- On July 14, Mossad-connected DEBKAfile headlined, "The
Libyan War ends. Obama makes Moscow peace broker. NATO halts strikes,"
- "Bar the shouting, the war in Libya ended Thursday
morning, July 14, when (Obama) called Russian President Dmitry Medvedev
to hand Moscow the lead role in negotiations with (Gaddafi to end) the
conflict - provided only that the Libyan ruler steps down in favor of a
- More about Obama's demand below. For now, America's Libya
terror bombing continues unabated, despite a White House July 13 Office
of the Press Secretary release, saying:
- Obama thanked "Russia's efforts to mediate a political
solution in Libya, emphasizing that (Washington) is prepared to support
negotiations that lead to a democratic transition....as long as (Gaddafi)
- In fact, Obama spurns democratic values abroad and at
home, intolerable notions he won't accept, nor peace, waging multiple imperial
wars with no letup. In Libya, moreover, at issue isn't Gaddafi, it's colonizing
another country, controlling its resources, plundering its wealth, and
exploiting its people, the same US aim always.
- On July 15, Washington and about 30 European and Middle
East countries illegally recognized insurgent leaders as Libya's legitimate
government - the so-called Transitional National Council (TNC). Meeting
in Istanbul (without China and Russia), the Libya Contact Group issued
a statement, saying:
- "Henceforth, and until an interim authority is in
place, participants agreed to deal with the (TNC) as the legitimate government
authority in Libya."
- It added that Gaddafi no longer had legitimacy and must
leave Libya with his family.
- Explaining what's clearly illegitimate, Secretary of
State Clinton said:
- "We still have to work through various legal issues
(in order words, avoid them entirely), but we expect this step on recognition
will enable the TNC to access additional sources of funding," including
$30 billion of up to $150 billion of Libya's stolen wealth, besides its
rich oil, gas, and water resources worth many multiples more.
- At the same time, frustration grows after four months
of stalemated ground and air operations. As a result, despite saying Gaddafi
must go, some NATO partners seem willing to let him stay, though not in
his present capacity.
- Gaddafi, in fact, vows never to leave or surrender to
insurgents or NATO. In a July 16 audio address, he told supporters:
- "They are asking me to leave. That's a laugh. I
will never leave the land of my ancestors or the people who have sacrificed
themselves for me. After we gave our children as martyrs, we can't backtrack
or surrender or give up or move an inch."
- Libyans overwhelmingly back him, rallying in images (and
reports) major media suppress, accessed through the following links:
- No one called them out. No one demanded support for Gaddafi.
They came on their own, what usually happens when nations are lawlessly
attacked. People rally overwhelmingly behind leaders against foreign aggressors.
Libyans know Washington and NATO, not Gaddafi, is their enemy.
- Moreover, they're armed, ready to defend their country
against invaders because Gaddafi gave about two million civilians weapons,
more than enough to oust him if they wished. They don't!
- DEBKA also said that:
- "From July 9, (its) military sources (said) NATO
discontinued its air strikes against Libyan pro-government targets in Tripoli
and other places. (Though unannounced, it signaled) that 15,000 flight
missions (actually 15,308 through July 15) and 6,000 (actually 5,767 through
July 15) bombardments of Qaddafi targets had failed to achieve their object."
- In fact, NATO's web site (http://www.aco.nato.int/page424201235.aspx)
states the following:
- For July 9: 112 sorties conducted, including 48 strike
- For July 10: 139 sorties conducted, including 54 strike
- For July 11: 132 sorties conducted, including 49 strike
- For July 12: 127 sorties conducted, including 35 strike
- For July 13: No data posted. The above pattern likely
- For July 14: 132 sorties conducted, including 48 strike
- For July 15: 115 sorties conducted, including 46 strike
- Reporting from Tripoli on July 17, Middle East/Central
Asian analyst Mahdi Nazemroaya emailed that "(l)ast night was very
bad here. They bombed like crazy and everything was shaking."
- He elaborated in a Global Research.ca article, accessed
through the following link:
- Calling it an overnight "Blitzkrieg," he cited
"large explosions....heard in the distance. Multiple urban areas were
bombed simultaneously this morning."
- According to eyewitnesses, about 60 - 75 bombs hit Tajura
(14 km east of Tripoli) and the city's Seraj area. Continuing a regular
pattern, civilian targets were struck, including residential areas. On
July 16, Libyan state television reported mostly civilian casualties without
- So far, in fact, for every combatant death, 10 civilians
have been killed as a result of non-military sites struck, including residential
- Over night near bombing areas, "it was like an earthquake.
Large buildings as far away as Al-Fatah Street....were shaking."
- July 16 strikes, however, differed from previous ones.
Burning smells and "a strange smoldering filled the air" and
lingered. "It even remained on the skin (after) the bombings....The
sounds (and smoke plumes) were different."
- After previous bombings, smoke rose vertically "like
a fire, but tonight (it was white and) horizontal....hovering above Tripoli."
- One explosion caused "a huge mushroom cloud, pointing
to the possible use of (nuclear) bunker buster bombs." Within a 15
km radius of targets, people "experienced burning eyes, lower back
pain, (and) headaches," unexplained symptoms not previously felt.
- Last week, in fact, Libya's prosecutor general Mohammed
Zikri al-Mahjoubi accused NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen
of war crimes, saying he'll be criminally charged with:
- "deliberate aggression against innocent civilians,
the murder of children, as well as trying to overthrow the Libyan regime....(He's)
responsible (for) attack(ing) unarmed people, killing 1,108 and wounding
4,537 others in bombardment of Tripoli and other cities and villages."
- He also charged him with trying to murder Gaddafi.
- On July 14, Rasmussen tried having it both ways, "encouraging
all allies that have aircraft at their disposal to take part in operation,"
while calling for a pro-Western political solution Libyans won't accept,
nor should they.
- A Final Comment
- Securing imperial control is the issue, an objective
putting America at odds with millions of Libyans determined to resist and
- In fact, Washington's strategy may have backfired. Most
Libyans united behind Gaddafi, together with regional and other allies,
including China and Russia (for their own strategic interests), against
exploitive Western "liberation."
- Though no end of conflict is imminent, perhaps this time
people power may triumph. If so, the message to other imperial victims
is don't quit. Struggling long enough to prevail at times succeeds. Maybe
this time for Libyans.
- Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at
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