Monday, August 22, 2011

UPDATE ON DEVELOPMENTS IN TRIPOLI ON ONGOING BASES


NATO was empowered by the United Nations to intervene in the Libyan civil war to establish a no fly zone. This was agreed to as implementation of the principle of R2P, The Right to Protect, as articulated in this youtube, "Responsibility to Protect" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jen3i15kVM&feature=related . Questions are raised regarding the extent of application of the principle in "Responsibility to Protect...Whom?," http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFmyJp_r9Fk&feature=related and to NATO's interpretation of the resolution "Security Council takes 'historic' decision to protect civilians in Libya", http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrTNvaR6R0g&feature=related which included an arms embargo, a complete end to violence and a cease fire.

Has NATO honoured the Resolution or exceeded it as in these articles:
"Surveillance and Coordination With NATO Aided Rebels" http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/22/world/africa/22nato.html?_r=1, ;
"August 20 Midnight - Tripoli Update - The Word on The Street.avi" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiqL8_Lh4YQ&NR=1;
"Midnight August 21 Carnage in Tripoli - The Word on The Street" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFGsmJMd_fo.

The deaths reported in "Residents Say NATO's Air Strikes Killed 85 People, Including 33 Children, 32 Women and 20 Men" http://www.uruknet.de/?s1=1&p=80425&s2=13%EF%BF%BD .

This was disputed as not the killing of civilians but collateral damage to bombing military targets. Other accounts of what is termed "NATO'S Massacre at Majer, Libya" are at http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&cp=39&gs_id=y&xhr=t&q=NATO'S+Massacre+at+Majer%2C+Libya+youtube&pf=p&sclient=psy&source=hp&pbx=1&oq=NATO'S+Massacre+at+Majer,+Libya+youtube&aq=f&aqi=&aql=&gs_sm=&gs_upl=&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=ffef54e9bc788ebe&biw=1152&bih=767

The overarching questions are has the precedent been set for R2P becoming the norm together with NATO's actions bein the means of implementation?

You may or may not have seen or read the accounts in the links cited above. You know as well as I that both sides engage in disinformation. With that in mind should you choose to do so events that have occurred in Libya and those still to come can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/108morris108 .

Joe Hueglin
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