Is anyone paying attention to what we are doing in Libya? When this thing, this atrocity, began, it seems a few people were concerned that it was unconstitutional and illegal. As it is. But then something happened on the way to the forum. The 60-day deadline for Congressional approval came and went; once the deadline was breached, everyone who thought it was unconstitutional, with the exceptions of Dennis Kucinich and a couple of “far-lefty” bloggers, simply sighed and said, ‘oh, well, guess that’s that, then – we don’t really want to get in a squabble over this, let it go.’ And go it went.
The rebels have been shown to be a group of CIA operatives and a small, motley crew loosely affiliated with al Qaeda. Let it go.
The UN agreed that NATO could impose a no-fly zone; immediately, NATO began dropping thousands of bombs containing depleted uranium on civilian centers. NATO bombed communication centers, hospitals, schools, gasoline storage units, food depots, medical supply houses, orphanages, and other civilian infrastructure. Let it go.
NATO blew up the water pipeline Ghaddafi built, upon which millions of Libyans depend for their water needs and then NATO blew up the factory that made replacement pipe and fittings for the water route so that the waterway would be crippled for years. This is an act of terrorism, by any definition. It is a blatant violation of international law. The water route is clearly not a military target, and puts millions of civilian Libyans at risk of death. Let it go.
The NATO countries armed the “rebels” in violation of the arms embargo and have had “boots on the ground”, in violation of the UN agreement, since before the first bomb was dropped. The US has had CIA operatives (disguised in Arab dress) and mercenaries in the country since the beginning and currently, the UK and Qatar openly admit to having troops fighting alongside – on the ground – the rebels. Let it go.
The NATO countries seized Libya’s national bank and helped the rebels start up their own bank almost immediately with which to do business with the West. NATO began doing oil trade with the rebels within a month or two of the “uprising”. Yet it strikes no-one as odd that a group of about 200 rebels was so well-prepared as to be able to conduct business while still in the beginning stages of trying to force a coup against Ghaddafi. Let it go.
Thousands of black Africans, migrant workers in fear of the rebels, took to the seas in an effort to escape Libya and find refuge. When they ran into trouble hundreds of miles from any shore, NATO ignored their distress calls, in violation of international maritime rescue laws, and let boatloads of them starve to death or die of thirst. Don’t look at it. Let it go.
Now the rebels are detaining, beating, and killing hundreds of black Africans in the new prison camps they have set up. There are openly reported examples of mass killings of black Africans in Tripoli and other cities across Libya, yet the media is trying to blame these deaths on Ghaddafi. Sure, sure, he did it, the despot (despite all evidence that Ghaddafi is very pro-black). Let it go.
Estimates of the dead in Libya have now reached 50,000. Yet this was supposedly a humanitarian effort to protect civilians. Whole towns have been obliterated. Ignore the numbers, forget the towns existed, these are not quite the civilians we meant. We meant someone else; the 50,000 dead mean nothing, and surely some number of them will be proved to have been military, and thus legitimate targets, right? Let it go.
After refusing to negotiate with Ghaddafi, NATO put a bounty on his head and the rebels posted a ‘wanted, dead or alive’ message out. This is, of course, the attempted assassination of a foreign leader and regime change of the most repellent sort, but the media crows about this illegal act as though NATO were ridding a town of it’s rabid dog problem. Let it go.
The US and NATO learned one very valuable lesson in the sacking and destruction of Iraq: don’t let the invaded country have elections. We come to “bring democracy”, but the subdued country may be a tad confused what with all the death, destruction, hunger and lack of infrastructure around them and who knows, may elect someone we don’t like. So in the case of Libya, we simply announced the new government would be the rebels, the NTC (see, we gave them a name and everything, something they had somehow forgotten to do for themselves). Here ya go, Libya, your new government-in-a-box. What – you wanted to decide for yourselves? Hell, these backward countries and their foreign ideas. Look, we gave Egypt a military junta and they are ungrateful, too. NATO helped the rebels write a new constitution for Libya already. It’s an 18 page document that gives the oil-producing part of the country over to the governance of the UAE, with some input from the NATO countries (colonization by any other name), ends the nationalized oil profits and banking system that Libyans enjoyed under Ghaddafi, and makes the former secular government into an Islamist one. This document calls for Sharia laws to go into effect. We normally decry Sharia law, but in this case, we are willing to let it go.
Since we no longer fret over the appearance of such things, we are divvying up the oil fields to a select cadre of oil companies before the country even has anything like a working government in place and have allocated the funds meant to be used to end African dependence on IMF loans to the NTC. Money earmarked by Ghaddafi for the purchase and installation of an African telecom satellite so that the continent no longer has to pay usurious leases to Europe have been seized and turned over to the rebels as well. For the full scope of what Ghaddafi was attempting to achieve for the African nations, see this:
There is no outrage, no comment. No questions about how legal all this is or what this implies for the people of any other country we target in the future. We will seize, impose, enforce. Destroy. Don’t ask, let it go.
And now the rebels, with UK, Qatari, and American mercenary troops leading the charge, have surrounded and laid siege to several Libyan towns. They want the towns to turn over any pro-Ghaddafi citizens or troops (one can only assume that anyone found to be pro-Ghaddafi will immediately be executed) and to surrender – or the towns will be completely razed to the ground. Surrender. What the fuck does this even mean? That the mayor step out with a white flag? That if they but rat out their neighbors, and send them forth to be massacred, all will be forgiven? But the rebels are shooting any men that attempt to step outside these towns, and capturing the women and children who try to leave. They have cut off water and food supplies, electricity and aid to these towns. They have laid siege, as in the medieval use of the words: laid siege. It is illegal. It is illegal. It is illegal. It means death to all who live in these cities, and there are at least four towns currently under siege. One way or another, the people in these towns are doomed. Under our guidance, our leadership, done with our ever-patient tolerance for needless death. One unasked question: since few Libyans were actually part of this CIA-fomented “rebellion”, why should they have to concede to giving up their pro-Ghaddafi neighbors? What if an election were held and it turned out that the majority of Libyans wanted Ghaddafi to stay? Would we kill them all? Steven Lendman points out the international violations and ramifications of the actions of NATO in Libya and of the sieges here:
In her latest article, Diana Johnstone said “Western ‘democracy’ is in danger of being gradually reduced to a mere ideological excuse to attack, ravage and pillage other people’s countries.”…
As a result, terrorizing and destroying the Libya that was continues, focused heavily on what’s called Gaddafi loyalists’ last stronghold.
No matter the death, destruction and human misery already caused.
Or that Tripoli residents are now terrorized by a continuing bloodbath. Anyone believed to be pro-Gaddafi is under threat of death.
No matter also that Sirte, a city of 100,000, is being terror bombed relentlessly, perhaps intending to turn it to rubble…
Sirte is also surrounded. On August 30, The New York Times said rebels gave Gaddafi loyalists until Saturday to surrender “or face military action.”
On September 1, Reuters said Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC) extended the deadline one week.
Earlier, NTC spokesman Col. Ahmed Omar Bani told a Benghazi press conference:”We have been given no indication of a peaceful surrender.” After months of conflict and unknown numbers of Sirte casualties, he shamelessly added:
“We continue to seek a peaceful solution, but on Saturday we will use different methods against these criminals.”
According to deputy TNC head Ali Tarhouni:
“Sometimes to avoid bloodshed you must shed blood, and the faster we do this the less blood we will shed.”
In other words, another possible bloodbath may ensue, besides the toll already exacted by NATO terror bombing and rebel-instigated slaughterhouse on the ground.
Since winter, they were given license to murder, terrorize, and loot with impunity. They’ve taken full advantage. Sirte is their last major plum to pluck.
A previous article warned of possible massacres, saying insurgents have the city surrounded, preparing for a final assault. Moreover, anyone attempting to leave is blocked. Women and children are forced back. Men are shot in cold blood.
Information from inside the city indicates no way to bury corpses. Earlier bombing continued around the clock. Whether or not as intensive, it’s ongoing, preparing the city for a ground attack.
It’s also being turned to rubble, massacring unknown numbers of residents, mostly civilians. It’s part of a longstanding NATO pattern, targeting noncombatants and nonmilitary related sites. Under international law, it’s a war crime.
Under the 1907 Hague Regulations, Fourth Geneva, Geneva’s Common Article III, and various other international laws, civilians are protected persons. So is civilian property. Attacking them is prohibited. War crimes are clearly defined. The principles of distinction and proportionality also apply:
— distinction between combatants and military targets v. civilians and non-military ones; attacking latter ones are war crimes except when civilians take direct part in hostilities; and
— proportionality prohibits disproportionate, indiscriminate force likely to cause damage to or loss of lives and objects.
In addition, precautions must be taken to avoid and minimize incidental loss of civilian lives, injuries to them, and damage to non-military sites. Under Fourth Geneva, they must be given “effective advance warning” and “neutralized zones” where they can be as protected as possible.
Fourth Geneva also prohibits collective punishment; the use of human shields; private property destruction; torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment; denying the population adequate amounts of food and medical supplies; and assuring free passage of all “consignments” intended for civilian purposes.
Nonetheless, in all US/NATO wars, including Libya (besides earlier ones America waged), these provisions are systematically and willfully violated.
Civilians and nonmilitary related sites are considered legitimate targets, while Western powers spuriously claim every effort is made to spare them…
No matter that international law permits war only in self-defense. Moreover, only Congress can declare it, not the president overtly, covertly or any other way for any reason unless America is attacked.
In addition, the principle of non-intervention (a cornerstone of international law pertaining to national sovereignty) prohibits meddling in the internal affairs of other countries as stipulated in the UN Charter’s Article 2(7) stating:
“Nothing contained in the present charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit matters to settlement under the present Charter; but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter VII,” pertaining to threats to peace, its breaches, or acts of aggression.
Before it ends (besides what was done to Tripoli and other Libyan cities), Sirte may become another of history’s most infamous terror bombing victims.
And CNN reports the following, as though tallying scores in a football game – no commentary on legality, no hint of outrage, no suggestion that these are horrible, unacceptable measures being taken up against civilian cities, no pondering the question, “What the fuck are we doing to these people?”
Libya’s new leaders gave Gadhafi loyalists in Sirte, Bani Walid and a handful of towns until Saturday to surrender or face military force.
But there were indications that fighters were planning to enter Bani Walid, where a powerful tribe is sympathetic to Gadhafi, before the deadline.
National Transitional Council media coordinator Adel Zintani told CNN’s Kareem Khadder that fighters could enter Bani Walid by Sunday morning…
“Some tribal leaders and many of the residents have surrendered their weapons, but there are still many loyalists who are protecting Moammar Gadhafi and his sons,” Zintani said…
Anti-Gadhafi forces are positioning around the former leader’s hometown, Sirte, and Bani Walid, said Mustafa Abdul Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council, on Saturday.
Ali Tarhouni, interim deputy prime minister and oil minister of the NTC, said the Bani Walid was close to falling…
Tripoli has become a city of checkpoints, weapons and no real authority as the threat of Gadhafi’s loyalists lingers…
The transitional council, meanwhile, is trying to get Libya’s oil-dependent economy going again.
It expects to restart oil production at the Misla and Sarir oil fields in less than two weeks, Tarhouni said.
Ah, yes, the crux of the matter: the oil fields. These towns, destined to be carpet-bombed into the next world…let them go.
No-one asks. No-one pays attention. We are all just letting it go. We live in a world and in particular, we live in a country, run not by humans (much less statesmen), but by plague-ridden rats digging through the rubble caused by the diseases they themselves carried far and wide, searching for any scrap of value, any shiny trinket left behind, so they can claim it.
50,000 Libyans dead. More scheduled to be slaughtered, right in front of our eyes. Let it go.