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NATO Praises Libyan Puppet Regime, War

Deutsche Presse-Agentur
July 19, 2012

NATO praises Libya vote, says it is “proud” of military campaign


[Rasmussen] said the military alliance stood “ready to assist, if requested, in building the modern security and defence institutions that the new Libya needs.”


Brussels: NATO congratulated Lybians on Wednesday, after it was announced that a liberal alliance had won the country‘s first elections since Moamer Gaddafi‘s ouster, and said it was “proud” of the military campaign that helped bring down the former dictator.

“This election marks an impressive step forward in Libya‘s transition to democracy, after over forty years of dictatorship,” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in a statement.

“NATO is proud of the role that we played, together with our partners, in protecting the Libyan people under the mandate of the United Nations Security Council,” Rasmussen added.

He said the military alliance stood “ready to assist, if requested, in building the modern security and defence institutions that the new Libya needs.”


July 19, 2012

Family protest over missing Libya Olympic chief

TRIPOLI: Family and colleagues of Libya’s Olympic Committee president protested outside the prime minister’s office on Thursday, urging the government to do more to find him, four days after he was taken from his car by gunmen in Tripoli.

Nabil Elalem was with a colleague when two cars carrying armed men in military-style clothing blocked the road, other colleagues have said. The men told him he had to go with them and sped away, leaving his colleague behind. There has been no news about his whereabouts since.

Carrying pictures of the Olympic Committee chief as well as banners that read “Where is Nabil Elalem?”, a few dozen of the committee’s staff stood silently alongside his relatives outside Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib’s office.

“We are here to ask – what is the government doing?” Elalem’s brother Salah said. “The whole world is asking about him. We want the government to do its duty.”

“We are still waiting to see how the problem will be sorted,” Elalem’s colleague Arafat Jwan said. “There is nothing for now.” A group of the demonstrators later met with Keib.

Elalem, a former Libyan judo champion, took charge of the Olympic body after its president Mohammed Gaddafi, one of the deposed leader’s sons, fled to Algeria last August.

“This is an important person, the state should guarantee his security,” Mahmoud Jehani, a former soccer player and coach said. “I hope it will end soon.”

(Reporting by Ali Shuaib and Ayman Al-Sahli; Writing by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Pravin Char)


June 21, 2012

Libya tribal hack and slash: Hundreds killed and wounded in ­week

Clashes between warring factions are heating up in western Libya. Tribes that once supported the country’s uprising are battling each other and pro-Gaddafi rival tribes – all against the background of freebee arms.

Press secretary of the Libyan government Nasser al-Manaa reported that clashes between three tribes from Az Zintan, Mizda and Al-Shegaiga village resulted in at least 105 deaths and more than 500 wounded just last week.

The conflict reportedly flared over a strip of land repossessed by one of the tribes.

Al-Manaa revealed that the violence was stopped only after a government military presence was established in the region.

The number of dead and injured in Libya is comparable to the body count in Syria and following UN rhetoric, the ongoing violence in Libya strikingly resembles a civil (tribal) war.

Supported from abroad, an uprising against Muammar Gaddafi started in February 2011. Severe fighting between rebels and Gaddafi supporters lasted till October 20, when Colonel Gaddafi was killed by a raging mob near the city of Sirte after rebels took control of the capital Tripoli.

Libya appears to be so flooded with arms right now that even the grandchildren of today’s fighters will have enough thirty-round banana clips to sort things out for years to come.

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  1. Hoarsewhisperer
    July 20, 2012 at 6:08 am

    Stephen Walt posed an interesting question over at Foreign Policy.com when, on Feb 6, he asked…
    Will victory in Libya cause defeat in Syria?

    It won’t be easy trying to conjure up a smiley-face to superimpose on the SNAFU in Libya but that’s the task confronting Rasmussen, NATO’s very own Fogh of war.
    Mock war, that is.

  2. rosemerry
    July 20, 2012 at 6:32 am

    Rassmussen is so proud of the carnage which destroyed one of the most advanced countries in Africa. Lybia follows Kosovo, another proud victory of democracy and freedom now that NATO has managed to convince so many that it is a boon to the world.

  3. Hoarsewhisperer
    July 20, 2012 at 7:45 am

    NATO is maintaining its deafening silence on the number of Libyans it murdered during its “Humanitarian” intervention, Voltairenet isn’t so circumspect about such touchy subjects and, in an article published earlier this year, put the death toll attributable to NATO at 160,000. The author of the article didn’t cite sources for the figure of 160,000 but NATO and Wikipedia agree that NATO (aka al Qaeda’s Air Force, according to Steve Gowans) flew 26,500 sorties during the turkey shoot which the R2P intervention became.

    If NATO pilots are only half as careless about “collateral damage” (aka dead civilians) as US pilots and drone jockeys in (Moslem) AfPak, then 6 casualties per sortie makes the 160,000 Libyan death toll seem quite conservative – wedding and funeral mop-ups excepted.

    • Kathleen
      July 21, 2012 at 2:38 am

      Until now I thought it was 30 – 100 thousand. You forgot to mention the death toll the west seems to think it is….zero.

      So much for the lie of mission “Unified Protector” and the aerial bombardment it delivered.

      • Hoarsewhisperer
        July 21, 2012 at 9:29 am

        Unless The Lancet or the team from Johns Hopkins Uni (who attempted to flesh out the true Iraq death toll) conduct a similar survey in Libya, we may never know the true Libyan death toll. However, “Team NATO’s” official count of its own casualties is zero. But that conveniently overlooks the number of French, British, US and “Israeli” military advisers whom Ghaddafi’s forces would inevitably have caught and disposed of in an unpleasant manner. It’ll be a long time before NATO talks about those individuals, if ever.
        This is the most likely reason, among the many proffered, that Ghaddafi’s own end was so unpleasant and ignominious – the Americans and their equally savage and cowardly friends are culturally incapable of putting logical and long term considerations ahead of their lust for gratuitous (and public) revenge.

  4. Ribeekah Grant
    July 21, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Yeah, let the natives slug it out with the toys of the 21st century. This is the new Libya—democracy—in the meantime, who controls their resources or should I say who sets the terms of sale of their resources? The best used military strategy of centuries is divide and conquer—the instigator benefits from both sides.

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