Libya: More Murder and Plunder Masquerading as “Humanitarian Intervention”…

On March 20th 2003 Western forces launched their “Shock and Awe” attack on Iraq, heavily bombarding Baghdad and elsewhere, massacring hundreds if not thousands of innocent men, women and children. On March 20th 2011 the very same forces attacked Libya, beginning what many believe will be yet another mass slaughter. Perhaps it’s a coincidence that both these massacres began on the eve of the Vernal Equinox, the time of the Sun’s resurrection which throughout history was often celebrated with a blood sacrifice to “impregnate the Earth”. Perhaps not.

Whether or not you believe that occult elements are at play in this latest round of imperial slaughter and mayhem, what is obvious to all but the most duped and apathetic is that once again we have another war launched by the imperialist powers thinly veiled as a “humanitarian intervention”, dressed up as a mission of peace driven by the use of heavy bombardment and murder, where the truth lies diametrically opposed to the propaganda being pushed by the mainstream media. Nothing is what it seems; the lies and deceptions are as Orwellian as ever. The similarities with Iraq go well beyond the date of the opening salvo – indeed, there are many consistencies between the current attack on Libya and numerous other military interventions and acts of aggression carried out by the US, NATO and their allies in recent years.

The propaganda currently being pumped out by the mainstream media, led by the usual suspects in the American corporate press and the liars and sycophants over at the BBC, is essentially a re-run of the Iraq invasions and Kosovo: a largely fabricated case for humanitarian intervention based on violence stoked by special forces troops and covert operations, with the consistent demonisation of the leader recast as a mass murdering tyrant to justify a heavy saturation bombing campaign in the name of human rights and justice. Any historical context that might cast the so-called “Allies” in a negative light – for instance large-scale sales of weapons to the new enemy figure – is carefully omitted from the narrative.

The assault on Iraq during the first Gulf War was launched on the back of Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait – an invasion carried out with the tacit support of the US, who then betrayed their puppet dictator and launched a huge slaughter, killing more than 100,000 people. The war was sold to the American public with a horror story in which Iraqi troops were accused of throwing Kuwaiti babies out of hospital incubators. Trouble is, the story was a complete fabrication, utilizing fake testimony from an unnamed nurse who turned out to be the daughter of the Kuwaiti Ambassador to the United States, coached by the pubic relations firm Hill & Knowlton, a company with a track record of providing services to notorious human rights abusers around the globe.

And let’s not forget the fabricated “evidence” to justify the 2003 invasion – the non-existent WMDs, the yellow cake from Niger, the repeated, false association between Saddam and 9/11 … all since proven to be lies, and the occupation continues…

In Kosovo, the Western media went all out saturating their broadcasts of a photograph of a thin man behind a fence accompanied by cries of “concentration camps!” The truth was rather different: the ITN film crew were on the inside of a refugee camp, and had asked the man to take his top off to pose for the camera. The photo was another propaganda coup from the so-called “free press” of the West, which eventually led to a lethal 78 day bombing campaign which caused a fragmentation of the region from which they have yet to recover. Around the same time, NATO member Turkey – receiving some 80% of their arms from the Clinton administration – proceeded to murder, torture and massacre Kurds in untold numbers. There was no call for a humanitarian intervention there – after all, they were our allies.

In addition to such fabrications, the Western media conveniently omitted any mention of CIA/MI6 use of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA-UCK) to instigate violence in the region, subsequently used as part of the justification for the NATO “humanitarian intervention”. It should be noted that since this campaign KLA leaders such as Hashim Thaci and Agim Ceku have been tied to criminal syndicates involved in arms, drugs, and human trafficking, prostitution and illegal organ harvesting, in addition to the numerous war crimes carried out under the auspices of NATO. This blatant criminalization of Kosovo politics was carried out with the full consent of the EU and the US. It should also be noted that the US themselves described the KLA as a terrorist organization up until 1998, when Bill Clinton reclassified them as “freedom fighters” and unleashed them on the Serbs. NATO’s strategy of high altitude bombing quickly moved from legitimate military targets to the wholesale destruction of infrastructure, hospitals, television stations and civilians – all in the name of “humanitarian intervention” …

And as the historical record now shows, the refugee crisis and the swathe of massacres was precipitated by the NATO bombing campaign.

Similarly, the media build-up to the current attack on Libya has been characterised by the same level of fabricated propaganda against a backdrop of covert actions utilising known terrorist groups. The rebellion against Colonel Qaddafi, which the mainstream media would have us believe is a completely independent and organic grassroots uprising against a brutal oppressor, has actually been manipulated by agents from the CIA, MI6 and covert special forces groups such as the SAS for a number of weeks. A team of British SAS were recently arrested by Libyan rebels, echoing the arrest of SAS soldiers in Bazra in 2005, equipped with weapons, explosives and Arab-looking disguises, caught shooting at an Iraqi police checkpoint, in a textbook example of divide and rule tactics.

Arms and al-Qaida-affiliated fighters have also been flowing into the country to fuel the insurrection from Saudi Arabia and Egypt directly from NATO and other Western sources in an attempt to foment the overthrow of Qaddafi. There are additional reports that Israeli-affiliated African mercenaries have also infiltrated Libya to support the attempted insurrection. It is the reaction of the Libyan government – a completely justified response to a violent insurrection aided by agents from foreign governments with reciprocal force – that the Western press is characterising as the oppression of unarmed protesters.

Stories of atrocities carried out by Qaddafi have also turned out to be of questionable veracity, for instance the accusation that Qaddafi was using his air force to strafe crowds of protesters. These accusations remain unsupported, but that hasn’t stopped them being repeated ad nauseum across the mainstream media. If there is a grain of truth in them (and it’s not simply a case of Qaddafi’s forces legitimately striking back at armed, Western-backed “rebels”), one has to wonder why such a supposedly unpopular leader has recently handed out 1 million machine guns to the public to fight against a foreign occupation. Hardly the tactics of a dictator fearing overthrow from within. Perhaps the media will release photographic or video evidence supporting their claims, but if the past is anything to go by … well, perhaps they won’t.

Fox News got in on the act of making things up recently as well, using the well worn “human shields” hoax popular amongst defenders of Israeli barbarism towards the Palestinians. Fortunately, CNN correspondent Nic Robertson set the records straight:

A predictable but entirely unfounded response to the above observations is the accusation of being a Qaddafi sympathizer. Those who make such accusations are guilty of obfuscation and missing the broader point. Certainly, Qaddafi is no angel – likewise Slobodan Milošević and Saddam Hussein were guilty of despotism, crimes against humanity and more. But those who make such charges miss the irony of their rhetoric, given that they support the unbridled use of violence by far more powerful military forces against largely civilian populations, leading to death tolls that far exceed those committed by the puppet dictators they seek to overthrow. That these dictators and despots committed their own atrocities with weapons supplied by Western nations is never mentioned, for doing so would lay bare their hypocrisy. “We must kill to avoid killing,” is the ideology they promote, oblivious to the inherent contradiction that lies within.

This hypocrisy is plain to see in the recent release of photos of American troops in Afghanistan posing for trophy shots with murdered civilians. While the BBC are busy ramming down the throats of the public endless news about our impressive fighter planes and their “precision” bombing and manufacturing tales of massacres at the hands of Qaddafi, photos such as this are completely ignored:

US Army “Kill Team” pose with with murdered civilians

And of course, there’s little mention of the genuinely brutal oppression in places like Bahrain, where the Saudi military were called in to massacre protesters there, or the recent outbreak of airstrikes and incursions into Gaza by the IDF over the weekend. Because they’re our “allies” and their crimes – like our own – are completely permissible.

Just another day in the Empire…


16 responses to “Libya: More Murder and Plunder Masquerading as “Humanitarian Intervention”…

  1. What’s new ? Anything ?

  2. “once again we have another war launched by the imperialist powers thinly veiled as a “humanitarian intervention”,

    So we swap the pipe for the drum as Joni Mitchell said all those decades ago.


  3. Ronaldo Martinez

    Hypocrisy at its’ worst.

  4. Is it not strange how people forget? They always believe the same lies over and over again.

  5. Your historical analysis of the West’s criminality, immorality, hypocrisy, double-dealing and propaganda is almost all correct.
    However, your analysis of Libya today seems to be incorrect — humanity must be of higher priority than ideology and previous history.

    The US and European allies did not want any of these rebellions in the Arab countries. But the people revolted and the slaughter was embarrassing the “West”. So they concocted the no-fly project to show they are doing it for humanity. That was the least thing they could do to protect their phony stance in the world.

    The US and the rest of its imperial allies “did nothing” when the revolts started — because they did not want any changes. But because of al jazeera exposing what was happening (and Wikileaks constantly displaying Western hypocrisy and double-dealings) they had to act. Now there is a coalition (not under US control as in the past) who are destroying some of Kaddafi’s armour — which will likely result in Kaddafi’s defeat if the rebels keep up the attack.

    But the West is “dragging its feet ” in bringing down Arab leaders including Kaddafi. They are only responding “after the fact” — as Obama did, saying nothing that the dictators “must go” until after the fact as in Tunisia and Egypt.

    In Libya it’s just talk by Obama that “Kaddafi has to go” — but he’s doing everything to keep the regime (and elsewhere) in power.

    If the Libyan rebels don’t oust the regime — it’s back to “business as usual.” This will then encourage Western imperialist to further aid the dictators and roll back any revolts.

    • Many thanks for your comment – it’s very much appreciated. But I’m afraid it’s clear that the CIA/MI6 with support from the SAS have been involved in Libya for some time, and that arms have been funnelled through Egypt from Saudi Arabia to stoke the “rebellion” – remember the SAS caught in Libya a couple of weeks ago?. Otherwise, much of what you say about Western involvement in Middle Eastern/North African revolutions is entirely correct – the revolutions weren’t wanted, nor were they anticipated – e.g. in Egypt they were hoping the army would do their job and crush it, then adopted a new line when the army behaved like human beings and didn’t slaughter the protesters. Libya is a different case – the “rebellion” has been long stoked and aided by Western powers. In that sense, Gaddafi’s reaction is entirely justified. What are his other options? Let armed, Western-backed “rebels” have their way?

    • Libya has a completely decentralised system of government. It’s a tribal society. You can easily rebel in your own area. But taking over the other bits is much harder. That’s why they need NATO in support, to put it mildly, like the KLA did.

      Gadhafi is an African leader first, and black Libyans are loyal to him. He has raised the country from the world’s poorest to the highest living standards in Africa. He apologised for the Arab role in slavery. That’s what pisses Benghazi off. They keep killing blacks. They did this time, as well as attacking government buildings. They are not peacefully seeking a greater voice in government. They are attacking the foundations of government.

      The swing votes at the Security Council were Colombia, Nigeria and Bosnia-Herzegovina – not noted for their love of their fellow men. If the Serbs secede from Bosnia (and they have the only viable economy there), NATO will use extreme force against them. and claim it has the right to do so. These are not good people.

  6. Great post. One small quibble.

    The Kosovo “death camp” team was on the inside of a small storage enclosure, surrounded by chicken wire and barbed wire.

    Another team there put out an explanation of how the propaganda images were created.

  7. This article agian provides no answers: it does not actually say what the real solution would be. What is the best wa to apporach Qaddafi? Whatw ould have been the best to do now? How to keep him from killing? How to carry out a NON-imperial campaign, and so forth?

    Until I can start hearing some actual answers, this is of no use.

    • *How to keep him from killing?*

      since when is it mandatory for the *ic* [international communities* to intervene in a civil war ?

      • orwellwasright

        Especially when they intervene covertly to fire it up, then use that as the justification to intervene! Surely we should be more concerned about the killing carried out by Western powers – they’re supposed to be “our” governments, after all… (although yes, we all know that’s a joke)

      • orwellwasright
        *about the killing carried out by Western powers – they’re supposed to be “our” governments, after all… (although yes, we all know that’s a joke)*

        everyday we are bombarded with utter craps like this
        i dunno if mike3 get the *joke* here
        its so *hilarious* one dunno whether to laugh or cry

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  9. I’m VERY impressed by your blog. You seem to have specialised in what is my sporadic obsession.

    Here is what I didn’t like:

    “Certainly, Qaddafi is no angel – likewise Slobodan Milošević and Saddam Hussein were guilty of despotism, crimes against humanity and more.”

    1) conformity: You sound as if you don’t actually know anything about the despotism of the latter two, but you have heard many categorical assertions and guess they must be true.

    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty (in a non-political court!), but you bypass that principle.

    2) Let me just ask how can a despot like Gaddafi deliver arms to the masses around him to defend themselves.

    3) there are all kinds of repression and dictatorship, and the societies of these people differed vastly from each other; it’s a sign of non-intelligence to lump them together.

    Otherwise, all the best.

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