From “humanitarian crisis” to slave market: The Libyan case


December 14, 2017 – Fort Russ News – Paul Antonopoulos – Translated from Mision Verdad

TRIPOLI, Libya – On November 12 Red Voltaire published a testimony of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of the legendary Muammar el-Gaddafi, released on June 9 by one of the factions that controls Libyan territory.

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The text tells how in 2011 the file of the failed State on Libya was issued with the Security Council of the United Nations (UN) accusing Muammar al-Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Senussi of crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Court (ICC), without investigations in the field, for which an arrest warrant was issued based on a media montage to which enormous resources were allocated. Under the pretext of the “responsibility to protect” (R2P), the long-planned overthrow of the Libyan government led by Muammar Qaddafi was executed.

Gaddafi Jr. adds that the international court “adopted a double standard on the war against Libya and the intervention of NATO, implicating Libyan political figures in fabricated crimes while ignoring and not condemning the barbaric lynching perpetrated against Muammar el-Qaddafi and against his son Moatassem by the militias that NATO supported “, among other omissions.

The testimony includes details of how the 1,500 militias that put NATO in power have fractured the country and destroyed vital cities and infrastructure during the last six years, in the context of an unprecedented racial and ethnic cleansing where they have burned and tortured people, thrown government officials before foundries, organized the trafficking of human organs extracted to prisoners in prisons, massacres, crucifixions, mutilations …

At the time, cities such as Zleitan, Sirte, Surman, Tripoli and Bani Walid were devastated by NATO aircraft, an entity mainly financed by the US government. As they were not willing to land ground troops, the fighting was carried out by militias that would later reveal themselves as members of extremist groups: Al-Qaeda and its affiliates.

Although NATO has acknowledged some crimes, the ICC has not issued a single arrest warrant against the heads of the militias and the NATO forces.

This Libyan case against the ICC is a good example, compared to the case against Venezuela in the Organization of American States (OAS). Directed by the State Department, its function to criminalize the country in the same CPI, where the government of Libya was taken, demonstrates how the formats are repeated over and over again. Here and there, as if the memory of global public opinion was formatted at the pace of each intervention.

From stability to fragmentation: the disaster is from the West

In a report recently published by the foreign affairs committee of the British parliament it was recognized that the western intervention in Libya, since 2011, was based on intelligence errors and paved the way for the resurgence of Islamist terrorist groups in the country. What had initially spread as a kind of “humanitarian intervention” to “protect” civilians from the “tyranny of Gaddafi” was exacerbated in the notorious game of regime change and led to the disaster, the proliferation of Islamist groups and Libya’s fall from stability to fragmentation.

The report also suggests that the intervention in Libya did not happen because Gaddafi inflicted atrocities on the population, but because he was winning the fight against the militias financed by the West and some Arab states. Based on this it is understood that Libya would be the gateway to extend Western influence on the African continent. He details that behind the military intervention and regime change in Libya, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy handled the following critical objectives:

The desire to obtain a greater share in Libya’s oil production.

Increase the French influence in North Africa.

Improve your internal political situation in France.

To give the French military the opportunity to reaffirm its position in the world.

Address the concerns of his advisers about Gaddafi’s long-term plans to supplant France as the dominant power in French-speaking Africa.

The 2011 intervention detonated the instability in Libya and created a chain reaction of violence and chaos in western Nigeria, Mali and Niger. This violence served as a pretext for the reintroduction of the French troops in several of their former colonies, and as a plus for the expansion of the African Command of the United States (AFRICOM) under the excuse of fighting against the same Islamist militias that they supported in Libya by distributing weapons.

The report states that “(…) the international community turned a blind eye to the supply of arms to the rebels.” Lord David Richards, former head of the United Kingdom’s Defense Staff, noted “the extent to which the Emiratis and Qataris … played an important role in the success of the ground operation.” Qatar, for example, supplied missiles. antitank of Milan to certain rebel groups, they told us that Qatar channeled its weapons to the favored militias instead of the rebels as a whole. “

Even though the official version of the West says that what happened in Libya during that year 2011 was a general uprising, and that the extremists were involved at some later stage, the truth, according to the report, is that the Islamist militias played a fundamental role in the rebellion from February 2011 onwards. They separated from the rebel army, refused to receive orders from non-Islamist commanders and killed the then leader of the rebel army, Abdel Fattah Younes.

Do not worry about comparing this with the germ of the rebel army that was tried to implant in Venezuela, called “La Resistencia”. Since they were not just resistance, nor peaceful students, but they were fattened by paramilitaries and mercenaries. Many of which, conveniently, past any violent scenario that had overthrown Maduro, would have acted in the same way as the “Libyan rebels”.

Of slaves, refugees and disappeared

CNN was one of the global media corporations that speeded up the intervention in Libya with lies. Recently, they have dedicated space to the situation of migrants who, from West African countries, suffer inhuman treatment in this territory by mafias led by immigration detention centers and leaders of local jihadist militias that kidnap and sell them. to Libyan citizens.

Sub-Saharan immigrants who arrive in Libya with the intention of embarking for Europe are sold and bought in the middle of the street, in slave markets. They are paying between 500 and 300 euros per person to be used as day laborers in construction or agriculture.

Although three years ago NATO declared that the mission in Libya had been one of the most successful in its history, trafficking in persons went unpredictably along with issues such as piracy, smuggling and organized crime that, before 2011, they were kept under control.

Today all kinds of abuse and torture occur, women are prostituted by networks of traffickers who systematically subject them to malnutrition, sexual abuse, even murder.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN agency for migratory movements, has received testimonies of how passersby are forced to contact their families by phone to ask for a ransom while being beaten, confined to appalling sanitary conditions and hunger, while the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said on Tuesday that “the European Union policy of assistance to the Libyan coastguard to intercept and return migrants in the Mediterranean It is inhuman. “

Political think-tanks such as the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), which promoted the intervention of Libya, lament that nearly 11 thousand immigrants have arrived on the Italian coasts only in the last five days of June, after of almost 80 thousand in the first half of 2017; while, more than 3 thousand have perished at sea since the beginning of this year. The vast majority came from sub-Saharan Africa and embarked from the Libyan coast.

The same CFR report laments the weakness of the Libyan Navy in view of the large volume of migrants and the number of groups that benefit from its trafficking; it refers to the same fleet that lies at the bottom of the Mediterranean sunk by NATO planes.

Ministers from several European and African countries held a meeting last Wednesday in Bern (Switzerland) to determine protection strategies for refugees in Libya.

These tanks of thoughts and means are those that today support the same arguments to intervene Venezuela. The excuse to sell it is that it must protect its civilian population from the “humanitarian crisis” that it is going through, as if they had no responsibility in blocking the country to prevent it from stabilizing its economy and, therefore, its social situation. They are the same ones with more repeated lies, and many more war crimes to be held responsible for.

Turns in the juncture

Today, although the global media is silent, three governments with varying degrees of legitimacy coexist in Libya.

55% of Libyans were forced to flee their country to neighboring states, and cities such as Sirte, Misurata and Benghazi are besieged by the Daesh (also known as Islamic State) through bombings and beheading. NATO has not developed any “humanitarian attack” on them.

Saif concludes that “Libya is still under the control of the jihadist groups and the West supports them despite all the crimes they commit against Libya and against the Libyan people.”

Analysts believe that such support could change after the attack in Manchester (United Kingdom) and the blockade to Qatar this year, due to changes in the relations of the West and extremist groups.

In a chain of events in June 2017, factions led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar (seen as the next dictator), who have long fought against radical Islam and are linked to Saif, have won military victories over the remains of the groups Islamists in Benghazi, making the NATO allied prime minister, Fayez al-Sarraj, only keep part of the seaport of Tripoli under his control and without the support of the tribes, which is the most important factor in the formation of any type of political structure in Libya. His government has not secured the support of parliament, and after a triple rejection of its nominated candidates, it will no longer be approved.

Libya is a victim of the imperial code that imposes a regime change in countries that refuse to comply with its geopolitical rules. The war, which is always economic, has caused some indicators to fall precipitously.

In 2010, its economy generated 75 billion dollars in gross domestic product (GDP), with an average per capita income of 12 thousand 250 dollars, approximately the same income as in some European countries. As of 2016, however, it is likely to experience a budget deficit of around 60% of GDP. The UN classified it as the 94th most advanced country in the world in its human development index 2015, a decrease from the 53rd place in 2010.

What has been described constitutes a sign of the chaos and backwardness brought about by the intervention of the global corporatocracy through armed groups and international organizations, where its influence is total, such as the European Union that recently sanctioned Venezuela.

If international organizations, courts and laws had any meaning, NATO would be excluded from any additional role with respect to Libya, beyond paying reparations for what it has done.

The permanent chaos that currently consumes nations such as Libya, which started with economic sanctions and “protests” for a change of regime, also serves as a warning of what awaits Venezuela if it fails to dissuade the West from further intervention within its borders.

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