[News] Libya - It Doesnt Matter to Them If Its Untrue. Its a Higher Truth.
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The Anti-Empire Report
It Doesnt Matter to Them If Its Untrue. Its a Higher Truth.
by WILLIAM BLUM
We came, we saw, he died.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton,
giggling, as she spoke of the depraved murder of Moammar Gaddafi
Imagine Osama bin Laden or some other Islamic
leader speaking of 9-11: We came, we saw, 3,000 died
Clinton and her partners-in-crime in NATO can
also have a good laugh at how they deceived the
world. The destruction of Libya, the reduction of
a modern welfare state to piles of rubble, to
ghost towns, the murder of thousands
tragedy was the culmination of a series of
falsehoods spread by the Libyan rebels, the
Western powers, and Qatar (through its television
station, al-Jazeera) from the declared
imminence of a bloodbath in rebel-held Benghazi
if the West didnt intervene to stories of
government helicopter-gunships and airplanes
spraying gunfire onto large numbers of civilians
to tales of Viagra-induced mass rapes by
Gaddafis army. (This last fable was proclaimed
at the United Nations by the U.S. Ambassador, as
if young soldiers needed Viagra to get it up!)
The New York Times (March 22) observed:
the rebels feel no loyalty to the truth in
shaping their propaganda, claiming nonexistent
battlefield victories, asserting they were still
fighting in a key city days after it fell to
Qaddafi forces, and making vastly inflated claims of his barbaric behavior.
The Los Angeles Times (April 7) added this about the rebels media operation:
Its not exactly fair and balanced media. In
fact, as [its editor] helpfully pointed out,
there are four inviolate rules of coverage on the
two rebel radio stations, TV station and newspaper:
No pro-[Qaddafi] reportage or commentary
No mention of a civil war. (The Libyan
people, east and west, are unified in a war against a totalitarian regime.)
No discussion of tribes or tribalism. (There is only one tribe: Libya.)
No references to Al Qaeda or Islamic
extremism. (Thats [Qaddafi's] propaganda.)
The Libyan government undoubtedly spouted its
share of misinformation, but it was the rebels
trail of lies, both of omission and commission,
which was used by the UN Security Council to
justify its vote for humanitarian intervention;
followed in Act Three by unrelenting NATO/US
bombs and drone missiles, day after day, week
after week, month after month; you cant get much
more humanitarian than that. If the people of
Libya prior to the NATO/US bombardment had been
offered a referendum on it, can it be imagined
that they would have endorsed it?
In fact, it appears rather likely that a majority
of Libyans supported Gaddafi. How else could the
government have held off the most powerful
military forces in the world for more than seven
months? Before NATO and the US laid waste to the
land, Libya had the highest life expectancy,
lowest infant mortality, and highest UN Human
Development Index in Africa. During the first few
months of the civil war, giant rallies were held
in support of the Libyan leader.
For further discussion of why Libyans may have
been motivated to support Gaddafi, have a look at this video.
If Gaddafi had been less oppressive of his
political opposition over the years and had made
some gestures of accommodation to them during the
Arab Spring, the benevolent side of his regime
might still be keeping him in power, although the
world has plentiful evidence making it plain that
the Western powers are not concerned about
political oppression except to use it as an
excuse for intervention when they want to;
indeed, government files seized in Tripoli during
the fighting show that the CIA and British
intelligence worked with the Libyan government in
tracking down dissidents, turning them over to
Libya, and taking part in interrogations.
In any event, many of the rebels had a religious
motive for opposing the government and played
dominant roles within the rebel army; previously
a number of them had fought against the United
States in Afghanistan and Iraq. The new Libyan
regime promptly announced that Islamic sharia law
would be the basic source of legislation, and
laws that contradict the teachings of Islam
would be nullified; there would also be a
reinstitution of polygamy; the Muslim holy book,
the Quran, allows men up to four wives.
Thus, just as in Afghanistan in the 1980-90s, the
United States has supported Islamic militants
fighting against a secular government. The
American government has imprisoned many people as
terrorists in the United States for a lot less.
What began in Libya as normal civil war
violence from both sides repeated before and
since by the governments of Egypt, Yemen,
Bahrain, and Syria without any Western military
intervention at all (the US actually continues to
arm the Bahrain and Yemen regimes) was
transformed by the Western propaganda machine
into a serious Gaddafi genocide of innocent
Libyans. Addressing the validity of this very key
issue is another video, Humanitarian War in
Libya: There is no evidence. The main feature of
the film is an interview with Soliman
Bouchuiguir, Secretary-General, and one of the
founders in 1989, of the Libyan League for Human
Rights, perhaps the leading Libyan dissident group, in exile in Switzerland.
Bouchuiguir is asked several times if he can
document various charges made against the Libyan
leader. Where is the proof of the many rapes? The
many other alleged atrocities? The more than
6,000 civilians alleged killed by Gaddafis
planes? Again and again Bouchuiguir cites the
National Transitional Council as the source. Yes,
thats the rebels who carried out the civil war
in conjunction with the NATO/US forces. At other
times Bouchuiguir speaks of eyewitnesses:
little girls, boys who were there, whose
families we know personally. After awhile, he
declares that there is no way to document these
things. This is probably true to some extent, but
why, then, the UN Security Council resolution for
a military intervention in Libya? Why almost eight months of bombing?
Bouchuiguir also mentions his organizations
working with the National Endowment for Democracy
in their effort against Gaddafi, and one has to
wonder if the man has any idea that the NED was
founded to be a front for the CIA. Literally.
Another source of charges against Gaddafi and his
sons has been the International Criminal Court.
The Courts Chief Prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo,
is shown in this film at a news conference
discussing the same question of proof of the
charges. He refers to an ICC document of 77 pages
which he says contains the evidence. The film
displays the documents Table of Contents, which
shows that pages 17-71 are not available to the
public; these pages, apparently the ones
containing the testimony and evidence, are marked
as redacted. In an appendix, the ICC report
lists its news sources; these include Fox News,
CNN, the CIA, Soliman Bouchuiguir, and the Libyan
League for Human Rights. Earlier, the film had
presented Bouchuiguir citing the ICC as one of
his sources. The documentation is thus a closed circle.
Historical footnote: Aerial bombing of civilians
was pioneered by the Italians in Libya in 1911,
perfected by the British in Iraq in 1920 and used
by the French in 1925 to level whole quarters of
Syrian cities. Home demolitions, collective
punishment, summary execution, detention without
trial, routine torture these were the weapons
of Europes takeover in the Mideast.
The worldwide eternal belief that American
foreign policy has a good side that can be appealed to
On April 6, 2011 Moammar Gaddafi wrote a letter
to President Obama, in which he said: We have
been hurt more morally than physically because of
what had happened against us in both deeds and
words by you. Despite all this you will always
remain our son whatever happened.
Our dear son,
Excellency, Baraka Hussein Abu Oubama, your
intervention in the name of the U.S.A. is a must,
so that Nato would withdraw finally from the Libyan affair.7
Before the American invasion in March 2003, Iraq
tried to negotiate a peace deal with the United
States. Iraqi officials, including the chief of
the Iraqi Intelligence Service, wanted Washington
to know that Iraq no longer had weapons of mass
destruction and offered to allow American troops
and experts to conduct a search; they also
offered full support for any US plan in the
Arab-Israeli peace process, and to hand over a
man accused of being involved in the World Trade
Center bombing in 1993. If this is about oil,
they added, they would also talk about US oil
. Then came shock and awe!
In 2002, before the coup in Venezuela that
briefly ousted Hugo Chávez, some of the plotters
went to Washington to get a green light from the
Bush administration. Chávez learned of this visit
and was so distressed by it that he sent
officials from his government to plead his own
case in Washington. The success of this endeavor
can be judged by the fact that the coup took place shortly thereafter.
In 1994, it was reported that the leader of the
Zapatista rebels in Mexico, Subcommander Marcos,
said that he expects the United States to
support the Zapatistas once US intelligence
agencies are convinced the movement is not
influenced by Cubans or Russians. Finally,
Marcos said, they are going to conclude that
this is a Mexican problem, with just and true
causes. Yet for many years, the United States
provided the Mexican military with all the
training and tools needed to crush the Zapatistas.
The Guatemalan foreign minister in 1954, Cheddi
Jagan of British Guiana in 1961, and Maurice
Bishop of Grenada in 1983 all made their appeals
to Washington to be left in peace. The
governments of all three countries were overthrown by the United States.
In 1945 and 1946, Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh,
a genuine admirer of America and the Declaration
of Independence, wrote at least eight letters to
President Harry Truman and the State Department
asking for Americas help in winning Vietnamese
independence from the French. He wrote that world
peace was being endangered by French efforts to
reconquer Indochina and he requested that the
four powers (US, USSR, China, and Great Britain)
intervene in order to mediate a fair settlement
and bring the Indochinese issue before the United
Nations. Ho Chi Minh received no reply. He was,
after all, some sort of communist.
Imagine that the vicious police attack of October
25 on the Occupy Oakland encampment had taken
place in Iran or Cuba or Venezuela or in any
other ODE (Officially Designated Enemy)
One Righteous Indignation with Shocking Photos.
But heres the Washington Post the next day: A
three-inch story on page three with a headline:
Protesters wearing out their welcome
nationwide; no mention of the Iraqi veteran left
unconscious from a police projectile making
contact with his head; as to photos: just one
an Oakland police officer petting a cat that was left behind by the protesters.
And heres TV comedian Jay Leno the same night as
the police attack in Oakland: They say Moammar
Gaddafi may have been one of the richest men in
200 billion dollars. With all of the
billions he had, he spent very little on
education or health care for his country. So I guess he was a Republican.
The object of Lenos humor was of course the
Republicans, but it served the cause of further
demonizing Gaddafi and thus adding to the
justification of Americas murderous attack on
Libya. If I had been one of Lenos guests sitting
there, I would have turned to the audience and
said: Listen people, under Gaddafi health care
and education were completely free. Wouldnt you like to have that here?
I think that enough people in the audience would
have applauded or shouted to force Leno to back
off a bit from his indoctrinated, mindless remark.
And just for the record, the 200 billion dollars
is not money found in Gaddafis personal bank
accounts anywhere in the world, but money
belonging to the Libyan state. But why quibble?
Theres no business like show business.
The Iraqi Lullabye
On February 17, 2003, a month before the US
bombing of Iraq began, I posted to the Internet
an essay entitled What Do the Imperial Mafia
Really Want? concerning the expected war.
Included in this were the words of Michael
Ledeen, former Reagan official, then at the
American Enterprise Institute, which was one of
the leading drum-beaters for attacking Iraq:
If we just let our own vision of the world go
forth, and we embrace it entirely, and we dont
try to be clever and piece together clever
diplomatic solutions to this thing, but just wage
a total war against these tyrants, I think we
will do very well, and our children will sing
great songs about us years from now.
After a year of the tragic farce that was the
American intervention in Iraq I could not resist.
I sent Mr. Ledeen an email reminding him of his
words and saying simply: Id like to ask you
what songs your children are singing these days.
I received no reply.
Has there ever been an empire that didnt tell
itself and the world that it was unlike all other
empires, that its mission was not to plunder and
control but to enlighten and liberate?
WILLIAM BLUM is the author of Killing Hope: U.S.
Military and CIA Interventions Since World War
II, Rogue State: a guide to the Worlds Only
Super Power. and West-Bloc Dissident: a Cold War
Political Memoir. He can be reached at: <mailto:BBlum6 at aol.com>BBlum6 at aol.com
522 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
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