President Barack Obama is feeling the heat after appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Thursday night.
Obama is accused of being “insensitive” to the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi after referring to the deaths of four American diplomats as “not optimal”.
This comes just weeks after the President told CBS News’ Steve Kroft on 60 Minutes that the murders of four Americans in Benghazi were “bumps in the road.”
THE youngest son of Muammar Gaddafi has been reported killed in fighting between militias on the first anniversary of the late dictator’s death. The report emerged as a man purporting to be the dictator’s former spokesman, Moussa Ibrahim, issued an audio recording yesterday denying that he has been captured and saying he was outside Libya.
Khamis Gaddafi, 29, a former military commander, had previously been reported killed during the uprising against his father’s regime.
A Libya TV reporter, who himself was wounded in the fighting in Bani Walid, said he had seen Khamis Gaddafi’s body.
Bani Walid was one of the regime’s last stronghold during last year’s revolution.
The Libyan army on Saturday had launched an attack on armed groups in Bani Walid after a siege of more than two weeks.
Troops hit targets in the southeastern city as five government troops were wounded in the clash, which saw the forces capture a tank from the militia.
Army forces had besieged the town while tribal leaders tried to broker a peaceful solution.
Sporadic clashes left scores of troops and civilians dead.
Mr Ibrahim was captured in the town of Tarhouna, which lies between Tripoli and Bani Walid.
During the conflict last year in Libya, Mr Ibrahim held regular press conferences for international journalists in Tripoli.
His whereabouts had been unknown since rebels took over Tripoli in August last year.
Saturday was the anniversary of the killing of Muammar Gaddafi.
“The campaign to liberate the country has not been fully completed,” Mohammed Magarief, the head of Libya’s National Congress, said on state television.
Colonel Ahmed Omran Abouhlalh told the official news agency that security forces tightened their grip on the 40km coastal road that links the capital with the town of al-Zawiyah.
Troops took control of the road after a group of Gaddafi loyalists tried to block the highway, the report said.
Libya’s new rulers have ordered illegal militias to be disbanded and have launched a drive to re-establish security.
The recording posted on Mr Ibrahim’s Facebook page dismissed government claims he was detained outside Bani Walid.
The interim Prime Minister’s office said in a statement that Mr Ibrahim, who became the international face of the regime in its final months, had been captured as he was trying to flee Bani Walid.
The audio recording could not immediately be verified.
Tony Cartalucci, Contributor
The United States invoked the so-called “responsibility to protect” doctrine as justification for NATO military intervention in Libya, based on fears that the Libyan government was about to enter, and eliminate systematically, resistance in the eastern city of Benghazi. This was based on alleged statements made by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, claiming he would hunt armed resisters, “door to door.”
Image: Cover of the ICISS report on “The Responsibility to Protect,” also known as R2P. R2P is a geopolitical mechanism used to couch foreign military aggression within “humanitarian concerns.” NATO’s use of the doctrine in Libya was based on “evidence” now admittedly fabricated by the Libyan opposition itself, with the subsequent military intervention killing by far more people than the violence it claimed it was stopping. Additionally, the intervention installed a government guilty of documented and sweeping atrocities that dwarf accusations made against Qaddafi – this includes NATO-backed rebels exterminating a city of 10-30,000 black Libyans (and here). For a definitive look at R2P, please listen to James Corbett’s excellent presentation, “R2P or: How the Left Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace Wars of Imperial Aggression.”
Qatari state-run Al Jazeera reported in a March 2011 article titled, “Obama defends military intervention in Libya:”
In blunt terms, Obama said the Western-led air campaign had stopped Gaddafi’s advances and halted a slaughter that could have shaken the stability of an entire region and ‘stained the conscience of the entire world’.
‘To brush aside America’s responsibility as a leader and more profoundly our responsibilities to our fellow human beings under such circumstances would have been a betrayal of who we are.’
‘I can report that we have stopped Gaddafi’s deadly advance,’ the US president said.
‘We will deny the regime arms, cut off its supply of cash, assist the opposition, and work with other nations to hasten the day when Gaddafi leaves power,’ he said.
Now, fighting has erupted across Libya once more – and “rebels” are rising up against the client-regime installed by NATO late last year. NATO’s proxies in Tripoli have stated, according to the Guardian’s report, “Confusion rife as Libyan army storms town of Bani Walid:”
A lot of people who supported Gaddafi are hiding now in Bani Walid. We have a list of names. They are fighting very well because they know they are going to die soon.
Clearly, this constitutes as clear a case for “R2P” as the West claimed it had in 2011. With Qaddafi declared dead and his government swept aside in a bloodbath of reprisals and atrocities, documented safely in retrospect by disingenuous “international” institutions such as Human Rights Watch and the US State Department-affiliated Amnesty International, the people in Bani Walid are fighting for much more than just the fact that they are “supporters of Qaddafi.”
In the divided Libya that emerged from NATO’s military intervention, sectarian violence, discrimination, and marginalization has ensued, betraying the “democratic” values NATO claims to have brought to Libya’ shores. The persisting resistance in Libya stems not only from a sense of injustice regarding the installation of a government by foreign interests through the use of foreign military force, but also from increasing anger over injustice purveyed by the new proxy-regime itself.
That NATO’s proxies in Tripoli have announced intentions to systematically exterminate people found on their “list of names,” without the same international outrage exhibited before NATO’s intervention last year, exposes an egregious, selectively applied double standard that in fact drives the current “international order,” undermining what Western corporate-financier interests claim is the “primacy of international law.”
With the facade of “democratic” Libya unraveling, what is left is evidence of a self-serving corporate-financier agenda of military and economic conquest, merely couched in the premise of “humanitarian intervention” and “global democracy promotion.” NATO’s new failed state, once the most thriving nation in Africa, provides a cautionary model with which to measure similar designs now being directed toward Syria.
Libya, like Iraq and Afghanistan are all warnings of the dangers of “international law” that presumes primacy over state sovereignty. NATO’s failure in Libya, exposed from the beginning as a war of aggression built on a pack of verified lies, should provide ample evidence as to why NATO should be excluded from any further role in “international conflict resolution” beyond the borders of its membership, indefinitely.
DEBKAfile October 19, 2012, 5:53 PM (GMT+02:00)
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