Qaddafi Son Incites Massacre of Protesters

Saif al-Islam Qaddafi, son of the besieged dictator, has been caught on a smart phone video whipping up a crowd of ‘police’ and other supporters last Saturday to massacre protesters (he asks them ‘do you need guns?’ They shout, ‘yes.’)

Saif al-Islam Qaddafi had earlier given interviews in which he told Western reporters that there is nothing going on in Libya, everything is calm, everyone loves his father, and it is the media whipping up people and causing a potential civil war. Then later he accused the protesters of being al-Qaeda and terrorists. When Saif addressed the nation on t.v., his address was projected on a wall in Benghazi and people threw mounds of shoes at the image all the time he was speaking.

Another indication of the murderous and duplicitous character of the Qaddafi regime was that it sent a fighter jet to bomb a rebel-held air base at Ajdabiya, though the Tripoli government immediately deniedit . The BBC reporter in Libya, however, reports that the plane behaved suspiciously and did not in the end seem to bomb anything of value. This incident may be another indication that Qaddafi cannot actually depend on his officer corps, many of whom are probably looking for the first opportunity to defect.

Muammar Qaddafi even said there were no protests in the streets of his country, drawing a charge from US envoy to the UN Susan Rice that the old dictator is ‘delusional.’

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of convincing his allies to establish a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent bombings like the one on Monday are running into resistance from other NATO members, many of whom already feel militarily stretched in Afghanistan and who appear to feel that a no-fly zone might draw them into use of land troops, which most don’t have to spare (not to mention the expense, at a time when Western budgets are broken). Analysts concur that any such operation would be complex.

Aljazeera English has a video report on the state of play in Libya on Monday:

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  2. The talk of no fly zone in response to Qaddafi’s use of air force against rebels adds an interesting perspective to US actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    We know from Wikileak video that US forces used helicopter gunship on civilians (not even rebels) in Iraq. We also know of daily use of drones against Pakistan and Afghanistan villagers.

    People in rest of the world are going see comments by secretary Clinton, Ambassador Rice, President Obama and prime minister Cameron and compare it against the realities they see in news every day.

    We can call Ghadafi as delusional but then what about our own leaders hypocrisy?

  3. Did you expect the complicit son of a lying sack of crap not to be a lying sack of crap himself?

  4. Dr Cole, you surprise me. NATO is fully willing to impose a no fly zone, but all agree the UN Security Council mus first authorize it. Russia has already said it will not support a no fly zone, so UN Security Council is not going to authorize it.
    USA and GB were willing to invade/occupy Iraq without UN authorization, but now international law is actually being followed. Like it or not.

  5. British Prime Minister David Cameron’s hopes of convincing his allies to establish a no-fly zone over Libya to prevent bombings like the one on Monday are running into resistance from other NATO members, many of whom already feel militarily stretched in Afghanistan and who appear to feel that a no-fly zone might draw them into use of land troops, which most don’t have to spare (not to mention the expense, at a time when Western budgets are broken).

    Exactly. Trillions for war toys and Games of Risk! ™, but not one red cent for Right Conduct. link to tomdispatch.com

    Just wondering: Will “revulsion revolutions” possibly palliate tribalism, and the horrible pandemic of MEism and MOREism that is killing the human species? And dragging so much of the rest of the biosphere down too? Will the egos in uniforms and diplomatic tails and “bespoke” business suits imbibe the spirit of Rodney King, and come up with a positive answer to that plaintive “Can’t we all just get along?”

  6. “Analysts concur that any such operation would be complex. ”

    And completely illegal without approval from the security council.

    “2.15
    The United Nations Security Council has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security and, as such, plays a crucial role in contributing to security and stability in the Euro-Atlantic area.”

    link to nato.int

    “Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter deals with peaceful settlement of disputes. It requires countries with disputes that could lead to war to first of all try to seek solutions through peaceful methods such as negotiation, enquiry, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, judicial settlement, resort to regional agencies or arrangements, or other peaceful means of their own choice.” If these methods of alternative dispute resolution fail, then they must refer it to the UN Security Council. Under Article 35, any country is allowed to bring a dispute to the attention of the UN Security Council or the General Assembly. This chapter authorizes the Security Council to issue recommendations but does not give it power to make binding resolutions; those provisions are contained Chapter VII.”

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    link to en.wikipedia.org

  7. I would think that a NATO naval exercise, including a couple of carriers, conducted off the coast of Libya might deter the Colonel’s fly boys from flying.

    I’s the sort of thing that’s often done off the coasts of Nth Korea, China & Iran, without any UN resolution, so why not off the coast of Libya.

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