Washington Post Whitewashes Al Qaeda War Criminals20/07/2011 00:25
By Tony Cartalucci - BLN Contributing Writer
The so-called Libyan "rebels" are on record having been funded and supported for nearly 3 decades by the United States and Britain in their bid to oust Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. The most recent rebellion after decades of terrorist campaigns, was literally directed out of both Washington and London via the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, with opposition leader Ibrahim Sahad pleading for foreign intervention against Qaddafi while sitting directly in front of the White House.
Since the UN Security Council's resolution (r.1973), NATO led by the US, UK, and France have ignominiously violated it by providing weapons to Libyan rebels and targeting the Libyan government, not to protect civilians as directed by r.1973, but for the expressed purpose of toppling Qaddafi from power.
During the months-long intervention, the very accused atrocities supposedly carried out by Qaddafi and the Libyan military have been in fact documented amongst the rebels, according to the New York Times. This includes brutalizing captured suspects, the use of child soldiers, the deployment of landmines and indiscriminate "Grad" rockets. More alarming is the fact that the Libyan rebels themselves admit to being the battle hardened foreign Al Qaeda forces long plaguing US troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan with Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, according to the London Telegraph, himself having "earlier fought against "the foreign invasion" in Afghanistan, before being captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan." Hasidi was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before his release in 2008.
Quite obviously the Libyan rebels are not the indigenous, pro-democracy, fighters for freedom we are made to believe. However, a recent Washington Post article tells a baseless tale of reluctant rebel fighters, sickened by the sight of blood, and hampered by concerns of "families in the way" on the road to Tripoli that is so ludicrous the Post's credibility as a journalistic source can safely be resigned as non-existent.
The article titled, "Among Libyan rebels, reluctant warriors," is quite obviously not news - rather a point-by-point rebuttal to concerns raised over America's involvement with the Libyan rebels that are now heightened since Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has recognized them as the "legitimate government" of Libya. The rebuttal is told through the words of alleged Libyan rebels who may or may not even exist, and begins with, "as armed rebellions go, the enthusiastic revolutionaries here in Libya’s western mountains are amateurs, many schooled in battle from playing video games. They confess they sometimes fire their rifles over the heads of their enemies because they don’t like the sight of blood." This after a Human Rights Watch report, confirmed by defacto rebel "prime minister" Mahmoud Jibril, indicated that towns seized by these very rebel forces underwent ethnic motivated violence, looting, beatings, detainments, and other abuses including shooting off rival tribesmen's feet.
The Washington Post goes on to assert that “there are too many families in the way,” as to why Libya's rebels have taken so long to reach Tripoli. The Post article continues by claiming, "some days, it seems that half of the rebel leaders are engineers — and the other half are schoolteachers." "We are good Muslims, not crazy Muslims,” states an alleged rebel who the Washington Post claims was educated in Edinburgh, Scotland. The piece then states, "the rebels are not anti-American," apparently indifferent or ignorant of the US Army West Point report that concluded the second largest contributor (after Saudi Arabia) to foreign fighters killing US soldiers in Iraq came from Libya's Benghazi, Darna, and Tobruk areas, the heart of Libya's current rebellion.
The Post then quotes another alleged rebel who states in regards to the type of government he'd like to see after Qaddafi steps down, “first, we want a country of love, where all are equal, all the same. We all say these things: We want justice, democracy and freedom, no arguments, no problems, okay?” Again the Post conveniently side-steps and attempts to excuse a torrent of reports coming out of both east and west Libya indicating racial and ethnic violence as the primary motivation behind the recent unrest.
Millions of Iraqis, Afghans, Pakistanis, Somalians, and Yemenis have died, been maimed, displaced, or otherwise affected by the so-called "global war on terror." Thousands of brave, dedicated, but misled US troops have given their lives for what now amounts to a total hoax. The very same, exact men the US spent trillions of dollars and thousands of American lives fighting in Iraq are now receiving US air support, French and Qatari arms, recognition from the US State Department, and poised to receive billions in aid for their cause. In other words, the West is now bolstering an army of terrorists it just spent 10 years fighting. This literally means the US State Department, the French and Qatari governments, along with supporting propagandists like the Washington Post are guilty of conspiring and providing material support for terrorists. Reckless mass murder with absolute abandon for even a plausible excuse for committing such murder illustrates the audacity of a ruling elite insane with power, wealth, and an utterly self-serving agenda.
It should be clear now that such a ruling elite will not stop on its own accord and that it is up to the very people who have built it up through their complicity and apathy to now bring it to an end. People must recognize who these elite are, the corporations and organizations through which they propel their agenda and we must then commit to a full-spectrum boycott of these corporations and organizations. Furthermore, we must replace on a local level the responsibilities currently meted out to these dysfunctional megalomaniacs.