Libya is a fractured country whose long-simmering violence is threatening to boil over. Internecine fighting once mostly limited to Benghazi -- where Maj. Gen. Khalifa Haftar launched "Operation Dignity" against U.S.-designated terrorist group Ansar al-Sharia and other armed Islamists -- has now spread to Tripoli. The U.S. embassy was hurriedly evacuated on July 26, and foreign governments have urged their nationals to flee the country.
The Tripoli fighting erupted on July 12, pitting largely Islamist militias from the Muslim Brotherhood stronghold of Misratah and their northwestern allies against well-equipped and trained nationalist brigades from Zintan. The latter factions -- the Qaaqaa, Sawaiq, and Madani Brigades -- are tribal and back the more secular-leaning political alliance, the National Forces Alliance (NFA), but ostensibly belong to the Libyan army. The Misratan and Islamist militias have since bombarded Tripoli International Airport, which has been held by Zintani forces since the revolution ended. This battle -- in which 90 percent of aircraft on the ground were destroyed, costing over $1.5 billion -- marks a dark turn for Libya, increasing the likelihood of the country repeating its brutal 1936 intertribal civil war.
So Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande and Italian Premier Matteo Renzi - let's call them the Fab Five - get on a video
conference call to muster their courage and "increase pressure" asking for a cease-fire in Gaza. Later in the day, Israel's Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu delivers his answer, in plain language: he remains dead set on achieving his version of a Final Solution to Gaza.  With or without "pressure".
So what's left for the Fab Five after having their illustrious Western collective behinds solemnly kicked? They decide to dump Gaza and instead sanction Russia - again! How brilliant is that as an exit strategy?
Spectacular non-entity Tony Blinken, who doubles as deputy national security adviser to Barack Obama, was keen to stress to Western corporate media that the unruly Eurotrash mob is now "determined to act". No, not against Israel because of Gaza; against Russia because of Ukraine. Such a lovely Orwellian symmetry: the extended Two Minutes Hate from Israel towards Gazans morphs into the extended Two Minutes Hate from the "West" towards Russia, mirroring the extended Two Minutes Hate from Kiev towards Eastern Ukrainians.
Oil depot catches fire amid clashes in Tripoli Kansas.com The battle for control of Tripoli's international airport began two weeks ago when Islamist-led militias - mostly from the western city of Misrata - launched a surprise assault on the...
UN official condemns in the strongest possible terms this serious violation of international law by Israeli forces At least 19 Palestinians were killed and about 90 injured early on Wednesday when a UN school sheltering people was hit by shells...
“We want the nations of the world to know…….and they should be ashamed” Ben Gurion explaining rationale for Eichmann’s trial [i]
“The triumph of the S.S demands that the tortured victim allow himself to be led to the noose without protesting, that he renounce and abandon himself to the point of ceasing to affirm his identity. They know that the system which succeeds in destroying its victim before he mounts the scaffold…..is incomparably the better for keeping the whole people in slavery”[ii]
Hannah Arendt (henceforth HA), philosopher, writer, academic of Jewish heritage, who studied under such luminaries as Karl Jaspers and Martin Heidegger in pre-war Germany, went to Jerusalem in 1961 to cover the trial of Eichmann, one of the actors in the Final Solution, for the New Yorker magazine. Her account of the trial regularly published in the magazine at the time, later became a basis for the book, “Eichmann In Jerusalem: A report on the banality of evil”.
It is obvious from reading the book that HA’s account of the trial in the book transcended the culpability of the single individual, and in fact implicated the whole of western society in the crimes committed.
Quer dizer então que Obama, Merkel, Cameron, Hollande e o premiê italiano Matteo Renzi – “Os 5 Fabulosos” – reuniram-se lá numa videoconferência para darem-se mutuamente coragem e “aumentar a pressão”, e “exigir” um cessar-fogo em Gaza. Horas depois, Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu de Israel distribuiu sua resposta, em palavras claras: nada jamais o afastará da ideia de que, dessa vez, sim, o mundo conhecerá a versão dele de uma Solução Final para Gaza. Com ou sem “pressão”. Assim sendo, o que restou aos 5 Fabulosos, depois que Bibi chutou tão sem-cerimônias o traseiro ocidental coletivo deles? Pois foi quando resolveram deixar Gaza de lado e... sancionar a Rússia – outra vez. Não lhes parece estratégica brilhantíssima, para quem tanto precisava tentar salvar a cara? Aquela espetacular não entidade, Tony Blinken, que reforça o orçamento trabalhando como vice-conselheiro de segurança nacional de Barack Obama, teve a gentileza de explicar à imprensa-empresa ocidental, que o pessoal-lá, aquela gangue sem leis do Eurolixo, está, afinal “decidido a agir”. Não, não, não contra Israel, por causa de Gaza; contra a Rússia, por causa da Ucrânia. Que adorável simetria orwelliana: os Dois Minutos de Ódio prorrogados de Israel contra os gazenses convertem-se em Dois Minutos de Ódio prorrogados do “Ocidente” contra a Rússia, perfeita reprodução dos Dois Minutos de Ódio prorrogados de Kiev contra os ucranianos do leste.
Nem Hollywood teria concebido trama semelhante: Israel safa-se da cadeia, apesar do assassinato premeditado em massa de civis... E a Rússia é enquadrada por causa de assassinato de passageiros de um avião civil, caso que tem todas as características de ter sido obra dos vassalos em Kiev dos “parceiros” ocidentais da Rússia.
Vast Libya petrol tank fire 'out of control' after militia rocket strike Telegraph.co.uk The battle for control of the airport involves militias, mostly from the western city of Misurata, fighting rival groups from the western mountain town of...
What future for Libya | Joseph Cassar MaltaToday Cassar adds that the reforms touted by Saif Al Islam were in part induced by increasing Western political pressure, coupled with a willingness on the part of the West to tap into Libya's resources.