2011/03/02

: Panic on borders as chaos engulfs Libya-StOp Callin us Rebels


  • 7:00am
    Prolific twitter user Libyan Youth Movement pleas to the international media:
    "MEDIA: Stop calling Libyan protesters rebels! We are protesters calling for our freedom





    • hat is all. We are not rebels. #libya #feb17"-------------------------------------------------------------


 http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=24090

Libyan revolutionaries speak out: ‘The West’s war machine won’t help us win’

by Ken Olende and Simon Assaf


We are against any foreign intervention or military intervention in our internal affairs,” said Abdel-Hafidh Ghoga in Libya’s second city Benghazi last Sunday.
“This revolution will be completed by our people with the liberation of the rest of Libyan ­territory.”
He was speaking at a press conference to explain how the national revolutionary council is attempting to co-ordinate the rebel cities and administrate daily life.
The revolution looks close to defeating a dictatorship that had until recently appeared unstoppable. Colonel Gaddafi’s 41-year old regime now only controls the area around the capital Tripoli.


He was speaking at a press conference to explain how the national revolutionary council is attempting to co-ordinate the rebel cities and administrate daily life.
The revolution looks close to defeating a dictatorship that had until recently appeared unstoppable. Colonel Gaddafi’s 41-year old regime now only controls the area around the capital Tripoli.
Gaddafi’s response has been brutal. The regime has opened fire on unarmed demonstrations with machine guns and rockets.
It has used fighter jets against protests. Thousands may have died in the attempted crackdown.
Western intervention would be a disaster. The rebels still have the initiative, and they need to keep it.
All the major cities and towns, apart from the capital, are run by revolutionary councils—from Benghazi in the east, to Misrata, in the industrial heartlands of western Libya. These councils are growing in strength—on one day last week alone some eight towns set up these councils and declared for the revolution.
All observers speak of the efficiency and energy of the councils and the relaxed air of “freedom” in the areas under their control.
In Benghazi, despite food shortages, the poor speak of howthey are eating better now than before the revolution. Food and other services are organised on the basis of need.


The governments that want to intervene now are the same ones who have been happy to sell Gaddafi the weapons he’s been using to attack the resistance.
Western intervention of any form would not help—in fact it would be devastating.
It would give Gaddafi a chance to regain support in Libya by posing as an anti-imperialist.
We have to let the Libyan people make their own revolution

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Fisk ContinUed_____________
 'The Libyans watched from an open window of the immigration post, leaning out to see the 20,000 fleeing Egyptian, Bangladeshi, Chinese and Iranian workers heaped 


up against the border wall. They seemed quite unconcerned, shirt-sleeves rolled up, moving to a window closer to this crowd. 


Already up to 75,000 have struggled into Tunisia, but yesterday the crossing system collapsed as thousands of men, almost all Arabs desperate to escape Muammar 


Gaddafi's state, fought with local Tunisians who – under the eyes of the army – attacked them with stakes and iron bars.


---------------------------------------------Tens of thousands flee mounting violence as UN warns of urgent humanitarian crisis





Of all the gloomy stories


yesterday, however, none was as


grim as that of Adel Jumaa. He


was a young Libyan who had just


escaped across the southern


Tunisian border and spoke of Libyan special forces checkpoints,


of senior police officers shot by the regime, of the people of western Libya




who wanted to get rid of Colonel Gaddafi but who were unarmed and too




fearful to leave their homes. Libyans who had spoken to foreign television




stations by telephone had been arrested and "disappeared".






He said: "There is a big bridge this side of Tripoli and Gaddafi has put




dozens of missiles on the eastern end. The security people checked my car




up to 15 times at road blocks. They were looking for telephone smart




cards, PIN cards, anything to do with communications."
This surreal awfulness was all too well illustrated for me when, driving back from the border

last night, I listened to Colonel Gaddafi's state radio broadcasting the 5pm news from Tripoli.

Here, for students of the absurd, were the contents.






President Barack Obama has announced that al-Qa'ida controls Benghazi. The

"people of Libya" have denounced UN sanctions. A South African "King" has

telephoned Colonel Gaddafi. Revolutionary Committees will protect the people from terrorists of a "well-known group".



An independent Libyan committee has been set up to inquire into recent "disturbances" and to find out why foreign news organisations were lying about Libya. The Libyan people "are happy to defend their revolution and their historic leadership and the achievements of their beloved leader".



In Benghazi, "the



people who did 9/11 are slaughtering and raping".



Oh yes, and an imam denounced all other imams who criticised the beloved leader and all foreign news organisations which denounced the same Great Leader. And then, on a


telephone line, a "reporter in Benghazi" described al-Qa'ida's cruelty towards the people of Libya.
http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/fisk/robert-fisk-panic-on-borders-as-chaos-engulfs-libya-2229612.html


http://english.aljazeera.net/


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The Crazy Prophet

By URI AVNERY
"WHY DON’T the masses stream to the square here, too, and throw Bibi out?” my taxi driver exclaimed when we were passing Rabin Square. The wide expanse was almost empty, with only a few mothers and their children enjoying the mild winter sun.



The masses will not stream to the square, and Binyamin Netanyahu can be thrown out only through the ballot box.
If this does not happen, Israelis can blame nobody but themselves.
If the Israeli Left is unable to bring together a serious political force, which can put Israel on the road to peace and social justice, it has only itself to blame.


We have no bloodthirsty dictator whom we can hold responsible. No crazy tyrant will order his air force to bomb us if we demand his ouster.


Once there was a story making the rounds: Ariel Sharon – then still a general in the army – assembles the officer corps and tells them: “Comrades, tonight we shall carry out a military coup!” All the assembled officers break out in thunderous laughter.  
http://www.counterpunch.org/avnery02282011.html