Friday, September 02, 2011

Okay, Let's Look at Libya

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, [UK PM David] Cameron said Britain had played "a very important role" in the [Libyan] intervention.

"A lot of armchair generals who said 'you couldn't do it without an aircraft carrier' – they were wrong, and a lot of people said that Tripoli was completely different to Benghazi and that the two don't get on – they were wrong.

"People who said 'this is all going to be an enormous swamp of Islamists and extremists' – they were wrong. People who said we were going to run out of munitions – they were wrong. I think we should be proud of what our forces did."

  UK Guardian

David will be eating those words one day. Did he learn nothing from Bush/Cheney’s Mission Accomplished?

Pro-Gaddafi forces control a central axis in the country, from Sirte in the north to Sabha in the southern desert. Nato said it was ready to support Libyan and UN efforts to rebuild the country, but would continue its military operations until the last remnants of the pro-Gaddafi forces were routed.

  UK Guardian

Deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi had spies at the highest levels of the rebel movement at least until the fall of Tripoli, according to a top-secret document that appears to be a briefing for Libyan intelligence mastermind Abdullah Senussi.

The briefings, found by Al Jazeera in a sealed envelope on Senussi's abandoned desk at the Libyan intelligence service's headquarters, detail key weapons sites across the Western Mountains, with a focus on the pivotal town of Azzawiya, which proved to be the rebels' gateway into the capital.


Yes, I’m sure he did. And still does. And what about that son of his that supposedly asked to join the rebels last week?

Muammar Gaddafi has issued a defiant audio message, accusing international forces of seeking to occupy Libya for its oil and other resources and warning them to prepare for guerrilla war.

In a message broadcast on a Syria-based television channel on Thursday, the deposed Libyan leader called on NATO and the UN to end their intervention in Libya and said that Libya's tribes would not accept their presence in the country.


He vowed again not to surrender, saying he would carry on fighting. "Even if you cannot hear my voice, continue the resistance," Gaddafi said.


"Let there be a long fight and let Libya be engulfed in flames." He said the "balance of power is now leveled as all tribes are now armed".


Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam said on Tuesday that that the Gaddafi camp was still preparing for battle with tens of thousands of troops ready for the onslaught.


So, I’m not sure we can keep calling him deposed if he still has official troops at his command.

"We will not surrender. We are not women and we are going to keep on fighting," [Qadafi’s] message said.

Oh, now you’ve gone too far.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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