imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Libyans Resist NATO's Killing Machine

by Stephen Lendman Thursday, Oct. 06, 2011 at 10:02 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Libya

Libyans Resist NATO's Killing Machine - by Stephen Lendman

For over six and a half months, Libyans tied down the world's mightiest military force despite overwhelming odds against them and enormous loss of life and human suffering.

Established in 1949, NATO was never a "military alliance for peace and security." It was for offense, not defense. Cold War hysteria was contrived to incite fear and assure an arms race for corporate dominance and enrichment.

Twenty years after Soviet Russia dissolved, NATO interventions under US control threaten world peace and humanity, lurching from one war to another.

Interdicting for corporate predators, it's a rogue killing machine. Its mission isn't liberation. It's slaughtering, ravaging and pillaging for power and profit.

Using a proxy cutthroat mercenary army, Libya was pounded by relentless land and air assaults. A wasteland replaced a once peaceful country. Daily attacks ravage it further.

Corpses pile up on other ones. Human misery is incalculable. Death, disease and starvation haunt the living. Tens of thousands of Sirte residents face ferocious daily terror bombing.

Food, water, medical supplies and fuel were cut off. Indiscriminate mass killing targets civilians. Schools, hospitals, homes and other nonmilitary sites have been destroyed.

NATO's war on Libya is one of history's great crimes. Sirte is ground zero, facing genocidal slaughter and mass destruction.

Spread the word! Point fingers! Hold those responsible accountable for unconscionable imperial barbarism!

Start with Obama, an unindicted war criminal multiple times over, planning more wars besides others ongoing. Americans also sacrifice liberties and benefits for them. The worst is yet to come.

The battle of Libya rages. Brave resistance fighters won't quit. Killing alone sustains NATO control anywhere across the country. Let up and lose it. Unreported by Western media, it's happening city by city, town by town, and village by village.

Christof Lehmann's NSNBC provides regular updates Western media and Qatari controlled Al Jazeera suppress, cheerleading instead of denouncing NATO's imperial project across North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia.

On October 3, Lehmann said:

"Southern Libya is firmly under" loyalists' control. "Fighting continues in Tripoli, North Eastern and North Western Libya." Algerian tribal leaders joined "The War for the Liberation of Northern Africa."

As a result, NATO plans expanding the war to Algeria. Lehmann said reports he's getting are that "special operations units and (others) belonging to the 82nd Airborne have been on the ground in Algeria for 'some time.' "

On October 2, they "came under heavy attack and received heavy casualties. A C-130 Hercules transport and paratrooper plane were destroyed on the ground."

Other intelligence also "provided evidence that Algeria was targeted by NATO....European Embassy chatter" suggests Americans and Europeans are "being psychologically" manipulated to believe Al Qaeda threatens the country.

Maybe Haqqanis as well, Washington's latest reason for more war, perhaps against Pakistan where Joint Chiefs head Admiral Mike Mullen claims they're tied to its Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

NATO, of course, recruited Al Qaeda elements to fight in Libya and elsewhere. The CIA created group is conveniently used as both friend and foe, depending on where and for what strategic purpose.

Algeria's pro-Western government apparently willingly cooperates. In contrast, ordinary Algerians, Libyans, Iraqis and Afghans strongly resist.

Libya's puppet Transitional National Council (TNC) is "in chaos." Most of its members deserted. About 80% of Tripoli displays Gaddafi's green banner. It's the only national flag with one color and no design, insignia or other markings.

Sirte and Bani Walid sieges "are breaking up." Rebels suffered heavy casualties. Former Al Qaeda insurgent/now CIA asset Tripoli military commander Abdelhakim Belhadj "describes the situation as chaotic."

Despite omnipotent air power, "NATO is losing the battle on the ground. (Engaging in) heavy clashes around both cities, (resistance fighters) established contact with the military, Tribal and Volunteer Forces that came to their relief."

Reports indicate "heavy infighting between TNC forces in Misurata and Benghazi with numerous casualties."

On October 2, "heavy fighting erupted in and around" Tripoli's Green Square. Libyan forces seized an ammunition depot. Fighting raged at Tripoli's Mitiga and military airports. Tribal militia fighters "secured several banks in Tripoli and began refunding money" stolen by TNC thieves.

POWs were also freed from prisons. As a result, "The Green Flag is flying over 80% of Tripoli." TNC puppet head Mustafa Abdul Jalil is "desperate(ly calling) for unity (under) a new government."

Belhadj called his plea "ridiculous in the face of the fact that almost 90%" of TNC members abandoned ship they see going down.

Tripoli residents and resistance fighters won't quit. On September 30, Human Rights Watch reported TNC militia groups making arbitrary arrests, and abusing prison detainees across western Libya in makeshift facilities.

Assessing conditions in Tripoli, 53 detainees interviewed reported beatings, electric shocks, and other forms of abuse. Arrested without charge, none were prosecuted before judges.

Since late August, TNC allied brigades and militias "arrested thousands and held them without proper legal review." Those accused without evidence of serious crimes experienced horrific treatment amounting to torture.

Many arrested were Black African guest workers, accused of being Gaddafi mercenaries or loyalists. An alliance of Libyan, Algerian, Moroccan, and Polisario tribes called for liberating North Africa.

In 1980, Libya recognized the Western Sahara's Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic as do other non-NATO states.

TNC fighters fled Derna after taking heavy casualties. About half of Al-Baida was freed. On October 3, reports indicated "heavy street to street, house to house, and room to room fighting in Benghazi with heavy casualties on both sides." Half the city is liberated. TNC forces control its center.

A Tobruk TNC detachment sent to help "was literally wiped out....In Sawiah, the green flag is hoisted over a liberated city."

In Zliten and surrounding areas, TNC representatives and insurgents were told to leave or be "thrown out by the people." After months of relentless NATO assaults, "an estimated 97% of the Libyan population" stands firmly behind Gaddafi and the legitimate Libyan government.

If close to true, Washington is "considerably worse" off than in Vietnam.

On October 3, Sirte came under heavy ground and air attack. "After heavy fighting, (it ground) to a halt this morning," suggesting insurgents can't advance despite relentless air support. They're also vulnerable to counterattack.

According to Russian intelligence, Tuareg tribal fighters, demonstrated considerable desert warfare skills. Reports said 35 TNC tanks and armored personnel carriers were destroyed.

"The Libyan Youth movement....declared war on the TNC (and began) an assassination campaign" to eliminate anti-Gaddafi elements.

Libyans now await the next onslaught. Tripoli residents remain committed. Well armed by Gaddafi, they're able to strike back. As a result, TNC forces manning roadblocks "came under sniper fire....resulting in heavy casualties."

Libyans know their country was the pearl of Africa "worth fighting for." It's theirs. They want it back and intend to get it.

Deaths and injuries mount daily as does mass destruction. NATO turned Libya into an inferno, a hellish charnel house.

Never forgive! Never forget!

A Final Comment

America's media never met an imperial war they didn't endorse and promote. Regurgitating official lies passes for news, commentaries and analysis.

As a de facto propaganda ministry, The New York Times leads the pack, calling massacres "liberation."

Despite genocidal slaughter and mass destruction, its September 9 editorial headlined, "A New Start for Libya," saying:

"There are....signs of progress on military, diplomatic, economic and political fronts....Plans have been drafted for electing a constitutional assembly by early next year."

"Considering the situation six months ago, there is reason to be encouraged."

Fact check

Washington and key NATO allies waged lawless imperial aggression against a nonbelligerent country. Corrupted TNC officials were bribed to establish a puppet regime.

Plans include leadership subservient to Western interests. Occupying, raping and pillaging Libya is planned. Democracy won't be tolerated.

Libyans reacted heroically, fighting back to save what's left of their country and rebuild. Protracted struggle lies ahead. Like Afghans and Iraqis, Libyans won't quit until they're free.

The Times Libya - Revolution (2011) page offers a litany of distortions and canards. Calling planned NATO aggression "revolution," it mischaracterized hired mercenaries as "rebels."

Gaddafi's response to imperial barbarism was called "extreme violence," not self-defense. Western TNC puppet leaders are portrayed as "a (legitimate) transitional government."

Gaddafi's Libya no longer exists. A wasteland replaced a once peaceful country. Dead, dying and injured numbers mount daily.

New York Times correspondents, commentators and editorial writers bear witness to what they know but won't say.

It's a Times tradition, presenting sanitized versions of real news, information and analysis.

Its Libya reporting shows how low it sunk, calling a charnel house "a new start."

It's why reliable online sources gain followers to learn what NYT and other major media scoundrels won't say.

Make them a regular habit to learn what everyone needs to know - the truth.

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/.

Report this post as:

Local News

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 1:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 12:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 12:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 4:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J10 11:58PM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M30 10:20PM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 12:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 1:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 2:42AM

Dianne Feinstein's Promotion of War, Secret Animal Abuse, Military Profiteering, Censorshi M17 3:22PM

CA Senate Bill 1303 would require an independent coroner rather than being part of police M10 2:08PM

Three years after OC snitch scandal, no charges filed against sheriffs deputies M10 1:57PM

California police agencies violate Brown Act (open meetings) M02 1:31PM

Insane Company Wants To Send Nuke Plant Waste To New Mexico A29 4:47PM

Change Links May 2018 A27 1:40AM

Worker-Owned Car Wash on Vermont Closed A26 10:37PM

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Illegal Russians Receiving Land and Homes in West Bank 2018 J22 11:24AM

Un monde de pauvreté J22 12:54AM

14 Disturbing Facts About Scott Gottlieb, Trump's FDA Head J20 10:47PM

Behind the scenes at fbi National Academy J20 2:47PM

Treasury Takes Aim at Shell Companies J20 11:18AM

Paraphysique de l'intelligence J20 9:08AM

Oklahoma GOP Senator Jim Inhofe's Bloody Record J20 4:01AM

Globalization: hope on the horizon despite Fake Liberals. J20 3:41AM

Sorry President Trump,Ted Cruz Texas Judicial System,is Worse Than Many Shithole Countries J19 4:49PM

The Shortwave Report 07/20/18 Listen Globally! J19 4:33PM

The System Question as a Survival Question J18 8:54PM

Nation's Largest Voting Machine Co., ESS, Admits Lying Re Having Installed Remote Control J18 11:55AM

Du pain et des jeux J18 9:53AM

Paraphysique de martyrologie J17 8:00AM

Children Incorporated Earns 4-Star Rating on Charity Navigator J16 11:24AM

Democratic Socialists of America J14 4:57PM

Leonard Peltier Non Violent Native American Political Prisoner since 1970's J14 4:18PM

Paraphysique miscellanées de l'aggiornamento J14 12:54AM

FBI Investigated LA County Sheriff Baca,Why Not Hank Skinner's Persecution? J13 3:52PM

Updated Partial List Of Famous Vegetarians, Vegans, & Fruitarians J13 2:59PM

The Shortwave Report 07136/18 Listen Globally! J12 4:36PM

Social Policy as Social Infrastructure J12 3:38AM

Vol I: 84 Varieties Of GOP Election Fraud J12 1:50AM

Texas Can Call it An Execution,But It is A State Sponsored Murder of Hank Skinner.. J11 6:48PM

June 2018 Honduras coup update J11 3:35PM

Maria Estrada doubles down on racist support J11 1:40PM

New York Women in Film & Television Announces 2018 NYWIFT Ha Phuong Scholarship Recipients J11 10:14AM

Trapps de la domination, trapps de l'aliénation J11 1:31AM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy