Archive for April, 2011

“Renegade warlord Ibrahim “IB” Coulibaly’ was badly beaten and then shot in the heart by former allies turned enemy, his top aide said late Thursday.”

Indeed, U.S. involvement in this conflict is simply stupid. The stakes are minimal, the objectives are confused, the benefits are negligible, the resources are inadequate, the costs are excessive, and the consequences are dangerous. A month ago the president was right to reject the use of ground forces. Today he should end U.S. participation in Libya’s civil war.” (Doug Bandow)

Clinton compares Libya campaign to 1999 Kosovo and she is right:

In that war another Clinton accused Serbs of “allegedly” killing 100,000 Albanian men that were all later found. But not before NATO started bombing Serbs.

“The number of troops wounded by improvised explosive devices (IEDs) has gone from an average of 22 a month in 2008 to 281 a month in 2010”

“The counterinsurgency strategy overseen by Gen. David Petraeus emphasizes the increased use of foot patrols to root out insurgents and avoid civilian casualties.”

“Although soldiers and Marines wear armored vests, they generally have no such protection below the waist against explosives that detonate when stepped on.”

But it is not quite sure that they are earning Afghans’ hearts.

Fighting in Misrata

Suffering of civilians is being prolonged by West’s daily supplies of fresh rebels and weapons through the city port.

NATO admits that its daily bombing and destruction in Libya is useless in Misrata.

500,000 population of this city should be able to mobilize 50,000 men. And they are asking British and French to die for them? Are they cowards … or maybe the Misrata population does not want to die for an islamic republic and that is why the rebels need foreign mercenaries of oil companies?

Ground Invasion under a pretense of humanitarian boots on ground…

“The EU proposed deploying an armed force to Libya within days to ensure the delivery of humanitarian supplies,” said Michael Mann, a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. “She made the offer of military aid to protect humanitarian groups on April 1, but so far no U.N. request has been forthcoming.”

“But Stephanie Bunker, spokeswoman for the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs at New York headquarters, was cool to the idea.”

Pleeeaaaase, give us an excuse to invade!

More boots on the ground

British military officers will be sent to Libya to advise rebels fighting Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi’s forces, the Government said today.

That fun with invasion of illegals, so called free trade, and wars whenever and wherever is nearing the “payment due date”.

Oil Companies Pushed Britain Over Iraq War in 2002. Trade Minister Lobbied for BP Oil Deals as ‘Reward’ for UK Backing War.

“Incredibly, leaked memos from October and November 2002 show that BP, Shell, and BG (formerly British Gas) all met with then-Trade Minister Baroness Symons, emphasizing how important the acquisition of assets in Iraq was.

Minister Symons told BP in October that it was the Blair Government’s position that British oil companies should be given a share of Iraq’s enormous oil reserves as a “reward” for Tony Blair’s outspoken support for the war. This is, it must be remembered, five months before the war began.”

He is right about West using the same approach of spreading lies as in Iraq and Kosovo previously: WMD, 100,000 Albanian men missing and other ‘rumors’ that soon proved just lies. Should we believe Western governments and their ‘independent’ media which lied before and lie now, that they will not lie in the future?

‘You fool me ones, shame on you, you fool me twice, shame on me’. And on everybody who takes the ‘news’ as facts. Because they are not.

Saif on YouTube videos of protesters being shot in Tripoli:
“They played this video, a very famous one. This happened one year ago, in the city of Ras Lanuf. It was summertime, people were wearing T-shirts. And they are talking about winter time. That film was shot one year [ago] in the city of Ras Lanuf. It was a problem between two tribes fighting for a new housing project.”

He once lived under the Taliban’s protection, met with Osama bin Laden and helped found a group the U.S. has listed as a terrorist organization. He died in a secondhand U.S. military uniform, ambushed by Moammar Kadafi’s men as he cleared a road after an airstrike by his new NATO allies.”

Gadhafi may have just saved many American lives.

The Hague Tribunal has sentenced ex-Croat General Ante Gotovina to 24 years in prison and [police] General Mladen Markač to 18. [General] Ivan Čermak was acquitted. In addition, the former Croatian President Franjo Tudjman was called “a key member of a joint criminal enterprize to cleanse some parts of Croatia of the Serb population.”

A short recap:
When Croatia seceded from Yugoslavia and Tudjman started ethnic discrimination against Croatian Serbs, they took up the offer of arms from Milosevic and after a short civil war established a Krajina republic on parts of Croatia where they lived for centuries and were a clear majority. After a few years of peace with UN peacekeepers on the lines while the Croatian army was armed and trained by US generals from Military Resources Incorporated (MRI), the UN peacekeapers withdrew to let the Operation Storm proceed. In this operation, Croatian army led by US advisors of MRI broke through Serbian defences. Serbian army withdrew with almost all civilians, about 250,000 people, towards Banja Luka in Serbian Bosnia. The civilian convoys on cars and tractors were bombed by Croatian military. Only a few thousand Serbian civilians stayed behind, mostly elderly. Of those 100s were killed (the article says 700) and some 20,000 houses were torched by Croatian forces.

The real questions is, why the MRI and retired US generals leading the offensive were not prosecuted under “command responsibility” when they “either knew or should have known” about Croatian plans and on the ground activities.

In the US, when 2 people go for a burglary and one of them kills somebody, the second one is also responsible even though he did not kill nor wanted to kill anybody.

Why those who enabled the crime (US) were left out? Oh, because they finance and own this court and judges.

It is not suprising that Croats from Krajina and bordering areas are angry at the results but that demonstrates that there are no clear good/bad actors in civil wars. Forgot about war crimes committed during and after American Civil War?