This year's Cannes Film Festival, held between May 16 and May 27, has
added a documentary essay on last year's U.S.-European banker war against
Libya to its official selection. The selection for the 65th film
marathon on Cote d'Azur was already made in April, but the organizers
decided last minute that the documentary "The Oath of Tobruk" ("Le
Serment de Tobrouk") by French self-styled ``reporter`` and ``philosopher`` Bernard-Henri
LÚvy should be added and receive a special screening.
French-language documentary which is co-produced by the French-German
culture channel Arte, has been filmed during the entire eight months of
the criminal NATO attack on the soevereign country and focusses on the support the Libyan Al Qaeda-rebels
(called "revolutionaries" in the documentary) received from France, the
U.S. and the U.K. LÚvy also shot parts of the film in Paris, New York
and London to show "how the determination of the rebels altered the
course of history in their country".
"The selection of The Oath of
Tobruk reminds us that a film can represent a passing of the torch
between people inspired by a shared love of freedom," says the
Four key characters dominate the film:
Suleiman Fortia, symbol of the Libyan rebels, Mansour Sayf Al-Nasr who
lived in Paris and became the first French ambassador to what the
documentary calls "free Libya", Ali Zeydan, Levy's special contact in
the rebels' National Transitional Council, and the secret negotiator
Mustafa El-Sagizly, who trained the Libyan youth in armed revolt.
About his propaganda documentary which portrays the rebels as pro-democracy and pro-freedom fighters and Muammar Qaddafi
as a bloodthirsty dictator, LÚvy stated: "I try to report very
faithfully and modestly about the war of Liberation in my movie."
critics have considered the documentary as being too egotistical, as it
shows LÚvy constantly cheered and greeted at rallies and by politicians
on camera. However, not a single movie analyst has critized the blatant
propaganda exhibited in "The Oath of Tobruk".
During the Film Festival Levy, who is Jewish, also pleaded for foreign intervention in
Syria, ôHoms is the new Benghaziö, he said, posing with some Syrian
who attended the Festival de Cannesĺ red carpet on May 25, has played an
important role in the Western war on Libya which lead to the killing of tens of thousands of civilians and the destruction of the free Jamahiriya.
March 4, 2011, less than three weeks after armed gangs started to
revolt against Libya's symbolic leader Muammar Qaddafi, he held a
private meeting with Mustafa Jalil, the leader of the rebels' National
Transitional Counsil (NTC). The same evening LÚvy called former French
president Sarkozy to ask him to receive several rebel leaders. This meeting at which he
was present, took place in Paris on March 10, 2011. Meanwhile U.S.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met another rebel leader, Mahmoud
As a result of this meeting, president Sarkozy, who is also a pro-Israeli Jew, announced
the plan he and LÚvy had concocted: the recognition of the rebels' NTC
as "sole legitimate representative" of Libya as well as the naming of a
French ambassador to the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, and after approval by
the Arab League, airstrikes on so-called military targets in Libya,
which strikes however have resulted in numerous casualties and deaths among the Libyan population.
actively participating in the slaughter of innocent civilians and the
destruction of Africa's wealthiest country by providing weapons to the
rebels and bombing coordinates to NATO, no legal action has been taken
against LÚvy so far. Instead he has been much lauded for his promotion
of the "responsibility to protect" (R2P) idea, "for over 30 years". Launching his
career in the 1970s with the book La Barbarie Ó visage humain
(Barbarism with a Human Face) which contains an attack on Communism,
LÚvy can be seen as the godfather of the "humanitarian war".
LÚvy again used his R2P and so-called militarized humanitarianism to promote and condone a Western war on Libya. Ten countries on the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1973 on March 17, 2011 and "humanitarian" bombs
started to end the lives of at least 100,000 Libyans during an almost
eight months lasting attack of the greatest military alliance in
history which over one million armed Libyan people bravely resisted alone without any outside assistance and no air cover.
"The Oath of Tobruk" mentions no word about the current
environment of armed gangs, fear and atrocities under Al Qaeda ruled
Libya, but instead seems to consider the Libyan genocide and other
numerous war crimes committed against the Libyans as necessary and
inevitable in order to achieve "freedom" and "democracy" in the country,
and only praises one of the main orchestrators of the illegal war as
its superhero: Bernard-Henri LÚvy.