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From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Cameron escalates Libya war
Friday 27 May 2011
by Paddy McGuffin, Home Affairs Reporter
There had been speculation about the decision since Monday after France said it would be deploying French Tiger helicopters and that Britain would be sending Apaches.
A Downing Street spokesman said: “Ministers have given clearance in principle for the deployment of attack helicopters in Libya. It is a matter now for military commanders to make decisions on deployment.”
UN security council resolution 1973 authorised air strikes to protect civilians from attacks by forces loyal to Muammar Gadaffi.
The UN vote followed the violent suppression of protests against Col Gadaffi’s regime and military strikes against his forces began on March 19.
The resolution does not allow for regime change, however, which is illegal under international law.
Nato has publicly denied targeting Col Gadaffi, but at least one strike has been launched on a building where he was thought to be present.
The language employed by both Mr Cameron and US President Barack Obama this week left little doubt that overthrowing Col Gadaffi was a key objective.
Anti-war campaigners denounced the deployment of Apache attack helicopters and said that it exposed the lie that the Nato assault is a humanitarian mission.
Stop the War Coalition convener Lindsey Germans said it “goes well beyond both the letter and spirit of the UN resolution and is an obvious precursor to troops being deployed on the ground.
“The claims that this is a humanitarian intervention are looking more and more hollow while Nato forces are bombing Tripoli every night. This is now clearly about regime change.
“The role of Apache helicopters is that they are urban warfare helicopters and there will be fighting on the ground, it won’t be a limited role. It is time for us to renew our calls to end this intervention and get what troops are currently there out.”
The deployment was discussed at a meeting of the national security council at Downing Street on Thursday.
Shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said that it marked a serious intensification of Britain’s military commitment in Libya.
“It’s a totally different order from those in fixed-wing aeroplanes, thousands of feet up in the air. These are close combat, fast attack helicopters, vulnerable to ground attack,” he said.
“So the government’s got to reassure itself and reassure the public about the safety and the risk to our pilots. And in doing that it also has to be clearer about what the exit strategy is, what the end game in Libya is and what’s the politics that goes alongside the military effort.”
In Libya, Britain has slid into every interventionist fallacy. As the RAF roams Tripoli seeking Gaddafi homes to attack, the pretence of protecting civilians is exposed each night: here.
Nato pledged to extend its war on Libya by 90 days today, after weeks of bombing have failed to force regime change in the country: here.
USA: Robert Naiman, Truthout: “Voting on amendments to the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, the House of Representatives took action to hasten the end of the wars in Afghanistan and Libya. By a 204-215 vote roll call – six switchers would have passed the amendment – the House narrowly failed to adopt a bipartisan amendment from Reps. Jim McGovern (D-Massachusetts) and Justin Amash (R-Michigan) that would have required the Department of Defense (DoD) to develop a plan for an, ‘accelerated transition of military operations to Afghan authorities.’ By the spectacular vote of 416-5, the House adopted an amendment initiated by Michigan Rep. John Conyers prohibiting the introduction into Libya of US ground troops (that is, uniformed forces, not Special Forces or CIA agents that are already there)”: here.
Al-Jazeera footage captures ‘western troops on the ground’ in Libya: here.
Some of the world’s most sophisticated banks and investment firms rushed to do business with Moammar Gaddafi’s government in Libya after the United States rescinded the country’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism five years ago, according to an internal financial document obtained by The Washington Post: here.
USA: Congressman Kucinich continues to raise the issue of Libya, how Obama Admin is waging war without a declaration: here.
NATO extends authorisation for Libya bombardment to September: here.