Warning: This video of the racist NTC abusing black Africans in a zoo will sicken and enrage you. It will make you want to smash the place up. You will only be able to watch it once. Then write to the hypocritical Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch who were instrumental in spreading lies about African mercenary rapists and turned a blind eye to the racist attacks, rapes and lynchings even as these were being reported by NGOs on the ground in Libya from the onset of NATO bombings. How’s Responsibility to Protect looking right now?
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David Cronenberg discusses the violent beheading of Gaddafi by the NTC and his latest film, A Dangerous Method, on Newsnight.
Libyan witness reports that NTC rebels are randomly killing and bombing civilians
While NATO’s mandate enjoins it to protect civilians, the Alliance allows the forces of the Libyan National Transition Council to continue their abuses. After hunting down black Africans, the summary executions now extend to members of the Qadhadhfa tribe, that of the fallen Leader. Hundreds of thousands of African workers have already fled the country to escape death; the time has now come for certain Libyans to take the road to exile if they want to survive.
This video from Time caught my eye when it appeared on twitter earlier today. Watching it immediately put me on edge; this was partially due to the monotone voice-over which goes beyond attempting to strike a neutral tone to the point where it sounds almost dull-witted. An unnamed African woman reports that she was raped by four Arab men and speaks of how it left her distressed for weeks. Reports of rapes of African migrant women are increasing but nowhere do we see, on social media networks or in the media, the same shock which greeted allegations of Africans mercenaries raping Arab women or the horror aroused by Iman al-Obeidi’s claim that she had been raped by 15 pro-Gaddafi troops, some with close connections to Gaddafi’s inner circle. Rape became the Benghazi rebels rallying cry as the clamour for revolution grew louder. According to Al Jazeera the rape of Obedei was equivalent to the rape of Libya by Gaddafi and his troops. Human rights organisations found no evidence of black African mercenaries rapists and we will probably not hear any more from Obedei, now that she has served her purpose. The pretense of humanitarian intervention lies exposed as pro-Gaddafi strongholds of Sirte and Bani Walid come under daily bombardment by Nato’s bombs and missiles, and while African migrants continue to be raped and lynched in Libya.
Clay Claiborne’s recent article, “Racism in Libya”, which is published on the Daily Kos website, downplays the scale of Nato bombing on Libya while also attempting to obfuscate the truth of racist lynchings of sub-Saharan African migrants and Libya’s own dark-skinned population who account for a third of the population. It is not the bombings or rebel racism that comes under attack in his article but the “anti-interventionists” who he accuses of being opportunists. Claiborne, like Juan Cole, is part of the pro-war left who act as fig leaves for imperialism. As Prof. Horace Campbell notes on the Libyan intervention, “It was a new kind of war, using third party forces in order to silence the global peace forces who were opposed to further military intervention. A robust propaganda and disinformation campaign by the corporate media covered up the real content of what was happening.”
While it is true that the initial demonstrations against the Gaddafi regime were largely peaceful, what cannot be denied is that there were violent elements among the demonstrators who were quick to pick up arms and hijack the fledgling movement. A campaign of arson attacks was carried out in the city of Benghazi. Corporate media drew a veil over this and instead packaged the rebels as a revolutionary force fighting for liberal democracy after 42 years of labouring under Gaddafi’s autocratic rule. A propaganda blitz followed with the corporate media repeating rebel lies about Gaddafi planning a genocide which could kill half a million people, the lies about African mercenaries being flown into Libya, the fake stories about Libyan jets firing on Benghazi, creating an atmosphere of hysteria.
This is the Nato spin that Claiborne’s adheres to as he attempts to squash claims that Nato is carpet-bombing Libya by alleging “NATO hit a grand total of 3 targets in Tripoli on the day Abu Salim fell in some of the hardest fighting of the whole Tripoli campaign.” This is a complete distortion of eye-witness accounts and reports that can be found outside of the corporate media complex. Without Nato clearing a path for the rebels into Tripoli, and without the sustained and indiscriminate bombing of Tripoli, the rebels would not have been able to seize control of the streets. Today in Tripoli there is an air of fear. Residents are afraid to leave their homes, when speaking to the press they do not give their names after hearing of the rebels taking away a Libyan who had dared to speak out against them and in favour of Gaddafi. If the rebels enjoy popular support why the fear?
Reports by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya who recently returned from Tripoli, further contradict Claiborne’s blunt dismissal that saturation bombing took place and is merely a figment of the imagination. Nazemroaya says the bombing has been intense. On average about 40 strike sorties take place in Libya. Furthermore, medical staff at Abu Salim hospital said injured civilians were being brought in with wounds described as consistent with the use of “specialised weapons.” Cynthia McKinney also confirms the doctors’ claims that new weapons were in use. McKinney was in Tripoli on a truth-finding mission during the month of June and reports that, on one day alone, there were 89 bomb explosions around the capital.
Furthermore, Alex Thomson, a reporter with Channel 4 News, was on the scene some time after the rebels had rampaged through one of the neighbourhood hospitals, what greeted him at the hospital left him in a state of utter shock.
Fifty yards further on a pile of human bodies, bloated in the hot sun. I count 22 here, including three women, and one child. Some of the male bodies are in military clothing but not all.
Inside, it is not a hospital but a mortuary – or something for which there is no word.
Bodies were everywhere, volunteers were filmed bagging bodies that were left decomposing on trolleys after the rebels rampaged through the hospital killing the injured; apparently in their efforts to find Gaddafi who they claimed was hiding in the area, it became necessary to slaughter the injured and helpless patients.
Many of them were black, a fact the BBC pretended not to notice in its reportage but which anti-Gaddafi fighters were not shy of sharing with the Independent’s journalist Kim Sengupta, “‘Come and see. These are blacks, Africans, hired by Gaddafi, mercenaries,’shouted Ahmed Bin Sabri, lifting the tent flap to show the body of one dead patient, his grey T-shirt stained dark red with blood, the saline pipe running into his arm black with flies. Why had an injured man receiving treatment been executed?” Sengupta wondered.
Panning one of the streets in Abu Salim, an amateur cameraman captured the scenes of devastation, building after building destroyed by aerial attacks. A fire-station was also hit and destroyed. Why would Nato target emergency services, hospitals and universities? Bear in mind that Anders Fogh Rasmussen recently made the staggering assertion that not a single civilian had been killed during their bombing missions, contradicting earlier admissions that Nato did sometimes target civilians after a Libyan TV station had been destroyed. These are civilian facilities manned by civilians, inevitably civilians will be killed. The no-fly-zone implemented to protect Libyans from what Gaddafi was accused of doing, namely killing his own people, is now being carried out by the rebels with Nato providing assistance. Where are the Responsibility to Protect crowd? The media obscure all of this. Responsibility to Protect has been used very selectively by the humanitarian intervention brigade. It did not extend to those who have been described as Gaddafi loyalists nor was it meant to protect Libya’s dark skinned population.
Doesn’t it strike you as incredible that while all of this is going on our bold and now not-so-embedded journalists have not documented the damage inflicted on civilians and the city of Tripoli, never mind Sirte, Bani Walid and Sebha? The scenes on our tv screens are being beamed from the rooftops of skyscraper hotels with Tripoli’s buildings gleaming in bright sunshine behind the reporter, nothing but space and the serenity of blue skies while down below on the streets, the rebels terrorise the population. Their violence is simply excised from view. In a country that has been liberated? These journalists have taken to the rooftops of Libya to transmit lies and distortions. The corporate media has become embedded in the western war machine. In the world of the Nato spin, this kind of intervention is providing, ominously, a blue print for further actions according to Rasmussen. That should send a chill through the world because if there is one thing we have learnt from Libya, it is that whatever relationships you have struck up with the West, these can so easily be dismembered. Tony Blair can one day be clutching you in a gristly embrace and the next, there’s a $2 million bounty on your head.
Doesn’t it strike you as incredible that a rogue state uses what happened on one day, 911, to terrorise the rest of the world? Three thousand people died on that day but since then, we know that at least a million died in Iraq, there are no figures for Afghanistan and I suspect the death toll in Libya will also sink from view.
Since March 31st, Nato have carried out, by some estimates 30,000 sorties, 8000 of which were strike sorties. The objective of carrying out sustained bombing on the neighbourhood is to instill terror in the people and allow the rebels to seize control of the streets.
Claiborne also says, speaking of the anti-war left that:
They lack a similar sense of proportion when it comes to their charges of racism among the revolutionary forces. The purpose of these exaggerations is to warn off anyone who might be inclined to rethink their opposition to intervention and support the revolution…
This is perverse. Firstly, many people were supportive of the humanitarian intervention convinced by rebel disinformation that Gaddafi was preparing a genocide in Benghazi and further, that the Libyan airforce was dropping bombs on the city but there was never support for Nato intervention was never. To point out the racism of the rebels is not to denounce “the revolution” but to attack racism. While he sees a revolution, the majority of Africans and some on the left recognised that the humanitarian intervention was merely cover for an imperial war to bring about regime change and to secure Libya’s oil and territory for NATO states in what is unmistakably a neo-colonial war of re-conquest of the African continent. Claiborne’s article is a simply an attempt to police the anti-imperialist left. Yes, there are still some of us left standing.
Claiborne is blinded by his rigid belief that the rebels are a revolutionary force, an idea he tries to protect by adopting a view so one-sided it prevents him from recognising that Nato rebels are engaged in war-crimes. Once more he quotes from HRW:
Human Rights Watch has not found evidence of killings of Africans in Tripoli or systematic abuse of detainees, but the widespread arbitrary arrests and frequent abuse have created a grave sense of fear among the city’s African population…
…no “lynchings,” no “pogroms,” although there is some evidence for lynchings six months ago in Benghazi the first time protesters seized a fort and captured some snipers.
A lynching was carried out in the rebel’s very own Benghazi media centre (see this report and the videos therein) sometime in March this year. It was from here that the African mercenary propaganda flowed.
The horrific episode was recorded and uploaded to the internet and while I have not watched it, reading the description is enough to make your blood run cold. It is one of a number of videos circulating on the internet that I know of. Another shows the beheading of a black African in front of a burnt out court house which has been identified as the main square in Benghazi by the Dutch broadcaster NOS. And here is yet another youtube which was shot in Abu Salim and records atrocities against dark skinned Africans in Abu Salim. You can find out more about these youtubes that have made it onto the internet here. As John Rosenthal of Pajamas media notes, it might seem odd that these beheadings are filmed but, as we saw in Iraq, it is standard jihadist practice to film beheadings and other atrocities carried out against captured enemy soldiers and hostages.
He attempts to portray the dark-skinned Africans who are being lynched as mercernaries and sets out to prove they are by once more quoting from a HRW
In Tripoli Human Rights Watch has found evidence that the Gaddafi government recruited and used African mercenaries from Chad, Sudan, and other countries. Human Rights Watch researchers located a large base used by hundreds of mercenaries from other African countries since February 2011, who were recruited and commanded by the 32nd Brigade of Khamis Gaddafi.
This is what the Independent reported in June, following a report by Donatella Rovera, senior crisis response adviser for Amnesty, who was in Libya for three months after the start of the uprising
Rebels have repeatedly charged that mercenary troops from Central and West Africa have been used against them. The Amnesty investigation found there was no evidence for this. “Those shown to journalists as foreign mercenaries were later quietly released,” says Ms Rovera. “Most were sub-Saharan migrants working in Libya without documents.”
Others were not so lucky and were lynched or executed. Ms Rovera found two bodies of migrants in the Benghazi morgue and others were dumped on the outskirts of the city. She says: “The politicians kept talking about mercenaries, which inflamed public opinion and the myth has continued because they were released without publicity.”
Clairborne suggests that the attacks on the Tawerghis who resided in a village 25 miles south of Mistrata were reprisal acts for rape and plunder which the rebels had accused them off, which were also discovered to be untrue. The Independent reports Rovero of Amnesty internationall who investigated atrocity claims in Eastern Libya, Mistrata and in refugee camps along the Tunisian border as saying:
"we have not found any evidence or a single victim of rape or a doctor who knew about somebody being raped".
She stresses this does not prove that mass rape did not occur but there is no evidence to show that it did. Liesel Gerntholtz, head of women’s rights at Human Rights Watch, which also investigated the charge of mass rape, said: “We have not been able to find evidence” [my emphasis].
In one instance two captured pro-Gaddafi soldiers presented to the international media by the rebels claimed their officers, and later themselves, had raped a family with four daughters. Ms Rovera says that when she and a colleague, both fluent in Arabic, interviewed the two detainees, one 17 years old and one 21, alone and in separate rooms, they changed their stories and gave differing accounts of what had happened. “They both said they had not participated in the rape and just heard about it,” she said. “They told different stories about whether or not the girls’ hands were tied, whether their parents were present and about how they were dressed.”
In a further desperate effort to excuse Arab racism Claiborne wonders whether “That sign,” the one that reads The brigade for purging slaves, “the one that has followed NTC rebels presumably in Arabic… has been so widely quoted to prove “the rebels” aren’t “progressive in any way” that I wish I could find a picture or at least the orginal Arabic for a second opinion because translation can be a tricky thing.” I wonder if a cartoon might be easier to decipher?
This piece of graffiti depicting Gaddafi mocks the title “King of Kings of Africa” bestowed on Gaddafi by a group of traditional African leaders at a meeting hosted in Benghazi in 2008 and transforms it into the racist insult, “Monkey of Monkeys of Africa.” This was captured by AP in the city of Benghazi towards the end of February.
Here is one in which Gaddafi has been transformed into a monkey. John Rosenthal points out how much of the earliest examples of racist graffiti appeared around the rebel’s media centre in Benghazi and appears to have been encouraged by them. Notice how in both pieces of graffiti Gaddafi’s nose is broadened and his lips are thickened, he is given thick afro hair, all of this is meant to caricature African features. Gaddafi is no longer an Arab, like the rebels, but an African with the body of a monkey; a banana put in his hand completes the picture. The rebels claimed Gaddafi had no support among the Libyan people and that he was paying African mercenaries to fight for him, their only motive being money. Here lies the propaganda, Gaddafi the African, with his African mercernaries are destroying the Libyans. The crudest of ideas which undermines Claiborne’s belief that the rebels are a progressive force.
Hopefully by now it should be clear that none of the most repeated claims made by Claiborne, the rebels, NATO, European leaders are NOT able to withstand scrutiny, thus it is for this reason the war machine resorts to psy-ops, employing firms like Harbour Group, to win popular support. In times of war truthful information is hard to come by. Disinformation becomes a powerful tool iin the hands of both sides used to mislead the enemy, incite fear and confusion thus it becomes difficult to obtain any objective understanding of what is really going on. This has especially been the case in Libya. Cynthia McKinney notes, psyops relies on what CIA agent Frank Cisney called “The Mighty Wurlitzer” which described the networks of smaller organisations and media outlets the CIA relied on to manipulate public opinion during the cold war. As McKinney wrote in June:
The world is being subjected to a massive “perception management” campaign, especially on Libya right now. Soon, the Wurlitzer will be focused and playing a tune for you to believe on Iran, Venezuela, and more. At the 1999 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. murder trial, Mr. William Schaap, attorney, military and intelligence specialization, co-publisher “Covert Action Quarterly” testified that approximately 30% of the CIA budget at that time was devoted to this “Wurlitzer.” Imagine what it is today! And finally, please remember, it was Wisner’s son whom President Obama sent in recently to manage events in Egypt! If you believe anything at all from these guys, then you are truly being played!
Finally, might I suggest Claiborne offer his services, pro bono, to the rebels as the Harbour Group public relations company has done recently. One of HG’s tasks is to get public opinion to recognise the NTC as the “legitimate” government of Libya. “To achieve those goals, the firm will help prepare speeches, press releases and op-eds, contact reporters and think tanks and develop a website and social media for the council.” This used to be called psy-ops. Claiborne’s latest diatribe ties in so neatly with Harbour Group’s aims, it is difficult to believe he does not already work for them.
Some more thoughts about Libya and racism which began here and which I hope I will shed shed some light on what NATO’s latest “humanitarian intervention” means for Africa and African people.
Having thought some more about the images and youtubes of black African lynchings in Libya by the rebels I want to share more thoughts that I am developing about the function they serve and how they also extend the space of colonialism.
Youtube videos of rebels lynching black Africans act in a similar way to the lynching postcards that once circulated in the USA by reproducing relations of domination. They are designed to demonstrate the superiority of one race over another. But which race? While we view the televisual spectacular through the eyes of the rebels it is not them we identify with but the embedded journalists who, abandoning the mask of neutrality are transformed into cheerleaders for the rebels.
When Alex Thomson takes us through the dusty underground tunnels beneath the streets of Tripoli desperately trying to find signs of Gaddafi’s alleged taste for the Dictatorial high life all we become privy to is a recording studio with cobwebbed betamax cassettes and recording equipment that was superseded in the early 80’s and finally - the highlight - a hideous orange bathroom that is meant to convey the opulence the Dictator wanted to maintain in hiding. Whoever meant to hide out here was hardly a Bokassa!
The use of the camera here extends the sphere of domination. It does not record NATO bombings of civilian neighbourhoods or infrastructure but is sent in search of the Dictator’s opulence. What he is looking for are golden bathroom taps and thrones. And while Thomson has recorded what appears to be reports sympathetic to the African migrant workers dying in rebel pogroms, in truth what he is doing is doing is turning the spotlight on the rebels and posing the question “Who are these guys?” A question many of us were asking at the beginning of the armed insurrection but it is too late for Tomo, who like other Western journalists were embedded with the rebels, to restore his credentials as his cameras survey the scenes of rotting dead bodies of black Africans on the streets of Tripoli. Even though he attempts to present himself as the white saviour and hero of one group of Africans who would surely have been killed by the rebels but for his intervention, there are other groups being killed beyond range of his superman x-ray vision which also fails to see NATO attacks on civilian infrastructure and civilian neighbourhoods by NATO and the rebels.
It’s a salve for his conscience and those who adhere to the myths CH4 news and other Western media churn out. The lives of black Africans being killed with axes and pruning shears or shot while their hands are tied behind their backs with the plastic ties typical of US operations in Iraq or more typically seen on the streets of the USA. Somebody imported them and I’m guessing they came in with the USA and UK special forces who were on the ground before February 17th.
Now these claims of African mercenaries raping Libyan women not only tap into white American fears about the African American rapist and lynchings which hark back to the late 19th century and which were carried out until the 1960’s, but they also act as an important motivator justifying why the war against Gaddafi and his rapist mercenaries must be carried out and the manner in which women who, say in 2003, were in the main opposed to war have now come to embrace imperialism and war (just to remind Gaddafi ordering rape as a weapon of war was discounted here as false by Amnesty), invoking as it does the image of Libyan women as helpless and thus requiring the protection of the rebels and NATO. It also engenders the acquiescence of Western women who see Libyan women as the real victims of Gaddafi and not the 1.5 million black African migrants who are currently being slaughtered by the rebels.
Secondly, these rebels are portrayed as particularly violent and barbaric. The imagery surrounding the rebels is of an undisciplined force engaged in acts of brutality towards the black Africans which at once erases from view those Libyan civilians who have been killed by the rebels who, when we do encounter their bodies discover they are labelled “Gaddafi loyalists,” just as when black African migrants are captured by the rebels we find they are identified as Gaddafi’s mercenaries. The savagery of the rebels towards black Africans functions to normalise the landscape as already violent, rather than something that has been imposed by NATO from above and it also acts as a blinker, preventing us from seeing the horror of NATO’s nightly “carpet bombing” of civilian neighbourhoods. This nightly terror simply disappears from view.
Since the war began on March 31st, NATO has carried out over 20,000 sorties, that’s a heap more than the 8000 sorties quoted by the media. This aerial bombing has continued without pause since the rebels declared victory in Tripoli. A city the NTC has not dared to set foot in as yet.
What is also obscured is the relationship of oppression that exists between NATO states and the Libyan people and subsequently, the African continent as a whole. What we are seeing in Libya is not a revolution but the first neo-colonial war of re-conquest of the African continent by NATO.
It did not take much to stoke hatred towards black Africans in Libya. Racism towards black skinned Africans was already a fact of life in the East of Libya and there has been a history of attacks on black Africans breaking out resulting in the deaths of thousands over the years. In 2000 Libyans carried out a pogrom against black Africans sparked by a rumour that an African had raped a Libyan girl. Scores were killed. Racism has been endemic in Libya, a country which once traded in slaves and until 1930 viewed itself as a Meditarranean state. The pogrom was conducted a month before Gaddafi was due to declare a United States of Africa from his home town of Sirte.
The flames of racist hatred were fanned and deliberately stoked by the Qatari-based Al Jazeera journalist Dima Khatib in the early days of the so-called Libyan uprising as she despatched countless tweets alleging that African mercernaries were raping and killing Libyans while Al Jazeera concocted reports claiming to show African mercernaries running through the streets of Benghazi wearing yellow hard hats, clothing more typically suited to a worker on an oil refinery than a paid-up Gaddafi mercenary. Now might be a good time to ask whether that film was staged.
Almost immediately, accounts that dark skinned Libyans and Sub-Saharan Africans were being lynched by the rebels began to reported by human rights organisations and despite assurances given to the rebels that many of the Africans in Libya were migrant workers and not African mercenaries as Dima Khatib and Al Jazeera falsely claimed, the lynchings continued. Reading these reports was sickening and horrifying, defying anything I have read in war time in recent times.
One Turkish oil worker who managed to escape Libya gave an eye witness account to the BBC on 25th February in which he said “We left behind our friends from Chad. We left behind their bodies. We had 70 or 80 people from Chad working for our company. They cut them dead with pruning shears and axes, attacking them, saying you’re providing troops for Gaddafi. The Sudanese, the Chadians were massacred. We saw it ourselves. I am a worker, not a fighter. They took me from my house and [raped] my wife.”
While this report imparts some of the terror inflicted on African migrants it remains unmatched by seeing visual youtubes posted online by Libyan rebels. In one of the only videos I have forced myself to partially watch, Libyan rebels parade with the dismembered remains of an African man who was lynched because of his darker skin. One man holds his head up before a jeering crowd while another waves his naked torso, minus his arms, on a stick. Singing and chanting breaks out some minutes later among the rebels when another man is slaughtered and dragged across the ground, face down like a dead animal. Despite being embedded with the rebels, reportage of the slaughter being carried out by the rebels was given scant attention by Western journalists.
From the beginning we were told that the purpose of imposing a no-fly-zone over Libya was to protect civilians but clearly Responsibility to Protect does not extend to African migrants. While the alleged crimes of Gaddafi against Libyans has been amplified, until recently, Westerners watching events unfold in the country could cheerlead NATO attacks to remove Gaddafi the Dictator without concerning themselves about the atrocities being committed by the rebel dogs on Libya’s most vulnerable dark-skinned minority.
The Libyan war was a made for television spectacle relying on the well known tried and tested demonization of Gaddafi the Dictator. The dictatorship of corporate capital in liberal democracies with corporate capital buying up this or that political party at election time, which passes for a pseudo-democracy in the minds of most is of course tolerated and it is these people who are most susceptible to the demonization of the new enemy of the West. It’s too easy. Add to this stories of Gaddafi ordering the rape of Libyan people, supplying his troops with condoms and Viagra to carry out these mass rapes, then throw in some film of an hysterical woman - Iman al-Obeidi - barging into the luxurious 5 star Rixos Hotel which coincidentally happens to be where most of the world’s journalists are camping out, as they do in times of war, and you have a new Dictator. One with a $1 million bounty on his head. This was the same hotel that journalists not embedded with the rebels were unable to escape when Tripoli apparently fell.
I should add these stories have been proven to be faked but still, now we have a Dictator more foul than the last one we hated but sharing all the hallmark characteristics of Saddam Hussein or Milosevic which we have come to recognise and loathe. It is only enough to invoke these two names to get the public seething with hate while the system that they remain servile to and which cultivates dictators all over the world is more dictatorial than anything Gaddafi put in place. .
Remember that the privileges of those men hunting black scalps in Libya rests on the exploitation of the black migrant community and the pogroms they carried out against the black skinned Africans was borne out of rage because of the global economic downturn.
Libya has been described as a nation of shop-keepers, sons remained at home rather than go out to work and fill the jobs the African migrants took on because they felt it was beneath them. Those bored unemployed men were the ones chasing Africans through the streets of Benghazi in 2000. Those pampered sons and daughters of Libya had free healthcare, free education and free housing. To remind people of this or to point to the fact that Libya had the highest standard of living in Africa is to remind people of Saddam Hussein and is to be called a Gaddafi lover.It did not take much to stoke hatred towards black Africans in Libya.
Another propaganda coup for the R2P crowd was the manipulation of the public mind with fake stories about Gaddafi’s fighter jets firing on Benghazi. These stories were repeated in 24 hour rolling news coverage on the BBC, Sky and Al Jazeera. News reports of the rebels invariably portrayed the rebels as mad-max bandana clad men firing wildly into the sky from the back of pick-up trucks. Rebels were filmed pointing into the air at a Libya fighter jet that was purported to be bombing them. Perhaps these were Mirages? Amnesty International discounted these reports while in Benghazi finding no evidence that aircraft or heavy anti-aircraft machines guns had fired on crowds as claimed by the rebels. Amnesty only found spent cartridges from Kalashnikovs and other similar calibre weapons. Yet, the the no-fly-zone was implemented. Think about what this means in our world… This world in which journalists like Dima Khatib and the others shape how the public views these events and then comes to accept the obscenity of war and genocides.
Just some thoughts. .