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“The enemy of yesterday is the friend of today….It was a real war, but those brothers are free men now.” Thus spoke Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi in March 2010, referring to the leaders of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group LIFG, an armed organisation that had attempted to assassinate his father, Muammar al-Gaddafi, three times in the mid-1990’s.
This may seem surprising. A few days ago, the very same man promised Libyans a “sea of blood” if his father’s regime was toppled. Indeed, Saif al-Islam, an elegant, soft-spoken graduate of the London School of Economics, has now become a prime suspect in massive crimes against humanity.
History in the making in the Arab world
By Omar Ashour/London
*** Omar Ashour is a lecturer in Middle East politics and director of the Middle East Graduate Studies Programme at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. He is the author of The De-Radicalisation of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements.
This article is an amazing overview of what has kept Qaddafi and other brutal regimes in place at the cost of their citizens’ lives. Yes, amazing. It also states that Qaddafi’s son had tried to have him assassinated three times. This is certainly a good point to know that about him and their “family”. They are a real piece of work.
Why would the international community have ever put up with this?
There is no sense in this situation coming to this – there were options which could have been done long before today.
Interpol’s alert covers members of Gaddafi’s family including seven of his sons, among them Saif, and his daughter Aisha, as well the defence minister, the head of external security, the director of military intelligence and Gaddafi’s head bodyguard.
The alert is intended to help ensure police authorities in Interpol’s 188 member states enforce the international travel bans and asset freezes imposed by the United Nations Security Council.
This report from Financial Times states that the Qaddafi regime has continued to receive money from oil exports – including $770 million in the last two weeks. It is also clear from this article that nations who signed agreement to the Security Council resolution to freeze assets have failed to hold those oil income revenues for the people of Libya after Qaddafi’s regime has ended, which is what they are supposed to do and what the companies involved are supposed to do legally.
That is one article of interest –
and this is another about the efforts to put pressure on the international community in the ways that it suits Qaddafi, his sons, his daughter and their government ministers involved in decision-making. It looks a lot like they have a lobbying firm/ pr / and some consulting firm working with them to strategically interact with their efforts to sway public opinion and international options that have been already taken.
Wouldn’t it just be easier for the Qaddafi regime to simply stop killing their own people, not hinder the exodus of international citizens who wish to leave, not brutalize any more of the people within their range and make some more reasonable choices?
If it turns out that some consulting firm from Washington or the UK is helping these bastards of the Qaddafi regime, I do hope they understand that they are breaking the international sanctions that have been brought to bear on the criminal behavior and human rights violations that are being perpetrated by the Qaddafi family. And, it will be discovered before everything is done – regardless of how much money the firm has been paid. I was thinking of some of those kinds of firms which have helped the Qaddafi regime in the past which brought us to this nightmare in the first place.
Here is one of the other articles I found in the last little bit –
Libya unrest: Eyewitness accounts
Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi has played down protests in the country and insisted that all his people love him.
(from March 1, 2011 – BBC)
it includes notes from each region down the page. It is three days ago. Here is an entry for today –
A note about Egypt –
4 March 2011 Last updated at 07:00 ET
Libya TV shows captured Dutch navy helicopter crew
A Dutch navy helicopter crew have been shown on Libyan state TV after being captured while attempting to evacuate two foreign citizens.
My Note –
This is a situation which should have had Saudi’s attention – their planes could’ve already taken Qaddafi and his vile sons off the planet, but no – why not? Qaddafi tried to assassinate their leadership in Saudi Arabia – they have planes and well-trained military assets. It is in their best interest to protect the people of Libya – why aren’t they doing something to resolve this mess?
And, the Saudi Arabians know that Qaddafi and his sons are vile atrocities of mankind. They’ve screwed over just about the entire world. He tried to make a civil war for power between the Northern Hemisphere and the Southern Hemisphere of the entire planet.
What kind of international leadership of any kind would leave a man and his regime that is that foul in a position to do anything else?
Surely, the oil companies know it is also in their best interest to get this corrupt, sadistic and psychotic man out of any position of power anywhere – along with the rest of his family that have ordered torture, maiming of citizens, arbitrary seizures of citizens and bribes, stolen, killed, murdered all over the world, terrorized the world’s nations, supported horrendous suffering in Zimbabwe and Sierra Leone – (among other places in Africa and throughout the world) and has stolen the riches, wealth and economic opportunities from four generations of Libya’s people.
This is absolutely insane. Qaddafi’s daughter may have a law degree, but her ability to resolve this by “standing” is not going to solve the real issues of their illegitimate, brutal and vile regime. She needs to get off that boat. Right now, not only is there no exit strategy to bring the members of the internal guard away from supporting this horrific man and his sons, but there is also not a good answer for the massive military assets they control against an unequally armed population. The people of Tripoli serve as a defence for Qaddafi and his compound, but are not being served by it. There are any of a number of nations whose interests would be protected by ending this situation with Qaddafi and his regime removed from power of any kind anywhere on this earth. And every day he perpetrates new nightmares with his family and decision-makers.
It would take one single guided missile to be done with this. And, for what reason do we all stand by and let him continue to brutalize his people and keep the world at bay while he terrorizes at will?
Enough was enough in 1987.
* A nation’s leadership cannot be considered legal by international standards when it is known to have committed atrocities against innocent populations of the world community and further, when it is publicly confirmed that its regime has committed ongoing atrocities against its own citizens without cause.
Further, when a nation’s leaders have lost the legitimacy of the major stakeholders in the region including that of its own citizens, was never elected by its people in the first place, has oppressed, brutalized, committed terror, backed terrorists and terrorism, funded terrorism, supported other brutal dictatorships in brutalizing their people and supported denial of basic human rights in far-reaching perpetration of their own brutalities on humanity – then that government regime is neither legitimate nor legal in any international terms of law.
– my note
In fact, when the Qaddafi regime was given its “free pass” by the US, the UK, the UN and the international community – that, in all likelihood, given the other things that were known about it at that time – was not a legal, nor legitimate international decision. Its basis was afoul of the law at the point at which arms sales, military assets and sophisticated military training programs were made available to such a regime of known brutality against its own people and as a supporter of terrorism.
On Feb. 22, the AL suspended Libya’s participation in the future meeting of (the Arab League) AL and its affiliated bodies after the bloody clashes swept the country since Feb. 16, until Libya authorities respond to people’s demands.
The Arab League (AL) on Wednesday called for an end to violence in Libya and considered further steps which included the imposition of a no-fly zone over Libya.
A resolution issued after the meeting said the AL cannot stand aside while the Libyan people suffer bloodshed.
English.news.cn 2011-03-03 06:48:33
This is amazing, maybe it will explain it to the Qaddafi regime in terms he and his sons can understand.
It is certainly good to hear that the members of the Arab League don’t want people being killed by this illegitimate dictator and murderer of the Libyan people.
President Barack Obama said: The Libyan government?s continued violation of human rights, brutalization of its people, and outrageous threats have rightly drawn the strong and broad condemnation of the international community, We will stand steadfastly with the Libyan people in their demand for universal rights, and a government that is responsive to their aspirations. Their human dignity cannot be denied
This is an amazing story of the Libya rescue and humanitarian efforts that have been underway – this is from last Thursday –
The Associated Press
Thursday, February 24, 2011; 10:52 AM
Egyptians, Tunisians try to help Libyan neighbors
By KARIN LAUB
They (the injured) are prevented from exiting the country, and stopped long before they reach the border, Dr. Mourad al-Ayashi, a Tunis-based doctor, said Thursday. It’s really frustrating for all the volunteers because they’re ready, with tons of supplies and blood and everything, but they can’t put any of it into practice, though we know there’s an enormous need inside Libya.
NECN – 8 hours ago
(NECN/CNN) – Residents of Libya’s capital Tripoli have been rushing to banks to receive a government handout. But will this solve the problems of the country under leader Moammar Gadhafi’s control? Libyan citizens are lining up at banks to claim a $400 …
LIBYA: SEIF AL-ISLAM, NEWS OF VICTIMS “A BIG JOKE” Agenzia Giornalistica Italia
from Itar-Tass (Feb. 28, 2011)
Before the arrival of a group of foreign reporters the main streets and squares in Tripoli were cleaned, and new banners were hung instead of burned portraits of the leader of the Libyan revolution. The Gaddafi government announced a number of measures to improve the social situation for the population of the capital, promising to allocate an additional 400 US dollars monthly for each urban family. The monthly wage for civil servants has been raised by 150 percent.
Nevertheless, journalists who made a trip to Az Zawiyah were surprised to see crowds of rebel protesters who came out to them instead of the city officials loyal to the regime. After learning about the incident, Gaddafi immediately cancelled the visit of foreign media delegation to Misratah.
Former Libyan Interior Minister Abdel Fattah Younis, who sided with protesters, said in a live broadcast that Gaddafi sent artillery units and tanks to crush the uprising in the towns neighbouring Tripoli. According to him, “a massacre is being prepared there.” Younis said that the tank battalions also blocked the coastal highway, in order to prevent the capture of Sirte port by rebels.
From its first paragraph (above)
BEIRUT, February 28 (Itar-Tass) – The Bab al Azizia fortress in the south of Tripoli is becoming the last stronghold of Muammar al-Gaddafi regime. The building surrounded by three rows of concrete walls that went under a missile attack in 1986 on the order of US President Ronald Reagan, is arousing less and les fear in the population.
The Libyan leader is doomed, however, his former brother-in-arms who have forsaken him, warn about the danger of crazy steps Gaddafi could resort to in a desperate attempt to retain power.
from CNN a little bit ago – about an hour ago –
Meanwhile, security forces said they had switched sides and joined the opposition in Zawiya, a town about 55 kilometers (35 miles) from the capital, Tripoli.
CNN’s Nic Robertson, on a government-organized trip to Zawiya, saw armed civilians taking defensive positions on rooftops to prepare for a possible effort by Gadhafi loyalists to retake the town.
Some buildings in Zawiya showed signs of damage Sunday, including a freshly burned-out police station.
Hours earlier, Zawiya purportedly was controlled by the government, according to officials who drove members of the media to the town.
Gadhafi clings to power after some security forces turn against him
By the CNN Wire Staff
February 28, 2011 — Updated 0847 GMT (1647 HKT)
(also says – )
The death toll from the recent unrest has topped 1,000, according to an estimate from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the Security Council measures form “one of the speediest international responses to a government targeting its own people.”
“We recognize the killings are ongoing,” Clinton told reporters en route to a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Switzerland. “We recognize we need to advance the humanitarian, the military, judicial, and even forensic planning already under way.”
Virtually all 30,000 Chinese in Libya evacuated
My Note – I’m not sure of the validity of this information (below) – aside from the title which seems to be wishful thinking, there are elements of this info that claim a killing spree is being conducted by Qaddafi right now in Benghazi and Tripoli against citizens. It says this – possible, I suppose, – but now?
Meanwhile,one of the close aides and defense advisor of Gaddafi, the self-proclaimed killer of the founding father of Bangladesh, Colonel [dismissed] Khandekar Abdur Rashid, reportedly has been in command of a special contingent of pro-Gaddafi militias, which are engaged in the systematic and brutal murder of civilians within the Benghazi and Tripoli areas.
Gaddafi Preparing To Flee
by Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury
February 28, 2011 at 4:30 am
Libya’s dictator, Muammar Al Gaddafi, in the last bid to save his 42-year reign, has assigned a few lobbyists in various countries to make desperate diplomatic efforts to “salvage” him and his loyalists from visible assassination in the ever-growing mass movement against his regime.
It figures that Qaddafi would be having his favorite international lobbyists trying to sway international leaders (and probably business concerns as well.) – my note – Wonder which ones they are? Hmmm…….
Now, that would be worth finding out.
World leaders are currently meeting in Geneva to determine the best ways to proceed with help for the Libyan people. (my note)
This sad news just reported –
4 Americans dead in UAE plane crash
A statement by the U.S. Embassy to local media on Monday says the four were en route to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on the first leg of a trip back to the United States. There were no other details about the four. (they were in a private plane, my note from the story).
Gaddafi regime fighter down in Libya
Mon Feb 28, 2011 10:53AM
A warplane belonging to government forces under Libya’s ruler Muammar Gaddafi has been downed around the northwestern city of Misrata as the regime’s grip on power loosens.
The plane went down some 210 kilometers east of the capital, Tripoli, where pro-democracy protesters have also repelled the latest offensive by the Gaddafi regime.
The port city is Libya’s third largest where a number of people have also been reportedly killed.
stv.tv – Greg Mahlich, David Holmes – 3 minutes ago
About 3 percent of Pearson’s shares are owned by the Libyan Investment Authority, a stake subject to a UK government freeze on the country’s leader Muammar Gaddafi’s assets on Sunday. Scardino said: “It’s abhorrent to us what is happening in Libya and …
Aside from Libya – these couple things are interesting –
Mubarak has been banned from travel by Egyptian prosecutors and –
Bulawayo24 – 4 minutes ago
by Byo24News The son of Equatorial Guinea’s dictator of 30 years commissioned plans to build a superyacht costing $380 million, nearly three times what the country spends on health and education each year, says a corruption watchdog.
28 February 2011 Last updated at 06:19 ET
Egypt’s public prosecutor has issued a travel ban on former President Hosni Mubarak and his family.
This castle was held at the heavily fortified area of six square kilometers in the strategically located south of Tripoli to be close to all interests, the official in the capital and near the highway leading to the Tripoli airport, as some sources that the control rooms of all communication networks exist in this rule.
France sending aid planes to Libya’s Benghazi
The Associated Press
Feb. 28, 2011, 4:37AM
Seven men found buried alive in Gadaffi’s compound
Submitted 18 mins ago
SKY News quoted the rescuers as saying that they heard voices underground and dug through earth and freshly laid concrete to discover the seven men, some of whom were barely alive. They said some of the seven were anti-Gaddafi protesters and others were soldiers who had rebelled against the dictator. They were now being treated in hospital.
The ground underneath the compound is yielding more dark secrets in a labyrinth of bunkers, prisons and armouries. This was Gaddafi’s subterranean stronghold in the east of Libya. Its tunnels appear to have been stacked high with every kind of weapon.