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mission accomplished in Libya?

“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

Click here to read the original article.

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

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my enemy’s enemy

As the military intervention continues in Libya, questions are being raised about the leaders of the rebellion and their close ties to the Jihadist movement.

As early as Thursday 24th February, Reuters was reporting that :

Al Qaeda’s North African wing has condemned Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi and expressed solidarity with protesters revolting against his rule, the SITE Intelligence Group quoted it as saying on Thursday.1

By March 25th, editor of CounterPunch, Alexander Cockburn was digging a little deeper:

[But] to whom exactly are the interveners lending succor? There’s been great vagueness here, beyond enthusiastic references to the romantic revolutionaries of Benghazi, and much ridicule for Qaddafi’s identification of his opponents in eastern Libya as Al Qaida.

In fact two documents strongly back Qaddafi on this issue. The first is a secret cable to the State Department from the US embassy in Tripoli in 2008, part of the Wikileaks trove, entitled Extremism in Eastern Libya which revealed that this area is rife with anti-American, pro-jihad sentiment.

According to the cable, the most troubling aspect

“… is the pride that many eastern Libyans, particularly those in and around Dernah, appear to take in the role their native sons have played in the insurgency in Iraq … [and the] ability of radical imams to propagate messages urging support for and participation in jihad.”

The second document or rather set of documents are the so-called Sinjar Records, captured Al Qaeda documents that fell into American hands in 2007.2

To read the full article click here.

Also on March 25th, we can read a report in The Telegraph, which is itself based on an interview by the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, in which Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi admits :

…he had recruited “around 25” men from the Derna area in eastern Libya to fight against coalition troops in Iraq. Some of them, he said, are “today are on the front lines in Adjabiya”.

Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader”.

The same article concludes:

British Islamists have also backed the rebellion, with the former head of the banned al-Muhajiroun proclaiming that the call for “Islam, the Shariah and jihad from Libya” had “shaken the enemies of Islam and the Muslims more than the tsunami that Allah sent against their friends, the Japanese”.3

1“Al Qaeda backs Libyan protesters and condemns Gaddafi” from Reuters, Thursday 24th February.

2“Libya, Oh what a Stupid War”, from CounterPunch Diary by Alexander Cockburn, Weekend Edition, March 25—27, 2011.

3“Libyan rebel commander admits his fighters have al-Qaeda links”, by Praveen Swami, Nick Squires and Duncan Gardham, The Telegraph, March 25th 2011.

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