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