US-Led Libyan Ground Assault Planned
by Stephen Lendman
Sunday Mar 27th, 2011 1:25 AM

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US-Led Libyan Ground Assault Planned – by Stephen Lendman

In his weekly March 26 address, Obama said:

“As I pledged at the outset, the role of American forces has been limited. We are not putting any ground forces into Libya….And as agreed this week, responsibility for this operation is being transferred from the United States to our NATO allies and partners.”

Earlier he said:

“United States forces are conducting a limited and well-defined mission in support of international efforts to protect civilians and prevent a humanitarian disaster.”

As an earlier article explained, American aggression caused a humanitarian crisis. Moreover, the alleged NATO handover is a ruse. NATO is code language for Washington, the Pentagon. It’s America’s tool, its “missile,” reigning death and destruction across Libya and other operational theaters. European allies concur. They’re more pawns than partners. Reports now suggest they’ll participate in a late April or early May ground operation if air attacks don’t oust Gaddafi.

On March 25, Russia’s RIA Novosti news service headlined, “Ground operation in Libya could start in April – Russian Intelligence,” saying:

According to an unnamed high-ranking Russian intelligence official, “(t)he international coalition force is planning a ground operation that could start in late April. Information coming via different channels shows that NATO countries, with active participation of Britain and the United States, are developing a plan….From all indications, (it’ll) be launched if the alliance fails to force Gaddafi….to capitulate.”

The official estimates a late April-early May timetable. UN Resolution 1973 prohibits an occupation force, but authorizes “all necessary measures,” including boots on the ground. Hawkish Western military analysts urge it, a March 25 Wall Street Journal report saying:

“The history of air-only military actions is that they rarely, if ever, defeat an adversary without” ground forces.

On March 26, Rick Rozoff’s Stop NATO web site mentioned reports of US forces in Libya with a planned ground invasion coming next month. Various March 26 sources were cited, including:

(1) Sofia News Agency reporting:

“US forces are rumored to be already present on the ground in Libya,” despite official denials. According to Reserve Colonel David Hand, American soldiers have been in Libya for 12 days. US intelligence Colonel Tony Scheffer confirmed it.

(2) Voice of Russia’s Alexander Vatutin said:

“We are witnessing an attempt to seize oil and gas reserves by means of force. Apparently, coalition forces are pursuing targets other than humanitarian operations….” Dozens of civilian deaths are reported.

“In the meantime, NATO has suggested the possibility of a ground operation in Libya unless Gaddafi chooses to surrender. The military are guided by the Second World War saying ‘Put on the Ground’ which means you can never expect to win unless you reach the enemy’s positions on the ground.” About 4,000 US marines are positioned in the Mediterranean to invade.

According to Russian Strategic Research Institute’s Azhdar Kurtov, “a ground operation is inevitable” whether or not Gaddafi stays or goes, to seize Libya’s strategic oil and gas reserves.

(3) AFP reported:

Washington and NATO partners may supply weapons to opposition forces. According to the Washington Post, “recently withdrawn US ambassador to Libya” Gene Cretz said “administration officials were having ‘the full gamut’ of discussions on ‘potential assistance we might offer,’ both on the non-lethal and the lethal side.”

(4) RIA Novosti said:

“Any foreign military ground operation in Libya will be considered as occupying the country, Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin said on Saturday,” in violation of Resolution 1973.

(5) Russia Today reported St. Petersburg State University Professor Guman Isayev saying:

Libya, like Iraq, is becoming a “black hole….As soon as it became clear that insurgents lost the battle,” Resolution 1973 was passed, providing wide latitude for intervention. As a result, “Libya may cease to exist, de facto, the way Iraq did. On the other hand, it’s unlikely that Gaddafi’s regime can be overthrown by air strikes alone. The hopes that insurgents (could oust him) are failing despite active external support.”

On Monday, March 28, Obama will address the nation on the Libyan conflict. Expect none of this to be mentioned, just the usual boilerplate propaganda about “humanitarian intervention,” when, in fact, Washington’s aims are always imperial.

As previous articles explained, a protracted, destructive conflict is likely, including mass casualties so America can solidify its grip on the entire Mediterranean Basin, exploiting its resources and people freely.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen [at] 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.



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Libya War: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over


Libya War: It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over – by Stephen Lendman

Mark Twain once called reports of his death greatly exaggerated. The same hold for Libyans, not ready to submit to NATO colonization, occupation, plunder and exploitation. Not at least without a fight.

The stakes are high – stay free or die socially, economically, politically, emotionally, and/or perhaps physically.

Washington-led NATO is a rogue killing machine plunderer. It comes, sees, slaughters, ravages, and pillages all its surveys.

In March, it arrived in Libya on cruise missiles, bombs, shells, other munitions, fifth column infiltrators, media liars, and other rogue elements, not white horses, not as liberators nor humanitarian interveners.

It came for another imperial trophy at the expense of free Libyans. They know it and won’t submit without a fight, a long-term struggle perhaps that may ebb and flow, but won’t end until NATO’s scourge ends.

It’s the same spirit driving Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, and millions of others throughout North Africa/Middle East/Central Asia/and elsewhere. Live free or die.

On August 22, activist Don DeBar offered hope, saying:

Most of what major media scoundrels report is untrue. Despite daily bombing and deplorable conditions across Libya, “(t)he invaders have been largely turned back. They arrived under severe aerial attacks across (Tripoli), including (bombing and) strafing civilians intended to clear streets for the invasion.”

“They were supplemented (by) landing troops from NATO naval vessels” offshore. A “NATO expeditionary force” comprised “mainly of Qatari and other troops” accompanied insurgent hooligans, given license to shoot civilians on sight, as well as loot freely to create fear and chaos.

They’ve taken full advantage, but not without Libyans fighting back, a committed spirit across Tripoli and most other parts of Libya.

Against them is a typical NATO operation, exposing the evil it represents everywhere.

Nonetheless, as of Monday evening, temporary calm returned to most of Tripoli, except for ongoing bombing, ahead of street clashes resuming Tuesday.

In addition, loyalists showed up with two allegedly captured Gaddafi sons, after which Seif al-Islam, accompanied by huge throngs of supporters, spoke to reporters at the Rixos Hotel. Earlier, insurgents prematurely said he and his brother Mumammed were being transferred to the Hague’s hanging tribunal.

Seif said his father and family were safe in the capital, and that he wished to refute media reports of his capture and detention. He also said, “Tripoli is under our control. Everyone should rest assured. All is well in Tripoli.”

In fact, conditions remain in flux, but Libyans were buoyed by his message, rallying them to stand firm against NATO and thuggish insurgents.

Pro-NATO New York Times Reporting

Throughout the conflict, New York Times disinformation and gloating never quit, so unsurprisingly it headlined an August 22 editorial, “Qaddafi’s Final Hours,” saying:

“For more than 40 years, (Gaddafi) dominated and terrorized Libya – his image plastered on what seemed like every wall and his goons posted on every corner.”

Fact check

Scandalous rhetoric like the above pollutes Times editorials and op-eds in place of accurate, clear analysis, an absent ingredient throughout America’s media.

Admitting possible “dark moments to come,” The Times expressed “awe of the courageous Libyans (read renegade insurgent hooligans) who pressed their fight. (They) overcame incredible odds, battlefield defeats and bitter internal divisions….(Nonetheless, they) showed extraordinary commitment and resilience.”

Fact check

Without daily NATO terror bombing and low-level strafing, much of it targeting civilians and nonmilitary sites, cutthroat mercenaries would have been routed in days at most. Libya is NATO’s war, using them as disposable imperial tools.

No matter, The Times urged them “to build a democratic Libya.”

Fact check

Washington-led NATO, of course, calls the shots, their imperial plan excluding democracy and humanitarian concerns.

Libya needs more support, said The Times. “The challenges of building a stable and representative new country cannot be overstated….When (Gaddafi) is found, he should be sent to the (Hague for) justice.”

Fact check

Times opinion and analysis commentators are so addicted to imperial thinking, they don’t recognize or accept clear facts and analysis others provide lucidly, fully and honestly.

The editorial ended as disgracefully as it began, saying:

“It will be up to the Libyans to build their own future. The rebels’ victory – if followed by the democracy they promise – should inspire others to believe that the battle is worth fighting.”

Fact check

The battle is far from over. Declaring victory is premature and arrogant. Moreover, the vast majority of Libyans, Gaddafi loyalists, are totally excluded from NATO (not “rebel”) plans.

A Times rethink won’t be forthcoming to explain. Nor on its news pages. On August 22 and 23, they reeked of the usual combination of self-assured/I-told-you-so bravado and arrogance, as well as this time some well-deserved crow.

David Kirkpatrick, Kareem Fahim and Alan Cowell headlined the lead August 23 story titled, “Tripoli Uneasy as Rebel Euphoria Fades,” saying:

Renewed fighting spread across Tripoli. Gaddafi’s whereabouts aren’t known, and “his son Seif al-Islam made a ‘surprise’ appearance,” showing perhaps he wasn’t taken captive after all, despite media reports claiming it along with his brother also free.

Since February, in fact, Times and other major media reports proliferated lies about the war, misreported and distorted other information, and omitted key facts, including:

— alleged insurgent victories;

— claiming NATO doesn’t target civilians and nonmilitary sites when, in fact, it’s done willfully;

— ignoring Gaddafi’s overwhelming popularity;

–numerous times alleging his regime’s near collapse;

— leaving unexplained that no humanitarian crisis existed until NATO showed up well before it began bombing in mid-March;

— that under Gaddafi, Libyans had Africa and the Arab world’s highest standard of living and human development index, lowest infant mortality, and highest life expectancy;

— that Libya’s oil wealth was used to provide generous social services, including free high-quality education and healthcare, as well as housing assistance and more;

— that Libya’s Tripoli-based state-owned central bank (replaced by the Benghazi-based HSBC Bank-run private one), financed low or no interest productive economic growth, free from IMF/World Bank/and/or other predatory lending agencies;

— that most Libyan tribes, including its largest, support Gaffafi; and

— most important leaving the war’s illegality unexplained, and why fought – never for humanitarian reasons or liberation.

Instead, numerous propaganda pieces left readers misinformed, in the dark, and unaware why America ever goes to war, let alone so often.

Kirkpatrick, Fahim, and Cowell headlined the lead August 22 story titled, “Qaddafi Son Taunts Rebels in Tripoli,” saying:

“The (short-lived) euphoria that followed the rebels’ triumphant march in Tripoli gave way to confusion, wariness and renewed fighting on Tuesday (as) loyalist units ‘stubbornly resisted rebel efforts to take control of the capital.”

In fact, without State TV and independent journalists able to report freely, what little information slipping out suggests no lost government control over areas earlier Times accounts said were in rebel hands.

Saying it, of course, doesn’t mean it’s so. In fact, Times writers repeatedly falsified events on the ground, shredding their credibility in the process.

This time, they had to admit that “the immediate aftermath of the lightning invasion was a vacuum of power (meaning no insurgent victory), with no cohesive rebel government in place and remnants of (Gaddafi’s) government still in evidence (read Libyans, not NATO in charge).

Other Times articles headlined:

“After Uprising, Rebels Face A Struggle for Unity,” reluctantly admitting destructive internal wrangling and rivalries.

“Rebels’ Assault on Tripoli Began With Careful Work,” providing a falsified account of what didn’t happen. It was a typical Times propaganda piece, so poorly done, in fact, writers Kirkpatrick and Myers should tell readers they’ll try to do better next time.

“Qaddafi’s Whereabouts Still a Mystery as Rumors Swirl,” bemoaning the fact that he’s very much alive, well, and supported by the vast majority of Libyans, many willing to fight to save him. Hardly a profile of a hated tyrant.

“For Obama, a Moment to Savor, if Briefly,” calling him for his involvement for months of planning and orchestrating naked aggression “a reluctant warrior.”

“Parallels Between Qaddafi and Hussein Raise Anxiety for Western Leaders,” stopping short of admitting Washington plans exploiting Libya like Iraq, Afghanistan and other imperial targets.

“The Scramble for Access to Libya’s Oil Wealth Begins,” omitting mention that Western powers want it privatized for themselves, excluding China and other non-NATO participants.

“Rebels’ Sudden Success Sends European Backers Scrambling,” leaving unexplained that Libya is NATO’s war. So-called “rebels” are merely hired hands, disposable, easily replaceable imperial tools.

“US Seeking Ways to Finance New Libyan Leaders,” again with no explanation that Washington stole Libya’s wealth, dispensing billions for its imperial ambitions.

“Journalists Kept in Hotel as Battle Rages Outside,” omitting who’s endangered and who isn’t.

True enough – bombing, strafing, and street fighting might claim anyone indiscriminately inside or outside the Rixos Hotel where most Western journalists stay, as well as fifth column fake ones, pretending to be what they’re not because they’re allied with NATO, supplying bombing coordinates and other intelligence.

In contrast, however, independent journalists are endangered because they’re targeted. Notably they include Mahdi Nazemroaya, Lizzie Phelan and Franklin Lamb, friends of this writer, doing responsible heroic work.

Others from Cuba, Telesur, and elsewhere are also at risk for reporting truthfully, unlike Times and other corporate media propagandists, disgracing themselves shamelessly.

On the ground, events remain fast-moving, chaotic, violent, unresolved, and far from NATO able to claim victory it hoped to achieve by early spring in a walkover.

Millions of Libyans have other ideas, old-fashinged ones like their sovereign right over their own country, unwilling to let imperial predators deny them.

Everyone should support that spirit proudly, denouncing Obama’s led NATO war, an imperial enterprise for conquest and plunder.

They should also avoid media liars, disgraceful guardians of power for their own self-interest.

A Final Comment

Growing numbers know what dominant media sources provide. They expect better from others they trust, notably Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now.

On August 22, it fell far short, hardly for the first time. Reporting on fast-moving Tripoli events, Al Jazeera’s Zeina Khodr was featured, reporting lies about anti-Gaddafi celebrations, saying:

“There’s a feeling of euphoria here. People are shouting, ‘We are free! Muammar Gaddafi has gone!’ The city is now in the hands of the opposition.”

In fact, it was fake footage produced in a Doha Qatar studio – made-for-media propaganda about a nation overwhelmingly pro-Gaddafi, many determined to resist to avoid NATO occupation. You’d never know it though from Democracy Now (DN), leaving an opposite impression.

DN also misreported the alleged capture of three Gaddafi sons, aired illegitimate Transitional National Council (TNC) head Mahmoud Jibril’s bogus victory message, then followed with International Red Cross spokesperson Robin Waudo and pro-NATO Professor Khaled Mattawa.

Conspicuously absent was one or more independent journalists, heroically reporting accurate facts and analysis of events and conditions on the ground. In fact, since conflict began last winter, what DN viewers and listeners most need to know isn’t reported.

It was true on March 29, 10 days after bombing began. DN featured Professor Juan Cole, a shameless NATO supporter, backing its illegal intervention, leaving unexplained reasons why.

Instead he said he “unabashedly cheer(ed) the ‘liberation’ movement on (and was) glad that the (Security Council) authorized intervention” to save Libyans “from being crushed.”

Omitting facts and real analysis, he expressed hateful anti-Gaddafi propaganda, calling NATO imperialism “a popular uprising.” Nor did he explain that SC Resolution 1973 authorizing a no-fly zone assured war, what a Pentagon commander openly admitted before it passed. Yet he shamelessly wrote on March 30, “If NATO needs me, I’m there.”

On August 22, he again appeared on DN, supporting NATO’s imperial lawlessness, displaying a profound ignorance and disdain for international law and right of sovereign people to govern their own affairs, free from imperial interlopers.

Instead he said “Libya, in a way, has reignited the flame of liberty in the Arab world. It’s given new hope, a new charge to people in Cairo, in Tunis, and certainly in Syria.” In fact, what’s ongoing is mirror opposite, an affront to people everywhere yearning to be free.

Shamelessly, Cole is like many other disreputable academics. However, being an alleged liberal intellectual makes it worse. It’s exacerbated by DN giving him air time in place of honest analysts viewers and listeners deserve.

So do consumers of all media, corporate or otherwise. Deserving and getting, however, diverge greatly at all times. Thankfully growing numbers understand and choose wisely. Maybe some day everyone will, or at least a majority large enough to matter.

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.



posted by Steve Lendman @ 12:57 AM 

Obama’s Wars on Humanity


Obama’s Wars on Humanity – by Stephen Lendman

America’s a poster child failed state, defined in a recent article as follows:

(1) An inability or unwillingness to protect its citizens from violence and other forms of harm.

(2) Its abrogation of rule of law standards.

(3) Its lawless belligerent pursuits.

(4) If nominal democracies, its policy deficiencies, exposing a serious democratic deficit.

Ignoring social and other homeland needs, America’s business is war, more war, imperial wars, defiantly heading the nation toward tyranny and ruin because of an addiction it can’t or won’t quit.

Immanuel Wallerstein believes America’s been “a fading global power since the 1970s, and the US response to the (9/11) terrorist attacks has accelerated this decline….the economic, political and military factors that contributed to US hegemony are the same factors that will inexorably produce the coming US decline.”

In other words, destructive policies aren’t sustainable. Sooner or later, disruptive change will end Washington’s dominance, hastened by multiple imperial wars. Whatever’s coming isn’t known, but America’s system won’t survive because unsustainable ones can’t endure.

It’s not a matter of if but when, how chaotic, disruptive, and/or violent. What’s happening in Libya and elsewhere belligerently will end America’s dominance other ways, perhaps by bankruptcy, ruin, or being shunned as a global pariah. It’s no exaggeration saying nations that live by the sword die by it one way or other.

On August 15, Wallerstein addressed “The World Consequences of US Decline,” saying:

“A decade ago….condescending smiles” greeted his view about America’s declining “world-system.” Today, however, believing “the United States has declined, has seriously declined, is a banality. Everyone is saying it,” except a few diehard politicians unwilling to face reality.

What’s not discussed are the consequences. Wallerstein cites “economic roots” very much related to out-of-control military ones he doesn’t address, instead focusing on “loss of a quasi-monopoly of geopolitical power.” Its waning “has major political consequences everywhere.”

Peruvian economist Oscar Ugarteche called America a “banana republic” because it chose “the policy of the ostrich, hoping thereby not to scare away hopes (for improvement).”

Wallerstein mentioned a recent South American finance ministers meeting, “discussing urgently how best to insulate (themselves) from the effects of US economic decline.”

It’s not easy because the dominant world economy affects others for better or worse. Blame America’s duopoly, compounding bad policies with destructive ones, especially an addiction to war, multiple ones for global dominance that sooner or later will doom it.

Things economic, military and political are interrelated. Together they made America “one of the least stable political entities in the world-system. This makes the United States not only a country whose political struggles are dysfunctional, but one unable to wield much real power on the world scene,” yet belligerently tries to do it.

As a result, Wallerstein believes it’s essential over the next two or three decades “to create a better world-system than the one” we’re now stuck with, provided humanity survives long enough to do it.

America’s Libya war is symptomatic. Aside from its resources and material wealth, demographically its size is less than metropolitan Chicago, considerably less, in fact.

As a result, it should have been a military walkover but wasn’t and may not be now, given mass Libyan resistance to imperial control.

Moreover, why attack at all when other ways achieve geopolitical objectives according to law, without unaffordable expense, as well as not alienating other nations in the process, notably China, Russia, perhaps Brazil, India and others.

As a result, increasingly Washington is seen as an out-of-control menace. Some nations may wonder if they’re next. Americans should ask why their needs are neglected, and people everywhere should demand protection against rogue force this destructive, flexing its muscle because it can.

In his book Rogue State, William Blum estimated America tried to overthrow at least 40 foreign regimes since 1945. It also exhibits another rogue characteristic, having the word’s most destructive arsenal, including various type WMDs, besides a military establishment dwarfing all others, and an out-of-control addiction to use it.

It’s also an outlaw state, trashing international law, global treaties and conventions. Choosing military solutions often as a first option, it exhibits classic sociopathic or psychotic symptoms, unable to engage other nations constructively, notably ones it doesn’t control.

As a result, it doesn’t negotiate. It demands, and when checked responds belligerently like a street bully, picking easy targets of lesser size, strength and ability to strike back.

America is a global bully, a rogue state marauder, terrorizing humanity because it can, waging permanent wars in lieu of other ways.

Imagine, America’s been at war with North Korea since June 1950. The July 1953 armistice ended hostilities, leaving a cold unresolved standoff.

Moreover, a cold war raged with Cuba for over 50 years, interrupted briefly by the failed April 1961 Bay of Pigs failure to oust Castro. He’s 85 years old and still around, a legend in his own time, surviving everything America threw at him short of war.

As a result, he’s an inspiration for other leaders to go their own way like he did even though some tried and failed.

He also deplores America’s imperial wars, very much subscribing to the maxim that there never was a good war or bad peace. America’s opposite predilection is ruinous.

Yet policy makers don’t envision or alarm themselves about pursuing unsustainable destructive policies, highlighted by attacking Libya, a small nonbelligerent state, threatening no other, eager to get along.

The injustice is glaring, especially since NATO doesn’t plan liberating Libyans. Persecution and exploitation are coming if killing and destruction end successfully, what Libyans can’t ever stop contesting to be free.

On August 17, the London Guardian quoted former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev saying:

“Stop the bombing. Stop the killing. Stop the destruction. It’s degenerated into killing people and destruction, and I think this is really defiance. It’s defiant behavior.”

Let’s go to the United Nations and discuss whether the current policy is acceptable. I say no. Poor democracy. Under the flag of democracy all kinds of things are done.”

Often, it’s lawless, ruinous, lethal, roguish, and through the barrel of a gun, not good faith efforts for peace, social justice, good will and fairness.

A Final Comment

Libya’s conflict is far from over. Webster Tarpley calls events playing out “a carefully cynically planned military operation by the NATO high command, the US playing a very important role in it.” In fact, it’s the lead role in all NATO wars. Washington doesn’t take orders. It gives them.

At issue now is mid-September when the UN resolution authorizing continuing operations runs out. Without it, junior partner nations will have a hard time participating. As a result, “there’s a hysterical attempt by NATO to put an end to this.”

It’s why they’re “carpet bombing civilians with no concern about casualties,” just a rage to get it over with, including with Apache helicopters, machine-gunning civilians in streets.

At the same time, a humanitarian crisis is developing, one of many atrocities airbrushed from major media reports.

Post-mid-September, Tarpley sees continued conflict under occupation if NATO prevails. Gaddafi’s social and broader agenda was considered “an ideological threat” to be removed.

Notably, America’s Marines’ Hymn begins with the lines, “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli.” If terror bombing and strafing support alone aren’t enough, perhaps America’s marines will return for the first time in over 200 years.

It’s one of many obstacles Libyans may have to contest to be free. Achieving it often extracts a great price. Hopefully, they’re up to the task for as long as it takes. The alternative is too intolerable to accept.

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.



posted by Steve Lendman @ 12:44 AM 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

NATO’s Planned Bloodbath in Tripoli


NATO’S Planned Bloodbath In Tripoli – by Stephen Lendman

NATO intends to get the bloodbath it wants through intensified terror bombing and low-level strafing of civilians and nonmilitary sites.

No matter that it grossly violates international and constitutional law, what Washington-led member states long ago trashed.

Through August 22, air operations included 19,877 sorties and 7,505 strike ones, with no elaboration of their intensity or deadliness. What is known is that powerful, high-explosive munitions are used, able to cause deadly force casualties and destruction.

In recent days, strikes intensified. Without them, rebels would disintegrate and collapse. Most of them are little more than ragtag mercenary hooligans, imperial tools, used for what won’t benefit them.

It’s largely true of all wars, especially America’s waged for conquest, dominance, plunder and exploitation, never for democracy or humanitarian reasons Washington doesn’t give a damn about and never did.

NATO is no different. Established in April 1949, a previous article said it calls itself a “political and military alliance for peace and security.”

In fact, it was more for offense than defense. Cold War hysteria was contrived to incite fear and assure an arms race for corporate enrichment. Napoleon once said, “Men are moved by two levers only: fear and self-interest.”

Until the Soviet Union dissolved, communism was the alleged enemy. Today it’s terrorism, as bogus now as then. Both, however, were used for hugely profitable imperial wars from Korea to Libya to numerous proxy ones, as well as trillions of dollars for military readiness – in fact, scandalous amounts in America without enemies for justification since WW II.

Strategically intervening under US control, NATO, in fact, threatens world peace and human survival. In November 2010, Robert Griffiths, general secretary of Britain’s Communist Party (CPB) said:

Under NATO, “(a) global military and reconnaissance infrastructure is being created to support US, British and western European big business interests, especially energy, financial and armaments monopolies.” What began “as a cold war provocation against a non-existent Soviet threat (now) invent(s) or exaggerat(es) threats from so-called failed or rogue states, Islamic fundamentalism and cyber-terrorism.”

Petre Ignat, general secretary of the New Communist Party of Romania, called for NATO’s disbandment, saying:

“We cannot and will not recognize such a murderous alliance, with such a horrible track record….which includes the murder of thousands of innocent civilians in places like Bosnia, Yugoslavia and Afghanistan. We cannot and will not recognize an alliance which, through its aggressive policy of expanding East and setting up new military bases there, through its gross interference in other countries’ internal affairs, through its gross violation of international law, can only increase the likelihood of an inter-imperialist war between Western imperialism and emerging capitalist powers, like Russia.”

Its original member countries included America, the five (1948) Treaty of Brussels states (Britain, France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), Canada, Portugal, Italy, Denmark and Iceland. It’s now expanded to 28 states and dozens of partners, threatening world peace and stability.

Membership, however, is a bonanza for Western and Israeli weapons industries as current members and entering states must maintain modern arsenals to state-of-the art readiness, despite no enemies except ones Washington creates to wage wars.

Today, Libya is Exhibit A for NATO lawlessness, attacking a nonbelligerent country for colonization, dominance and plunder, not liberation. Libyans resolve to resist, doing what they can despite ferocious air attacks.

On August 22, government spokesman Musa Ibrahim said Sunday casualties included 1,300 killed, another 5,000 or more wounded. Local hospitals can’t keep up, yet casualties mount as street fighting continues.

The Australian AP quoted Hugo Chavez denouncing NATO’s war, saying:

Western powers are “destroying Tripoli with their bombs,” while street clashes continue. He added that bombs are “falling on schools, hospitals, workplaces, and farmland.”

“Let’s pray to God for the Libyan people….They’re practically demolishing Tripoli with their bombs” to take over another country. “It’s the excuse to intervene and seize (it) and its riches.”

Independent journalists on the ground are threatened and targeted. They’ve also been confined to their hotel, knowing exposure risks being shot by snipers. They’re marked men and women, making it essential they get help to leave. It’s too unsafe to stay.

In a morning email, Lizzie Phelan said:

“I am extremely exhausted, confused, a little scared, and I was feeling a little nervous about making the necessary political points (on Press TV live with this writer Monday morning) because of the present situation.”

Nonetheless, she felt buoyed being on air with a friend and supporter. She called it “massively reassuring and a timely reminder amidst my exhaustion of what we are fighting for.”

She also highlighted the death and injury toll. In the past two days alone, it surpassed Israel’s three-week Cast Lead slaughter. Moreover, much more is likely, besides the last six months toll, ravaging populated Libyan areas without letup.

What greater reason to indict NATO as a killing machine, a destructive US-led evil force everyone needs to understand, condemn, and struggle to abolish.

As long as this monster exists, no one anywhere is safe!

On August 21, Voltaire Network’s Thierry Meyssan headlined, “NATO carnage in Tripoli,” reporting on what he witnessed firsthand, saying:

On August 20, NATO launched “Operation Mermaid Dawn.”

“The Sirens were the mosque loud speakers which were used to launch Al Qaeda’s call to revolt against the Gaddafi government. Immediately ‘sleeper cells’ went into action. Organized in small, highly mobile, groups, they carried out multiple attacks.”

The overnight toll left about 350 killed, another 3,000 wounded. Early Sunday, conditions stabilized ahead of greater evening violence, supported by NATO drones, other aircraft, and “helicopters straf(ing) civilians in the streets with machine guns to clear the way for the jihadis.”

Ahead of the attacks, “a NATO warship….anchored just off the shore of Tripoli, delivering heavy weapons and debarking Al Qaeda jihadi forces, which were led by NATO officers.”

The Rixos hotel where Meyssan, other independent journalists, and Western ones stay came “under heavy fire.” By evening, another 1,300 dead and 5,000 wounded were reported. The toll keeps mounting.

UN Resolution 1973 empowering NATO to protect Libyans, in fact, facilitated their slaughter.

Heavy fighting is reported in Tripoli. Independent journalists are threatened with death, supported by NATO and rogue Western journalists. They’re known, so if exposed outside, they face execution. Mahdi Nazemroaya had a near miss. Franklin Lamb was wounded in the leg. He’s OK and recovering.

Nazemroaya said he “was putting up a sign on top of (his) hotel. (He) took the initiative to do that and write ‘Press’ (on it) – and a sniper shot at” him.

Other than during NATO bombing and strafing, he believes Libyans will fight to defend their country. The possibility of being NATO ruled is too intolerable to accept.

It’s an exploitive killing machine, wanting Libyans exploited, not liberated. At 5PM Monday Tripoli time, Franklin Lamb told Press TV that large explosions were heard nearby, likely 1,000-pound bombs, he believed.

On August 22, Nazemroaya’s Global Research.ca article headlined, “Western Media Complicit in NATO’s ‘Humanitarian Bloodbath,’ ” saying:

He and other foreign journalists are trapped in their hotel “as practically all the staff and security personnel have run for their lives.”

Calling the situation “critical,” he expected “the next several hours (to) be decisive.”

Despite ongoing intense NATO bombing and strafing civilians, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon brazenly called conditions in Libya “a hopeful moment,” shamelessly calling on Gaddafi to cease fighting and surrender.

A NATO tool, he opposes his right of self-defense, adding that he’ll tried by the International Criminal Court. In fact, it’s an imperial tribunal, a hanging one, convicting by accusation. At the same time, it absolves Western war criminals entirely, solely targeting their victims.

Nazemroaya said NATO’s using “Yugoslavian” tactics against Libya, “bombing out military and civil infrastructure to clear the way for the rebels.”

“NATO (heavy bombing and strafing) did all the work here….and their leaders must be help accountable as war criminals for killing civilians.”

At the same time, Washington and its NATO partners turn a blind eye to atrocities in Bahrain, Egypt under military junta rule, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, other pro-Western rogue states, and Israel’s crimes of war and against humanity against Palestinians.

Nazemroaya and other independent journalists are endangered. As a result, they need exit help to leave. Their lives are literally on the line.

He said “(t)wo of Gaddafi’s sons have been arrested with some reports suggesting the leader himself is in a specialist cardiac unit in a town 14 kilometers east of (Tripoli). Following a night of chaos in the capital, crowds have gathered in the city’s central square waving revolutionary flags.”

On Sunday, Gaddafi appealed to Libyans to deter the rebel offensive, saying:

“It is the obligation of all Libyans. It is a question of life or death.”

He’s made past similar appeals. It bears observing. At most, hundreds of insurgents (as few perhaps as three or four hundred) now terrorize Tripoli because of heavy NATO support. Without it, they’d be easily routed.

The situation remains chaotic, violent and fluid. Events are fast-moving. What appears one way can shift quickly to another.

Moreover, Gaddafi isn’t at issue. Libyans will decide their fate, not him, TNC turncoats, insurgents, or NATO, though a long liberation struggle may lie ahead.

Nonetheless, a shameless August 22 White House statement said:

“The people of Libya are showing that the universal pursuit of dignity and freedom is far stronger than the iron fist of a dictator.”

In fact, if justice prevailed, Obama, Cameron, Sarkozy, and other NATO war criminals would face international court prosecutions for waging war against humanity.

Ongoing ruthlessly for over six months against Libyans alone, it rages lawlessly out of control because justice humanity cries for is denied.

Unless gotten, people everywhere won’t be free. The stakes are that high.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net



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