Libya and the End of Western Illusions

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Thierry Meyssan is a French intellectual and founder of the Voltaire Network.

"Five months into the bombing campaign, it is no longer possible to believe the initial official version of the events and the massacres attributed to the "Gaddafi regime". Moreover, it is now essential to take into account Libya’s legal and diplomatic rebuttal, highlighting the crimes against peace committed by television propaganda, the war crimes perpetrated by NATO military forces, and the crimes against humanity sponsored by political leaders of the Atlantic Alliance...

Plundering the assets of a state, establishing a naval blockade and bombing infrastructure to cause people to suffer, attacking an army inside its barracks and ordering the assassination of enemy leaders or, failing this, terrorizing them by murdering their families, all amount to war crimes. Their systematic perpetration, as is the case today, constitutes a crime against humanity. This crime is imprescriptible, which means that Messrs. Obama, Sarkozy, Cameron and Al-Thani will be pursued by the law for the rest of their lives.

NATO, as an organization, is legally responsible for the material and human damage of this war. The law leaves no room for doubt that the organization must pay, even though it will surely try to invoke a privilege of jurisdiction to dodge its responsibilities. It will be up to the Alliance to decide how the bill for the conflict should be split among Member States, even though some of them may be on the verge of bankruptcy. This will be followed by disastrous economic consequences for their peoples, guilty of having endorsed such crimes. In a democracy, no one can claim to be innocent of the crimes committed in its name."

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demandside's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm


My scrabble board's two cents:

Two 55-letter anagrams from the letters of the seven churchs listed at the beginning of Revelations:

Seraph Phrase Tripoli Despot Dad Urgencies Himalayas Himalayas

and Seraph Phrase Gadhaphi Stay Die Tripoli Salaam Cloudy Mass Irene

Well, at least the second one seems to tie it to another event, unless something's about to happen out Mt. Everest way.

Sometimes they tell even if you don't ask.

Rodger97321's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

the_dictators_survival_guide in 7 steps

He had implemented all of the time-tested tactics of coup-proofing: exploiting familial, ethnic, and religious ties, creating overlapping security forces that monitored each other, and showering money on his potential opponents. He disemboweled his own army so that it could not hurt him and then hired mercenaries and thugs to brutally put down his rebellious people. He took to the airwaves and streets, taunting his opponents, blaming outside influence, and promising swift retribution. For awhile, it seemed that stalemate was still a viable possibility. And yet on the night of Aug. 21, he was reduced to issuing impotent, rambling audio messages as his former subjects closed in around him. More...

We know now that it has all gone horribly wrong for Africa's longest-serving dictator. But what, exactly, went wrong?

douglaslee's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

Gaddafi has come close to completing the the largest water project on the planet and he used no money from IMF.

quote;Muammar Al Gaddafi was openly advocating the creation of a new currency that would rival the dollar and the euro. In fact, he called upon African and Muslim nations to join an alliance that would make this new currency, the gold dinar, their primary form of money and foreign exchange. They would sell oil and other resources to the US and the rest of the world only for gold dinars. Was this behind the revolution and the support it received from the West?

Perhaps. But I think water is a much more likely reason. In 2008, the secretary general of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, said, “Our experiences tell us that environmental stress, due to lack of water, may lead to conflict and would be greater in poor nations…as the global economy grows, so will its thirst.”

Exactly. Gaddafi’s project offers limitless amounts of water for Libyans and will allow them to be totally self-sufficient, and because water equates money and power in the near future, other countries may be dependent on its reserves. A self-sufficient, dictator-ruled nation with control over the world’s most precious resource waves a big red warning flag for the West?

Gaddafi foresaw this. At a celebration event for the project in 1991, he told the audience: “After this achievement, American threats against Libya will double...”

So the conflict is not about democracy or reducing violence.It has taken a student from Wellesley College, MA to see the link. Terra L. Stanley writing in a blog summed it up: “The United States has turned a blind eye to violent dictators in the past and it will do so again.Only self-sufficient violent leaders with control over natural resources call its attention.In Libya, the world is seeing its first major military conflict over the new liquid gold.”

bamboo's picture
Jul. 31, 2007 4:01 pm

GOP Tax Myth & Junk Economics

If there's one thing all Republican politicians are really good at, it's straight-up lying through their teeth about how their tax cuts for the rich are actually tax cuts for the middle-class.

Reagan did it, George W. Bush did it, and now that he's officially unveiled his own so-called tax reform plan, Donald Trump is doing it, too.

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