Thursday, June 23, 2011
In Mafia don fashion, UK PM David Cameron and French President Sarkozy have dispatched assassins to kill Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
The British security service MI6 and France’s Directorate-General for External Security agents will hunt down the dictator in Operation Fire And Forget, The Daily Star reported earlier this week. News of the assassination plan was ignored by the corporate media in the United States.
The assassins speak Arabic and have lived in Libya for years, according to the report. “These agents are very brave people. If they get caught they will disappear and won’t survive an hour,” the paper quoted a senior security source.
Money is no object. It is estimated the operation may cost around a million pounds a week, the source said.
Government officials have sent conflicting messages on killing Gaddafi. In April, French French Foreign Minister Alain Juppé said it is not France’s objective to kill Gaddafi or his family.
The same month, British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said Gaddafi is a legitimate target if he does not give up as NATO and the United States demand.
British Foreign Secretary William Hague said on April 25 that U.S. Predator drones would be used to kill Gaddafi.
On April 24, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” program, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham called for killing Gaddafi and bombing Tripoli.
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Arizona Senator John McCain also called for killing Gaddafi and using more firepower against those who would resist militarily enforced regime change in their country.
In 2009, McCain praised Gaddafi for his peacemaking efforts in Africa and called for Congress to expand ties with him. Now he wants to kill him.
Libya had managed to restore full diplomatic ties with the United States during the Bush years. Gaddafi had agreed to dismantle his nascent nuclear program in exchange for the much sought after diplomatic recognition.
On May 1, it was reported that NATO had killed Saif al-Arab Gaddafi, the youngest son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and three of his grandchildren. The elder Gaddafi was reportedly in the house when his son and grand children were murdered.
Gaddafi’s children appear to be a preferred target of the United States. In 1986, then president Reagan ordered a raid on Tripoli in response to a German disco bombing that killed two U.S. soldiers and was blamed on Gaddafi. In addition to killing 19 and wounding around 140 Libyans, the night time raid killed Gaddafi’s recently adopted daughter.
This article was posted: Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 8:54 am