- NATO's killing machine ravaged a nonbelligerent country
posing no threat. Tyranny replaced Jamahiriya government. Violence followed
- On January 3, Middle East Online contributor Jay Deshnukh
headlined, "Ex-rebels' war for money, power: Fierce clashes erupt
in Tripoli," saying:
- In central Tripoli, fighting claimed two lives as "former
rebels from....Misurata clashed with....ex-fighters from the Libyan capital,
- Heavy gunfire was exchanged in broad daylight "between
Zawiyah and Al-Saidi streets near a" Gaddafi regime intelligence headquarters
- Neighborhood sections were "surrounded by hundreds
of (heavily armed) rebels."
- Throughout Tripoli, militia brigades control former government
buildings. Their presence challenges Western-installed Transitional National
Council (NTC) figures. Abdul Hakim Belhadj led them until he left to join
- On January 4, Pravda.ru contributor Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
headlined, "Libya latest news: Chaos," saying:
- Major media scoundrels are largely silent about ongoing
violence and conflict. "Credible sources" report "utter
chaos." Rebel faction clashes continue. Internal dissension affects
TNC unity. Libya's in disarray.
- In December, rebel groups clashed in Tripoli and at Mitiga
air base. Misurata and Benghazi skirmishes erupted. Bani Walid tribes headed
for Tripoli. "Strong fights among groups of terrorists and Libyan
Green Resistance (Jamahiriya forces)" continue.
- Zintan militia fighters and Green Resistance elements
battled "Al Qaeda Bel Haj militia...." They hold Saif al-Islam
Gaddafi captive. They won't release him to International Criminal Court
(ICC) custody because it has no jurisdiction in Libya.
- "Racist NTC/NATO terrorist forces destroy(ed) a
Taourga cemetery." Green flags fly "everywhere" in Al-Zawiyah.
They're also visible throughout Sabha, Gharyan, Tarhouna, and Ghadames.
- "NATO knows that the people of Libya do not accept
their criminal terrorist forces as 'Government.' " Green Resistance
and Jamahiriya militia attacked insurgent terrorists.
- On January 5, Algeria ISP headlined, "New Resistance
green opposition," saying:
- Clashes erupted in Tripoli's El Islami district. Warchfana
resistance fighters contested Misurata rebels. "At Mazda, the fighters
of the Liberation Army of Libya destroyed the headquarters of the local"
- Misurata rebels shelled Zliten with "heavy artillery."
Resistance fighters defend the city.
- On January 4, New York Times writer David Goodman headlined,
"Libyan Leader Says Militia Clashes Could Create Civil War,"
- Western-installed TNC chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil "bluntly
warned late Tuesday that the government faced 'bitter options' as it struggled
to rein in thousands of fighters who joined regional militias" during
months of fighting.
- Many now remain in Tripoli. They won't disarm and claim
interests to protect. Clashes across Libya continue.
- In January, South Africa's UN ambassador Baso Sangqu,
serving as rotating Security Council president, wants Libyan human rights
abuses investigated, including NATO ones.
- "They were supposed to be precision strikes,"
he said, "but it was clear that those were not that precise."
- NATO lied saying it operated carefully. In fact, civilians
were willfully targeted. Massacres occurred. Well over 100,000 died, and
multiples more were injured, many seriously.
- Depleted and enriched uranium weapons were used. So were
other terror ones. The overall toll of death and destruction was horrendous.
- "A recent on-the-ground examination by The New York
Times of airstrike sites found credible evidence of dozens of civilians
- In fact, many thousands died. Times correspondents ignored
them during fighting, even though they witnessed after actions results.
- Moreover, before NATO intervened, Libyans enjoyed peace
and prosperity. Jamahiriya benefits are gone. They're resisting to restore
them. As a result, protracted struggle continues to end TNC rule, occupation
and rebel rat infestations.
- In addition, thousands of Gaddafi loyalists are detained.
At least, 7,000 are incarcerated under horrific conditions. However, according
to the Committee for Justice for the Disappeared, militia forces secretly
hold over 35,000.
- Suspected Gaddafi loyalists are targeted, abducted, and
either killed or imprisoned. TNC officials and NATO aren't stopping them.
As a result, tribes are arming in self-defense. What's ahead isn't clear,
but greater civil conflict is likely to restore Jamihiriya government.
- Former French Foreign Minister Revelations
- Former Foreign Minister Roland Dumas and anti-colonialist
lawyer Jacques Verges' new book is titled, "Sarkozy Sous BHL."
It reveals French military crimes in Libya.
- It holds Nicolas Sarkozy criminally responsible for bombing
Libyan cities, including civilian targets, vital infrastructure, and cultural
- It exposes NATO's lie about precision bombing with few
civilian casualties. It also discussed earlier French relations with Gaddafi,
beginning in 1983.
- As a parliamentary member, Dumas was sent secretly to
establish good Libyan - French relations. In 1985, America intervened to
convince France that Gaddafi had chemical weapons threatening Western interests.
- For years, France objected to US aggression. Under Sarkozy,
policy changed. Dumas said war was planned long before last February. Today,
Syria and Iran are prime targets. Plans are in place to attack them.
- Dumas, Verges, and other lawyers sued Sarkozy for war
crimes. The case remains ongoing.
- A Final Comment
- On December 31, Mathaba headlined, "Muammar Gaddafi
Voted As Human Rights Hero of the Year," saying:
- In an Amnesty International USA poll, Gaddafi leads others
as voting continues. Until Washington and NATO blocked its approval, the
UN Human Rights Council praised Gaddafi in its January 2011 "Report
of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review: Libya Arab Jamahiriya."
- It said his government protected "not only political
rights, but also economic, educational, social and cultural rights."
It also lauded his treatment of religious minorities, and "human rights
training" of its security forces.
- NATO's killing machine destroyed 42 years of achievements,
benefitting all Libyans. Gaddafi's vision marked him for removal.
- If Western nations matched him, imperial wars would end.
So would homelessness, hunger and human deprivation. Instead, "new
world order" imperialists want super-wealth and power solely for themselves.
- Libya was one of many targets. Others will follow to
extinguish freedom everywhere if they succeed.
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