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Thursday, July 14, 2011


Again on who's dying in Libya

The press (and the U.S. and NATO) count on nothing more than people not paying attention. Here are two excerpts from the same article:
NATO will keep bombing Moamer Qadhafi’s forces during Ramazan in August as long as the Libyan regime continues to attack civilians during the Muslim holy month, the alliance said on Tuesday.
...In Brussels, alliance spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said: "It is hoped that the Qadhafi forces will stop attacking and threatening to attack civilians not just for Ramazan but immediately."
That's what the "alliance" spokespeople say. But what is actually happening? Hey newspeople it was right there in your own headline:
19 rebels killed in Misrata, Algeria
Even more instructive is the article:
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moamer Qadhafi shelled rebel positions in the coastal city of Misrata overnight, killing 19 rebels and wounding 22, rebels said in a statement on Tuesday.
So the source of information about who is being killed is the "rebels." Now isn't it 100% certain that if there were any grounds on which the rebels could have claimed that the 19 dead and 22 wounded were "civilians" and not "rebels," they would have, just like the U.S. and NATO claim that everyone they kill (be it in Libya, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, or elsewhere) is not a civilian? Of course they would. The plain fact of the matter is that Qaddafi forces are not "attacking and threatening to attack civilians," and that NATO's claim as to why they are continuing to attack and kill Libyans is just as bogus as their claim why they started in the first place.

And just how many Libyans have the U.S. and NATO killed? 1,108 civilians, with another 4,537 wounded, according to Libya's prosecutor-general, who "intends to prosecute NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Libyan courts for "war crimes.'" Sadly, good luck with that. And, by the way, NATO is responsible for the deaths of all the Libyans it has killed (including quite a few rebels, by the way), not just those classified as "civilians."

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