Libya repels attack as U.S. seeks ‘regime change’
Published Mar 9, 2011 3:53 PM
As of March 7, Libyan military forces have stepped up their counteroffensive
against rebel units backed by the U.S. and European Union countries. Government
soldiers have retaken the town of Bin Jawad and are mounting assaults on rebels
near the oil port of Ras Lanuf as well as Az Zawiyah, Tobruk and Misurata.
Meanwhile, Western and allied media sources have escalated their disinformation
campaign against Moammar Gadhafi and the Libyan government in an effort to
create the conditions for the overthrow of this oil-rich, North African
Gadhafi and the Libyan government are portrayed as the worst form of
dictatorship in the world. Leading foreign policy operatives of the U.S.
government like Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ambassador to the U.N.
Susan Rice have openly called for Gadhafi’s removal.
The biased news coverage of developments in Libya has created the atmosphere
for widespread vilification of Gadhafi and his government.
ICC threatens Libya from Europe
On March 3 the International Criminal Court, based in The Hague, Netherlands,
announced that Gadhafi, his sons and other leading figures in the Libyan
government are under investigation for alleged war crimes. This institution has
been dubbed by many people around the world as the “African Criminal
Court,” since it has focused almost exclusively on leaders within the
The ICC has issued warrants against Sudan’s president, Omar Hassan
al-Bashir, for alleged crimes committed during that government’s efforts
to restore order in the face of attacks by rebels operating in the western
Darfur region of this central African state. The warrants against Bashir have
been drawn up over the objections of both the African Union and the Arab
ICC prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo told the international press on March 3,
“I would like to use this opportunity to put [Libya] on notice. I want to
be clear: If their troops commit crimes, they could be made criminally
responsible.” (CNN, March 3)
Moreno-Ocampo acknowledged to questions, “This is the beginning of the
investigation. I can give no details. We cannot confirm these allegations that
these civilians were bombed by planes.”
Libya’s human rights standing
The United Nations Human Rights Council based in Geneva has suspended Libya
from participating in its activities and the country’s representative to
Geneva has defected. Prior to the new round of attacks against this North
African state, however, this same council had prepared a report praising
Libya’s record on human rights. (Reuters, March 3)
In relationship to the status of women in Libya, the report said: “The
delegation indicated that women were highly regarded in the Libyan Arab
Jamahiriya, and their rights were guaranteed by all laws and legislation.
Discriminatory laws had been revoked.” (Report of the Working Group on
the Universal Periodic Review, Human Rights Council, Jan. 4)
The report goes on to note that “Libyan women occupied prominent
positions in the public sector, the judicial system, the public
prosecutor’s office, the police and the military. Libyan legislation also
guaranteed children their rights, and provided for special care for children
with special needs, the elderly and persons with disabilities.”
Venezuelan proposal rejected by imperialists
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has submitted a proposal to mediate the
current conflict inside Libya by establishing a negotiating team to be
dispatched to the country and the region. This effort was outright rejected by
the imperialist states of the U.S. and France.
Venezuela and Libya, two large-scale, oil-producing states, have good
diplomatic and economic relations. When Libya was chair of the African Union in
2009 and president of the United Nations General Assembly, Gadhafi led a
delegation of African representatives to Venezuela to participate in a
high-level meeting with Latin American states.
The Arab League said that it was interested in the Venezuelan peace proposal.
However, the U.S. and France apparently felt that such an effort would lend too
much credibility to both Venezuela and the Arab League.
The African Union, a 53-member organization of independent African states, has
issued two statements on the situation in Libya, which have largely been
ignored by the U.S., the U.N. and the international corporate-oriented
The AU Peace and Security Council supported “the aspirations of the
people of Libya for democracy, political reform, justice and socio-economic
development” but stressed “the need to preserve the territorial
integrity and unity of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab
The biased reporting of the corporate media and the threats leveled by the
International Criminal Court, the United States, NATO and the European Union
indicate clearly that the Western governments are seeking to institute regime
change in this North African country.
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