Posts Tagged ‘libya update’

Fucking war mongrels! Why did the US UK UN not press to go to war in Bahrain, Yemen, or Egypt? Is it because they are “allies” and give up their oil easily? So it’s ok to murder your citizens in countries like, torture them and dictate them as along as they are friends of the UN? So the issue isn’t with dictatorship. The issue is oil. Venezuela lookout, you are next. Obama is coming to latin countries to organize and oust you. Obama is something we can believe in. We can believe he is a war lover like the others, we can believe the policies will stay the same, we can believe he cares about corporate interests! This makes me sick to my stomach.

International forces bombard targets in Libya

Coalition forces launch Libya assault, which Gaddafi calls “colonial, crusader” aggression

United States and European military forces have bombarded Libya with cruise missiles and airstrikes as part of a broad international effort to enforce a UN-mandated no-fly zone.

French planes fired the first shots on Saturday in the biggest international military intervention in the Arab world since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, destroying tanks and armoured vehicles in eastern Libya

Hours later, US and British warships and submarines launched more than 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles at more than 20 coastal targets to clear the way for air patrols to ground Libya’s air force.

An unnamed US national security official said the air defences in the oil-producing North African country have been “severely crippled” by the barrage of missile strikes.

“Gaddafi’s air defence systems have been severely disabled. It’s too soon to predict what he and his ground forces may do in response to today’s strikes,” the military source said on condition of anonymity.

Libyan state television later said civilian areas of Tripoli and fuel storage tanks that supplied Misurata had been hit.

In Tripoli residents said they had heard an explosion near eastern Tajoura district, while in Misurata they said strikes had targeted an airbase where Gaddafi’s forces were based.

Several thousands gathered at the Bab al-Aziziyah palace, Gaddafi’s compound in the capital that was bombed by US warplanes in 1986, to show their support.

Defiant Gaddafi

In response, Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan leader, vowed to arm civilians to defend the country from what he called “colonial, crusader” aggression by western forces against him.

Rest of story:

http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2011/03/201132002236603156.html

Looks like Gadhafi is now pulling out some big guns. This is no longer an uprising and protest, this is a civil war.

Gadhafi forces barrage rebels in east and west

AP 

By MAGGIE MICHAEL and PAUL SCHEMM, Associated Press

TRIPOLI, Libya – After dramatic successes over the past weeks, Libya’s rebel movement appears to have hit a wall of overwhelming power from loyalists of Moammar Gadhafi. Pro-regime forces halted their drive on Tripoli with a heavy barrage of rockets in the east and threatened Tuesday to recapture the closest rebel-held city to the capital in the west.

If Zawiya, on Tripoli’s doorstep, is ultimately retaken, the contours of a stalemate would emerge — with Libya divided between a largely loyalist west and a rebel east as the world wrestles with the thorny question of how deeply to intervene.

President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to plan for the “full spectrum of possible responses” on Libya, including imposing a no-fly zone to prevent Gadhafi’s warplanes from striking rebels. According to a White House statement, the two leaders spoke Tuesday and agreed that the objective must be an end to violence and the departure of Gadhafi “as quickly as possible.”

A spokesman for the opposition’s newly created Interim Governing Council in Benghazi, meanwhile, said a man who claimed to represent Gadhafi made contact with the council to discuss terms for the leader of four decades to step down. Mustafa Gheriani told The Associated Press the council could not be certain whether the man was acting on his own initiative or did in fact represent Gadhafi.

“But our position is clear: No negotiations with the Gadhafi regime,” said Gheriani, who declined to say when contact was made or reveal the identity of the purported envoy.

Libyan state television denied that Gadhafi had sent an envoy to talk to the rebels.

In London, British Foreign Secretary William Hague said that neither Gadhafi nor rebel forces appeared currently able to establish supremacy. “At the moment … it seems that either side lacks the immediate power to overthrow the other,” he said.

Later Tuesday, Gadhafi made a surprise appearance at a hotel hosting foreign correspondents in Tripoli, arriving just before midnight. He raised his fist in the air as he walked from his car to the hotel, then he went into a room separated by curtains for exclusive interviews with a Turkish and a French television station.

Read More:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110308/ap_on_re_af/af_libya

The only way freedom is truly earned and understood is if the people fight and die for it. Libya is telling the New World Order, which thinks it should intervene in every single country (United Nations) and “help” them with their natural resources *cough* I mean freedom of democracy, STAY THE HELL OUT. The Libyans want to finish the revolution they started. They want victory. They want to show other oppressed countries “you too can do this”. It is worth dying for. More importantly a big middle finger to the bloodsuckers trying to get Libya’s oil supplies (which are HUGE) yelling “WE ARE SOVEREIGN”

No foreign intervention, Libyans tell West
Agence France-Presse
Benghazi, March 01, 2011
 
Libyan pro democracy protesters say they are determined to unseat strongman Muammar Gaddafi without any foreign military intervention, even at the cost of further bloodshed. With world powers weighing options to end Gaddafi’s 41 year hardline rule, protesters who overran Benghazi, Libya’s second ci

ty, hoisted a banner spelling out their message loudly and clearly, “No foreign intervention, Libyan people can do it alone.”

The devastating sectarian violence that rocked Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 US led military intervention, that brought down dictator Saddam Hussein, haunts many Libyans. “The Iraqi example scares everyone in the Arab world,” said Abeir Imneina, a professor of political sciences at the university of Benghazi.”We know very well what happened in Iraq, which is in the throes of instability. Following in those footsteps is not appealing at all,” she said. “We don’t want the Americans to come and then to have to regret (the end of  the rule of) Gaddafi,” she added.