Libya

With Libya secured an American invasion of Africa is under way

With Libya secured an American invasion of Africa is under way
20 October 2011     John Pilger     USA and the War on Terror

US troops are on their way to Uganda. More go soon to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. John Pilger tells the real story behind Obama's latest extension of the 'war on terror'.

On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there.

In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only "engage" for "self-defence", says Obama, satirically.

With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

Obama's decision is described in the press as "highly unusual" and "surprising", even "weird". It is none of these things. It is the logic of American foreign policy since 1945.

Take Vietnam. The priority was to halt the influence of China, an imperial rival, and "protect" Indonesia, which President Nixon called "the region's richest hoard of natural resources... the greatest prize".
Vietnam merely got in the way; and the slaughter of more than three million Vietnamese and the devastation and poisoning of their land was the price of America achieving its goal. 

Nato airstrikes kill 85 villagers in Libya 8/8

Nato air strikes killed 85 villagers near the city of Zliten in western Libya, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

By AFP

Zliten: Nato air strikes killed 85 villagers near the city of Zliten in western Libya, a government spokesman said on Tuesday, in what he branded a "massacre" of civilians.

The village of Majer, 10km south of Zliten, was attacked late on Monday to "allow rebel fighters to enter" the government-held city from the south, Mussa Ibrahim told reporters on a guided visit.

"After the first three bombs dropped at around 11:00 pm (2100 GMT) on Monday, many residents of the area ran to the bombed houses to try to save their loved ones. Three more bombs struck," he said.

Thirty-three children, 32 women and 20 men from 12 families were killed in the "massacre," said Mussa.

Rebels fighting around Zliten, 120 kilometres to the east of Tripoli, said on Monday they were running low on ammunition as they struggled to hold off an assault by loyalist forces.

Our position on the events in Libya - by Abdel al-Bari Atwan, the editor-in chief of the London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Ara

Our position on the events in Libya

Abdel al-Bari Atwan is the editor-in chief of the London-based newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi

26 April 2011

I have to admit that I am engulfed by sadness every time I come to write about
the way the Libyan situation is unfolding; when I witness the way the country is
being torn apart and how the whole nightmare is being completely mis-represented
and distorted by a huge media machine, paid for by parties with enormous funds,
and which has almost dominated Arab public opinion.

The rebellion started out in all innocence with protestors demanding freedom,
social justice and the rule of law from the Colonel Gadaffi's dictatorial
regime. The people had finally had enough of their country being treated like a
private estate by Gadaffi and his sons: even to the point where, when one of
these sanctified heirs was arrested in Switzerland, Gadaffi threatened to cut
off that country' supply of Libyan oil. He even went so far as to call for
fragmenting Switzerland and handing its parts over to Germany, Italy, and
France.

The revolution was legitimate, increasingly so when Gaddafi threatened to crush

Italy will take part in strategic bombing raids over Libya

 

Italy will take part in strategic bombing raids over Libya, Premier Silvio Berlusconi has said. Berlusconi's office issued a statement after the premier spoke with US President Barack Obama, saying Italy had decided to beef up its military action to better contribute to protecting civilians.

Italy had previously said it would not take part in air strikes against Libyan targets, given its 40-year colonial rule over the country. Italian aircraft and navy ships have, however, been involved in refuelling and other operations for Nato forces.

The statement stressed that Italian air strikes would only be for "specific military objectives".

Rebels have complained that Nato-led firepower has not been sufficient to help them advance against Muammar Gaddafi's forces- eircom.net news

A People Betrayed: West Launches New War for Oil in Libya - CHRIS FLOYD - Empire Burlesque - 180311

A People Betrayed: West Launches New War for Oil in Libya

CHRIS FLOYD
Empire Burlesque
March 18, 2011

And so now, another war. Led by the United States and the religious extremists in Saudi Arabia, the UN Security Council voted to intervene on behalf of one side in the Libyan civil war. Having already armed and trained Moamar Gadafy’s armies and security forces, the Western war-profiteers have now decided to do the same for his opponents.

These opponents, it must be noted, are at present led by top players who only weeks ago were at the center of Gadafy’s murderous, repressive regime — which was itself, only weeks ago, considered a worthy partner by Western governments and business interests. As As’ad AbuKhalil — a fierce critic of Gadafy for many years –noted today, before the UN vote:

Libya is another case of selective vigilantism by the west - Tariq Ali - Guardian 290311

Libya is another case of selective vigilantism by the west
Bombing Tripoli while shoring up other despots in the Arab world shows the UN-backed strikes to oust Gaddafi are purely cynical

Tariq Ali
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 29 March 2011 12.43 BST

The US-Nato intervention in Libya, with United Nations security council cover, is part of an orchestrated response to show support for the movement against one dictator in particular and by so doing to bring the Arab rebellions to an end by asserting western control, confiscating their impetus and spontaneity and trying to restore the status quo ante.

 

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