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NATO's Genocidal Rape of Libya

by Stephen Lendman Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2011 at 9:57 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

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NATO's Genocidal Rape of Libya - by Stephen Lendman

Continuing NATO atrocities on Libyan civilians gave naked aggression a new name.

Call it what it is: Lawless, Willful, Malevolent Genocidal Gang Rape, the new supreme international crime against peace ongoing at this time.

In times of war, its legal name is Genocide - what NATO planners implemented since last March.

See for yourself. Independently produced images reveal what NATO, venal politicians, their PR manipulators, and media liars suppress or misreport.

A committed team of independent journalists, researchers and cameramen produced the Global Research.ca video accessed below through the following link:

http://omasiali.wordpress.com/2011/08/26/nato-commits-genocide-in-libya/

It's a snapshot of what Libyans endure daily under NATO terror bombings and rebel gang killings to destroy them, their futures and truth.

International law prohibits naked aggression and propaganda promoting it.

Article 21(1) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) says:

"Any propaganda for war shall be prohibited by law."

Propaganda and incitement to commit genocide is worst of all. Article 3 of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide says the "following acts shall be punishable:

(a) Genocide;

(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;

(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;

(d) Attempt to commit genocide;

(e) Complicity in genocide."

Article 4 states:

"Persons committing genocide or any of the other acts enumerated in Article 3 shall be punished, whether they are constitutionally responsible rulers, public officials or private individuals."

"Direct and public" incitement to commit Genocide is also prohibited under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court's (ICC) Article 25(3)(e). It holds everyone "directly and publicly (involved in) incit(ing) others to commit genocide" culpable.

Article 3(e) of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Article 3(c) of the Statute of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) also prohibit "direct and public" incitement to commit genocide.

Incitement (as opposed to legitimate free expression) is also forbidden by many other international human rights treaties.

America, Britain and France, NATO's three main belligerents, are signatories to numerous relevant treaties, including the Genocide Convention.

Under the Constitution's Supremacy Clause (Article 6, clause 2), all US Treaties and Federal Statutes are "the supreme Law of the Land."

The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) defined propaganda and other forms incitement to commit genocidal mass killing as follows:

"Directly provoking the perpetrator(s) to commit genocide, whether through speeches, shouting or threats uttered in public places or at public gatherings, or through the sale or dissemination, offer for sale or display of written material or printed matter in public places or at public gatherings, or through the public display of placards or posters or through any other means of audiovisual communication."

Included are official NATO, Pentagon and/or political written or verbal communications, justifying naked aggression, mischaracterized as humanitarian intervention responsibility to protect.

Also included are supportive PR and/or media propaganda, disinformation, and or other forms of deceptions.

During Nuremberg Tribunal proceedings, German newspaper editor Julius Streicher was the first person prosecuted for incitement to commit genocide for publishing anti-Semitic diatribes.

However, international law hadn't yet criminalized incitement at the time, so he was tried for crimes against humanity.

Since March 19, NATO belligerents and their rebel gangs committed daily crimes of war and against humanity. On a massive scale, it's Genocide!

Terror Bombing Sirte

As rebel gang killings continue in Tripoli and elsewhere, NATO keeps terror bombing Sirte. It's Gaddafi's home town, a city of 100,000. On August 29, Mathaba.net warned of possible massacres. Moreover, rebel cutthroats surrounded the city, preventing anyone from leaving, saying:

Exits "from the city (are) completely blocked. Neither women, nor children are allowed to leave. Men, captured attempting to leave the town together with their families, are shot. Their families are sent back into the city under bombing."

"There is practically no way to bury the corpses...." Retired Russian Special Forces Lt. Col. Ilya Korenev (in Sirte) reported on the Russian web site Argumenti.ru that:

"(T)he situation resembles the terrible winter of '95 in Grozny, Chechnia, when there was bombing everything that moved, without proper guiding systems of accurate coordinates....At the moment, the NATO air force is in the air almost around the clock," raising the city to the ground, massacring people under rubble or slaughtering them in open spaces.

Growing Humanitarian Crisis in Tripoli

The combination of maggot-infested decomposing bodies, inadequate food, fuel, medical supplies and available care, no running water, spotty electricity, poor sanitation, garbage in streets, and ongoing rebel atrocities created a growing humanitarian disaster in Tripoli and elsewhere.

On August 29, the London Times reported nightmarish conditions in Tripoli, including all of the above, as well as:

"Hospitals are running out of oxygen, fixators for treating fractures, and drugs for conditions such as diabetes."

"Telephones work only intermittently. Most commercial life ceased months ago. Many people have no money left because the banks are shut and salaries have not been paid."

These conditions are compounded by rebel-committed assassinations and other terror killings. Rotting corpses are everywhere, including in hospitals and Abu Salim, a Gaddafi loyalist stronghold home to many government officials.

Before NATO showed up, Tripoli was called the "White Bride of the Mediterranean," a once modern, cosmopolitan metropolis, known for its historical attractions, wonderful beaches, and other attractions.

One tourist guide said:

"Tripoli is generally a quiet safe travel destination, where violent crime against tourists is rare....Tripoli's hotels represent a good variety of different standards, and restaurants offer interesting culinary experiences with Arabic and international cuisine."

Moreover, car rentals are readily available for trips around and outside the city. In addition, tourists manage fine in a city where English is widely understood and spoken.

That was pre-March 2011 Tripoli. Today, it's a ravaged, terrorized ghost town, its residents living under increasingly desperate conditions. Moreover, prices skyrocketed on everything from food to fuel to other essentials. As a result, what's ahead for residents may be too grim to bear.

At the same time, a leaked document calls for UN Blue Helmet occupation - imperial paramilitary "peacekeeper" enforcers wherever they're deployed. Read the full document through the following link:

http://www.innercitypress.com/martin1unlibya1icp.pdf

UN "peacekeeping" was addressed in an earlier article, accessed through the following link:

http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2007/02/un-peacekeeping-paramilitarism.html

In Haiti, for example, after Washington's coup ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the April 2004 Security Council authorized MINUSTAH force prevented peace and stability by working jointly with mobilized death squads, terrorizing Aristide supporters.

Libyans struggling for liberation can expect similar treatment ahead, besides continuing rebel gang atrocities.

The document, in fact, calls for establishing "various military or paramilitary formations under not always clear and solid command and control arrangements. These include the forces that fought on (Gaddafi's) side, (as well as) different formations commanded by or associated with the TNC."

In other words, a repressive NATO-controlled militarized presence is planned on the pretext of ensuring safety for Libyans who'll be terrorized if they prioritize freedom over occupation.

In fact, on August 30, Press TV reported an unnamed NATO official admitting that Britain and France already have troops in Libya, claiming it's "unfair to call them NATO forces."

In addition, Russia's NATO ambassador, Dmitry Rogozin, said "direct evidence" shows UK and French special forces directed ground operations against Gaddafi's military.

As recently as last week, however, NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu lied, saying coalition countries had no troops in Libya and wouldn't post-conflict.

At the same time, Britain's Daily Telegraph reported a UK elite Special Air Service (SAS) regiment helped rebel gangs hunt for Gaddafi. His whereabouts are still unknown. His wife Safia, daughter Aisha, sons Mohammed and Hannibal, as well as grandchildren fled safely to Algeria.

A Final Comment

On August 29, a disgraceful New York Times editorial headlined, "NATO's Teachable Moment," saying:

"The Western allies, especially the British and French forces backed up (read led) by the United States, can be justly proud. So can" Cameron, Sarkozy and Obama, "who ignored the naysayers who claimed that Libya was a quagmire and the battle not worth fighting."

Fact check

Obama's war was naked imperial aggression. Continued NATO terror bombing is Genocidal Gang Rape. Rebel cutthroats compounded their crimes on the ground. Africa's most developed country is now its least.

Thousands of Libyans are dead, many more injured, and the entire country ravaged by mass destruction, depravation, critical life-sustaining shortages, as well as continuing violence, and Libyans facing dystopian futures unless they're courageous enough resist what no one should accept.

NATO's war on free Libya may soon end. The liberating struggle has yet to begin. Perhaps it's the wild card NATO doesn't expect. Hopefully the human spirit will triumph over imperial might, though never easily or quickly.

It's happening in Afghanistan, reemerging in Iraq, blossoming across the region, so perhaps Libyans will surprise NATO planners the same way. Why not when the alternative is too intolerable to accept.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

Also visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/.

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