Libya war lies worse than Iraq

ASMARA, Eritrea—The lies used to justify the NATO war against Libya have surpassed those created to justify the invasion of Iraq. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch both had honest observers on the ground for months following the rebellion in eastern Libya and both have repudiated every major charge used to justify the NATO war on Libya.

According to the Amnesty observer, who is fluent in Arabic, there is not one confirmed instance of rape by the pro-Gadaffi fighters, not even a doctor who knew of one. All the Viagra mass rape stories were fabrications.

Amnesty could not verify a single “African mercenary” fighting for Gaddafi story, and the highly charged international satellite television accounts of African mercenaries raping women that were used to panic much of the eastern Libyan population into fleeing their homes were fabrications.

There were no confirmed accounts of helicopter gunships attacking civilians and no jet fighters bombing people, which completely invalidates any justification for the No-Fly Zone inSecurity Council resolution used as an excuse for NATO to launch its attacks on Libya.

After three months on the ground in rebel-controlled territory, the Amnesty investigator could only confirm 110 deaths in Benghazi which included Gadaffi supporters.

Only 110 dead in Benghazi? Wait a minute, we were told thousands had died there, ten thousand even. No, only 110 lost their lives including pro-government people.

No rapes, no African mercenaries, no helicopter gunships or bombers, and only 110 deaths prior to the launch of the NATO bombing campaign; every claim was based on a lie.

Today, according to the Libyan Red Crescent Society, over 1,100 civilians have been killed by NATO bombs, including over 400 women and children. Over 6,000 Libyan civilians have been injured or wounded by the bombing, many very seriously.

Compared to the war on Iraq, these numbers are tiny, but the reasons for the Libyan war have no merit in any form.

Saddam Hussein was evil, he invaded his neighbors in wars that killed up to a million. He used weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the form of poison gas on both his neighbors and his own people, killing tens of thousands. He was brutal and corrupt and when American tanks rolled into Iraq, the Iraqi people refused to fight for him, simply putting down their weapons and going home.

Libya under Col. Gadaffi hasn’t invaded their neighbors. Gadaffi never used WMD on anyone, let alone his own people. As for Gadaffi being brutal, in Libya’s neighbor, Algeria, the Algerian military fought a counterinsurgency for a decade in the 1990s that witnessed the deaths of some 200,000 Algerians. Now that is brutal and nothing anywhere near this has happened in Libya.

In Egypt and Tunisia, Western puppets like Mubarak and Ben Ali had almost no support amongst their people with few, if any, willing to fight and die to defend them.

The majority of the Libyan people are rallying behind the Libyan government and “the leader,” Muammar Gadaffi, with over one million people demonstrating in support on July 1 in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. Thousands of Libyan youth are on the front lines fighting the rebels and ,despite thousands of NATO air strikes, authentic journalists on the ground in western Libya report their morale remains high.

In Egypt, the popular explosion that resulted in the army seizing power from Mubarak began in the very poorest neighborhoods in Cairo and other Egyptian cities where the price of basic food items, like bread, sugar and cooking oil, had skyrocketed and led to widespread hunger. In many parts of Egypt’s poor neighborhoods, gasoline/benzene is easier to find then clean drinking water. Medical care and education is only for those with the money to pay for it. Life for the people of Tunisia is not that much better.

In contrast, the Libyan people have the longest life expectancy in the Arab world. The Libyan people have the best, free public health system in the Arab world. The Libyan people have the best, free public education system in the Arab world. Most Libyan families own their own home and most Libyan families own their own automobile. Libya is so much better off than its neighbors that every year tens of thousands of Egyptians and Tunisians migrated to Libya to earn money to feed their families, doing the dirty work the Libyan people refused to do.

When it comes to how Gadaffi oversaw a dramatic rise in the standard of living for the Libyan people, despite decades of UN inSecurity Council sanctions against the Libyan economy, honest observers acknowledge that Gadaffi stands head and shoulders above the kings, sheiks, emirs and various dictators who rule the rest of the Arab world.

So why did NATO launch this war against Libya?

First of all, Gadaffi was on the verge of creating a new banking system that was going to put the IMF, World Bank and assorted other Western banksters out of business in Africa. No more predatory Western loans used to cripple African economies, instead, a $42 billion dollar African Investment Bank would be supplying major loans at little or even zero interest rates.

LIbya has funded major infrastructure projects across Africa that have begun to link up African economies and break the perpetual dependency on the Western countries for imports have been taking place. Here in Eritrea the new road connecting Eritrea and Sudan is just one small example.

What seems to have finally tipped the balance in favor of direct Western military intervention was the reported demand by Gadaffi that the USA oil companies, which have long been major players in the Libyan petroleum industry, were going to have to compensate Libya to the tune of tens of billions of dollars for the damage done to the Libyan economy by the USA instigated “Lockerbie Bombing” sanctions imposed by the UN inSecurity Council throughout the 1990s into early 2000s. This is based on the unearthing of evidence that the CIA paid millions of dollars to witnesses in the Lockerbie Bombing trial to change their stories to implicate Libya which was used as the basis for the very damaging UN sanctions against Libya. The government of the USA lied and damaged Libya so the USA oil companies were going to have to pay up to cover the cost of their government’s actions. Not hard to see why Gadaffi had to go, is it?

Add the fact that Gadaffi had signaled clearly that he saw both Libya’s and Africa’s future economic development linked more to China and Russia rather than the west and it was just a matter of time before the CIA’s contingency plan to overthrow the Libyan government was put on the front burner.

NATO’s war against Libya has much more in common with NATO’s Kosovo war against Serbia. But one still cannot compare Gadaffi to Saddam or even the much smaller criminals in the Serbian leadership. The Libyan War lies are worse than Iraq.

Stay tuned to Inteprid Report for more news that the so-called free press in the West refuses to cover.

Thomas C. Mountain is the only independent western journalist in the Horn of Africa, living and reporting from Eritrea since 2006. He was a member of the 1st US Peace Delegation to Libya in 1987.

24 Responses to Libya war lies worse than Iraq

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  2. Anne Williamson

    Thank you for this illuminating report. The assault on Libya and on Ghaddafi is yet another great US-inspired crime…Ghadaffi has a good record in attempting to develop his country if people would only look – but they stupidly prefer to believe that a bloody-handed, power-monger like Hitlery Clinton and her cohort/boss, Obamaboon, actually care more about the Libyan people than Ghaddafi does!

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  4. Besides the mindless replication of Gaddafi propaganda (‘Million march’, ‘high standart of living’ ‘african investment bank’), there are many errors in this report.

    - Gaddafi did invaded Chad and his army involved in several conflicts in africa.

    - The claim that thousands of civilians were killed at the beginning was never made by Nato but by some rebels. It was clear that these numbers were exaggerated back then too.

    - Nonetheless, Gaddafi used Helicopters and Bombers until the no-fly zone was introduced by Nato.

    - So Gaddafi is ‘only a little’ brutal? What about the 1,200 prisoners killed in 1996, for instance?

  5. Completely what I suspected already. Gaddafi has been listening to his heart since decades. No wonder Hugo Chavez likes him, no wonder the vast majority of his people like him. Unfortunately almost 100% of western media have to print lies and obfuscations in order to maximize the loot and profit of the “rulers of the world”. And unfortunately the majority of westerners have not enough intuition yet to notice the difference between truth and manipulation. But that is changing fast now. Soon more than half the people in the world will be able to feel what is a lie.

  6. Cathal Spelman

    That’s more lies from the CIA. When will it end. Looks like Ghaddafi has committed the crime of doing some good for his people and for Africa. NATO and the US military are truly a terrorist organisation.

  7. Amazing how distorted news can be. But then this author listed the banal and false narrative about Saddam Hussein! Kuwait was SLANT DRILLING under Iraq, stealing $28,000,000,000 in resources per year. All Saddam did was set HIS oil ablaze and RETREAT. As the convoy returned, Bush Sr had them gunned down.

  8. excellent article! Glad someone else hasn’t been fooled by the illusions of the Banksters!

  9. I believe there may be another point. Libya’s leader has made the world wonder about the disproportionality of our planet’s resources plus The resource of our continual labors versus the fruits of them which we are permitted to enjoy. Has anyone else ever wondered about this? I mean, In view of the richness of our planet, and the ingenuity and effort we put forth, we should all be enjoying a paradise. And if not, why not?

  10. The British are there helping also.Look at London burning down while NATO attacks men,women and children in Libya.
    Another so called “dictator”(Gadaffi)stands among his people while they are armed.
    The Obama character nor David Cameron would stand among armed citizens.
    It’s absolutely insane that they are using Al Queda and recognizing the so called rebels (who on satellite TV look like they are high on Afghan opium)as a legitimate government?
    While the people and leader of the country are portrayed as insurgents?
    Welcome to Orwell’s 1984 on steroids.
    Let Gadaffi be a lesson to any leader who doesn’t mire his country down with astronomical IMF debt.
    NATO was built with ex-Nazi’s Klaus Barbie’s and Reinhard Gehlen’s (two of Hitlers greatest butchers).
    CIA and the Nazi’s illustrates this..
    Libya made interest free loans,and they had zero unemployment.
    If you try that the NATO gangbangers will surely attack.
    God help us all.

  11. gerard holmgren

    Once the world learns there were no commercial plane crashes on 9-11 and that the US military, government, and media lied to murder millions in a never ending staged war, countries like Libya will be rewarded and understood in a global awakening.

    In Dec 2012 the world will understand a completely new way of how the world works. The end of the age of conspiracy is upon us.

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  14. I could not possibly be more disgusted with NATO and it’s actions against Libya. I am especially disgusted that Canada belongs to such an obvious New World Order gang of thugs. Canada can say goodbye to it’s “peace-keeper” role. But, then, what can you expect from a yarmulka-wearing idiot for a prime minister in the mutated form of Stephen Harper. Get a clue, Canada, get out of NATO.

  15. I am a Canadian sick that my country is invovled in killing people in their homes at night while they sleep. Babies in fact are dying with our tax dollars we need for our own country. We have enough Oil right here on our own soil. Harper is a Bush wantabe, kissing America’s butt every chance he gets, sucking up to them like a baby goat on its mothers tit. Excuse me but killing thousands of people is what you call protecting civilians… SICKO NATO – A TOOL FOR EVIL aka NWO aka The blood sucking powers that be. The only day this will stop is when the majority rise up against the few hiding in the shows.

  16. Whatever Gadaffi has done in 1996 pales in comparison to what Internationalists do when they get into a gang.
    See The Movie Lion Of The Desert with Anthony Quinn.The true story of Omar Muhktar when the League of Nations looted and attacked Libya with General Grazziano in the 1920′s.
    Grazziano was later tried for war crimes for doing what they are doing to Libya today.
    It’s not just the US.It is the International Community leaders out of control.
    They are getting crazier and crazier,soon the Internationalists will be at each others throats as the global cheese gets into fewer hands.
    World domination has always ended in failure.
    Thanks to the mad scientists they employ to create their looney weapons,drugs,adulterated foods,polluted water and air they really think they can make their global governance plan work.
    Their perception of reality is going to become more and more delusional.
    How is it that these nuts can take us all on their insane trip?
    Calvin Davis’ post here baffles me too.
    We have everything to make the world a paradise and why aren’t we living in one?

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  18. How does Libya a geographically large country, with a relatively tiny population
    of around 8 million people, frustrate the enormous military might of the United States,
    Britain, France, NATO, and the coalition of the wicked,
    whose nations total hundreds of millions of people?
    Norway And The Coalition Of The Wicked July 2011

  19. Matt Cusumano

    Thank you very much for taking the time towrite this report. I firmly believe that the only hope that Libya has is that the public in the West will become informed of the lies concerning the Libyan intervention and demand the Western nations stop their criminal campaign.
    I think if anything, you have understated the nature of the lies concerning Qadaffi. Since I’ve started to really research Qadaffi, I’ve come to the realization that he’s a true hero to his people. He’s a leader that has earned the love and respect of his people. Maybe I’m just so fed up with the U.S. that I’m biased, but I cannot find ANY truth in the western news media concerning Qadaffi. To me, he seems to have been an ideal leader, and I’ve read his Green Book, cover to cover. It’s based on the fundamental rights of the individual. Truly inspirational reading. He’s an inspirational leader, and I pray for him nightly.

  20. NATO is a terrorist organization that spews out death and destruction on innocent civilians all over the world. They should be brought to justice in an international court however, that is unlikely to happen. Hopefully they will come to their senses and repent but if not know this justice will prevail and they will reap what they have sewn.

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  22. Michael Fritz

    I believe that the injustices written in this article should be researched
    before siding for or against the author’s article. The research might
    take a little effort as no references are given for supporting evidence.
    I personally don’t know about NATO’s lies but I can clearly see that
    the folks posting their blogs have accepted the article as truth without question. If this unsupported acceptance is a reflection of preexisting
    opinion doesn’t it indicate a root problem in humans?

  23. Donald Trumpette

    Where are the links to the reports by Amnesty International? Without them, your article is pointless.