3/8/11 Bomb Libya? Pros & Cons

US Libyan Policy: Zero Legitimacy
3/3/11 by Tony Cartalucci
From the very beginning the US-backed Libyan unrest played out in oafish measures, crutched along by the most irresponsible, intellectually dishonest "journalism" to date. A week before the unrest began, it was the the London based National Conference of Libyan Opposition (NCLO) that called for the February 17th "Day of Rage," not Libyans in the streets of Tripoli or Benghazi. The NCLO itself was created in London in 2005 by Ibrahim Sahad and his National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL), which in turn has been one of the leading Libyan opposition groups since the 1980's. The Daily Globe and Mail has reported that Sahad's NFSL had been behind several attempted armed uprisings and assassination attempts against Qaddafi in the 1980's, while records found in the US Library of Congress indicate Sahad's NFSL had CIA support and training. Sahad himself now directs the unrest in Libya from Washington D.C. while giving interviews with the corporate owned media literally in front of the White House.
Initial reports coming out of Libya after Sahad's "Day of Rage" unfolded, told tales of bone-chilling atrocities committed by Qaddafi against "unarmed protesters." Qaddafi was accused of strafing crowds of unarmed protesters from the air, storming hospitals and kidnapping injured patients, mosque massacres, and just about anything else the imaginations of the corporate owned media could conjure up. BBC did however concede that nearly all of their reports were impossible to confirm, as they were all entirely based on opposition "witness accounts."
This week, Russian military officials boldly asserted such air strikes never took place, and the US Department of Defense was forced to concede that such attacks could not be confirmed.
Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was asked recently "Do you see any evidence that he [Qaddafi] actually has fired on his own people from the air?" to which he responded by saying, "We’ve seen the press reports, but we have no confirmation of that." Admiral Mullen added, "That’s correct. We’ve seen no confirmation whatsoever." ...calls for military intervention to stop non-existing, unverified atrocities are only growing stronger:
Benghazi army base utterly annihilated by "unarmed" protesters. The reality: "protesters" are actually heavily armed insurgents who obliterated entire sections of steel-reinforced concrete walls of a Benghazi army base, then seized heavy artillery and armored vehicles before shoring up armed rebels in nearby towns and cities. The New York Times reported that weapons were coming in across the Egyptian border, while US and UK government mouthpieces called for providing additional arms and training for the rebels. The New York Times' latest piece, "Libyan Rebels Said to Debate Seeking U.N. Airstrikes" features images of insurgents receiving military training, further suggesting the unrest is the result of a yet another NFSL military operation rather than a "spontaneous" protest turned violent. New York Times piece also depicts the UN enforced no-fly zone as now being an opportunity to offensively cripple Qaddafi's forces and dislodge him from power. Knowing now that the "atrocities" Qaddafi supposedly committed never happened and that the US has been intentionally trumping up war propaganda to ensure yet another NFSL uprising didn't fail, we can assume that offensive intervention was the globalists' plan from the beginning.
With the entire justification for US/NATO/UN intervention unraveling before military assets are even put into place, is the Anglo-American establishment so utterly desperate as to continue on in spite of reality and an awakening public? Is it not bad enough the Libyan opposition is openly working out of Washington D.C., but to also have the US military assist these foreign backed rebels into power at the cost of Libya's sovereignty? Qaddafi has been accused of many things as of late - but it appears when everyone tells their side of the story, his regime's tale of a foreign plot strikes closer to the truth than the rest of the "international community."
US Predator drones: 100% verified to be strafing civilians from the air during their extra-judicial execution sorties.
The "international community," in this latest display of intellectual dishonesty, horrific double standards, and outright unwarranted aggression, has forfeited the last of whatever legitimacy it may have claimed to hold. The American and British oligarchs in particular have shown the world they are irresponsible, back-stabbing, meddling rouges interfering with the sovereignty of other nations through invasive diplomacy, propaganda, and direct military force on behalf of expanding their financial empires, as their "humanitarian concerns" are utterly laughable considering the mayhem they are conducting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan where civilian populations really are being strafed from the air.

*** Gaddafi using "mercenaries", must leave

Why Obama should bomb Libya. Now.
David Case, 2011-03-08: http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/110308/libya...
Analysis: Obama’s dithering against Gaddafi has been damaging. He now has little choice but to act.
BOSTON — There’s no doubt: deploying the U.S. military to help liberate Libya would be messy. American soldiers could die. Taxpayers would have to pick up the multi-billion dollar tab for yet another battle in the Muslim world. It would also be risky. Images on Al Jazeera of American bombs falling on an oil-rich Muslim country could be a propaganda victory for Al Qaeda. Likewise, the sight of U.S. warplanes assisting an Arab uprising could embolden rebel movements elsewhere in the Middle East, further disrupting oil markets— especially if turmoil erupts in Saudi Arabia. And intervention would certainly upset key global partners, namely China and Russia, who out of fear for their own hides reject any international intervention on principle.

Yet there are compelling reasons why U.S. President Barack Obama must take immediate military action. Preferably, this would occur as a NATO operation; U.N. Security Council support is out of the question, given the opposition of China and Russia. Either way, it must begin quickly to prevent Libya and the world from becoming an even more dangerous place.
After the uprising turned violent in mid-February, Libyan rebels gained control of vast parts of the desert country. In recent days, however, the battlefield momentum has been shifting. Forces loyal to leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi have managed to beat back the rebels, and are threatening the key oil town of Ras Lanuf, GlobalPost's Nichole Sobecki, who is in Libya, reports.
A humanitarian disaster could soon unfold. The United Nations is preparing to aid as many as a million Libyans affected by the violence. Whether the Libyan civil war ends quickly or drags on for years could be decided by what happens over the coming days and weeks.
Obama excels at addressing big, principled questions, as he has shown in rousing speeches from Arizona to Cairo. He must likewise rise to the moment and deploy not only the U.S. military, but also his powerful oratory skills to explain why it’s in the world’s interest to bring to justice this brutal kleptocrat. And he must clearly lay out the military consequences that will befall Gaddafi if he continues to kill his compatriots and refuses to step down — if he uses his air force, for example the U.S. could threaten to crater his runways and destroy his air defenses. If he violates the rules of war, he can expect Tomahawk missiles on his compound. And so on...
Obama needs to act not only because Gaddafi is intolerable, but because failing to intervene would be a victory for dictators across the globe. These days, Gaddafi’s neighborhood is replete with besieged strongmen who are busy preparing for the Facebook revolution targeting them. They are no doubt watching Libya closely to see how much murder they can get away with before risking Tomahawk missile attacks on their own palaces. By using the U.S. military to make Gaddafi writhe, the Obama administration can cauterize the worst of the protestor bloodshed before it is spilled. The same logic applies farther afield. In Libya, Obama has the opportunity for a teachable moment, as he likes to say, to demonstrate to the world’s other henchmen — Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, North Korea’s Kim Jong Il and Burma’s brutal cabal, among others — that there are limits to what the West will tolerate.
Looked at from another angle, if the West doesn’t crack down on an unstable thug incapable of fending off a first-world offensive, how credible are American security guarantees preventing, say, China from storming Taiwan? What’s to stop Russia from rolling its tanks back across its border with Georgia?

3/2/11 As U.S. Warships Near Libya, Danger of Imperialist Military Intervention Grows
Sara Flounders
The worst thing that could happen to the people of Libya is U.S. intervention.
The White House is meeting with allies among the European imperialist NATO countries to discuss imposing a no-fly zone over Libya, jamming all 'command and control' communications inside Libya, and carving military corridors into Libya from Egypt and Tunisia, supposedly to "assist refugees." (New York Times, Feb. 27) This means positioning U.S./NATO troops in Egypt and Tunisia close to Libya's two richest oil fields, in both the east and west. It means the Pentagon coordinating maneuvers with the Egyptian and Tunisian militaries....
New York Times front page article Feb. 25 : "Unlike the Facebook enabled youth rebellions, the insurrection here has been led by people who are more mature and who have been actively opposing the regime for some time." The article describes how arms had been smuggled across the border with Egypt for weeks, allowing the rebellion to "escalate quickly and violently in little more than a week." The opposition group most widely quoted is the National Front for the Salvation of Libya. The NFSL, founded in 1981, a CIA-funded organization, with offices in Washington, D.C., has maintained a military force, called the Libyan National Army, in Egypt near the Libyan border. Google search of National Front for the Salvation of Libya and CIA confirms ...
Also widely quoted is the National Conference for the Libyan Opposition [NCLO] a monarchist coalition formed by the NFSL that includes the Libyan Constitutional Union...The LCU website calls on the Libyan people to reiterate a pledge of allegiance to King Idris El-Senusi as historical leader of the Libyan people. The flag used by the coalition is the flag of the former Kingdom of Libya...
According to the NYT article, the military wing of the NFSL, using smuggled arms, quickly seized police and military posts in the Mediterranean port city of Benghazi and nearby areas north of Libya's richest oil fields where most of its oil and gas pipelines, refineries and its liquefied natural gas port are located. The Times and other Western media claim this area, now under "opposition control," includes 80 percent of Libya's oil facilities...Mohammed Ali Abdallah, deputy secretary general of the NFSL, sent out a desperate appeal to imperialists: "We are sending an SOS to the international community to step in." Without international efforts to restrain Gadhafi, "there will be a bloodbath in Libya in the next 48 hours." A Feb. 23 Wall Street Journal editorial wrote "The U.S. and Europe should help the Libyans overthrow the Gadhafi regime."...

Libya has never been a socialist country. There has always been extensive inherited wealth and old privileges. It is a class society with millions of workers, many of them immigrants.
Restructuring the economy to maximize profits for Western bankers destabilized relations, even in the ruling circles. Who gets in on the deals to privatize key industries? Who is left out? Just how carefully the U.S. government was monitoring these imposed changes can be seen in recently released Wikileaks cables from the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, reprinted in the Britain-based Telegraph of Jan. 31. A cable titled "Inflation on the rise in Libya and sent on Jan. 4, 2009, described the impact of "a radical program of privatization and government restructuring."
"Particular increases were seen," the cable said, "in prices for foodstuffs -- the price of previously subsidized goods such as sugar, rice, and flour increased by 85 percent in the two years since subsidies were lifted. Construction materials have also increased markedly: prices for cement, aggregate, and bricks have increased by 65 percent in the past year. Cement has gone from 5 Libyan dinars for a 50-kilogram bag to 17 dinars in one year; the price of steel bars has increased by a factor of ten. "The [Libyan government's] termination of subsidies and price controls as part of a broader program of economic reform and privatization has certainly contributed to inflationary pressures and prompted some grumbling. "The combination of high inflation and diminishing subsidies and price controls is worrying for a Libyan public accustomed to greater government cushioning from market forces."
These U.S. Embassy cables confirm that while continuing to maintain and finance Libyan opposition groups in Egypt, Washington and London were also constantly taking the temperature of the mass discontent caused by their policies.

African mercenaries hired by the Gaddafi would be immune from prosecution for war crimes due to a clause in this weekend's UN Security Council resolution demanded by the United States.
US insisted the UN resolution be worded so no one from an outside country that is not a member of the ICC could be prosecuted for their actions in Libya. This means that mercenaries from countries such as Algeria, Ethiopia and Tunisia – which have all been named by rebel Libyan diplomats to the UN as being among the countries involved – would escape prosecution even if they were captured, because their nations are not members of the court. The move was seen as an attempt to prevent a precedent that could see Americans prosecuted by the ICC for alleged crimes in other conflicts. While the US was once among the signatories to the court, George W. Bush withdrew from it in 2002 and declared it did not have power over Washington.

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Digests 1/28/11 - 2/28/11 US New Soft-Hard Warfront in "North Africa-MidEast / MENA" http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/340
[duplication of node #333; #338 & 339 posted out of chronological order]

1/28/11 US Behind Uprisings: Major Soft Power Front in Global World War http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/333

1/29 Docs.Expose US behind 'pro-democracy activists' in New War Front http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/333

2/4/11 Egypt: US Mission Accomplished? http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/334

2/11 U.S. Declares Freedom: Egypt's 'New' Military Dictatorship http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/335

2/13 Egypt: Transparent Trappings:Creative Destruction for a ’Greater Middle East'& Beyond http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/336

2/20 Removing Room for Doubt http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/337

2/21/11 Behind the Offensive Across North Africa and Middle East http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/339

2/28/11 Libya: US Soft War Preps for Military Moves: African & Arab Surrogates Assist http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/338