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War crimes in Libya and the March shift

By Michael Collins - Posted on 07 April 2012

By Michael Collins

Foreign Policy just published a roundup of weapons contributed to the Libyan rebels in the regime change effort.  The e-Journal is a publication of the Washington Post.  Colum Lynch's April 4 article relies on the March 20 UN report to the UN Security Council by a panel of experts appointed to track the UN resolutions and responses from the start of the conflict.

These two paragraphs, noncontroversial in establishment world, outline clear violations of Principle VI (a), (b), and (c), of the Nuremburg Principles, affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly.

"As the late Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi's forces prepared to crush the Libyan uprising last summer in Benghazi, Britain, France, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and other allies moved quickly to reinforce the beleaguered rebel forces.

"With military supplies, training, advice -- and of course the backing of NATO war planes -- this coalition of governments provided critical support to change the course of the conflict, ultimately leading to Qaddafi's downfall. " Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy, March 4

It's right there. The rebels were getting their clock cleaned by the legal government of Libya.  The UN Security Council approved a humanitarian mission run by NATO to protect Libyan civilians based almost exclusively on evidence from one questionable source, an activist who was part of the Libyan rebels group.

NATO, Qatar, and the UAE supplied tons of cash and material, plus an air force, to the rebels.  Through Qatari troops on the ground, the NATO air force was able coordinate air strikes that, in effect, dragged the Libyan rebels across the finish line.  In that process, a sovereign nation was attacked without provocation.   Thousands were slaughtered, many more maimed, with incidents of ethnic cleansing documented.

Those acts violate the Nuremberg Principle VI:  (a)  Crimes against peace (i) and (ii) - "waging a war of aggression;" (b) War crimes - "wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity;" and (c) Crimes against humanity - "deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds …"

Principle III says "heads of states" can be held to account for these violations.  Send the NATO leaders involved to The Hague and let them sort it out.  If you do the crime, you do the time.

The excuse for war was the presumed bloodbath, a Rwanda!, that Gaddafi would inflict on the rebel cities.  NATO nations knew that this was not going to be the case, based on Gaddafi's behavior prior to the NATO attack.  Alan J. Kuperman debunked the myth of a humanitarian mission:

"But intervention did not prevent genocide, because no such bloodbath was in the offing. To the contrary, by emboldening rebellion, US interference has prolonged Libya’s civil war and the resultant suffering of innocents.

"The best evidence that Khadafy did not plan genocide in Benghazi is that he did not perpetrate it in the other cities he had recaptured either fully or partially — including Zawiya, Misurata, and Ajdabiya, which together have a population greater than Benghazi."  Alan J. Kuperan, False Pretenses for War in Libya? Boston Globe, March 14

The full UN report is and worthy of detailed review.  It documents the assault on Libya from the organization that authorized that assault.

The March shift

We're through with the years of indefinite delay from the end of a foreign war to the point at which the truth emerges.  It's not going to take three decades to find out what really went in at the latest Gulf of Tonkin (the outright lie that launched Vietnam).  The behavior of leaders, the greed of their Wall Street-big banker patrons, and a real unemployment rate of 22% are everyday realities for citizens.  Why should we greet any of the grand schemes presented without initial disbelief?

The following poll number are all from March 2012.  Majorities oppose aid and intervention in Syria; support immediate withdrawal from Afghanistan;and oppose providing military aid to Israel should Israel initiate an attack on Iran.  A near majority favors bringing troops home from Europe, i.e, neutering NATO.

While the rulers pretend to honor the will of the people, the people are actually showing some will.  They are moving quickly beyond the litany of lies that take so much from so many to serve so very few.

It is time to reflect on what our leaders have done and make sure they get the message.  Your time is over.  Leave promptly.


Also see - War Crimes in Libya - the Smoking Guns
Humiliation and Death as a Tool of National Policy

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One way of exposing the lie of humanitarian concern is to point out the FASCIST HYPOCRISY AND THEIR ACTIONS of Obama,Hillary,

Congress, NATO and Israel on Arab dictators as a whole.   Notice regime change, co option of Arab revolts took place in countries

that had some, partial independence from Western bribery, threats, corruption into client states for WESTERN FASCISM.  Libya, Syria,

and next, IRAN fit that bill.....


On the other hand , the FASCIST HYPOCRISY, WAR CRIMES, GENERIC CORRUPTION, criminality is seen in the ARAB DICTORSHIPS

of YEMEN, BAHRAIN, EGYPT AND SAUDI THUGS, who have played into their own co option within the Western Fascist Matrix in order to

promote religious sectarianism, a SUNNI ALLIANCE against SHIITE majorities.    THE HYPOCRITICAL, CORRUPT, HILLARY CLINTON

AND OBAMA, have supported the ARAB DICTATORS OF YEMEN, BAHRAIN, SAUDI ARABIA, and the fascist military in Egypt.  They have

sent military arms and police armanents to crush the Arab revolt there, because our EMPIRE 5TH fleet and Bases exist in those puppet



An example of that would be the fascist support Obama gives Bahrain and YEMEN, and its dictators, going so far as jailing, trumping

up false charges against journalists, who expose the WAR CRIMES OF OBAMA, THE FASCIST PENTAGON, whose drone wars and

missiles killed dozens of women and children but were called "militants killed" to justify their FASCIST EMPIRE.  The journalist exposed

the lies of HILLARY, OBAMA, CONGRESS, NATO THUGS, and Obama ordered the YEMEN DICTATOR to keep the journalist in prison,

PERSONALLY WITH A PHONE CALL, even though the dictator was forced by world opinion to release the journalist based on the



Not only is the ICC, international jurists corrupted by Western Fascism, refusing to prosecute Israeli war criminals, the JUSTICE

department under Eric Holder has become A JUDICIAL FASCIST OUTFIT with OBAMA/HOLDER protecting U.S. WAR CRIMINALS, while

prosecuting whistleblowers who expose these WAR CRIMINALS.


No Bush/Obama, Israeli, Nato officials are arrested, prosecuted for their torture, renditions, War crime of aggression, because WESTERN FASCISM

only goes after whistleblowers like Assange, Manning, Drake and former CIA officials WHO REVEAL THE TRUTH ABOUT OBAMA'S/HOLDERS,



The Truth About Espionage Act Prosecution Against Whistleblower John Kiriakou


"Well-played, Justice Department. Indict former CIA officer John Kiriakou on Tuesday evening, but don't unseal the indictment until 4:59pm on Thursday, right before the holiday weekend, in order to avoid press coverage of the Obama administration's 6th Espionage Act prosecution of a whistleblower....


The interrogators who tortured prisoners, the officials who gave the orders, the attorneys who authored the torture memos, and the CIA agents who destroyed the interrogation tapes have not been held professionally accountable, much less charged with crimes. But John Kiriakou is facing decades in prison for helping expose torture.

The fact that national security and intelligence officials have become the exception to the Obama administration's mantra of "looking forward, not backward" and Bush-era lawbreaking sets a dangerous precedent: if you torture a prisoner, you will not be held criminally liable, but if you blow the whistle on torture, you risk criminal prosecution under the Espionage Act....."






Obama Justice Department indicts ex-CIA agent for exposing torture


"Thursday’s indictment of John Kiriakou for exposing CIA torture of detainees confirms yet again that the Obama administration is continuing and deepening the crimes carried out by the Bush White House...

Yet, after a decade of imprisonment and torture, the government refuses to either try or release him. He is one of those designated by the Obama administration to be detained indefinitely without charges.

The reasons are clear. There appears to be no evidence against him, and his case raises a whole range of crimes by government officials, including torture and the CIA’s destruction of videotapes recording his interrogation sessions, carried out in defiance of court demands that they be produced...The utter lawlessness of US foreign policy goes hand in hand with the collapse of democracy at home.

These cases make clear that it is the American working people whom the government views as its most dangerous enemy. It is determined to keep them in the dark as it systematically erects the framework for a police-state dictatorship..."

As I said before, if you enable,then become a FASCIST, you also enable RACISM:  POLICE FASCISM IS BASED ON RACISM, PLEA

BARGAINING BLACKMAIL which forces innocent people to plead guilty for crimes to avoid the longer prison sentence, as ERIC HOLDER

is doing to whistleblowers.   This explains the high prison rate of the FASCIST U.S. and its racist Justice system:

Strip-Searches: Obama Wants You to Bend Over (Or Squat) and Spread 'Em


"On strip searches, the Obama administration is "marching in lock step" with the right-wing majority on the U.S. Supreme Court. Justice Department lawyers posited political protesters with guns as the bogeymen for their argument to strip-search everyone headed for jail. It's a chilling message: "Uncle Sam wants to look into all of your bodily cavities if you get arrested at a demonstration."

Strip-Searches: Obama Wants You to Bend Over (Or Squat) and Spread "Em

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

"Crushing political dissent, not safety in jails, is what motivates the Obama administration to ally itself with the most reactionary wing of the Republican-dominated U.S. Supreme Court."


Obama , Eric Holder, Congress, Nato, Israeli thugs, all are part of Western Fascism--social change




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