Protecting civilians by killing civilians, but don’t call it a war
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Even as Italy calls for an immediate cease fire, NATO Secretary-General Anders Rasmussen made it clear today that the slaughter in Libya will continue unabated, seemingly unmoved by images showing dead babies murdered as a result of a campaign sold on the justification of “protecting civilians”.
“NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen says the alliance will continue its bombing campaign in Libya, amid calls from Italy for a halt to hostilities to allow humanitarian assistance to civilians,” reports Radio Free Europe.
As we reported from Jim Tucker’s inside sources at Bilderberg 2011 earlier this month, the power elite are determined to intensify, elongate, and turn the Libyan intervention into a “big bloody war”.
In the aftermath of two separate NATO bombardments that killed 24 civilians, including five toddlers, Rasmussen stated that NATO’s bombing campaign was necessary because if it were to stop, “countless more civilians could lose their lives.” George Orwell rolled in his grave.
Justifying the murder of civilians in the name of “protecting civilians,” the same reasoning argued by Obama in his March 19 authorization of military action, Rasmussen once again failed to provide any evidence that anyone other than NATO forces were responsible for killing innocents.
After months of claiming that reports of civilian casualties were myths put out by Gaddafi loyalists, both the establishment media and NATO were forced to admit that “collateral damage” had occurred this past weekend, after a “rogue missile” destroyed a family home killing nine including two toddlers and then just 24 hours later another missile hit four buildings in a rural area west of Tripoli, killing three children.
Fearful of Congress passing legislation that would render the campaign unconstitutional (a mere reinforcement of the War Powers resolution), the Obama administration has pathetically tried to argue that bombing cities and maiming people does not characterize the Libyan intervention as a “war,” because no Americans have been killed.
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The administration issued a 32-page report claiming the bombardment of Libya was not a war because, “U.S. operations do not involve sustained fighting or active exchanges of fire with hostile forces, nor do they involve the presence of U.S. ground troops, U.S. casualties or a serious threat thereof, or any significant chance of escalation into a conflict characterized by those factors.”
“In other words, the balance of forces is so lopsided in favor of the United States that no Americans are dying or are threatened with dying,” writes Jonathan Schell. “War is only war, it seems, when Americans are dying, when we die. When only they, the Libyans, die, it is something else for which there is as yet apparently no name. When they attack, it is war. When we attack, it is not.”
Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace Laureate, committed U.S. forces to the bombardment promising it would “last days not weeks.” Three months and a billion dollars later and Obama is now preparing to do the one thing he explicitly promised not to – send in ground troops – because the NATO and US-backed Al-Qaeda terrorists just aren’t getting the job done properly.
Having ignored his own constitutional lawyers on the legality of the conquest, Obama then set about doing something else he promised was not on the agenda – targeting Gaddafi directly for assassination and regime change. NATO bombs have thus far failed to accomplish that feat, but killing Gaddafi’s three grandchildren on May 1st was at least a consolation.
Thanks to Rasmussen, the Nobel Peace Laureate and the rest of the murderers overseeing the onslaught in Libya, we can expect to see many more harrowing scenes like the one below.
by Paul Joseph Watson
- NATO states divided over Libya (rt.com)