Chandra may proclaim that he is fighting for a just world and yet
supporting Gadafi, the proven mass murderers and liar does not help
his cause. What makes him think that US, UK and France want to spend
billions of RM just to get oil that they don't need. Most of Libya's
oil is exported to Itali that is not involved with the air strikes.
Hasn't it occurred to him that cease fire is precisely what was
DEMANDED BY US, UK and France!!!!
For 3 times, Gadafi announces ceasefire and yet keep on bombing
Just because these are muslim soldiers, do not give them the right to
kill openly unarmed citizens using snipers and heavy guns and tanks.
The proofs are clearly spoken out by their victims via telephone calls
and verifications by international news agencies. There is no such
confirmation, except by OFFICAL LIBYAN mouth pieces, declaring the
cease fires while still killing and while still not announcing the SO
CALLED CEASEFIRE in their own censored TV broadcasts.
CEASEFIRE is all that the allied air force demanded from Gadafi. Even
this is ignored by GADAFI. He wants to keep on killing his own unarmed
citizens. Any attempt to support such bloody murderers mean that you
are a bloody murderer yourself. It does not matter how you call
yourself. Anyone who use physical force to stop these murders from
being committed are the real faithful people. Unfortunately NONE of
the Muslim nations had come close. Only Qatar and UAE had started
patrolling the skies but with no proven actions to stop the guns and
tanks of Gadafi from firing on innocents, they are not proven to have
such a high faith in their own religion.
Why attack Gadafi's army in Adjabiya? Because civilians were
traumatised and displaced by the indicriminate shelling and sniper
fire by Gadafi's army. Similarly for Misrata. But now, it is
difficult to stop these killings becuase they are now in the cities.
It is up to the ill equipped Libyans to stop these bloody murderers.
It is sad to see that Muslim victims had to rely on non-Muslims in
order to protect their lives.
Why should the ill equipped but armed citizens of Misrata not want a
ceasefire??? They are short of water, food and medicine. With a
ceasefire, all these humanitarian aid can get through. Certainly not
now when Misrata is surrounded by bloody murderers and rapists, as
whown by this article:
Why should the citizens be armed and not let the army through their
streets in peace? Do you want your sisters to be raped like this
Or killed just because you are a MAN? In fact this is reported by
witnesses in Ajdabiya, by ACTUAL INTERVIEWS of CITIZENS!!!! Not by
false announcements by Gadafi's mouth pieces.
Saturday March 26, 2011
Stop the killing in Libya
PEACE-LOVING citizens of the world should appeal to the governments of
France, Britain, the United States and others involved in the aerial
bombardment of Libya, the Muammar Gaddafi government, and the rebels
opposing it to cease all military operations immediately.
Some governments have already called for a total ceasefire, among them
China, India, Iran, Russia and Turkey.
There are at least two compelling reasons why military operations
should stop at once.
One, in spite of denials from the US, British and other Western
military commands, some alternative media are reporting mounting
civilian casualties. The "No Fly Zone" that these states are
attempting to impose upon Libya is supposed to save lives, but what is
happening is something else.
Two, even if Western air power destroys not only Libya's aerial
defence but also Gaddafi's entire military machine, there is no
guarantee that he and his coterie will be ousted from power,
considering that he still enjoys some support among his people.
On the ground, he is stronger militarily than his opponents, who are
split into contending factions and are hopelessly disorganised.
This can lead to a protracted civil war with dire consequences for the
country and the region as a whole.
The cessation of military conflict would be one aspect of a much
larger negotiated political settlement between Gaddafi and the rebels
that must include his own departure and the exit of his family and
cronies from the citadel of power in the shortest possible time.
An interim government, a proper constitution and provision for a free
and fair election would all be part of the deal.
The Chinese, Indian, German, Russian and Brazilian governments can
also help to bring the Gaddafi government and the rebels to the
negotiating table, and the Turkish leadership has the credibility and
the ability to play a pivotal role.
Given the likelihood of a stalemate on the military front, it is not
inconceivable that Gaddafi and the rebels will agree to talk,
especially if there is sufficient international pressure.
However, can the Western allies also be persuaded to end their
military assault immediately?
The chances are remote. Since their real objective is to establish
control over Libya and its oil and gas through a pliable regime, they
will continue their attack until there is some certainty that such a
regime will emerge.
If the "No Fly Zone" does not achieve the allies' goal, one should not
rule out the injection of ground troops into the battlefield, though
there is some hesitation among the allies about such a course of
action at this moment.
Their dogged determination to pursue their objective convinces
observers that the Libyan adventure parallels in some respects the US
helmed war on behalf of Kuwait in 1991 and the Iraq war of 2003. In
all three instances the desire to gain control over oil emerges as the
That it is their self-interest that dominates their political
machinations in West Asia and North Africa becomes even more obvious
in the stance that the United States and its allies have adopted
towards the crisis in Bahrain and Yemen.
Though the Bahraini royal family has brutally suppressed the mass
uprising of its largely Shi'ite population with the help of soldiers
and tanks from neighbouring
Saudi Arabia, US, British and French leaders have acquiesced with the
move largely because the king, Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa,
is their loyal ally who hosts the US Fifth
Similarly, when another ally, the President of Yemen, Ali Abdullah
Salleh, who has been in power for 32 years, mobilised his security
forces and his militia to massacre 52 peaceful protesters on March 18,
all that President Obama could do was to make some innocuous noises
about the inappropriateness of violent responses to people's demands.
If some popular movement succeeds in toppling an oppressive dictator
allied to the West – as had happened in Egypt and Tunisia – then
either Washington or London or Paris will try to direct the flow of
change in the post-uprising phase, aided and abetted by those
institutions and individuals in the country in question with whom it
enjoys close ties.
Managing and manipulating the people's desire for genuine change in
or endorsing the suppression of popular movements, or exploiting a
order to seize a nation's resources, only
serve to undermine the Arab uprising of
The Arab masses, and indeed people everywhere, should not allow this
Dr CHANDRA MUZAFFAR,
President, International Movement for a Just World.