Tuesday, March 17, 2015

NATO Knew Its Intervention In Libya Would Create Chaos And Aid al-Qaeda: Canadian Military Intelligence

By What's Left 

March 17, 2015 "ICH" - "What's Left" -  

Canadian military intelligence knew that NATO’s March 2011 intervention in Libya would aid militant theocratic Islamists aligned with al-Qaeda and could create long-term chaos in the country, according to David Pugliese, a reporter with The Ottawa Citizen, who obtained Canadian intelligence documents.

At the time, NATO military leader, U.S. Admiral James Stavridis, denied that opposition to the secular leftist Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi was dominated by rightwing Islamist theocrats, calling the bulk of the opposition forces “responsible men and women.”

But Canadian intelligence was clear-eyed about the nature of the Libyan opposition.

Pugliese revealed that “A Canadian intelligence report written in late 2009 described the anti-Gadhafi stronghold of eastern Libya,” from which the uprising against Gaddafi erupted, “as an epicentre of Islamist extremism.”

And Canadian pilots joked privately that they were part of al-Qaeda’s air force, “since their bombing runs helped to pave the way for rebels aligned with the terrorist group.”

Pugliese reports that just days before NATO’s intervention in Libya,

Canadian intelligence specialists sent a briefing report shared with senior officers. ‘There is the increasing possibility that the situation in Libya will transform into a long-term tribal/civil war,’ they wrote in their March 15, 2011 assessment. ‘This is particularly probable if opposition forces receive military assistance from foreign militaries.’
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper later denied that NATO’s intervention created the chaos that has paralyzed Libya, despite his own military’s warning that there was a good chance it would.

This reveals a dishonest attempt to manipulate public opinion through outright deception, in line with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to mobilize support for military intervention in Iran by warning in 2012 that Iran was only a year away from making a nuclear bomb when his own intelligence agency had concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”.

Pugliese’s report can be read here.

A comment:

Of course, Canadian intelligence (and others) knew what the aftermath of the overthrow of Gaddafi would be: chaos. We really should understand that this was absolutely intentional.

The U.S. and NATO powers wanted control over Libya. They cynically used the fake excuse of supporting "popular opposition" to Gaddafi to push through their imperialist plans of raping Libya of its vital resources, even knowing this would empower extremist terrorists like al-Qaeda.

After the horrific legacy of Iraq, how could any foreign policy professional not predict this current state of affairs in Libya. So, this outcome was predicted and predictable.

This should be a surprise to no one who actually takes the time to follow alternative perspectives of world news. Check back through this blog, and you will see these truths have been known from the very beginning of the tragic destruction of Libya.

We should all be able to think for ourselves, and see where the warmongers are leading us. Then, bring pressure to bear on the politicians - and the mainstream 'news' media, which facilitates their evil intents by reporting uncritically whatever lies they are told by those in power.

We know the terrible things that have happened to Libyan infrastructure, society, and its people. But what about the theft of the Libyan sovereign wealth fund, totaling almost $30 billion. (The same happened to the Iraq "Oil-For-Food" funds which were in the billions of $.)

War is just another way for the imperial ruling class to enrich themselves at the expense of the ordinary people. The mainstream media is their tool to distract and brainwash the public into apathy or ignorance. 

When will enough people wake up and understand the deceit, and act to stop it?

- Bruce

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Gallup: U.S. Population Highly Militaristic 

By David Swanson 

"In early 2014 there were unusual news stories about Gallup's end-of-2013 polling because after polling in 65 countries with the question

"Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?"

the overwhelming winner had been the United States of America.

Had Gallup then conducted a poll on whether Gallup would ever ask that question again, I'm willing to bet large numbers would have said no. And thus far they would have been right...

the United States routinely launches wars that, before long, a majority of its population says shouldn't have been launched. What percentage of Americans will nonetheless say they're theoretically willing to join in any war whatsoever?...

Despite waging the greatest number of most baseless and most costly wars, the United States manages 44 percent claiming a willingness to fight and 31 percent refusing...

The United States has 44 percent saying that despite the destruction of Iraq, despite the chaos brought to Libya, despite the misery added to Afghanistan's lot, despite the destabilization of Yemen, despite the costs even to the aggressor and despite the world believing the United States to be the greatest threat to peace on earth, those 44 percent at least feel obliged to claim they would participate in an unspecified war.

Are those 44 percent rushing to the recruitment offices to get trained up and be ready? Luckily, no. It's just a poll, and we all know how Brian Williams and Bill O'Reilly would have answered it, but even lies told in polls reflect cultural preferences. 

The fact is that there is a sizable minority in the United States that has never believed any of its recent wars were crimes or blunders, never questioned trillion dollar military spending, and never desired a world without war in it. 

Trying to explain that to people from the Netherlands can be like trying to explain why Americans don't want healthcare. The gap is wide, and I thank Gallup for accidentally revealing it.

Further study is needed to find the roots of the relative degrees of militarism revealed."


David Swanson's blog

Considering the enormous power the USA still wields around the world, this public perception is very scary, indeed!

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