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Dennis Kucinich writes: "Libyan rebels are now advancing on the capital city of Tripoli with the aid of NATO strikes; this is sure to result in a real bloodbath, as opposed to the one that was conjured in Benghazi this past winter. NATO is assisting rebels who are blocking food, water and medical supplies from coming into the capital city, and is stopping those who need advanced medical care from traveling to Tunisia to access it. NATO is bombing power stations, creating blackouts, and using Apache helicopters to attack Libyan police checkpoints to clear roads for rebels to advance."

NATO bombs paved the way to Tripoli. (photo: Xinhua/Reuters)
NATO bombs paved the way to Tripoli. (photo: Xinhua/Reuters)



NATO's Bombs Led Rebel Advance

By Rwp. Dennis Kucinich, Reader Supported News

21 August 11

 

Whether Gaddafi goes or not, this costly intervention has thwarted peace talks and betrayed its 'humanitarian' mission.

n March of this year, the US, France, Britain and their North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) allies launched military operations in Libya under the guise of a "humanitarian intervention." US diplomats and world leaders carelessly voiced unsubstantiated claims of an impending massacre in Benghazi. You hear no such appeals to humanity while NATO, in the name of the rebels (whoever they are), prepares to lay siege to Tripoli, a city of nearly 2 million people.

Libyan rebels are now advancing on the capital city of Tripoli with the aid of NATO strikes; this is sure to result in a real bloodbath, as opposed to the one that was conjured in Benghazi this past winter. NATO is assisting rebels who are blocking food, water and medical supplies from coming into the capital city, and is stopping those who need advanced medical care from travelling to Tunisia to access it. NATO is bombing power stations, creating blackouts, and using Apache helicopters to attack Libyan police checkpoints to clear roads for rebels to advance.

Regardless of whether Muammar Gaddafi is ousted in coming days, the war against Libya has seen countless violations of United Nations security council resolutions (UNSCRs) by NATO and UN member states. The funnelling of weapons (now being air-dropped) to Libyan rebels was, from the beginning of the conflict, in clear violation of UNSCR 1970. The use of military force on behalf of the rebels, in an attempt to impose regime change, has undermined international law and damaged the credibility of the United Nations. Countless innocent civilians have been killed, and NATO air strikes continue to place many at great risk.

So much for the humanitarian-inspired UNSCR 1973 as a means to protect civilians. The people of Libya cannot take another month of such humanitarian intervention.

The leading donor nations of NATO - the US, France and Great Britain - have been free to prosecute war under the cloak of this faceless, bureaucratic, alphabet security agency, now multinational war machine, which can violate UN resolutions and kill innocent civilians with impunity. War crimes trials are only for losers. The prospective conquerors, the western powers and their rebel proxies, will then expect to be able to assert control over Libya's vast oil and natural gas reserves.

The US share of the war against Libya has probably exceeded the $1bn mark. This extraordinary amount of money for an intervention that Americans were told would last "days not weeks" could only be explained by looking at the war as an investment, and at control over Libya's wealth as an opportunity to make a return on that investment. Cynical? Then tell me why else we are at war in Libya.

Viable peace proposals, such as the one put forward by the African Union (AU), have been quickly and summarily rejected. If there is going to be a peaceful resolution of the conflict, the US must work with and empower the AU to ensure regional security. The AU has proposed a peace plan that would facilitate an immediate ceasefire, the unhindered delivery of humanitarian aid, a dialogue between the Transitional National Council and the Gaddafi government, and the suspension of NATO strikes.

The use of force and ultimatums has not worked. As the war enters its sixth month, it is time for the US president and secretary of state to clean up the mess they've created with this needless military intervention, and to work to seriously to bring about a negotiated end to this war.

In June, I proposed a peace plan (pdf) derived in part from the efforts of the AU. This plan calls for an immediate ceasefire and lays out the principles necessary to create a framework to achieve reconciliation and national unity in Libya by a meaningful process. In its June report on Libya, the International Crisis Group stated:

"A political breakthrough is by far the best way out of the costly situation created by the military impasse. This will require a ceasefire between the regime and the Transitional National Council, the deployment of a peacekeeping force to monitor and guarantee this under a UN mandate, and the immediate opening of serious negotiations between regime and opposition representatives to secure agreement on a peaceful transition to a new, more legitimate political order. NATO and those states supporting its military action should facilitate this development, not hinder it."

I have recently received several reports indicating that a settlement was close, only to be scuttled by state department officials. Given that the department of state seems to have taken a singular role in launching the US into this war, it is more than disconcerting to hear that the same agency has played a role in frustrating a resolution to this conflict. There are viable solutions to peacefully end the conflict, if there is a desire to do so.

Continued military action promotes a cycle of violence that will persist whether Colonel Gaddafi is ousted or not. On 19 March 2003, the United States pursued regime change in Iraq. Eight years later, we're still wondering why the people of Iraq are not sufficiently grateful for our intervention, which has resulted in the death of over 1 million of their fellow countrymen and women.

How can we expect this grim manifesto of interventionism to ever result in anything but tragedy? It's time to end the war against Libya.

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-20 # universlman 2011-08-21 23:23
oops - by warning against a bloodbath in the fall of tripoli, dennis may have exposed his tendency to follow only one side of the news - the side that reinforces his world view - this is how bush led us into his useless war in iraq - we need our elected representatives to start getting more of these complicated issues right the first time for a change
 
 
+23 # Glen 2011-08-22 06:53
There is no "first time", universlman. The CIA has been attempting to destabilize Libya for years, and is proven to have participated in the coup, as was attempted against Chavez. The U.S. has been pivotal in destabilizing the entire region, to their own benefit.

Involvement by NATO, et al., is nothing more than one more criminal attack on a country the U.S. wishes to control. It is not assistance.
 
 
+10 # Activista 2011-08-22 10:13
"NATO jets have flown nearly 20,000 sorties in the past month, including about 7,500 strike attacks"
this is like 700 bombers per day - Libya is a small country -
plus some Obama drones, gunship helicopters - only left for rebels is to loot.
as for " exposed his tendency to follow only one side of the news "
there is ONLY one side of news - NEOCON MASS MEDIA. Go on Google and see what is under Libya news - the same pro NATO NYT propaganda ALL THE TIME.
On the other side go under some UN-CENSORED discussion - the gap between people and their governments is growing.
 
 
+8 # noitall 2011-08-22 11:22
he speaks the truth.
 
 
-4 # dogdanz 2011-08-23 11:24
I believe you are correct, Mr. Universiman
 
 
+2 # Pikewich 2011-08-23 14:33
Easy for you to say, universalman. You are not on the receiving end of the latest "shock and Awe" campaign.
"Useless war in Iraq". Try murderous illegal and immoral. Wish you could be there to witness it first hand, thatmight change your perspective just a little.
 
 
+5 # Thomas Daulton 2011-08-23 17:07
Yeah, I'm old enough to remember the 2001 attack on Afghanistan, when the American press announced that the Taliban had been "totally wiped out", as well as the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, when the press bragged for about two years running that the war was over with almost no casualties. Eight years later, we're still taking casualties in both those countries. Am I the only one elderly enough to remember the previous war, all those years ago? Those who cannot remember the past...
 
 
+21 # tedrey 2011-08-22 00:04
"With considerable oil revenues, a relatively small population and redistributive policies including an extensive social welfare system and subsidies for basic goods, Libya was enjoying the third highest Gross National Income (GNI) per capita and the highest human development index (HDI) in Africa. In 2010 the country was also enjoying a robust growth of around 7.4% and exhibited a high growth trajectory until the conflict erupted. The crisis came at a time when Libya was pursuing economic liberalisation which was often accompanied by a gradual opening up of the political system.'

'On the human development front, the population is likely to suffer significantly from the impact of the conflict. Before the unrest, Libya was expected to achieve all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) within the 2015 timeframe. Although the state provided free universal health care and education to its citizens, the main challenge was to improve the quality of both. The pressing social challenges included the need to tackle high youth unemployment, to strengthen efforts to conserve Libya’s delicate environment and limited natural resources, to encourage women’s economic and social participation, and to manage irregular migration.'

For more information, see http://www.africaneconomicoutlook.org/en/countries/north-africa/li
 
 
+4 # Activista 2011-08-22 10:17
and how many students Libya sent abroad!
War on Libya is war on Africa.
 
 
+25 # Gurka 2011-08-22 00:45
Dennis Kucinich for President!
 
 
+7 # Alfred Donald Cross 2011-08-22 01:50
How do we support the UA Peace Plan AND Kucinich Peace Plan??!!
 
 
+13 # Ralph Averill 2011-08-22 02:44
A negotiated settlement? Like between Israel and the Palestinians, which has been going on for 60+ yrs? How about Korea?
I sympathize with Mr. Kucinich's point of view, but I've never seen a "negotiated settlement" work except at the point of a gun.
The issue not being raised by anyone is who supported, and armed, the Gaddafi regime in the first place? Gaddafi's guns and tanks and planes weren't made in Libya.
Is it about the oil? You bet. Always was, always will be.
 
 
+2 # Timaloha 2011-08-22 04:57
Yeah, um, Dennis? Check the morning news.
 
 
0 # Activista 2011-08-22 10:18
Quoting Timaloha:
Yeah, um, Dennis? Check the morning news.

rebels looting Tripoli?
 
 
0 # Timaloha 2011-08-22 13:54
Not when I woke up. Maybe on Fox News.
 
 
0 # Activista 2011-08-22 15:36
www.youtube.com/watch?v=8G3X9NV4pfI&feature=watch_response
watch video in background
 
 
+3 # Activista 2011-08-22 15:20
Human Rights Watch, a rights advocacy group, has accused Libyan rebel forces of engaging in looting, arson and the abuse of civilians ...
 
 
+26 # gaia 2011-08-22 05:13
As usual, Dennis Kucinich is one of the few clear voices of conscience, drowned out by the armchair warriors who pretend we are defending our country when in fact our kids are dying to defend our corporations' pursuit of more and more profits without end. The real tragedy is the ease with which the profiteers' propaganda machines fool a public dumbed down by our failure to educate ourselves in critical thinking. Will we throw the rascals out? Not likely. Prepare for more of the same.
 
 
+6 # futhark 2011-08-22 14:17
As long as TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS reside exclusively with the neocons and their agenda and are exclusively promoted as such in the media, alternative points of view and suggested solutions will not be considered.

"The American way of life is not negotiable." President George H. W. Bush, 1992, at the Earth Summit. Reiterated by Vice-President Richard B. Cheney.

"The American way of life is a blessed one" Bush II press secretary Ari Fleischer, 2002.

These statement are consistent with the Carter Doctrine, that the United States has a right to intervene militarily in any area in which the restriction of access to a raw material essential to the American economy, here, petroleum, is threatened. So just keep driving your SUVs, keep commuting hundreds of miles a week and the U.S. military will keep bombing people in nations that are parts of the axis of evil.
 
 
+16 # Peacedragon 2011-08-22 05:23
Preident Kucinich ?
 
 
+19 # rsb1 2011-08-22 05:26
Thank you Mr. Kucinich. NATO has betrayed it's trust and has become nothing more than a terrorist organization acting on behalf of a chosen few to seize and redistribute Lybia's Sovereign Wealth. LYBIAN REBELS = NATO MERCENARIES.
 
 
+29 # Valleyboy 2011-08-22 06:10
What esle can you say about this war?
Julian Assange hit the nail on the head when he said that America's wars in the Middle East are essentially the world's biggest money laundering operations. The money of the America taxpayer is taken by the Government then handed to Weapons Manufactors, Mercenary Companies and Reconstruction Companies.
 
 
+2 # Activista 2011-08-22 10:21
Quoting Valleyboy:
What esle can you say about this war?
Julian Assange hit the nail on the head when he said that America's wars in the Middle East are essentially the world's biggest money laundering operations. The money of the America taxpayer is taken by the Government then handed to Weapons Manufactors, Mercenary Companies and Reconstruction Companies.

Masters of WAR are expending to Africa ..
 
 
+13 # foxtrottango 2011-08-22 09:18
NATO is doing what it knows best. It keeping the war industry and the Generals in the USA alive and well. Anything to keep a perpetual war going at the expense of the US taxpayers and our sons and daughters, the blood, sweat and tear of innocent civilians and property destruction.

The greed for power and wealth at the expense of anything that gets in the way is what rules government today.

Human are at war with themselves.
 
 
+10 # noitall 2011-08-22 11:39
NATO is not held to account any more than is the US, UK, or France. All greedy cowards with big guns and, obviously, have control over the organization created to stop THIS sort of thing from happening. They take what could be a model, in part, for the Middle East (i.e. Libia treats women better than most there) and blow it away because it is unwilling to turn over the reins and keys to the treasury to the cabal of the "righteous" whose motto is: "Those people don't know what to do with all that wealth anyway". The U.S. builds up these puppets and when they 'go bad', we organize and take them and half their people out for doing the things that we put them there for in the first place. It's an old story played out all over the world throughout history. The U.S.A. is the greatest killer of Democracies. Our own is now in this cabal's crosshairs.
 
 
+10 # bvinson 2011-08-22 11:35
Much ado over OIL. See, wouldn't you know? POWER OVER OIL. Always for oil people die or starve while their cities and homes and lives are destroyed by outside forces. Somebody always profits over someone else's misery.

And not a thing is done about it.
 
 
+5 # Activista 2011-08-22 21:15
english.aljazeera.net/indepth/spotlight/libya/2011/08/2011822235934828611.html
Saif al-Islam said on Monday, referring reports of his arrest. He traveled to the Rixos Hotel late in the night and spoke to foreign journalists staying there.
"We broke the back of the rebels. It was a trap. We gave them a hard time, so we are winning," Saif said.
Dennis Kucinic has more understanding of foreign affairs than all Clinton state department. At least he is NOT brainwashed by USrael propaganda/mass media as most public and politicians are.
 

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