UK citizen journalism site exposes hypocrisy of British media over Libya bombings

EDITOR’S NOTE: This piece originally appeared in The-Latest.com and has been republished here with permission.

Marc Wadsworth – Editor at The-Latest.com

Cruise missile image given by US military to lap dog media

Cruise missile image given by US military to lap dog media

Not a single commentator in the British media I have seen today has stated the obvious – that the majority of the world is against the West’s unprovoked bombing of Libya.

Opposed to the massive cruise missiles raining down on Colonel Muammar Gadaffi’s cities are the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China as well the 53 nation-strong African Union. Already, according to the Libyan government, more than 50 people the UN-backed aggression were supposed to be protecting have been killed.

The hypocrisy of the West’s war mongering leaders is only matched by their lap dog propagandists in big media. Bankrupt international politics has been used as a fig leaf. The rigged vote on the United Nation’s “Security Council” went 10-0 in favour of imposing a “no fly zone” over Libyan air space enforced by “all necessary measures to protect civilians”.

(The UN has never done this to protect defenceless Palestinian civilians from Israeli bombardment, on many occasions, because the Americans have always vetoed such a vote.)

Five mighty countries abstained over Libya: China, Russia – two of the five permanent members – India, Brazil and Germany. The UN vote proved that the New York-based world body is broken. Why? It demonstrated how the West, that dominates the all-powerful Security Council, cajole, bully and bribe to get the outcomes they want. Yemen were once punished by the US which withdrew millions of dollars of aid from the impoverished country when it dared to vote against it at the UN.

India, Brazil, Japan or an African nation are glaringly absent among the five  permanent members of the Security Council. And the much more representative General Assembly, that includes all the nations of the world, is ignored politically and in the big media.

What is more, the Arab League that backed the no fly zone ahead of the crucial UN vote, at the behest of US President Barack Obama and the UK’s David Cameron, is packed with the very unelected royals and despots popular uprisings by the people, supposedly backed by the West, oppose. The Arab League sell-outs are dependent on the West to stay in power. And they reward their masters in Washington, London and Paris with oil and billion pound purchases, mainly of hi-tech arms.

Added to this, the slaughter by these Arab dictators of pro-democracy protesters in Bahrain and Yemen has not triggered a Western pushed UN resolution nor military intervention precisely because “they are our allies”.

Like Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, who was armed to the teeth by the West in an attempt to defeat Iran and then overthrown and executed, Muammar Gaddafi has now be turned on by his former Western friends. Feisty Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has bluntly denounced the West’s attack on Libya as “a grab for oil by the imperialists”. But you will not see his comment quoted in big media.

The Goebbels machine of Fleet Street has softened up public opinion by portraying Gaddafi as a “Mad Dog” who kills his own people. Is not that what the Western-armed psychopath Suharto did in Indonesia? Gaddafi has been demonised like Saddam Hussein and Robert Mugabe to paralyse rational public debate about a country’s sovereignty and right not to be attacked by foreign powers. And now the British military are in action we are told we must patriotically back them, despite any misgivings.

If concerns were to be genuinely overridden by an international desire to protect civilian populations then why did the West not intervene in Rwanda in 1994 when almost a million people were butchered? Or in Southern Sudan’s Darfur more recently?

The silent majority in the world must loudly protest at the murderous aggression in our name against Libya – a country that has not attacked us – otherwise who will be next? Hugo Chavez, Robert Mugabe, Evo Morales and Daniel Ortega are democratically-elected leaders the US wants rid of because they refuse to fall into line. So, if the dangerous precedent of Libya is allowed then why not oil-rich Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Bolivia or Nicaragua?

And now British military are in action we are told we must patriotically back them, despite any misgivings.
If concerns were to be genuinely overridden by an international desire to protect civilian populations then why did the West not intervene in Rwanda in 1994 when almost a million people were killed? Or in Southern Sudan’s Darfur more recently?
The silent majority in the world must loudly protest at the murderous aggression in our name against Libya – a country that has not attacked us – otherwise who will be next? Hugo Chavez, Robert Mugabe, Evo Morales and Daniel Ortega, are democratically-elected leaders the US wants rid of because they refuse to fall in line. So, if the dangerous precedent of Libya is allowed then why not oil-rich Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Bolivia or Nicaragua?

* Gaddafi ally Louis Farrakhan, leader of America’s Nation of Islam that supported Barrack Obama’s campaign to become US president, has spoken powerfully about his opposition to the military attack on Libya.

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  1. M Spencer Smith #
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    This does not represent most UK opinion to put it mildly.
    There is so much wrong here it's hard to know where to begin. But for a start, the UN vote was not 'rigged', it just didn't come out the way our Debs liked it. Russia & China could have voted against, but didn't . The Arab League is is favour. As for the 'mighty countries' whose abstention our Debs construes as voting against, that would include Russia and China, hardly democratic regimes.

    Not taking action in Rwanda was a mistake. But we can't be everywhere. Libya is on Europe's doorstep. I suppose our Debs would be quite happy for the Colonel to massacre his own people in Benghazi which he certainly would have if the French air force had not intervened. And I suppose she also thinks that Gadaffi has been in power for 42 years because his people love him so much.

    She says he has not attacked us in the UK- well actually yes, he has. His diplomats machine gunned peaceful demonstrators outside the Libyan embassy killing a British police officer. He sold arms to the IRA and put the bomb on the Pan Am plane that blew up over Lockerbie.

    Gadaffi has never been our friend, at best we have tried engaging with him to encourage him to be a little less rabid. And does she really think Mugabe has been elected in a free and fair election?

    We are not going to kill Gadaffi, the people of Libya will do that soon enough. Then we'll really find out what they think of him.

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  2. fatima guest #
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    gadaalfi is my friend and the friend of the black man anyone he knows the west are trying to discriminate against ..he even mocked tony blair when he told him to subdue and cut back the sub sharan black people from entering europe via italy and libya before this useless battle aginst6 him began i was proud of him ….as a child he suffered discrimination….his mother is a jewess…shes black!!!……………………..black christians shouldnt keep this crap up that by supporting islam theyre offending the slave masters…..they make me sick……also marc wadsworth is right ive said it too that its time for payback for the days of slavery and the people of bham 21 are sick and tired of there being nothing there any more for the black people there hardly anything exists for them not even a black night club in handsworth………they get bad housing and a life of grime there wake up black people stand up now become democratic and join with the muslims who will set you free the christians will not they made you slaves………

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  3. fatima guest #
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    the people of libya want gadaalfi he is in charge the benghazi tribe the senussi from algeria are rising up after he gave them a home they were kicked out he took them in now outer agents have whispered they can take ovats whats gone on …………………………theyre a lesser tribe who took root in benghazi its they who have caused this trouble and a girl of 17 from their tribe calling themselves the shebab in london who are behind this nightmare……………shes now so afraid of me shes backed off no longer on press tv making herself loud and seen since i asked her to ride into battle on their tanks shes shut her baby mouth.

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  4. Niall #
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    This is a really well-written article. It pretty much summed up all my own opinions on the subject, it's reassuring to know I'm not the only one who feels this way. The hypocrisy and cynicism of "The West" knows no bounds. After the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan (Iraq alone is estimated to have had at least 600,000 deaths since the invasion), after the US Marines completely destroyed Fallujah in 2004 in a bloodbath, destroying or damaging over 90% of buildings in the city, and after the endless Israeli killing of Palestinian civilians and also their deliberate targeting of civilians in the 2006 Lebanon War resulting in over 1,200 civilian deaths, now the West suddenly cares about protecting civilians. As an Irishman its amusing to hear the British Government talk about defending the rights of peaceful protesters, considering how the British Government dealt with peaceful protests in Northern Ireland (first banning protests and when the bans were ignored by shooting the protesters). It's a shame there was no international coalition to protect civilians in Northern Ireland while this was happening. Even according to a British Government inquiry the British Army actually killed more civilians in Northern Ireland than the IRA did, contrary to what the media portrays. This isn't just an anti-British entry but I'm just trying to further point out the hypocrisy of the countries involved in this action. And if there are three Western countries which do not have the moral high ground when it comes to Middle East matters, then surely those three countries are the USA, France and Britain. It's funny how Libya requires western intervention to protect civilians, while Bahrain and Yemen do not. I suppose it's just a coincidence that Libya is led by a man the West has been trying to get rid of for years. I'm not surprised at their opportunism to get rid of Gathafi, I just wish they'd be honest about it.

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