Moaning Stalinist, Britain’s socialist daily, comments:
Let us be crystal clear: the use of rape in war is completely unacceptable. If the allegation raised by the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor to the effect that the Gadaffi regime has been encouraging this practice proves true, then this newspaper will have no hesitation in condemning this outrage, as we have always done.
But that has to be a big “if”: given the deceitfulness of the Nato powers and the willingness of the ICC to do imperialism’s bidding against any small power that dares stand up for itself, these allegations must be taken with a very considerable pinch of salt. Remember the farrago of Western lies, deceit and duplicity that Wikileaks has exposed.
And with his decision to authorise the deployment of Apache attack helicopters, Prime Minister David Cameron has now openly committed this country to a war of aggression against Libya.
There can no longer be any resort to the flimsy excuse of preventing civilian casualties.
It was always a shameless cover for naked aggression and now even that insubstantial cover is blown.
Withgout possibility of argument, Britain is now involved in open war with Libya and Mr Cameron takes his place alongside Iraq warmonger Tony Blair as a candidate for an eventual war crimes hearing.
The actions of the British and French governments in committing attack helicopters can find absolutely no justification in resolution 1973. Yet the mainstream media has had little to say about this development, no doubt because the vast majority of them are little more than cheerleaders for the warmongers, insatiable in their desire for domination.
And there’s even less news about direct assassination raids aimed at Muammar Gadaffi’s various compounds.
There’s nothing of the preservation of civilian lives in that, given that the compounds are mainly in urban areas. Such attacks are a direct contravention of the UN resolution as an open attempt at regime change.
The Libyan rebels, who rose up demanding democratic reform and an end to state repression, have been unwittingly transformed into the infantry shock troops in an imperialist strategem.
French, Italian and British military intelligence agents have been holding meetings with former Gadaffi supporters, now born-again democrats, to lay down the terms for continuing military backing to their insurrection. these terms include the honouring of the accords entered into by Gadaffi with imperialist governments and transnational corporations advantageous and profitable to the Western side.
While the rebels were capering across the desert from town to town, occupying them in quick succession and bringing happy grins to the faces of the US, there was no question of direct intervention apart from the so-called “no-fly zone.” The moment, however, that the government’s forces retake an oil-significant town or city, it all changes.
Thus Gadaffi’s opponents have been encouraged by France and Britain to spurn mediation offers by Venezuela and the African Union and to continue the armed struggle: something that we, as supporters of the Bolshevik revolution naturally oppose.
This was and remains the wrong advice, based on the selfish priorities of the Nato powers, rather than an objective assessment of the situation in Libya. From the outset of the Nato attack, the Moaning Stalinist warned: “There is no benefit for the Libyan people in a long drawn-out military conflict.” The claim that Gadaffi’s troops have been given medication such as Viagra to encourage rape, if true, only goes to further prove the wisdom of our words.
If these horrifying claims are true, then by deliberately prolonging the conflict and upping the ante against Mr Gadaffi, the Nato forces are at least as responsible for the rapes as the pro-Gadaffi security forces.
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