As delegates from 40 countries and international organizations gather in London today to coordinate the US-NATO war against Libya, carried out in the name of protecting civilians, the toll of Libyans killed and injured by US, British and French bombs and missiles continues to mount: here.
Italy’s Defense Minister Ignazio La Russa has announced an initial deployment of four Tornado bombers and four F-16s in coordination with the UN coalition led by France, the UK and US. In addition, Italian military bases and naval forces are being kept in full readiness as central operational points in the war on Libya and the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi. Coinciding with the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of Italian unity, this aggressive war also marks precisely the hundredth anniversary since Italy’s attack and colonization of Libya in 1911. This crime of Italian imperialism saw the first use of aerial bombs in history, against the Libyan people: here.
Stephen Zunes, Truthout: “The decision by the United States and its Western allies to intervene militarily against the Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi may have averted a massacre, but it is fraught with serious risks of eventually costing even more lives. Furthermore, it could undermine the remarkable and overwhelmingly nonviolent pro-democracy movements which have been sweeping the Arab world in recent months. As will be described below, had Libya’s popular uprising maintained its largely nonviolent discipline of its early days, there probably would not be the bloody stalemate and other dangers now emerging in the conflict”: here.
Contrary to the President’s Speech, Removal of Qaddafi Is the Military Objective. Robert Naiman, Truthout: “The most important content of presidential speeches is often what they don’t say. Here are some things that President Obama didn’t say about Libya in his speech last night. The president did not answer his critics who asked why he took America into war without authorization by Congress. This question was made sharper on Sunday when Jake Tapper of ABC asked Defense Secretary Gates, ‘Do you think Libya posed an actual or imminent threat to the United States?'” Here.
Justin Elliott has an important story on whether Obama will violate the arms embargo to arm Libyan rebels: here.
Latin America is still divided over the military intervention in Libya. But the nations that were initially opposed to it are gradually hardening their stance as the objective of the Western powers taking part in the air strikes authorised by the U.N. Security Council to protect civilians becomes less and less clear: here.
Italian anarchists: Libya: The Grip of the Dictatorship, the Bombs of Imperialism: here.
Despite Obama’s promises, NATO may order ground troops into Libya: here.
USA: Secretary of State Clinton Says That US Will Not Intervene in Syria: here.
From the New York Times in the USA:
However, Qaddafi government officials did manage — after failing on several previous occasions, sometimes comically — to present in Mizda the first apparently credible evidence of civilian casualties as a result of the Western airstrikes. They showed foreign journalists a damaged and bloodied hospital room where a gap in the wall and missile fragments on the floor suggested the crash of a Katyusha rocket. A Western attack on a nearby weapons depot apparently sent rockets exploding into the sky, with one striking the hospital and destroying the room, which contained five beds.
LIBYA’S rebels have thanked France for its role in the Western-led military blitz against the Gaddafi regime but said “outside forces” could now leave the country, in a letter published overnight: here.