Translated from war reporter Arnold Karskens’ report in Dutch daily De Pers today:
They don’t believe it in Tripoli
Published: Today 6:12
Update: Today 6:40
Grief and cheers alternate in the Libyan capital. Operation Odyssey Dawn seems far from over.
Three-months-old Seham was laying in her crib when a missile hit. “A loud bang and the wall fell over her, ” says a heartbroken father Farag at the cemetery of the martyrs Shat Alhanshir near the beach in Tripoli. She was his third child. Two sons survived the crash in the district Tajoura, near an army base.
The little corpse itself is not visible, but around the fresh graves thousands are chanting that Gaddafi should hit back U.S. President Barack Obama. After the prayer, three civilians and 23 soldiers are buried. Gunshots are heard. Disapprovingly, clerical worker Salah el Hamroni (43) shakes his head about the violence that affects his country: “You cannot create democracy in this way.”
Michael Lind: “There is no doubt that U.S. participation in the attack on Libya is completely unconstitutional”: here.
VoteVets.org, the largest progressive veterans group in America, is releasing a statement that lays out why the group cannot support military operations in Libya launched by the Obama administration over the weekend. The group’s chair said that there were far too many unanswered questions, and raised concern that operations took place without Congressional approval: here.
US’s most outspoken congressman on issues of war & peace calls for congressional action to defund undeclared Libya war: here.
Robert Naiman, Truthout: “The US is now at war in a third Muslim country, according to the ‘official tally’ (that is, counting Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, but not Pakistan or Yemen, for example.) But Congress has never authorized or debated the US military intervention in Libya. (A sharply disputed claim holds that the Pakistan and Yemen actions are covered by the 2001 authorization of military force, but no one has dared to argue that the 2001 authorization to use military force covers Libya.) Some will no doubt claim that the president is acting in Libya within his authority as commander in chief. But this is an extremely dangerous claim”: here.
The bombs of the U.S. and its allies are never used to save lives or bring justice: here.
Britain: Stop The War convener Lindsey German declared today that the phalanx of Labour MPs who voted in favour of the Libyan war should be “absolutely ashamed” of themselves; here.
The government refused to rule out deploying British troops to Libya today, claiming a distinction between occupation and intervention: here.
Why we shouldn’t invade Libya: here.
Britain: Jeremy Corbyn on the Libya war: here.
Donald Trump took Qaddafi’s money: here.
Gaddafi regime fed names of jihadists to the CIA and to Britain; the Australian: here.