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Libyan Rebels Retake Gadhafi’s Hometown Airport

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Posted on Sep 29, 2011
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Aerial view of Moammar Gadhafi’s holiday home near Sirte, Libya.

Libyan National Transitional Council fighters on Thursday took complete control of the airport in ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s hometown for the second time in as many weeks, witnesses said, despite continuous sniper and rocket fire from Gadhafi loyalists.

The airport in Sirte is an important win for rebel fighters because it makes the shipment of aid to the battle-torn area more possible. United Nations aid workers had been prevented from helping civilians in the area because of constant fighting and because the coastal city has been under NATO aerial attack. Now sources say that U.N. aid workers have at least been able to truck in water to thousands of civilians attempting to leave the city for safety. —BF

Reuters:

Each side has accused the other of endangering civilians.

“They’re shelling constantly. There’s indiscriminate fire within individual neighborhoods and from one area to another,” Hassan, a resident who escaped the city, told Reuters.

Civilians have been fleeing Sirte, a coastal city of 100,000 that is also under NATO aerial attack, and Libyan authorities have asked the United Nations for fuel for ambulances to evacuate wounded, a U.N. source in Libya said.

The United Nations is sending trucks of clean drinking water for civilians crammed into vehicles leaving Sirte for Benghazi in the west or Misrata in the east, the source said.

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By blogdog, October 1, 2011 at 10:58 pm Link to this comment

update - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcrxTbJX3So&feature=player_embedded

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By todzzgod, September 30, 2011 at 6:47 am Link to this comment

Thanks to brewerstroupe and blogdog for putting the record straight. There is 18 billion dollars missing from the 20 billion in cash Bush sent to “help rebuild” Iraq. Where did it go? Mercenaries to fight as Libyan “rebels” dont come cheap and don’t take checks.

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By brewerstroupe, September 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm Link to this comment

The Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund(s) that are frozen around the World (rumoured to be 160 billion) were invested in the name of the Libyan people.
The Libyan Jamahiriya had also invested in infrastruc­­ture, free Education and Health for and paid a monthly dividend from the Oil revenue to - every citizen.

Let me add a few more investments. The largest irrigation project in the World (US$25 billion), an African Developmen­­t bank (US$70 billion), an African Satellite Communicat­­ions network (US$500 million), subsidies on food staples and housing - the list is long.

Maybe Gaddafi skimmed a bit off the top, I don’t know. The lifestyles of he and his family were modest compared with the average U.S. politician­­ and I don’t see how there could be much left in kitty after the above investments - Libya’s GDP per capita is $10,873. Libya had no debt and no homeless.

American infrastruc­­ture is crumbling, it does not provide free health or education. Many are homeless. America’s per capita GDP is $46,860, it owes how many trillion? Let me see,  what time is it now?

It may be concluded that either America’s system of government is vastly more inefficien­t than Gaddafi’s Jamahiriya or someone is stealing the American people blind. Maybe both.

The invasion of Libya is a sham.

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By blogdog, September 29, 2011 at 2:30 pm Link to this comment

Failure in Libya
The War Party strikes out
http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2011/09/27/failure-in-libya/
by Justin Raimondo, September 28, 2011

Libya represents the failure of the interventionist project envisioned by the Obama administration: as rebel gangs run wild, attacking rival tribesmen – and “traitors,” like their former commander-in-chief – the country threatens to become what the more ambitious interventionists love best: a Failed State, that is, a state that fails to maintain its monopoly on the use of force in a given geographical area. For the War Party, every such failure is an opportunity to fill the power vacuum.

Faster than you can say “I told you so,” we’ll have boots on the ground. No other course is possible, given what is unfolding in Libya at the moment. The country has no real government – a condition the Powers That Be cannot allow any longer than a few weeks. It could be that the National Transitional Council (NTC) will proclaim itself the “official” government, having already achieved this recognition from the NATO powers and the UN. Yet the reality on the ground is and will continue to be quite different. As the smoke begins to clear, one thing is becoming apparent: foreign troops will be patrolling the streets of Tripoli quite soon – and indeed they are already there, albeit out of uniform.

As Libya comes more and more to resemble Somalia writ large, the blowback coming our way from the “responsibility to protect” doctrine will continue to waft over Washington, and the capitals of Europe.

[...]

Look at what this administration has “accomplished” on the Libyan front: a three-way civil war, at the very least, between various rebel factions and Gadhafi loyalists – and the prospect that heavy weapons, including from Gadhafi’s arsenals, have fallen into the hands of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). The “former” leader of this terrorist outfit is the new commander of the rebels’ armed forces. Once tagged as the Libyan franchise of al-Qaeda,  LIFG is supposed to have been disbanded, but it has merely taken on a new name: the Libyan Army.

[...]

Our President is a veritable Emperor, in the foreign policy realm, with the military at his beck and call. We maintain a commanding global presence in the form of bases and military assets on and around every continent. America is a world empire, one that has lost its republican veneer almost entirely, and no counterinsurgency theory can change the context within which US troops abroad operate.

The geniuses over at the State Department elevated the demonstrably unsuccessful Petraeus Doctrine to the level of policy, and applied it to Libya – with entirely predictable results. But that’s the essence of madness, isn’t it: repeating the same nonsensical behavior while expecting different results each time.


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