“The rotting bodies of 30 men, almost all black and many handcuffed, slaughtered as they lay on stretchers and even in an ambulance in central Tripoli, are an ominous foretaste of what might be Libya’s future. The incoming regime makes pious statements about taking no revenge on pro-Gaddafi forces, but this stops short of protecting those who can be labelled mercenaries. Any Libyan with a black skin accused of fighting for the old regime may have a poor chance of survival.”1
So began Patrick Cockburn’s report from Tripoli three weeks ago. His article for the Independent on Sunday continues:
The killing of so-called mercenaries in Tripoli is a case in point. Since February, the insurgents, often supported by foreign powers, claimed that the battle was between Gaddafi and his family on the one side and the Libyan people on the other. Their explanation for the large pro-Gaddafi forces was that they were all mercenaries, mostly from black Africa, whose only motive was money. In the early days of the conflict, some captured Gaddafi soldiers were shown off at press conferences as mercenaries. Amnesty International investigators discovered that all had subsequently been quietly freed since they were, in fact, undocumented labourers from Chad, Mali and West Africa. But the effect of this propaganda has been to put in danger many African migrants and dark-coloured Libyans.
On the same day, Middle East political analyst Dan Glazebrook spoke to Russia Today about the hidden Western agenda behind the humanitarian facade of NATO’s involvement in Libya:
Then, last Thursday [September 15th], Glazebrook spoke again on Russia Today, discussing the role that the Islamist factions within the rebels are playing with regards to disuniting Africa:
In the midst of this, former US Congressman and civil rights activist Walter Fauntroy, who had been a close associate and friend of Martin Luther King, returned unexpectedly from a peace mission to Libya. It transpires that he had gone into hiding, having witnessed what he describes as horrifying events; his sudden disappearance sparking rumours of his death.
Back home in America he gave an interview to the Afro in which he explained his decision to go into hiding, having witnessed French and Danish troops beheading and maiming civilians and rebels “to show them who was in control”:
“‘What the hell’ I’m thinking to myself. I’m getting out of here. So I went in hiding.”
“The truth about all this will come out later.” Fauntroy said.2
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1 From an article entitled, “Rebels wreak revenge on dictator’s men” written by Patrick Cockburn, published by the Independent on Sunday on August 28, 2011. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/rebels-wreak-revenge-on-dictators-men-2345261.html
2 From an article entitled, “Walter Fauntroy, Feared Dead in Libya, Returns Home – Guess Who He Saw Doing the Killing: It wasn’t the Libyans”, written by Valencia Mohammed, published in the Baltimore Afro-American, on September 7, 2011. http://afro.com/sections/news/national/story.htm?storyid=72369