Libyan rebel ethnic cleansing and lynching of black people
By Stanley Collymore
The strategy of divide and conquer has been the unrelenting engine and driving force for the indiscriminate slaughter, massacre, genocide, ethnic cleansing, marginalization, premeditated holocaust leading to the total extermination of some peoples like Tasman Man in what’s now called Australia, the Arawaks of the Caribbean and the Witbooi people of German colonized, Southwest Africa - where the first two holocaust of the 20th Century took place between 1905 and 1914 now fully independent Namibia - brutal slavery and the ongoing repression across the entire globe of every known segment of mankind, augmented either by the acquisitive, violent theft, appropriation and continuing occupation of their territories, reducing those who were lucky to survive to mere nonentities in the ancestral lands they’ve lived in continuously and exclusively for over 60,000 years before any of this ever happened, as is the case of the Australian Aborigines, by white Caucasian European interlopers.
This treachery and insidious barbarism has for nearly a century now, ever since the creation and implementation of the largely British and French Sykes-Picot accord induced with active Russian cooperation taken the form of fomenting and consolidating vicious and internecine religious sectarianism in the Muslim world, particularly the countries of the Middle East, that is still evident to this day; and wherever black people have existed or settled, whether freely or against their will, it has been the grotesque face of racism in all its barbaric manifestations that whites have dynamically promoted and exploited for their own nefarious and venal ends as is currently epitomized in the widespread lynching of black and other dark-skinned Libyan citizens and lawful African migrant workers to Libya by British, United States, French and other EU backed al-Qaida, islamist, so-called revolutionary forces; a more murderous bunch of sadistic, serial killers one couldn’t expect to find anywhere on Earth and who on reflection would make the wildest excesses of Blackbeard’s Caribbean pirates look in general contrast like the antics of innocent choirboys.
But crucially, according to these same lying, self-serving, western political and establishment bastards that sponsor these murderous thugs, they’re supposed to be fighting these terrorists and the mindless terrorism they regularly spawn, while at the same time bringing democracy, the rule of law, good governance and civilization, would you believe, to the Libyan People. Yes; tell me about it! That’s why I suppose for several decades the CIA, MI6, as well as the German and other EU secret services have been actively cooperating with Colonel Gaddafi’s henchman and security chief Musa Kusa to routinely spy and inform on Libyan dissidents in their respective countries, returning several of them to Libya to be tortured and killed in the most horrific ways by Musa Kusa’s seasoned and fervent torturers; and why as with Assad’s Syria the CIA found Libya a most ideal location to send its rendition suspects to, to also have them tortured there, even providing Musa Kusa’s torturers in advance with the questions that the CIA whose American agents were often present at these “interviews” wanted answered, cementing the already rather comfortable relationship which not only existed between the US administration and its secret service with the Libyan regime and its counterpart but also acted as the hardnosed blueprint that the US’s own puppet European regimes, infamously including those of Britain, Germany and France, meekly adopted and religiously adopted.
Just look at the way that David Cameron and his foreign secretary, the fiercely indomitable (I don’t think!) boy Hague, openly encouraged and profusely welcomed Musa Kusa to England knowing perfectly well while they were doing so who precisely and what he was; explicitly an odious and unrepentant mass murderer and torturer. Notwithstanding all that there were no police officers from Scotland Yard waiting to arrest him on any warrant issued by the British judiciary, the CPS, our magistrature, Interpol, or even from that improbius but consummate publicity hound Luis Moreno Ocampo of the ICC. Quite the opposite, since Musa Kusa was allowed to enter the UK on a private jet, waived through customs like her Majesty the Queen or some visiting head of state on a state visit to Britain would be, and with the full blessing as well the active cooperation of David Cameron, boy Hague our Foreign Secretary and Theresa May the Home Secretary publicly paraded before the cameras as though he were some white knight on a crusading charger rather than the loathsome scumbag that he is and even more of a travesty given every provision to conduct an extensively broadcast press conference during which with more front than the proverbial Brighton Pier he not only roundly lambasted his ex and long-standing political boss and close associate, Colonel Gaddafi that just hours before he’d treacherously defected from like a rat does a sinking and without even bothering to tell him he was about to do so, but also and quite risible if it wasn’t so serious, pathetically laying out his democratic credentials and how he wanted to see Libya governed without the tyrant Colonel Gaddafi whom he gravely advised should go. In the legendary words of Mandy Rice Davies he would say that wouldn’t he?
David Cameron and his lot were heartily besides themselves with Musa Kusa’s defection and just as jubilantly laid into Colonel Gaddafi conveniently overlooking the mass murderer they had allowed into the UK in a manner that no genuine asylum seeker would be allowed to, at the same time and along with the British media significantly ratcheting up the well prepared rhetoric and intensive propaganda against the falsely convicted Lockerbie bomber that even relatives of those murdered on that flight are unconvinced he had anything to do with, as we still wait for another of Colonel Gaddafi’s rats escaping a sinking ship defectors who said he had irrefutable proof of Colonel Gaddafi’s personal involvement in the Lockerbie bombing to make that evidence available, which he said at the time and the western media lecherously latched on would be imminently produced. It has been a long time since then and there’s still nothing forthcoming from him on this matter and no ground-breaking revelations either; just a sordid state of affairs that evidently attests to the corruption and manifest lack of probity on the part of the alleged mainstream, western media. You may have conveniently forgotten this man’s hubristic remarks; I haven’t! And by the way, while we’re on the subject of terrorism and the blowing up of civilian aircraft or aircraft of any kind and killing innocent civilians, perhaps David Cameron, boy Hague and their ilk would like to expend some of that self-righteous wrath on the CIA and the US government for the blowing up of Cubana Flight 455 in 1976 and Iranian Flight 655 in 1988. Among the all-civilian crew and passengers that were aboard the Cubana flight were several Barbadian medical student returning to their university studies at the University of the West Indies medical school in Jamaica, Barbados by the way David Cameron is an established member of the Commonwealth and the colony that bank-rolled England’s Industrial Revolution; equally the passengers and crew aboard the Iranian flight were all civilians, many of them women and children! However, regrettable as all lives lost in this way are this can’t be said for the Lockerbie flight.
To utter the words of Thomas Jefferson a laudable man if any ever walked this earth that we are on and a Founding Father of the United States of America, “when governments fear their people we have democracy, when people fear their governments we have tyranny.” The latter scenario is what we currently have not only in the west but the east as well. The Constitution of the United States also granted its citizens the explicit right to bear arms not as a means of enabling violent, cretinous gangs in Chicago, New York or Los Angeles for example to mow down each other but as a mechanism to be used by the US citizenry to roll back and eradicate any tyranny that its government unconstitutionally imposed upon them. The US Patriot Act is one such imposed tyranny, and in Britain without a written constitution we have several of our own and my wonder is when will those whose sons and daughters are needlessly dying in wars that have nothing at all to do with advancing peace let alone democracy in the world but everything to do with greed wake up, smell the coffee and act; because if you don’t then you have only yourselves to blame, no one else; in which case you should just shut up, especially when the going gets too tough for you; bear it stoically and let those who don’t mind sending other peoples’ sons and daughters, in other words your own, to fight, risk their lives, kill and even die for them, something they would never do themselves or permit their progeny to yet feel they’ve an omnipotent birth rite to rule you and control the country you share with them, well be my guest allow them to walk all over you.
I’m no lily-livered pacifist, I voluntarily served with the British Armed Forces having joined up when I was still at university; so did both my parents and several relatives on both sides of my family who served in all branches of our armed forces not only in the Second World War but World War I as well, so I don’t need any lectures from anyone about patriotism, but what my family members fought for and what I freely signed up to bear no resemblance to what I now see relative to our armed forces and the way the likes of David Cameron, Tony Blair, Maggie Thatcher and Gordon Brown before him all armchair generals; or those that currently infest David Cameron’s cabinet like boy Hague, Liam Fox and Theresa May in addition to a host of lawmakers and Judges who’ve never worn a British military uniform in their pathetic lives, my advice to you and the current crop of corrupt military top brass you have in your political pockets is, you’re none of you a patch on the likes of Montgomery or Dowding, not even good enough to lick their boots so don’t pretend you are. The wars you’re intentionally waging aren’t noble affairs and are just as stinking episodes in our lives as you are. So please do all decent Britons a great big favour, grow up and get the hell out of our lives.
As for your ilk across the Atlantic I’m British and so it’s for the Americans to find their own solutions to their problems. But there’s one thing I can’t help remarking on. If Irish American Barack Obama (and I’m being deliberately facetious here) were confronted with a situation where Jews in Palestine or whites in Zimbabwe were being systematically lynched as Blacks are currently in Libya and so widely reported there would have been hell to pay as he sucked up to the Israeli-Zionist lobby to show what an effective Commander-in-Chief he was and of course more importantly not to get on the wrong side of the very influential Zionist extreme rightwing lobbies in the US, But these innocent black lives being barbarically wasted on the continent of his father and grandfather and reminiscent of what his wife’s own parents would have known about first hand in the United States don’t matter to this man as it’s quite clear that he has irrevocably bought into the narrative of the white man when it comes to attaching importance or none at all to human lives. Oh the curse of the House Nigger!
As journalist Lizzie Phelan pithily put it the lynching of black people has become fashionable again. In the meantime Musa Kusa has moved from England to that other bastion of liberal democracy and the rule of law Qatar, while the millions and even possibly billions of liquid cash stolen from the assets of the Libyan people are well safeguarded in the banks and other financial institutions of western countries, notably the UK, United States and Switzerland of course.
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Human Rights Investigations
7th July, 2011
Further specific evidence has emerged that there is a strong racist element within the rebel forces, including at command level, and it is the stated intention of these forces to ethnically cleanse areas they capture of their dark-skinned inhabitants.
Racism amongst the rebels including at command level
In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, journalist Sam Dagher pointed out the obvious fact that the Libyan war is aggravating ethnic tensions in that country. The article talks about the fate of Tawergha, a small town 25 miles to the south of Misrata, inhabited mostly by black Libyans, a legacy of its 19th-century origins as a transit town in the slave trade:
Ibrahim al-Halbous, a rebel commander leading the fight near Tawergha, says all remaining residents should leave once if his fighters capture the town. “They should pack up,” Mr. Halbous said. “Tawergha no longer exists, only Misrata.”
Other rebel leaders are reported as: “calling for drastic measures like banning Tawergha natives from ever working, living or sending their children to schools in Misrata.”
In addition, according to the article, as a result of the battle for Misrata: nearly four-fifths of residents of Misrata’s Ghoushi neighborhood were Tawergha natives. Now they are gone or in hiding, fearing revenge attacks by Misratans, amid reports of bounties for their capture.
Amid allegations of black mercenaries and stories of mass rape by the inhabitants of Tawergha, Sam Dagher reports on further evidence of the racism amongst the rebel forces:
Some of the hatred of Tawergha has racist overtones that were mostly latent before the current conflict. On the road between Misrata and Tawergha, rebel slogans like “the brigade for purging slaves, black skin” have supplanted pro-Gadhafi scrawl.
The racial tensions have been fueled by the regime’s alleged use of African mercenaries to violently suppress demonstrators at the start of the Libyan uprising in February, and the sense that the south of the country, which is predominantly black, mainly backs Col. Gadhafi.
This information has already been publicised, in the WSJ and also in the Black Star News. Bryan Chan of the Los Angeles Times reports visiting a prison in Benghazi, where terrified black men were paraded for the cameras (with Human Rights Watch silently taking notes). One man bravely protested he was just a guest worker and the guards presented a Gambian passport as proof he was a Gaddafi operative. Chan’s Libyan interpreter asked:
“So what do you think? Should we just go ahead and kill them?”
There is a lot of horrific video footage clearly showing public lynchings in Benghazi (link to graphic description of some of the footage) including at the rebel HQ, beheadings of blindfolded prisoners and interrogation of prisoners, including in hospitals.
The myth of black mercenaries leads to lynchings
Other evidence of the massacres of black people, which include the lynchings and murder of black soldiers of the Libyan army, guest workers from other African countries and dark-skinned Libyan civilians include a report from the BBC on 25 February which cited a Turkish construction worker as saying:
“We had 70-80 people from Chad working for our company. They were cut dead with pruning shears and axes, attackers saying: ‘You are providing troops for Gaddafi.’ The Sudanese were also massacred. We saw it for ourselves.”
On 27th February Nick Meo of The Telegraph reported from Al-Bayda that he had been shown mobile phone footage of a ‘captured mercenary‘ (presumably he means black person with a uniform) lynched from a street lamp as well as a ‘black African hanging on a meat hook.’
Amnesty International crisis researcher, Donatella Rovera spent the period from 27 February to 29th May in Misrata, Benghasi, Ajabiya and Ras Lanouf. Yesterday she was interviewed by Austria’s ‘The Standard’ and had this to say on the subject:
“We examined this issue in depth and found no evidence. The rebels spread these rumours everywhere, which had terrible consequences for African guest workers: there was a systematic hunt for migrants, some were lynched and many arrested. Since then, even the rebels have admitted there were no mercenaries, almost all have been released and have returned to their countries of origin, as the investigations into them revealed nothing.”
Who spread the myth and why?
So what accounts for the widespread popularity of this myth? It is, to be frank, an example of highly successful propaganda, appealing to the basest of racial stereotypes. The myth was highly important in gaining consent for the operation in Libya, in order to cover up and justify the massacres of black people taking place.
In account after account, the mercenary myth is used to justify the imprisoning and killing of black people and this process continues today. Given the background of racial tension in Libya, including the October 2000 race riots which led to the killings of 200 people with 1000s forced to flee, the consequences of the spreading of this propaganda were entirely predictable and constitute incitement to commit atrocities.
The myth of black mercenaries was spread by certain political leaders including members of the National Transitional Council in Benghazi, British Defence Minister Liam Fox and NATO spokesperson Oana Longescu. According to Amnesty, allegations of “African mercenaries” have led to the lynchings
The viagra myth
On the viagra myth beloved of the ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno Ocampo, Donatella Rovera had this to say:
“No one really took that seriously did they? On the 21 March, after the first air strikes on Gadaffi’s troops outside Benghazi, a young man who worked in the media centre presented us with many boxes of the potency drug. He claimed to have found them in the destroyed tanks. The vehicles had been completely burnt out, but the packaging looked brand new. I can not believe that anyone took him seriously.”
NATO enabling human rights abuses
So is NATO actually “protecting civilians” – or is it rather supporting rebels, some of whom who intend to harm dark-skinned Libyans and ethnically cleanse areas over which they take control?
The information contained in this post, is widely known and has been reported in theIndependent and other newspapers, so NATO can not claim ignorance of the facts.
As this is being written, the “brigade for purging slaves and black skin,” is advancing on Tawurgha, supported by NATO strikes from the air and on the ground by Special Forces. A rebel commander has declared the intention is to wipe the town off the map and we have already seen the lynchings of black people and the driving out of black people from Ghoushi.
By continuing to escalate the conflict in Libya, allowing the arming and supporting the rebel side, providing bombing support to enable them to advance and refusing to implement a cease-fire as demanded by the United Nations and African Union, NATO is enabling serious abuses of human rights and NATO officials will certainly be held to account.