|Libya was never about protecting citizens|
Written by Scott Taylor
In the aftermath of Muammar Gaddafi’s death, an abundance of video evidence has surfaced which clinically details the brutal circumstances of his murder at the hands of his captors. Many mainstream media outlets continue to cling to the mythical tale that Gaddafi was somehow killed “in a crossfire” even when all of the amateur video footage uploaded on the internet graphically reveals the 69-year-old ousted leader being beaten relentlessly—and even sodomized with a sharp object—before being executed with a bullet in the head.
Western leaders, including Prime Minister Harper, appeared to almost gloat over the fact that another of the world’s bad guys had received their comeuppance. Very few expressed any regrets over the manner in which the unarmed Gaddafi was beaten and slain. Certainly no one officially condemned the actions of those who captured and killed him. Apologists for NATO distanced themselves from the action by citing the fact that this was mob violence, generated by years of oppression and unchecked due to the absence of law and order. Unfortunately for those who would have us believe that this was not NATO’s responsibility, the fact is that Gaddafi was not killed by a mob.
He was captured by a unit of what the western media now describe as the “new government forces” of
These new government forces are the same former rebels that NATO advisors have been arming and training for the past eight months. Since the fall of
Of course, the ruse that NATO has used since the outset of their intervention in March is that the air strikes launched against pro-Gaddafi forces were simply meant to protect Libyan civilians. As such, the rebels, for public relations purposes, had to be described as “armed civilians.” Even in the closing days of the campaign, when the last of the Gaddafi loyalists were surrounded and holed up in the last remaining bombed-out suburb of Sirte, NATO pilots were purportedly flying their strike missions to “protect the Libyan people.”
Canadian Lieutenant-General Charles Bouchard, who commanded the NATO air operation in
Nevertheless, the thin premise that we supported Libyan civilians was maintained until the moment Gaddafi’s death was confirmed. The scenes of jubilation recorded by the Western media were initially those of heavily-armed former rebels, dressed in a startling array of varied civilian attire, blasting weapons into the air with an alarming disregard for the properties of gravity. There was, however, at least one staged event in
Those uniforms have no doubt been sitting in