Evidence mounts of
atrocities by Libyan "rebels"

Patrick Martin


PREFACE

The US and its allies have gone to great lengths to "manage" the news coming out of Libya; but the evidence of atrocities by "rebel forces" has shot up in recent weeks — and so much so that many Western reporters have found themselves unable to ignore the carnage that is occurring — ALL UNDER THE EYES OF THE UNITED STATES AND ITS TOADY EUROPEAN ALLIES. The fact that most American Christians are — nonetheless — able to ignore the savagery being unleashed on Libya gives evidence as to the degree that they have become nothing more than the lap-dogs of America's oil elites. There will be a price to be paid by Christians someday for this kind of "studied" ignorance.

-- Antipas

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Black supporters of Gaddafi from southern Libya who were taken pris-oner by "rebel forces." All were later killed.

A series of reports from journalists on the ground in Tripoli have provided evidence of mass killings by the NATO-backed forces in the Libyan civil war. These reports, which appear in publications largely supportive of the US-NATO intervention to overthrow the regime of Muammar Gaddafi, further expose the fraudulent claim that the current war against Libya is driven by humanitarian motives and the desire to protect civilian lives.

The Washington Post carried a prominent report Saturday, headlined, "Revenge Killings Mount in Libya, Extrajudicial Attacks by Rebels Cast Shadow Over New Freedom." The headline refers to the contradiction between the claims by the National Transitional Council (NTC), the new NATO-backed regime in Libya, as well as the Obama administration that what is taking place is a new birth of freedom in Libya and the reality of politically directed and in some cases racially motivated slaughter.

Post reporter Simon Denyer cites the testimony of Diana Eltahawy, Libya researcher for Amnesty International, who —

"... described a record of abuse, torture and the extrajudicial killing of captured pro-Gaddafi fighters that has followed the rebels from east to west as they have taken over the country."

The reporter himself saw five Gaddafi soldiers wounded and dying in a field hospital now patrolled by the "rebels," without receiving food, water or medical attention, and 15 bodies, mainly of black Africans presumed to be Gaddafi supporters, left to rot in the sun outside the Bab al-Aziziyah compound where much of Gaddafi's family lived.

According to Denyer,

"... not all of them looked like ordinary battlefield deaths. Two dead men lay face down on the grass, their hands bound behind their backs with plastic cuffs."

McClatchy News Service reported the same gruesome scene:

"The dead apparently had been pro-Gaddafi fighters, but they had not gone down fighting. Some had been shot inside their tents, possibly asleep, without shoes on. One had been shot inside an ambulance and another had been shot inside a field hospital, still hooked to an intravenous drip. Others had gunshot wounds in the back of their heads, fueling speculation of executions by rebel fighters."

Patrick Cockburn of the British Independent described the same scene Sunday, under the headline, "Rebels Wreak Revenge on Dictator's Men." He wrote:

"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 ... [blacks from southern Libya]."

Amnesty International has confirmed that many of the hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa have been labeled "mercenaries" by the NTC forces, by virtue of their skin color, and subjected to imprisonment, torture and summary execution.

Lynchings of real or suspected Gaddafi fighters and supporters by rebels have happened throughout the war and have included racist lynchings and even beheadings of black Libyans and migrant workers. They are continuing now even though NATO special forces and the CIA are on the ground with the rebels. Human Rights Watch reported in July that rebel forces lynched many black migrant workers as suspected mercenaries and dragged 20 Gaddafi officials from their homes and hung them in Al Baida, a town near Misrata. More recent reports from western journalists in Tripoli show the same is happening to black men found by rebel forces there, some of whom may have been fighting for Gaddafi, others probably just being migrant workers.

The man (boy) shown above was later shot.

One account of rebel abuses comes from Alex Crawford of Sky News, a British broadcast network owned by Rupert Murdoch that has enthusiastically backed the "rebels." The correspondent was embedded with the anti-Gaddafi forces and accompanied a unit that marched from Zawiya into Tripoli. She reported:

"We report it as we see it. We saw Gaddafi fighters who were tied up and executed."

The British news agency Reuters reported the finding of several mass graves in Tripoli, claiming they were evidence of "widespread summary killings during the battle for the Libyan capital." The Reuters report said,

"Reports of cold-blooded killings ... have surfaced in the last few days, darkening the atmosphere in a city where many residents had greeted Gaddafi's fall with joy."

The Los Angeles Times on Sunday wrote of "the visceral violence of rebel forces hammering away at residential neighborhoods known to be strongholds of Kadafi supporters. Rebel fighters use artillery and antiaircraft guns in such districts, which include Abu Salim, Hadba and Salahadin. At one point this week, rebels were firing assault rifles into residential apartment blocks in Abu Salim, where they suspected a sniper was holed up."

In other words, the NATO-backed forces are engaged in precisely the same indiscriminate firing of heavy weapons in residential neighborhoods that provided the original pretext for the NATO intervention, when Gaddafi ordered similar action by his own forces. The Times account ended by quoting a Tripoli taxi driver who told the newspaper,

"I have a fear that one day we'll be like Iraqis, wishing for the days of Muammar Gaddafi."

The Independent, in its leading article Sunday, warned the National Transitional Council that the savagery in the streets of Tripoli would backfire politically. It was difficult enough for supporters of the intervention—like the newspaper's own editorial page—when they could claim that Gaddafi was engaged in slaughtering civilians, but "it will become almost impossible if a shift in the balance of power unleashes mass executions."

The British newspaper also identified Abdelhakim Belhadj, the newly appointed commander of the Tripoli Military Council, as a former mujaheddin who "had fought in Afghanistan alongside the Taliban and was an Islamist terror suspect interrogated by the CIA." Belhadj was a founder of the Libya Islamic Fighting Group, which became the Libyan affiliate of Al Qaeda after the 9/11 attacks. [We urge you to see our recent "main article" concerning the extent the National Transitional Council (NTC) has been penetrated by Islamists, "The US Is Playing with Fire in Libya."]

A chilling picture emerges of the new regime being consolidated in Tripoli. It is being consolidated in blood, with massacres of civilians in pro-Gaddafi neighborhoods as well as pogroms of African migrant workers ...

The crimes being committed by the NATO-backed NTC forces demonstrate the hypocrisy of the propaganda campaign spearheaded by the Obama administration and its accomplices in Britain and France to justify the military onslaught against oil-rich Libya in the name of "human rights" and preventing a bloodbath. The events unfolding in Libya are an object lesson to ... [people the world over]. Those who held out the prospect of a "progressive" intervention by the US and its allies to defend democracy and human rights are now politically implicated in unspeakable crimes.

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