Jul 16 2011
Hillary Clinton’s announcement of the rebels’ formal diplomatic recognition means the U.S. will be able to route some $30 billion in Qadhafi funds currently frozen in American banks to the opposition forces.
(PHOTOS below were caused by rebels)
In an act of utter desperation as the brutal, though entirely ineffective, Libyan rebels flounder in their NATO-backed offensives against Libya’s ruling government in Tripoli, Obama administration has now recognized the Libyan rebels as the country’s “legitimate government” allowing the US to directly fund, arm, and support, the Al-Qaeda tied war criminals operating out of Benghazi.
The recent farcical move indicates that France’s Foreign Minister Alain Juppé has failed in his threats and posturing to get Libya’s Qaddafi to stand down, and that the NATO-backed war of aggression is about to reach new heights of brutality.
Operating out of the Libyan cities of Benghazi, Darna, and Tobruk, Libyan rebels themselves have admitted that many of their members are drawn from Al Qaeda. The London Telegraph has reported that Libyan rebel leader Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi had admitted many of his fighters had just returned from fighting US forces in Iraq. The Telegraph also reported that Hasidi himself had “earlier fought against “the foreign invasion” in Afghanistan, before being captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan.
He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008.” A United States Army West Point report confirms indeed that fighters drawn from the Libyan cities of Benghazi, Darna, and Tobruk were second only to Saudi Arabia in contributing forces to fight US troops in Iraq.
More recently, the Human Rights Watch released a report indicating that civilians were being abused (including having their feet shot off by victorious rebels) and their property looted and destroyed by Libya’s rebels upon taking over towns from “suspected Qaddafi supporters.” While the report, and a torrent of corporate-owned media outlets attempt to play-down and spin the allegations confirmed by de facto rebel “prime minister” Mahmoud Jibril, they represent evidence indicating that Libya’s violence is not divided along political aspirations for “liberal democracy” and support for Gaddafi, but rather along predictable, long standing ethnic divisions.
Confirmed reports of rebel war crimes also provide evidence that NATO’s involvement in Libya is justified by selective enforcement of an already illegitimate UN Security Council resolution for the sole purpose of removing Gaddafi — clearly not protecting Libyan civilians. (H/T ProtectSouthOssetia & Federal Jack)