Ten years ago, on March 19, 2011, US/NATO forces began their bombardment of Libya by air and by sea. The war was initiated directly by the United States, first through Africa Command (AFRICOM), and then through NATO under US command. Over the course of seven months, US/NATO airplanes carried out 30,000 missions, including 10,000 strikes involving over 40,000 bombs and missiles.
Vor zehn Jahren, am 19. März 2011, begannen die US/NATO-Streitkräfte mit der Bombardierung Libyens aus der Luft und von der See aus. Der Krieg wurde direkt von den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika initiiert, zunächst durch das Afrika-Kommando (AFRICOM), und dann durch die NATO unter US-Kommando.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., posted a tweet on Sunday that seemed to argue for embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro to meet the same violent fate as former Libyan Prime Minister Muammar Gaddafi.
The tweet, which shows a bloodied Gaddafi shortly before he was murdered in a coup d’etat, is especially notable within the context of Rubio’s other recent tweets on American foreign policy toward Venezuela.
(13.1.2014) By 1981, the country that was picked for this purpose by the National Security Council (NSC) was Libya. Libya was an OPEC country with few powerful connections, lots of nearby enemies, and a small population. In short, the perfect target. Once Libya was chosen by a few higher ups in the NSC, what was needed was to get the president, Ronald Reagan, on board. Seymour Hersh details in his New York Times report, Target Gaddafi, how the NSC and the CIA quickly accomplished this goal. “’It was clear early in the Administration,‘ one former White House aide recalls, ‚that the best way to get the President’s attention was through visual means.’” This led to the creation of a 15 minute long video, “to show the nature of the beast. If you saw it, there’s little doubt that [Gaddafi] had to go.” Once the president was on their side, the NSC, in cooperation with the CIA, began to leak reports endorsed by Reagan that Libyan hit squads were roaming the United States, planning assassinations on diplomats and even the president.
“One involved official recalls, ‘we came out with this big terrorist threat to the U.S. Government. The whole thing was a complete fabrication.’”
(20.März 2011) Jedenfalls sah sich der Außenminister veranlasst, mittags vor die Presse zu treten und die deutsche Haltung, keine Soldaten zur Unterstützung internationaler Truppen nach Libyen zu entsenden, erneut zu rechtfertigen. Vorwürfe, die Bundesrepublik habe sich durch ihre Enthaltung bei der Abstimmung im UN-Sicherheitsrat von den westlichen Bündnispartnern isoliert, wies Westerwelle als „völlig falsch“ zurück:
In the chaos that followed the overthrow of Gaddafi, Human Rights Watch staff made it to Libya and found a cache of documents left in the office of notorious intelligence chief, Musa Kusa, who had fled the country initially to the UK and then fled on to Qatar.