Iraq, Libya, Syria wars and British governments


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Drowning for Freedom: Libya’s Migrant Jails (Part 1)

17 March 2015

As Libya descends further into civil war and lawlessness, migrants from Africa and the Middle East continue to journey to the country’s coast in search of smugglers to take them across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe.

Search and rescue operations by Libya’s coast guard are restricted due to diminishing resources, and have to contend with dangerous gangs of armed traffickers.

Those rescued at sea by the coast guard are brought to detention centers, where they face deplorable conditions and are forced to remain for long periods of time. In some instances, migrants are detained by militias in unofficial prisons outside of government control.

In part one of a three part series, VICE News is given access to chilling footage filmed by the Libyan coast guard, who have witnessed an influx of migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea, recovering hundreds of bodies of those who’ve drowned on their journey to Europe.

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Trapped and Forgotten: Libya’s Migrant Jails (Part 2)

In part two of our three-part series, VICE News secures access to a detention center in Zawiyah, Libya, and witnesses the appalling living conditions, hearing migrants’ testimonies of torture, beatings, and serious human rights violations.

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In the final part of our series, VICE News travels to Tripoli to detail the hardships of migrant communities and speaks to a survivor of the journey to Europe who talks of the true cost and terrible tragedy of crossing the Mediterranean Sea.

By Patrick Cockburn in daily The Independent in Britain:

Sunday 19 April 2015

From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

Few recall that David Cameron led Britain into one war in Libya that overthrew Gaddafi, but was disastrous for most Libyans. Without this conflict, the drowned bodies of would-be emigrants to Europe would not be washing up in their hundreds on Libyan beaches. To get the full flavour of what went wrong, it is worth watching a YouTube clip of Cameron grandstanding on a balcony in Benghazi on 15 September 2011, as he lauds Libya’s new freedom. Then turn to almost any recent film of Benghazi or Tripoli showing militias battling in streets and buildings shattered by shellfire.

Another scene worth revisiting via YouTube is the House of Commons on 29 August 2013, when Cameron lost the vote which would have opened the door to British military intervention in Syria. Ostensibly this was in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government in Damascus, but would have had an effect only if it had turned into a Libyan-type air campaign to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad. There is every reason to believe that al-Qaeda-type movements would have filled the vacuum and Syria would have descended even deeper into anarchy. …

The political and military failures [of Tony Blair’s Iraq war] were very great for Britain, even as a bit player in wars in which the main decisions on the Western side were taken in Washington. The British military failure may have been small scale, but it was worse than that of the Americans. The British Army moved into Basra and southern Iraq in 2003 with an inadequate number of troops and a lack of any appreciation of the strength of local opposition. I recall a former army intelligence officer saying to me: “The British boasted to the Americans about how they had fought successful guerrilla wars in Malaysia and Northern Ireland, but in both those places we were backed by the majority of the population. In Basra we had no allies.” The outcome was predictable enough. By 2005 the British were largely confined to Basra airport while Basra itself was ruled [by] Shia militias.

It was at this very moment that the British Army, supported by Tony Blair and the government, decided that it might be better – and possibly safer – to show support for US foreign policy in Afghanistan rather than Iraq. Unfortunately, it was decided to demonstrate this solidarity in Helmand province, where the British military presence largely provoked a war with local Afghans in which 453 British military personnel were killed, 247 had limbs amputated and £40bn was spent to no particular end.

16 thoughts on “Iraq, Libya, Syria wars and British governments

  1. Sounds like a carbon copy of what happened with the Cubans back in the late 70’s . You weren’t in line with Castros political views,adios amigo. He also cleaned out the asylum s and prisons too. It was tent city in Dade County,Florida. Ever see the flic
    “Scarface”? Beginning of the movie all the Mariel Boatlift people. That’s what it was like. I can understand the problems they’re having. A logistical nightmare at best. I was dating a girl who’s family lived in North Miami. Saw tent city every time we went down there. It may look like they’ve locked these people up and said,” f**k em of they can’t take a joke”,but that’s probably only half right. I don’t know. I ain’t there. INS was so overwhelmed,they put everyone on the “fast track”. There was good,honest,hard working Cubans in there that just wanted to give their family better. At the same time,we had Castro s garbage. Crime rate went through the proverbial “roof”. Enough murders to where South Florida was nick named ,” The OK Coral”. If these countries are short on cash and resources then yeah. They should help get these folks to safety. I’ve said it a thousands times. Go after the coyotes. They don’t give a damn about humanity. Only the almighty dollar.

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  2. The British controlling elite as history shows the prowess of its proud technological superiority has been seen as a asset to Britain’s hidden wealth for the few, the ability of conquest has worked in terms of power and this use often if not always the production of violence is outdated other than being profitable for the finance industry and those within the slipstream of financial gain from these corporations, the tight grip of propaganda on the minds of the general population that promotes war and violence seems to work well and having worked well, the casualties as mentioned in this article are sufficiently low in terms of death and amputations to be allocated to what we now accept as friendly fire? or all for the common good? suffice to say the sprinkling of a few bits of metal and cloth cobbled together transforms the victim of death or serious injury as being all worth the outcome of our freedom? exactly what is the meaning of this is somewhat subjective. We do know the freedom we have is in contrast to say Russian freedom of say the Czars, then to be freed by the Bolshevics to communism and then freed from this system to what is called capitalism or plutocracy? is not the allied front no more than another form of slavery? depending on who defines freedom, all military action is good other than if you are on the receiving end, of the raw deal and most are but its hidden invariable from what ever their conscious state is as far as it is known?

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