Libya's Western Media-NATO Revolution
August 28, 2011
Jerry Mazza / The Intrepid Report
The US and its coalition still have their eyes on the prizes: the $30 billion in Libya's cash stored in European and American banks and 143.7 tons of gold, worth more than $6.5 billion. Not to mention the 2 percent of the world's oil production that we would like to get our hands on. Unlike the US, Libya offered real home ownership to all of its citizens, free healthcare and education. Whether or not his style of government suited us, it was not our right to try to kill him or destroy his country.
(August 24, 2011) -- Even though rebels are claiming victory in Libya and mainstream media reports that Colonel Gaddafi is no longer the leader of his country, the story is not over with the shouting. And even though John McCain told reporters that "meeting these guys [the rebels] was one of the most inspiring moments of his life," it brought back the battle of lies called our last presidential election.
Brasscheck TV still claims "The Libya story is Total BS." But there is a battle between "rebel forces" and the Libyan military. But it's an ornate scenario with many "rebels and extras" provided.
As Brasscheck outlined it: "NATO bombs a Libyan position, the Libyan military evacuates, temporarily, and then a rag tag bunch of poseurs flood in, and get their pictures taken, pretending to be soldiers by a bunch of idiot [mainstream] journalists and/or CIA media people and then run off when the Libyan military comes back."
Nevertheless, the war has gotten pretty nasty. Especially when prime-time corporate media fans the flames.
Preparations are being made to bring in a Transitional National Committee, led by former Libyan army Captain, Ibrahim Sahad, who had previously been in D.C. offering strategic guidance to the "revolution."
After the UK, France and Poland raised the stakes by creating the closed airspace over Libya, and bombing it at will, Obama, without congressional approval, also sent in our fighter planes to "push from behind" as it were, and to be able to take credit for ejecting Gaddafi, also by using special forces, i.e., boots on the ground, plugged in to bolster the so-called "revolutionary force."
As to what has been most recently going on, read the esteemed French journalist Thierry Meyssan in an article he posted on his VoltaireNet.org: NATO Carnage in Tripoli. This is a more detailed piece than Brasscheck's evaluation on how far NATO had gone to help the bumbling "rebels."
"On Saturday, 20 August 2011, at 8:00 PM, that is to say just after the Iftar, the breaking of the Ramadan fast, the Atlantic Alliance launched 'Operation Mermaid.'
"The 'mermaids' are the mosque loud speakers which were used by Al Qaeda to send the signal to start the revolt. Immediately, rebel 'sleeper cells' went into action. Small, highly mobile, groups kept multiplying the attacks. The night combats left 350 dead and 3000 injured." That's pretty serious interference.
It seems "the situation stabilized on Sunday during the day." Yet, on Monday at 1 A.M: Khamis Gaddafi (Moammar's son) personally went to deliver arms to the hotel and left. There [was] heavy fighting all around.
In fact Meyssan writes, "A NATO ship docked near Tripoli unloaded heavy weapons and discharged Al Qaeda jihadists, supervised by officers of the Alliance."
"Al Qaeda jihadists? " I haven't heard of them since Afghanistan and Iraq. Well, this is Africa and anything's possible, I suppose, with NATO.
Meyssan writes, "The fighting raged again on Sunday night, reaching a rare degree of violence. NATO drones and planes have been bombarding in every direction. Helicopters are strafing people in the streets to clear the way for the jihadists." Whatever happened to the "one-week-in-then-out" and "restricted airspace" notions? This was more like balls-out war and a violation of Obama's war-making powers to be involved in it.
Meyssan continues, "In the evening, a convoy of official cars carrying prominent figures was attacked. It took refuge in the Rixos Hotel where the foreign press is staying. NATO would not dare bomb it to avoid killing its own journalists. The hotel where I lodge has been under heavy fire.
"At 11:30 PM, there was nothing the Ministry of Health could do but to take note that the hospitals are saturated. By early evening there were 1300 additional casualties and 5000 injured." That's a very serious loss.
On other fronts, "volunteer journalists, all of which are Mathaba News contributors but also write for their own blogs and are regular contributors to other news agencies such as Russia Today, have put the Western paid journalists to shame with their in-depth analysis and accurate reports." My TV is turned permanently to RT.com.
"They have also exposed the paid corporate news media as failing in their job to report truth, and as a result today have also been threatened by journalists working for CNN. An open inquiry assisted by CNN must be demanded." What say, CNN? Why that's the little station that could (broadcast news 24/7), now killing the competition, or trying to.
Believe it or not, "Until today they [RT and other independents] have shared, in part, the same hotels as the corporate news media, and as there is a clear agenda in Libya for the western NATO countries of West Europe, Britain, the USA and the Arab Gulf monarchies, to overthrow the strong democratic system in Libya, they are now clearly being targeted."
Also, "In the morning, Dr. Franklin Lamb, director of the Americans for Middle East Peace, who has consistently put out live interviews from his hotel room where he has shared gathered intelligence and information with the YouTube community, was shot in the leg by a sniper while cycling near his hotel." It was a sizeable shell, about two inches long.
Fortunately, "Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya, a researcher, also narrowly escaped death from a sniper targeting him as he stepped out of the hotel to place a sign saying 'PRESS,' and was additionally threatened by CNN journalists."
Meyssan, who founded the French Voltaire Network said, "That from the Rixos Hotel, the order was given by so-called 'journalists' from the United States to bring down Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya and Thierry Meyssan." In "Assassination Attempts Against Independent Journalists in Libya," he wrote that "Rixos propaganda journalist (Sky News, BBC, CNN AlJazeera) are now trying to murder independent and freelance reporters, all so the truth will not come out."
Mathaba.net reported in February this year "that the first Western journalists from Britain to enter Benghazi were in fact MI6 agents and SAS operatives, and several spies have been allowed into Libya under the guise of being journalists, although they are known to Libyan authorities."
So much for liberte, egalite et fraternite: all's fair in love and war. But the only love I see here is from brave men and women telling the truth at any cost. Yet the war's truth I believe, will continue in Libya from the "eyes and ears" on the ground, at least from those of the real journalists.
Remember, the US and its coalition still have their eyes on the prizes, the $30 billion in cash stored in European and American banks; the 143.7 tonnes of gold, worth more than $6.5 billion, according to the Financial Times, as noted in my previous article, "Libya: In Revolution or Allied War?" This is not to mention the 2 percent of the world's oil production, mostly slated for Italy that we would like to get our hands on.
The truth remains that "41 years ago Gaddafi's reign began in a bloodless coup of a sick monarch away for medical treatment. As Rothscum writes, 'His [Gaddafi's] ideology is based on unification and he attempted to peacefully merge his country with Egypt and Syria . . . The country [Libya] is more than twice the size of Pakistan, but with 6 million inhabitants. Endless deserts divide many of the cities in the nation. If anything, we should ask ourselves how many more nations will be shattered into pieces as the world cheers.'"
What's more, Libya unlike the US offered real home ownership to all of its citizens, free healthcare and education. Gaddafi spent several billion dollars to build an underground aquifer from one end of the country to the other to deliver precious water in this desert-like-land to all of his people.
Whether or not his style of government suited us, it was not our right to try to kill him or destroy his country, as Iraq was destroyed to hang Saddam Hussein. Unlike Egypt, this was not a popular revolution but a staged one, using the various means described earlier. History will remember it that way, so long as that handful of real journalists and others keep telling the truth.
Jerry Mazza is a freelance writer, life-long resident of New York City. An EBook version of his book of poems State Of Shock, on 9/11 and its after effects is now available at Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com. He has also written hundreds of articles on politics and government as Associate Editor of Intrepid Report (formerly Online Journal). Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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