23 July 2012

Onze Libië Goed Nieuws Show

Armed militias, previously employed by the NTC to fight against Gaddafi’s supporters, continue to roam the country, looting villages and engaging in abductions, killings and torture.

Terwijl de bloedige chaos in Libië een feit is, en de mensenrechtensituatie momenteel nog slechter is dan onder de gelynchte evil dictator Muammar Kaddafi, houdt de Nederlandse "kwaliteitspers" zich keurig aan het DDR-achtige regime van de officiële werkelijkheid, zoals die ons eerder voor Irak en Afghanistan werd opgelepeld: humanitaire interventie, vrijheid en democratie, en wie weet straks ook nog wederopbouw.

Koppen in de media:

  • NOS: Gematigde partijen winnen in Libië
  • Joop.nl (VARA): Liberalen winnen in Libië
  • NRC Handelsblad: 'Relatief seculiere' alliantie winnaar van parlementsverkiezingen Libië
  • BNR Nieuwsradio: Libische liberalen willen open venster naar Westen
  • Elsevier: Liberale partij wint eerste vrije verkiezingen van Libië
  • NOS: 'Al twaalf vrouwen gekozen in parlement van Libië'

En dat betreft het laatste nieuws. Maar wanneer je kijkt naar de uitkomsten van al onze Westerse roof- en plunderoorlogen vraagt een rationeel mens zich allang af waarom we eigenlijk "vrijheid en democratie brengen" in verre landen met andere culturen, in plaats van aan onszelf. En waarom we niet een keer een "humanitaire interventie" plegen gericht tegen onze eigen terreur. Het goede nieuws over de "vrije verkiezingen" van Libië is natuurlijk bedoeld als rookgordijn waarachter de werkelijkheid van NATO en haar bloedige regime changes schuilgaat.

Alleen de Volkskrant publiceert bij wijze van uitzondering (immers, zie: Good Morning Afghanistan - vier jaar Volkskrant oorlogspropaganda): 'Schending mensenrechten nu erger dan onder Kadhafi'. Maar het artikel van Inter Press Service (IPS) is wel "Bewerkt door Elke De Pourcq". Die heeft in haar Twitter-profiel staan: "Vrouwennieuws. Sociale media. Schattige beestjes. Buitenlandse politiek. Juicy gossip. Ecoïste. Tv-kijker.", dus lijkt me het verstandiger om het oorspronkelijke artikel van Mel Frykberg te lezen: Human Rights Worse After Gaddafi.

Minority neighbourhoods have been targeted by groups who rebelled against Gaddafi.
Credit: Karlos Zurutuza/IPS.

Nog beter is om hetzelfde te lezen met nog wat meer (achtergrond-)informatie:

Human rights disaster unfolding in Libya
'Humanitarian' intervention brings humanitarian catastrophe

LiberationNews.org | By Derek Ford | 21.07.2012 | NEDERLANDS

Nine months after the U.S./NATO-led overthrow of the Muammar Gaddafi government in Libya, the country remains entrenched in violence and disorder; human rights abuses are rampant.

In fact, according to Nasser al-Hawary of the Libyan Observatory for Human Rights, “The human rights situation in Libya now is far worse than under the late dictator Muammar Gaddafi.” (Inter Press Service, July 14) This statement is telling, especially given that its source is a political opponent of the former government.

The National Transition Council, the pro-imperialist governing body in Libya, has been unable to establish any authority over the country. Armed militias, previously employed by the NTC to fight against Gaddafi’s supporters, continue to roam the country, looting villages and engaging in abductions, killings and torture.

Dark-skinned Libyans and African migrants are particularly vulnerable to the terror of the militias. Racist violence has been a central feature of the Libyan “revolution,” which began Feb. 17, 2011.

Prior to the uprising, Libya was home to about 1 million migrant workers. Rebel propaganda, which the NTC had a hand in producing, maliciously targeted black migrants as “mercenaries” for the Gaddafi government, and black Africans were routinely singled out for lynching, torture and imprisonment based on their skin color. This racism continues. In March of this year, video footage surfaced of black Africans, held in a Benghazi zoo by rebels, being tortured and forced to eat the flag of the former, sovereign government.

The NTC still holds over 6,000 people in detention centers throughout the country. In the desert outside of Sabha, in southwestern Libya, over 1,300 immigrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, are being detained in an open-air prison. The detainees sleep on the desert ground without shelter or bedding, and water and food are scarce.

The human rights situation in Libya today is not only worse than it was under Gaddafi, as al-Hawary states; it represents a near 180 degree flip.

A Jan. 4, 2011, report by the United Nations Human Rights Council of the General Assembly presents by and large a favorable assessment of the human rights situation under Gaddafi and the Jamahiriya government. The summary of the report reads: “Several delegations also noted with appreciation the country’s commitment to upholding human rights on the ground.” The vast majority of the 46 delegations that participated in the review commended the Jamahiriya government’s progress and dedication to upholding human rights.

Political repression in 'free' Libya

The imperialist media heralded the July 7 elections in Libya as proof of a new, democratic state. They scarcely noted, if they did at all, that by the NTC’s own admission nearly 40 percent of eligible voters boycotted the elections. Additionally, all members of the former government who did not defect to the side of imperialism were prevented from running for office. Scores of Libyans were excluded from the list of eligible voters because of their support for the Jamahiriya government.

Unsurprisingly, Mahmoud Elwarfally Jibril, the former prime minister of the NTC, has been declared the winner.

Earlier this year, the NTC proposed a “glorification law,” which made praising the Gaddafi government or criticizing the anti-Gaddafi uprising an offense punishable by up to life imprisonment. While the law was nullified in June, its effects remain. Teachers in Libyan schools are afraid to discuss the last 42 years of their country’s history for fear of reprisal, and there are reports that history textbooks have been censored in accordance with the law.

The reality unfolding in Libya is yet another illustration of the “freedom” and “democracy” that U.S. and NATO bombs deliver.

The above leaflet shows an unmanned drone and an aerial view of a tank. The text takes a position of overwhelming force, declaring, in somewhat stilted Arabic, "Warning: You are neither a match nor an equivalent to the superior weapon systems and air force of NATO. Continuing to do what you are doing will result in your death." The flip side shows the tank blown up and repeats the promise of death if they do not stop fighting.
(The Atlantic, 31 augustus 2011)


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