"Why Libya? Why Qaddafi?"
By Husayn Al-Kurdi
Why are NATO war forces unleashed and all manner of military and logistical assistance being proffered to the anti-Qaddafi forces, styled as "rebels" and "freedom fighters" by their sponsors in America and Europe? . . .
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What are the reasons why the US government and its current President Barack Obama and his cabinet, are so vehement in their insistence that Libyan leader Mu'ammar el-Qaddafi "must go"?
Why does the American regime insist on Qaddafi's removal, to the extent of overseeing repeated bombings of his residences and other places where he may be staying or visiting, following a long series of assassination and coup attempts?
Why do they continually reject overtures at mediation, even vetoing proposed UN-supervised free and fair elections so that the Libyans can cast their ballots to determine their choice of leaders?
Why are the NATO war forces unleashed and all manner of military and logistical assistance being proffered to the anti-Qaddafi forces, styled as "rebels" and "freedom fighters" by their sponsors in America and Europe?
The answers to these questions lie embedded in the US drive for its "Second Century" of imperialist world domination, involving plans for the complete conquest of the Arabs and Africa.
. . . Why the furious furor over the Qaddafi leadership and its alleged repression of some "rebellious" elements among the Libyan population?
What has brought out the panoply of lies, exaggerations, misinformation and dirty tricks, many of the same as delineated in the CIA's celebrated "Subversion" manual, used as a handbook by the CIA-financed, trained and supplied "Contras" who destabilized the popular Sandinista regime in Nicaragua in the 1980s during the regime of Libya's original tormentor, the Ronald Reagan administration?
The "rebels" are composed of three basic political forces: Libyan emigres who have been trained and supported by the CIA in the environs of Virginia and the neighborhood of Washington, D.C. have joined with al-Qaeda and Muslim Brotherhood Islamist reactionaries, some reportedly released from the U.S. prison base at Guantanamo to serve the "cause", and certain individuals who backed the decadent old monarchy of Idris al-Senussi in Libya to form the substance of the front which is bringing pain and turmoil to Libya.
They are operating under the flag of the old monarchy, who saw fit to let the Libyan masses go hungry, live in filth and without homes, uneducated and deprived of any semblance of medical care.
The actual "crime" of which Qaddafi and the Libyan leadership has been most guilty of is providing for the health, welfare and education of the Libyan people.
The reactionary clerics are boiling mad because their ill-gotten wealth in land and riches, sequestered and hoarded by them in the name of "Islam", was taken from them and used to serve people's needs instead of their insatiable corruption.
They claim that Qaddafi is "not a Muslim" because of this seizure of their ill-gotten gains, while he maintains a notion of Islam which insists on sharing out the assets of the country and attending to the welfare of its people, denying the "rights" of some self-styled "holy men" to grab the wealth for themselves.
The ensuing hue and cry against Qaddafi is raised by those who are against women's rights to be anything more than virtual slaves and who would be most happy if the Libyan people wallowed in ignorance and poverty, subject to their backward notions. They are friendly to the CIA exiles who facilitate the backing of Western countries who seek to "open" Libya up to their exploitative ways.
Some of the surviving riff-raff from the old King's court and the old political elites who vied for the spoils of a terminally corrupt pre- Qaddafi "kingdom" are quick to clamber onto the Libyan "Contra" wagon.
The Qatari, Saudi and UAE kingdoms and principalities are still mad over the ouster of their fellow "King" in 1969 and would love to see a "King" or some equivalent restored in Libya. Even an "Al-Qaeda"-type "Emir" in the style of Bin Laden, perhaps one of the prisoners released from the American concentration camp at Guantanamo, could serve as a welcome option in their eyes. One of them allegedly claimed control over an important Libyan town and blustered that he was proceeding forthwith to institute "Shari'a Law" in that locality.
A variety of useful fools can serve the purposes of restoration in Libya.The moribund Muslim Brotherhood, which has brought so much ignorance and grief to Egypt over the decades, may also have found an opening in attaining a leading role in Libya if and when the restoration takes place.
Finally, it seems that some wayward youth are hypnotized here and elsewhere into thinking that America "knows best", is invincible and would bring some exciting Hollywood-based culture into Libya.
Some people who have directly benefited from the Libyan revolution are thereby turned against it by the phony allure of American consumerist capitalism.
All of this forms the witches' brew which has been used to settle the score with Qaddafi for deviating in so many ways from the American Plan for Libya, for the Arabs, for Africa and the rest of the world.
These rebels have been killing Black Libyans and other Black people in the streets of various Libyan towns and villages, while the Western Media decries the presence of "African mercenaries" in the ranks of the troops loyal to Qaddafi.
Wild stories are made up of mass rapes committed by Qaddafi supporters, while the actual facts reveal that rapes have accompanied the slaughter of Blacks and other citizens deemed to oppose the "rebels", who are themselves led and instigated by a bunch of certified hired mercenaries employed by the US-led alliance for the purpose of disrupting and subverting the Libyan socialist system in order to reverse the impressive gains and benefits which that system has brought to the people of Libya.
A key factor in the drive to destroy Libya in order to "rebuild" it is that Qaddafi and his colleagues appear to be the only nation state in the continent of Africa to have not signed on to America's "Africom" plan for military conquest and domination.
The Libyan military is not led at the top by those who seek to please American overseers, and therefore must be
eliminated and replaced by a more compliant outfit.
Another major reason why the Libyans are being subverted, bombed and strafed by NATO is that Qaddafi has launched numerous initiatives to set up alternative banking and development institutions throughout the continent, a stumbling-block to IMF/World Bank "stabilization" programs which typically impoverish the natives while lining the pockets of global financiers and their corrupt minions.
Qaddafi has launched drives to rid the Mediterranean basin of all foreign bases and weapons of mass destruction while the US/NATO/Israel axis has systematically pursued policies of militarization and aggression in that Sea.
A unique Libyan project, the "Great Man Made River" has brought water from under the Sahara Desert and made it available to various historically parched areas which can now be cultivated and developed into a breadbasket for the region. The US-led international banking consortium is of course poised to seize this most valuable asset now that it is coming to fruition. Wars will be fought over access to water throughout the Arab land in coming years.
Control of water could become even more decisive than petroleum reserves in decades to come.
Qaddafi and his comrades have long sought to unify Arabs and Africans to serve the needs and interests of their people.
They have sought to resolve differences, implement projects and propound solutions to free Arabs and Africans from Western bondage and the nefarious globalization plans of the World Bankers and their associates.
"Globalization" is coterminous with imperialism. Qaddafi is an anti-imperialist. This has earned the Libyans the implacable enmity of those who are increasingly owning and operating the world in their own profit-driven interests.
These are some of the principal reasons why the US and NATO are on the war-path. They managed to tear apart a major resistant Arab country in Iraq and they have "taken" virtually the entire resource-rich but tragically impoverished African continent. Libya and Qaddafi stand resolute and defiant as an obstacle to their schemes of conquest and exploitation.
Report leaves no doubt White House War Crimes warrant prosecutions and if Obama refuses, other nations must.
By Deborah Dupre
July 14, 2011 "Information Clearing House" --
After days of United States human rights abuse crimes making international headlines, including 26 top White House and military officials facing trials in Iran for terrorism, the United Nations Human Rights Commission again rebuking United States, this time for illegally executing a foreign national in Texas, and Human Rights alert calling on Congress to impeach a DoJ senior for covering up abuses, the Bush and Obama administrations' rights abuses spotlight became even brighter Tuesday, July 12 when the major Human Rights Watch report on accountability for United States torture was released, calling for White House prosecutions and for other countries to do it if Obama continues failing to do so. The report calls for the war crime prosecutions if the united States is to "reaffirm the primacy of the rule of law."
The Military Industrial Complex: The Enemy from Within
By John W. Whitehead
". . .It’s not the sick, the elderly or the poor who are stealing us blind and pushing America towards bankruptcy. . ."
If there is any absolute maxim by which the federal government seems to operate, it is that the American taxpayer always gets ripped off, and Americans would do well to keep that in mind as Congress and the White House debate whether or not to raise the debt ceiling from its current high of $14.3 trillion.
For one thing, the grandstanding by both parties over health care costs and Social Security is nothing more than a convenient distraction from the glaring economic truth that at the end of the day, it’s not the sick, the elderly or the poor who are stealing us blind and pushing America towards bankruptcy.
It’s the military industrial complex (the illicit merger of the armaments industry and the Pentagon) that President Dwight D. Eisenhower warned us against more than 50 years ago and which has come to represent perhaps the greatest threat to the nation’s fragile infrastructure today.
Having been co-opted by greedy defense contractors, corrupt politicians and incompetent government officials, America’s expanding military empire is bleeding the country dry at a rate of more than $15 billion a month (or $20 million an hour)–and that’s just what the government spends on foreign wars.
War is not cheap. Since 2001, the U.S. government has spent more than $1.2 trillion in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. That number, however, is probably closer to $2.7 trillion when you add in the war in Pakistan and other hidden costs, and will likely climb to $4.4 trillion before it’s all over. Additionally, the American military industrial complex is spending roughly $4 million per day on the unconstitutional war in Libya.
Yet what most Americans fail to recognize is that these ongoing wars have little to do with keeping the country safe and everything to do with enriching the military industrial complex at taxpayer expense. War–or the art of killing–has unfortunately become a huge money-making venture, and America, with its vast military empire, is one of its best buyers and sellers.
Unfortunately, Americans have been inculcated with a false, misplaced sense of patriotism about the military that equates devotion to one’s country with supporting the war machine so that any mention of cutting back on the massive defense budget is immediately met with outrage.
Yet they might be surprised to learn that little of the money being spent on so-called defense is actually being used for national defense, meanwhile those in uniform are being used as convenient fronts for a military industrial complex that is bilking taxpayers out of billions of dollars in questionable defense spending.
A government audit, for example, found that defense contractor Boeing has been massively overcharging taxpayers for mundane parts, resulting in tens of millions of dollars in overspending.
As the report noted, the American taxpayer paid:
$71 for a metal pin that should cost just 4 cents; $644.75 for a small gear smaller than a dime that sells for $12.51: more than a 5,100 percent increase in price. $1,678.61 for another tiny part, also smaller than a dime, that could have been bought within DoD for $7.71: a 21,000 percent increase. $71.01 for a straight, thin metal pin that DoD had on hand, unused by the tens of thousands, for 4 cents: an increase of over 177,000 percent.
Of course, this kind of rampant abuse is ludicrous, and never more so than at a time when unemployment is topping 9.2%. When most Americans can scarcely afford the cost of cooling their own homes, taxpayers should be up in arms over having to pay through the nose to the tune of $20 billion–more than NASA’s entire annual budget–to air condition the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
And if you think gas prices at home are high, just consider what the American taxpayer is being forced to shell out overseas: once all the expenses of delivering gas to troops in the field are factored in, we’re paying between $18-30 per gallon for gas in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Incredibly, despite reports of corruption, abuse and waste, the mega-corporations behind much of this ineptitude and corruption continue to be awarded military contracts worth billions of dollars.
Just consider: Congress and the White House want taxpayers to accept that the only way to reduce the nation’s ballooning deficit and avoid raising the debt ceiling is by cutting “entitlement” programs such as Social Security and Medicare.
Yet if the government would just take the amount spent on the war in Afghanistan this year alone ($122 billion in FY2011) and reallocate it where it’s needed here at home, it would entirely wipe out the projected budget shortfalls for fiscal year 2012 for 41 states and the District of Columbia, totaling $103 billion.
The problem we wrestle with is none other than a distorted American empire, complete with mega-corporations, security-industrial complexes and a burgeoning military. And it has its sights set on absolute domination.
Yet at the height of its power, even the mighty Roman Empire could not stare down a collapsing economy and a burgeoning military.
Prolonged periods of war and false economic prosperity largely led to its demise, and it is feared that America, by repeating Rome’s mistakes, is headed toward a similar collapse.
As historian Chalmers Johnson predicts, “the United States will within a very short time face financial or even political collapse at home and a significantly diminished ability to project force abroad.”...
Moreover, the so-called American empire faces a violent contradiction between its long republican tradition and its more recent imperial ambitions.
As Johnson writes:
. . . Intentionally or not, the people of the United States already are well embarked upon the course of non-democratic empire.
Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. His new book The Freedom Wars (TRI Press) is available online at www.amazon.com. He can be contacted at email@example.com. Information about The Rutherford Institute is available at www.rutherford.org :