February 28, 2011
Following Secretary of State Clinton’s call for intervention, a rebel leader in Libya has stated his country does not want or need any help from the United States and its globalist partners.
Hafiz Ghoga, the spokesman for the newly formed National Libyan Council in the rebel controlled eastern city of Benghazi, said “foreign intervention” would not be welcome, The Daily Caller reports.
“The rest of Libya will be liberated by the people … and Gaddafi’s security forces will be eliminated by the people of Libya,” Ghoga said during a news conference.
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, Libya’s former justice minister, said on Saturday he formed a transitional government which would lead the country for three months to prepare for elections. “Our national government has military and civilian personalities. It will lead for no more than three months, and then there will be fair elections and the people will choose their leader,” he told Al-Jazeera television.
On Sunday, it was reported that the opposition had taken control of al-Zawiyah, west of Tripoli. Police stations and government buildings were torched, although private businesses were untouched, according to witnesses.
Clinton is scheduled to meet with EU foreign ministers in Geneva on Monday and urge them to approve tough sanctions on Libya. EU penalties will have a greater impact on Libya than U.S. sanctions earlier imposed because Libya does far more commerce with Europe.
Prior to embarking on her trip, Clinton reached out to the Libyan rebel groups and offered them “any type of assistance” to oust Gadhafi. Ghoga’s response indicates Libya is not interested in foreign intervention.
Obama will meet with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon on Monday todiscuss further action.
Republican Senator John McCain and independent Senator Joe Liebermanhave called for Washington to recognize a provisional government being established in eastern Libya and supply it with weapons and humanitarian assistance. McCain said Washington and its allies should enforce a no-fly zone over Libya. Lieberman said what is needed now is “tangible support, a no-fly zone [and] recognition of the revolutionary government.”
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said last week that the globalist body needs to impose a no-fly zone (NFZ) to protect civilians in Libya.
The UN, the United States, Britain, and initially France supported a NFZ imposed on Iraq prior to the 2003 invasion. It was used to conduct almost daily bombing raids on the country. In one five-month period, according to journalist John Pilger, 41 per cent of casualties in Iraq were civilians – farmers, fishermen, shepherds, their children and their sheep.
Support for a Libyan NFZ comes from both Republicans and Democrats. Supporters include Bush era neocon Elliott Abrams, Jim McDermott (D.-Wash), Jim McGovern (D.-Mass.) and the diva of the supposedly non-interventionist Tea Party, Sarah Palin.
“NATO and our allies should look at establishing a no-fly zone so Libyan air forces cannot continue slaughtering the Libyan people. We should not be afraid of freedom, especially when it comes to people suffering under a brutal enemy of America,” Palin said last week.
Britain and Germany have used the military in Libya. UK Special Forces used RAF Hercules planes to rescue British nationals. German foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle, said on Sunday that two German military planes landed on a private runway belonging to the Wintershall AG company and evacuated 22 Germans and 112 others and flew them to the island of Crete, according to the Boston Globe.
This article was posted: Monday, February 28, 2011 at 9:49 am