U.S.-NATO lead attack on Tripoli
Libyans resist imperialist takeover
Published Aug 24, 2011 2:41 PM
A six-month-long war against the government of Moammar Gadhafi has reached a
new stage as NATO escalates its intervention with air power, naval power,
strategy and intelligence to push armed units of the so-called Transitional
National Council into Tripoli, Libya’s capital.
On Aug. 21, the TNC moved into at least three areas of Tripoli and its
surrounding suburbs. Meanwhile, NATO warplanes flew coordinated military
actions aimed at toppling the government.
As of late Aug. 22, the situation in Libya still remains fluid militarily and
politically. A major aspect of the war against Libya has involved psychological
operations and media-generated propaganda that seeks to demonize the Libyan
leader Gadhafi, his family and government.
The TNC leaders were discredited when they claimed to have arrested Col.
Gadhafi’s sons, Seif Gadhafi and Mohamed Gadhafi. Seif Gadhafi then
appeared in public and led a tour of areas still controlled by the government.
Mohamed Gadhafi apparently escaped from house arrest when supporters stormed
Imperialists led the battle
Articles in the London Daily Telegraph and the Associated Press point to the
commanding and coordinating role of the U.S., British and French intelligence
and special forces units in charting the way for the rebels to enter
“For weeks, military and intelligence officers have been helping the
rebels plan their co-ordinated attack on the capital, and Whitehall sources
have disclosed that the RAF stepped up raids on Tripoli on Saturday [Aug. 20]
morning in a pre-arranged plan to pave the way for the rebel advance.”
(Telegraph, Aug. 23)
An Associated Press Aug. 22 article said the facts “suggested covert
involvement of the U.S. forces and the CIA in the Tripoli takeover.” It
quoted an unnamed Washington official who said, “The Qatari military led
the way, augmented later by French, Italian and British military advisers. We
simply followed the way the opposition fronts moved. ... Gadhafi’s forces
usually came out to meet the rebels, and that’s when we
“The CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies have been gathering
information throughout the conflict from contacts they’d developed when
they were working closely with the Gadhafi government on counter terrorism
against al-Qaida-related Islamic militant groups operating in Libya. This
thawing of relations ... paid unexpected dividends later,” reported the
International Business Tribune Aug. 22.
Although the storming of the Bab al-Aziziya compound on Aug. 23 was portrayed
by the NATO forces, the rebels and the corporate media as a great victory for
the TNC, this location has been bombed continuously over the last several
months. On the same day that the rebels were credited with taking over the
location, NATO had already been pounding the area for hours from British RAF
Tornados and Typhoons.
A U.S.-NATO war of destabilization & conquest
Since Feb. 17, at least a half-dozen imperialist states operating under a NATO
banner have supported and supplied weapons for a series of attacks against the
Libyan government by armed groups.
The imperialist role became obvious when France, Britain and the U.S. passed
U.N. resolution 1970 through the Security Council. It allowed a naval blockade
of Libya, allegedly to stop arms. U.N. resolution 1973 on March 19 gave a
pseudo-legal cover to military intervention.
Since March 31, U.S.-NATO air power have carried out 19,877 sorties, which
included approximately 7,459 rocket or bomb strike sorties. These bombing
operations grew more devastating when 105 struck the capital and its environs
on Aug. 20. (Center for Research on Globalization, Aug. 22) Later, on Aug.
21-22, there were additional bombings of specifically targeted civilian areas
of the capital.
“Tripoli has been the object of extensive bombings of residential areas,
creating an atmosphere of panic. Rebel forces are not the decisive factor. The
decisive forces are the extensive NATO bombings and the support provided by
NATO to the rebels,” reported Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya from Tripoli. (CRG,
“Operation Mermaid Dawn,” aimed at taking Tripoli, began on the
evening of Aug. 20 with armed actions of TNC cells involving several hundred
people. In violation of U.N. Resolution 1970, a NATO warship anchored off the
shore of Tripoli delivered heavy weapons and additional TNC rebel forces.
Government and medical sources said 1,350 deaths and 5,000 injuries took place
“Fighting started again during the night. There were intense firefights.
NATO drones and aircraft kept bombing in all directions. NATO helicopters
strafed civilians in the streets with machine guns to open the way” for
the opposition forces, wrote Thierry Meyssan for CRG on Aug. 21.
NATO forces have been the most important factor in this war aimed at regime
change in Libya. According to the Aug. 22 New York Times, U.S. military aerial
surveillance proved crucial in the recent fighting. Unnamed U.S. and NATO
officials told the Times that “coordination between NATO and the rebels,
and among the loosely organized rebel groups themselves, had become more
sophisticated and lethal in recent weeks, even though NATO’s mandate has
been merely to protect civilians, not to take sides in the conflict.”
NATO’s bombing operations attacked thousands of targets. “The
cumulative effect not only destroyed Libya’s military infrastructure but
also greatly diminished the ability of Colonel Gadhafi’s commanders to
control forces, leaving even committed fighting units unable to move, resupply
or coordinate operations.” (New York Times, Aug. 22)
The TNC leaders also credited NATO with providing them an opportunity to
advance in the eastern and western parts of Libya. In earlier battles on their
own, the TNC forces had quickly been sent running when in battle with the
government forces, even after NATO warplanes had eliminated much of the
It was thus not these ragtag “rebels” that stormed Tripoli, but the
combined force of Britain, France, Canada, Italy and the United States —
and the support of more of the old colonialist allies. This most powerful
military and economic alliance supplied air cover, intelligence and special
forces as well as warships that have supplied the TNC with weapons, training
and transportation to fight an oppressed African country of 6 million
Implications of U.S.-NATO war against Libya
Much of the information circulated about the political and military situation
in Libya has been designed to turn both the people inside the country and the
international community against the Libyan government. International
conferences convened by the imperialist states have bestowed
“recognition” to the TNC rebels as the sole legitimate forces
representing the country.
Nonetheless, the people of Libya and throughout the regions of North Africa,
the Arabian Peninsula and the Persian Gulf can only be alarmed by the Western
military assault on the Libyan people. Next, U.S. and NATO ground forces could
be deployed into Libya, should the TNC appeal for “boots on the
ground” to purportedly restore “stability” to the
Africa and the Middle East have a long history of struggles against
colonialism, neocolonialism and imperialism. Recent uprisings throughout the
region have set off panic among the ruling classes of North America and Western
Europe due to the strategic minerals, especially oil, that are supplied to the
world capitalist markets from various countries.
However, the workers and oppressed of the region will not benefit at all from
these imperialist military interventions. In all the countries allied with the
U.S. and other capitalist states in the region, the conditions of the masses of
people have worsened.
As these conditions deteriorate along with those of the workers and oppressed
in the imperialist countries, greater opportunities will arise for
international solidarity among people throughout the world.
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