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Lies, Damn Lies, and NATO Claiming Control Across Libya

Posted: 2011-10-17
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Stephen Lendman takes a look at the media lies and reality in Libya, while Mathaba explains why the Libyan people have been able to resist the world's most powerful military alliance (NATO) since 8 months


by Stephen Lendman

At an October 11 press briefing, NATO spokesperson Oana Lungescu claimed Operation Unified Protector (NATO's aggression on Libya) "has been a great success. We're pretty close to the end, but we're not there yet."

"We did the right thing. We saved countless lives. We did it the right way, fast, with flexibility, involving Partners from the start, and we did it for the right reasons; to fully implement the mandate of the United Nations Security Council."

"Now we will make sure the end of the operation will come when the time is right. We will not leave the job half done."

"Our mission, as you know, is to prevent attacks and threats against civilians, so we will terminate the mission once we assess that there is no longer a systematic and significant threat...."

NATO military spokesperson Col. Roland Lavoie followed Lungescu with similar comments, claiming "we have witnessed a significant evolution of the situation in Libya."

He added that "NATO is exercising air power only when necessary and always with caution, discernment and precision."

Fact check

On October 13, UN Support Mission to Libya head Ian Martin briefed Security Council members by video-link. His assessment differed greatly from NATO, saying:

"The situation (in Libya) is far from stable. There are many security concerns. The fighting is still on. Violations of human rights and international humanitarian law have been registered."

Russia's UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin called the briefing "open and sobering," adding:

"The Libyan authorities clearly need support, an effective UN mission, and this is where the Security Council will concentrate its efforts in the next few months."

Loyalists, in fact, are Libya's only authority, not NATO or TNC puppet officials. UN action to halt terror bombing and rebel cutthroats is crucial.

Libyan sovereignty must be recognized and supported, free from NATO and UN Blue Helmet paramilitary occupation.

Libyans won't tolerate less nor should they. Their struggle deserves global support, including by world body leaders. NATO must be condemned as a rogue aggressor. Responsible member states must be held accountable.

On October 9, Russia Today (RT.com) said:

"....NATO exposed its hypocrisy toward protecting civilian lives, letting (TNC fighters) shell loyalist cities and assault them despite great losses among the civilian population."

"We know what this war was about. It was about regime change....NATO does not care about civilians."

WikiLeaks Julian Assange told RT:

"The lesson for Libya is that there are only two superpowers....the US and the EU." They attacked Libya lawlessly. "It shows that there is no effective rule of law as far as the UN is concerned."

RT said "NATO stands accused of turning a blind eye to huge civilian casualties in Libya." Libyans know Western forces didn't come as liberators. They came as imperial predators.

NATO's Imperial Aggression

Since March 19, NATO waged lawless aggression against a nonbelligerent country, mischaracterized as humanitarian intervention "responsibility to protect" (R2P).

It violated UN Charter's Chapter VI calling for peaceful conflict dispute resolutions. Humanitarian intervention authority never permits military force or other hostile acts.

It ignored Chapter VII authorization to impose boycotts, embargoes, blockades, and severed diplomatic ties when justified - never war, except in self-defense and only until the Security Council acts.

No justification whatever existed. A humanitarian crisis didn't exist until NATO arrived. For more than seven months, at this time of writing, it terror bombed Libya relentlessly. Targets included schools, hospitals, mosques, civilian neighborhoods, and others unrelated to military necessity.

Tens of thousands of Libyans have been massacred in cold blood, including women, children, the elderly and infirm. Areas across the country were ravaged. Food, water, medical supplies, electricity, and fuel were cut off.

NATO is a rogue killing machine. It's mission isn't liberation. It's slaughtering, ravaging and pillaging for power and profit.

Wherever it intervenes, human misery follows. Death, disease, starvation, depravation and desperation haunt the living. Libya is one of history's great crimes.

Against overwhelming odds, loyalists tied down the world's mightiest military force for seven months, determined to resist, live free, and rebuild.

[Mathaba: Analysts need to understand why and how that is possible. The answer is simple, but few wish to accept or admit it: the armed people. The USA used to be a place that would have (at least in some states) been very hard for a foreign invasion force, to take over: the people were armed. There were militias. But even so they were small groups, and the take-over since time immemorial of the government by "bankers" and their minions, further weakened them. Not so in Libya. Being a Jamahiriya, the six million Libyans were divided into more than 6,000 basic people's conferences, where they decided on their policies and legislation, and elected people's committees to carry out those decisions.

Moreover, not only power was in their hands: wealth too. After the total expenditure of the year on free health care, education, housing, utilities (electricity, water), marriages, and half of each car, defence, infrastructure, investments and so on, the remaining money would be divided into each of more than six million bank accounts and again divided into 12, so each month around $500 would be deposited into everyone's bank account. Thus wealth too was in the hands of the people, with the national assets (mainly oil, but water too), firmly in the hands of the people, and not private corporations, capitalists or banks.

But something that analysts also fail to point out, simply as they don't seem to be able to come to terms with the simplicity of revolutionary slogan: "All power, all wealth and all arms in the hands of the people", and its meaning and implementation along the lines of The Green Book -- and that is that arms too were distributed among the population and training for defence took place as part of citizens lives -- including all women who wished to do so. Although this arming of the people was diluted over the past decade, and that was one of the mistakes made, nevertheless significant parts of the country, mostly those were strong belief in the democratic Jamahiriya system of direct participatory democracy prevailed, are armed and thus able to fight off terrorists, even while under siege, for over 8 months so far.]

NATO and major media scoundrels claim victory is close at hand. Mathaba's daily updates tell a much different story.

On October 15, it said early on October 14, TNC fighters controlled parts of Sirte, as well as small areas of Sabah, Bani Walid, Benghazi and Tripoli. "This picture would change dramatically over the next 24 hours."

Overnight, Zuwara residents attacked TNC rebels, burned their local office, "and forced the occupiers to flee, taking heavy casualties."

Elsewhere across Libya, early morning hours were marked by demonstrations. Loyalists won't tolerate NATO terror, "oppression, massacres and atrocities for one moment longer. Libya was at the brink of exploding from anger and frustration."

In Tripoli, demonstration began at 8:00AM. They grew in size when Wirsh Fana Tribal members joined it. Chants said, "This is it. Today we take our city and our country back."

TNC fighters fled in haste from Bani Walid, Sirte, and Sabah, taking heavy casualties. "The retreat in Tripoli was a drive through a shooting gallery as people all over Libya rose to the occasion."

By early afternoon, mass demonstrations waved green flags across Libya. TNC Tripoli forces attacked them. NATO helicopter gunships strafed nonviolent civilians.

The scene proved "what brand of 'Democracy' (NATO) advocates," showing no regard whatever for human life.

At 6:00PM, reports suggested heavy fighting in parts of Tripoli. Abu Salim and other areas were "firmly" under loyalist control. At 6:30PM, "a NATO Apache helicopter was shot down."

Losing control of Tripoli, NATO sent reinforcements from Zawiya. En route, they were "ambushed. The entire convoy was destroyed, and there were numerous casualties and prisoners."

By late evening, much of Tripoli was liberated, even much of Benghazi, and other large areas across Libya. TNC's Benghazi headquaters was "stormed. Over 90% of TNC members had resigned." Those in Tripoli fled.

NATO planes began bombing Abu Salim. A caller said "they are carpet bombing our district." More Wirsh Fana Tribal members arrived, "entirely changing the military situation."

"Attacks on heavily fortified TNC and NATO positions began, while special operations units from the Libyan forces began deploying to capture key Libyan and foreign political and military figures."

Gheriyan is again free. Residents there like elsewhere say they'll "never accept a TNC that is forced on them by NATO."

On October 15 overnight, loyalists attacked the Rixos Hotel, Military Camp 77 and Green Square. Bodies there provided evidence of a NATO/TNC massacre. Unconfirmed reports said Washington's ambassador is missing.

Zlitan and Gheriay-based tribes said they'll send reinforcements to Tripoli and Sirte. Early Saturday morning, "a NATO Chinook helicopter was shot down near Zlitan."

Heavy fighting continued overnight through early morning. TNC fighters took heavy casualties. Courageous loyalists persist against their best military might, including daily terror bombing.

Showing no regard for human life and welfare, their imperial mission focuses solely on conquest, colonization, resource control, exploitation, and unchallenged dominance. Libyans want none of it and won't quit, no matter the odds.

Reports circulated about Kmamis Gaddafi's death, including on Syria's Arrai TV. He commands Libya's 32nd Elite Brigade. However, Algeria ISP called his death fabricated NATO propaganda. So far, no confirmation either way is available.

NATO and major media scoundrels have gone all out to control the message. Nothing they say is credible. On October 16, Algeria ISP said NATO and TNC officials implemented a disinformation campaign to help locate loyalist government and military officials.

Whether they're captured or free, dead or alive, diverts attention from what matters most - the committed will of millions of Libyans to resist. Fighting for their lives, liberation and futures drives them daily.

New leaders stand ready to replace fallen ones. It's working, as loyalists so far bested NATO's killing machine for seven months. They'll fight seven more or as long as it takes to live free.

Military conditions are "volatile, but in spite of NATO's" air power, rebel mercenaries, and Special Forces directing them, loyalists keep making "slow but steady progress."

Heavy clashes continue across greater Tripoli and Tarhuna. Loyalists control most of Bani Walid. Zawiyah is reported free by some sources.

Stepped up loyalist resistance Friday in Tripoli forced NATO to shift Sirte forces there. Nonetheless, Sirte has been relentlessly terror bombed and shelled by "light, medium range and heavy artillery."

Supportive major media scoundrels suppress the truth when they report anything about NATO lawlessness they call humanitarian intervention.

More updates will discuss what they distort, censor and suppress.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/.

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