By Ted Belman
The administration and the UN justified the imposition of a no-fly zone on Libya as an humanitarian intervention. They knew full well that an innocuous sounding “no-fly zone” would start with a major boming campaign. McCain, Lieberman and Graham days before the bombing started were urging military intervention to avoid “a horrible blood bath”. Just last night on Fox News McCain was arguing that the casualties were over 10,000 and would go higher.
Dennis Ross went so far as to say on behalf of the administration,
“We were looking at ‘Srebrenica on steroids’ —the real or imminent possibility that up to a 100,000 people could be massacred, and everyone would blame us for it,”
A few years ago I posted many articles on the truth about the bombing of Serbia in which it was said that Clinton met with Izetbegovic, the Muslim leader and was asked to intervene. Clinton said that if there were 5000 casualties, he could intervene. So Izetbegovic produced the myth of the Srebrenica Massacre of 8000 and Clinton bombed Serbia. It has been proven to my satisfaction that the Massacre was in fact a fabrication. (I will try to find the link which sets it out.)
By the way, McCain, Lieberman and Graham supported that bombing too.
I spent a year investigating the bombing of Serbia and became of the opinion that government and media spin should never be trusted.
Four years ago I showed how the American public was Played like a fiddle, by Ruder Finn, a New York public relations firm which was tasked with the job of making the Muslim fascists look like victims and the Serbian victims look like fascists.
They explained their success.
“Speed is vital … it is the first assertion that really counts. All denials are entirely ineffective.”
Throughout this article I drew parrallels to the the propaganda war on Israel.
Last Friday Glenn Beck said that Bloomberg was reporting 15,000 casualties. Last night John McCain, alledged a similar high number.
On Mar 24, the NYT published an op-ed in response to Ross’s statement, entitled 100,000 Libyan casualties?. The NYT no less.
But given that the provisional casualty estimates (civilian and military) for the first month of the Libyan civil war range from 1,000 to 6,500 deaths,
The lower number is closer to the truth. So Bloomberg and McCain are also wrong.
Need I point out that about 1200 casualties were reported in Cast Lead which included about 1/3 civilians and 2/3 military. By the Libyan standard that would have justified the bombing of Israel.
Just as the bombing of Serbia smacked of an agenda unrelated to the casualties, so does the bombing of Libya.
The NYT is now reporting Syrian Troops Open Fire on Protesters in Several Cities. Time to bomb Syria. Don’t hold your breath.
So what is driving the bombing of Libya? I believe it has to do with Saudi Arabia and Fance. So what is it?