Just when the red line charade was reaching fever pitch – but still buried in the sand – and he had to choose between the US “exercising restraint” or “directly involving itself” in the Syrian war, (see The Syria-Iran red line show, Asia Times Online, May 2, 2013) President Obama was saved by Bibi Netanyahu’s Israeli government.
The temptation was oh so great for Obama to replay Ronald Reagan and gloriously wear the mantle of Obama The Syrian Mujahid, just as Reagan did in the 1980s with his beloved freedom fighters of the Afghan jihad. That will have to wait – perhaps not too long.
"¿Ayudó Noam Chomsky a facilitar una invasión imperialista al exculpar a los rebeldes libios y satanizar al régimen de Gadafi? "
" Fue una entrevista difícil. Noam Chomsky fue el primero que me abrió los ojos a la estructura neocolonial básica del mundo y el papel de los medios corporativos en el disimulo y legitimación de esta estructura. Chomsky demostró consecuentemente cómo, desde el fin mismo de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, EE.UU. y sus aliados europeos han impuesto regímenes militares al Tercer Mundo con el papel asignado de mantener bajos los salarios (y por lo tanto altas las oportunidades de inversión) eliminando a comunistas, sindicalistas y a cualquiera que se pueda considerar una amenaza potencial para el imperio. Chomsky ha estado en la vanguardia de la denuncia de las mentiras y de los verdaderos motivos de las agresiones a Iraq, Afganistán y Serbia en los últimos años, y contra Centroamérica y el Sudeste Asiático antes de eso. Pero respecto a Libia, a mi juicio, su posición ha sido terrible. ... "
" Surely if nothing "activists" have so far said about latest so-called "massacre," in Tremseh, Syria can be verified, it is impossible to "blame" anyone for the alleged deaths that are said to have occurred. Nevertheless, the Associated Press, Reuters, AFP, and many other mainstays of the West's corporate-run media machine ran with titles such as, "UN blames regime forces for Syria massacre" (AP), "Syrian regime condemned for Tremseh massacre" (Reuters), "Syria crisis: Tremseh 'massacre'" (Guardian), and "Syria unrest: Kofi Annan shocked at Tremseh 'atrocities'" (BBC). ..."
"Clinton is attempting to solicit sympathy from the public over the defeat of her funded, armed, and propped up front of sectarian extremists, the FSA. The FSA who consist of Libyan mercenaries (and here), extremists fresh back from killing US and British troops in Iraq now employing their bombing tactics against the people of Syria (and here), and members of Syria's Muslim Brotherhood who were approached as early as 2007 by the US, then under the Bush administration, to begin creating a violent front with which to overthrow the Syrian government.
These are militants who received Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) commander Abdul Hakim Behaj, and secured from him weapons, cash, and fighters despite to this very day, LIFG being listed by Hillary Clinton's own US State Department, as a listed Foreign Terrorist Organization (#28) - thus making US funding and support for the FSA a violation of its own anti-terrorism laws."
"Joseph Goebbels, a Nazi propagandist whose deception laid the foundation of Adolf Hitler's support, enabling him to carry out his vastly destructive campaign of military aggression stretching out across Europe, into Russia, and deep into North Africa and the Middle East, is remembered as a criminal war propagandist - the embodiment of the dangers of state propaganda. Others who assisted him were convicted during the Nuremberg trials for war crimes, crimes against humanity, crimes against peace, and conspiracy to wage aggressive war -many were given lengthy jail terms, some some sentenced for life, some sentenced to death.
What the Western media is doing, and above all, what US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is promoting, is without a doubt criminal - with a historical precedent already set leveling serious charges and penalties against such intolerable activities. Just because a government with the perception of legitimacy claims something is true, that a war is necessary, that its intentions are good - doesn't mean that it is so - for every brutal imperialist throughout history has in one way or another attempted to dress its naked military aggression, subjugation, and exploitation toward others with good intentions and just causes. "
"A headline in the Guardian, July 14 : Mahmoud Jibril seeks coalition with Libya's Islamists after his poll win makes it clear that this was the "wrong result" in a bogus election in which there were no candidates with links to the past Government. "Nobody saw this coming," said Dirk Vandewalle, a US academic and former adviser to UN special envoy for Libya, Ian Martin. , i.e. democracy producing the wrong result. Normally this needs a post-election "correction". So Mahmoud Jibril, who trounced the Muslim Brotherhood party, "Justice and Construction"is now seeking a grand coalition. No mention of Abdelhakim Belhaj of the Al-Watan , orHomeland or Libyan National party in that article. So what is he up to? Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi of Brasenose College Oxford also mis-read the tea leaves:Rethinking Libya, July 12 2012, The American Spectator: It appears that I underestimated the stigma associated with ties to foreign powers for Islamists (i.e. Qatar, and its sycophantic media channel, Al-Jazeera...) ... "
One of them turns out to be an old acquaintance of the reporters who covered the war in Libya: Mehdi al-Hatari, the former commander of the Brigade of Tripoli, which played a key role in taking the capital and the fall of Gaddafi. The second, Adem Kikli, says he works for Belhadj, and for almost two decades living in exile in the UK. The third, Fuad, seems to be a bodyguard. "We are here on our own personal initiative, not by command of anyone," said Adem. He emphasizes that Harati publicly renounced his position in Tripoli on 11 October. Adem also claims that he has been with other Libyans, "a few dozen', which have moved to Syria on their own to help the insurgents.
"PARIS - There it was, magically empty, on a discreet corner, never spotted by the tourist magma; my favorite little table since the 1980s at the Cafe de Flore in St Germain. I took possession, ordered a Welsh rarebit and a glass of Chablis, and was back in business, reading and watching the world go by for the first time since the fall of King Sarko.
First impression; where the hell is my bookshop? The venerable La Hune, right across from my point of view, looked like it had been hit by a Hellfire; thank Zeus it had moved nearby. Second, and more auspicious impression; the Flore was BHL-free; that is, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy, aka BHL, was busy promoting his next war somewhere else.
BHL is not merely a philosopher/writer/film maker; he's first and foremost the CEO of a gigantic PR operation erected to the perennial glory of BHL. He virtually rules the French cultural arena, the way Christopher Hitchens thought he ruled in the US and Britain.
May we live in tawdry times; if only Sartre was alive to kick BHL back to his intellectual kindergarten. BHL recently arrived at the Cannes Film Festival carrying a smatter of Libyan North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) rebels as pets - companions of his "liberation" adventure such as Mustapha El-Zagizli from Benghazi, proudly displayed as the "prince of the shabab", and General Ramadan Zarmouth from Misrata.
Perhaps no war in recent memory has so thoroughly flummoxed the Euro-Atlantic left as the recent NATO war on Libya. Presaging what would occur as U.S. proxies carried out an assault on Syria, both a pro-war left and an anti-anti-war left started filling up socialist e-zines and broadsheets with endless explanations and tortuous justifications for why a small invasion, perhaps just a “no-fly-zone,” would be okay—so long as it didn’t grow into a larger intervention. They cracked open the door to imperialism, with the understanding that it would be watched very carefully so as to make sure that no more of it would be allowed in than was necessary to carry out its mission.
The absurdity of this posture became clear when NATO immediately expanded its mandate and bombed much of Libya to smithereens, with the help of on-the-ground militia, embraced as revolutionaries by those who should have known better—and according to Maximilian Forte, could have known better, had they only looked.
" ( ... ) Libya was callously and stealthily destroyed. Tripoli and much of the rest of the country was bombed to smithereens. And what hadQaddafi made himself guilty of? Making Libya the richest country in Africa after its having been the poorest. But he threatened to nationalize the oil and gas and that is strictly verboten if the U.S. can have a say. And they made sure they did. Qaddafi had to go since Libya is essential for U.S. control over the Middle East . ( ... ) "
"Invité à Ce soir ou jamais pour débattre sur le sommet de l'Otan, Michel Collon en a profité pour rappeler le rôle fondamental de cette alliance militaire : soumettre les populations du Nord comme du Sud pour défendre les intérêts de l’élite occidentale. C’est le bilan à tirer lorsqu’on examine les actions de l’Otan, au-delà de la propagande sur la menace soviétique hier et sur les interventions humanitaires aujourd’hui. Michel Collon explique également comment, dans le contexte actuel d’un empire US en déclin, l’Otan applique la stratégie du chaos pour contenir l’émergence des concurrents économiques. "
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Forte d'une résolution du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU prévoyant l'instauration d'une zone de non-vol pour protéger les civils, l'intervention militaire en Libye était-elle légale ? Cette résolution a-t-elle simplement été interprétée de manière extensive ou bien a-t-elle été tout bonnement violée ? Les motifs invoqués pour déclencher l'opération sont-ils conformes aux normes du droit international ou consacrent-ils une loi du plus fort qui n'aurait rien de nouveau ? Robert Charvin est juriste international, professeur émérite de droit à l'Université de Nice Sophia-Antipolis et doyen honoraire de la Faculté de Droit et des Sciences économiques de Nice. Il analyse les motivations et les conséquences de l'intervention en Libye à la lumière du droit international. Ce texte n'est pas particulièrement court mais nous vous en recommandons vivement la lecture : il vaut bien une petite impression si nécessaire ! (IGA) ... "
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Libya's elections passed peacefully, but observers should have no illusions about the momentous challenges ahead, especially the task of rebuilding and formalizing the country’s security services.
"Between these two bodies, the more problematic is the SSC. The force is estimated to consist of 90,000 to 100,000 fighters. These men, ostensibly revolutionaries, have acted act as a sort of national gendarmerie, providing transitional security at the local level, particularly during the election period. But ominously, the SCC has not managed to break down the fighters' old allegiances: entire brigades have joined en masse and their commanders have simply switched hats. This is particularly the case in Derna, a longtime hub of Salafi militancy. Here, a local Salafi brigade, the Abu Salim Martyrs' Brigade, which is known for its vendettas against Qaddafi-era security officials and its ties to more radical Salafi groups like the Ansar al-Sharia, is now enforcing security as the town's branch of the SSC. Among some Libyans, the incorporation of the Abu Salim Martyrs' Brigade into the SSC represented a victory: the integration of a troublesome band of fighters into the orbit of the state. But such views are naive: the relationship between the government and local SSC-incorporated brigades will hold only as long as interests overlap.
The SSC system and the transitional government's demobilization programs work at cross-purposes. Pay for fighters who join an SSC-incorporated brigade is higher than what most Libyans could hope to make on the outside, so fighters have little incentive to leave and recruits have reportedly flocked to join. Many Libyans have feared the SSC as unruly thugs, who are distinguished only by hastily made logos on their T-shirts. Increasingly, though, there are signs that the SSC is becoming a more formalized unit -- the uniforms have gotten better and the SSC now has a Web site. In other words, it looks like the SSCs are not going away anytime soon.
The Libyan Shield Force, meanwhile, is a coalition of militias from the east, Misrata, and Zintan that acts in parallel with Libya's national army. ... "
During a television appearance to promote his film dedicated, in his own words, to the Libyan miracle, lobbyist Bernard-Henri Lévy violently lashed out against Vitaly Churkin, the ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United Nations 
On July 1, an article titled "Libya and Syria: When Anti-Imperialism Goes Wrong" was published on the North Star website, signed by "Pham Binh of Occupy Wall Street, Class War Camp." The article argues that imperialist interventions in Libya and Syria are justified because they are demanded by forces the author calls revolutionary. While claiming to cut against the grain, he formulates what is a common position among liberals, progressives and even some self-proclaimed socialists and anti-imperialists. As such it is important to respond.
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