Kwame Nkrumah Foresaw Western Re-Conquest of Africa Black Star News
There are several possible reasons why many Libyans might question and be wary of Benghazi.
 Benghazi has embraced monarchists, including the son of King Idris, deposed when al-Ouathafi seized power.
 Benghazi’s leadership includes many former al-Quathafi officials, including the minister of justice, and two former generals in the Libyan army, who are now fighting among themselves for leadership of the rebel army.
 Benghazi in a front page article in The Financial Times informed the world that Libya’s oil concessions post-Quathafi would be apportioned based on the level of support each Western country provides in deposing al-Quathafi.
 Benghazi fighters are being trained by former al-Qaeda leaders, as well documented by The Wall Street Journal.
 Benghazi has been selling oil, Libya’s national asset, illegally –even though the UN knows about it– through the dictatorship of Qatar.
 Benghazi is being trained by the United States CIA as well as by French and British officers.
 Benghazi has launched a campaign of revenge and witch-hunting, killing anyone suspected of having previously worked with al-Quathafi; this has even been reported on the pages of the pro-Benghazi New York Times. (The International Criminal Court’s Luis Moreno Ocampo has said nothing about this as he focuses exclusively on “investigating” Tripoli).
 Benghazi has executed Black Africans and dark-skinned Libyans, in the most vicious manner; there are videotapes on YouTube showing cheering Benghazi residents taking video images with cell phone cameras of the bodies of mutilated Africans. Again the ICC’s Ocampo says nothing about this and The New York Times’ editors are not bothered by the barbarity against Black people.
In sum: Benghazi has demonstrated to nationalist Libyans that they are not capable of ruling the entire country and that their affiliation with the CIA and NATO does not speak well to any independent nationalist credentials.
Even Libyans who have tired of al-Quathafi’s 42-years regime might be wary of such a compromised and corrupted entity such as Benghazi – hence the absence of a national popular uprising. /from an essay calling for African unity here.
Stop the War Demonstration
A commentator was on the spot when parties supporting both sides of the Libyan conflict met on open ground. Protected only by a notebook and goodwill the intrepid agent of truth fearlessly documented the proceedings:
The Stop the Bombing of Libya demo organised by Stop the War coalition to coincide with the debate in the House of Commons, was held opposite Downing street. Placards read ‘Stop the Bombing’. Bruce Kent came and spoke and to paraphrase him;
"I am here because of 1939- 45. This was a war zone (the spot where we were standing in London). After that war the United Nations was formed to stop these wars and bombings happening. Their Charter states that all avenues must be exhausted before any war is undertaken.'
The TV crews filmed him speaking. There were other reporter there but interestingly none bothered to speak to the Libyans who were there to get their point of view across. There was a good natured crowd of Libyans and assorted English and other nationalities chanting with the Stop the War organisers to ‘stop the bombing’ and ‘no war for oil’. More arrived after six o’clock, presumably having come from work.
A few yards away was a much smaller demonstration of about six holding the national flag from King Idris' era, and attracting a lot more police attention in terms of photographs being taken of them. Interesting? They were not good natured and shouted aggressively towards the other demo, who ignored them. One woman from the east Libya supporting group came by to say something that sounded nasty, though in the noise it was not clear what exactly. I spoke to several Libyans who complained about the media coverage, one man said when he rang home he got a very different picture of what was going on than the situation as presented by Al Jazeera. Another said he was a member of one of the largest tribes numbering a million, they all supported Gaddafi, had been armed and would defend their country against NATO. Another man gave me a well composed leaflet titled ‘the third way’ which I will post later. The English, European and non Libyan other participants said they did not take sides, but all said the bombing was wrong and wanted the governments to push for dialogue, though some mentioned that the armaments industry and oil matters were probably driving this non peaceful status quo. One woman, a psychiatrist, and I discussed the psychopathology of politicians and their lack of empathy of people's suffering.
The next demonstration is against Obama's visit on 24th May.
NATO hits government targets in Gadhafi stronghold AP
TRIPOLI, Libya – NATO airstrikes pounded two government buildings early Tuesday in the Libyan capital, including the interior ministry, setting them on fire and prompting a government spokesman to suggest the ministry was targeted because it contained files on corruption cases against senior members of the Benghazi-based rebel leadership.
Hope for the sinners
Mass media begins to stop the great lie about Libya and Gaddafi
A video of Russian TV with the full text supplied as the subs are not complete.
Updates on Libyan war: May 16
NATO Continues Libyan Air War, Naval Blockade: 6,808 Sorties
NATO Intensifies Bombardment Of Libyan Capital
NATO Bombs Still Claiming Victims: Bishop Calls For Libyan Truce
Russia Backs African Union’s Road Map For Libyan Ceasefire
Libya: Kwame Nkrumah Foresaw Western Re-Conquest of Africa
Question For Caricom On NATO’s War In Libya
May 15 here
Another time, another place same actors, similar plot, different theatre
New evidence; UK sought Iraqi oil