Libyans in Tripoli “Defiant” of NATO Bombing
“People are really defiant” in the face of savage NATO bombing raids on Tripoli, the Libyan capital, says former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. “Every night the people gather” at Bab al-Azizia, Moammar Gaddifi’s residential compound, for dancing and singing — “like a block party.” McKinney, who only days ago returned from a trip to Libya, is leading another delegation to the besieged country this week. “The question is: Will the American people hold their government accountable for the war crimes that are being committed against an African country,” says the former Green Party presidential candidate. NATO’s attack on Libya “is a humanitarian disaster.”
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – Today, independent journalists from across the United States departed on a truth-telling, fact-finding mission to Libya. This coincides with what was supposed to have been a debate in Congress on U.S. involvement in the war against Libya, but the debate got sidelined due to the fact that the legislation requiring a pullout by the U.S. could actually have passed. Both Democratic and Republican leadership are responsible for pulling the bill at the last minute.Al Jazeera film footage shows that Western soldiers have their “boots on the ground” in Libya overstepping authority granted by the United Nations Security Council for action in Libya. Every day that President Obama contributes to the military action against Libya, he tests the United States Congress and defies the United States Constitution and the War Powers Act which limit Presidential acts of war, subject to authorization by the U.S. Congress.
Incredibly, in what yet may prove to be another act beyond the mandate of the United Nations Security Council Resolution, NATO extended its operations in Libya for another 90 days.
Because the public has become increasingly unable to rely on embedded media to tell the American people the “whole truth and nothing but the truth,” the DIGNITY Delegation will shed rare light on NATO’s actions inside that country.
According to some estimates, the American people and the global community were lied to 935 times by Administration officials and the media in the lead-up to the Iraq War. As Aeschylus said, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” The DIGNITY Delegation is expected to make daily reports while on the ground of the ongoing NATO actions in the country.
The following comes from: Cynthia McKinney in Tripoli.
"Tripoli sustained 22 to 25 bombings last night, rattling and breaking windows and glass and shaking the foundation of my hotel.
"I left my room at the Rexis Al Nasr Hotel and walked outside the hotel and I could smell the exploded bombs.
"There were local people everywhere milling with foreign journalists from around the world.
"As we stood there more bombs struck around the city.
"The sky flashed red with explosions and more rockets from NATO jets cut through low cloud before exploding.
"I could taste the thick dust stirred up by the exploded bombs.
"I immediately thought about the depleted uranium munitions reportedly being used here--along with white phosphorus.
"If depleted uranium weapons were being used what affect on the local civilians?
"Women carrying young children ran out of the hotel. Others ran to wash the dust from their eyes.
"With sirens blaring, emergency vehicles made their way to the scene of the attack. Car alarms, set off by the repeated blasts, could be heard underneath the defiant chants of the people.
"Sporadic gunfire broke out and it seemed everywhere around me. Euronews showed video of nurses and doctors chanting even at the hospitals as they treated those injured from NATO's latest installation of shock and awe.
"Suddenly, the streets around my hotel became full of chanting people, car horns blowing, I could not tell how many were walking, how many were driving. Inside the hotel, one Libyan woman carrying a baby came to me and asked me why are they doing this to us?
"Whatever the military objectives of the attack (and I and many others question the military value of these attacks) the fact remains the air attack was launched a major city packed with hundreds of thousands of civilians.
"I did wonder too if the any of the politicians who had authorized this air attack had themselves ever been on the receiving end of laser guided depleted uranium munitions. Had they ever seen the awful damage that these weapons do a city and its population? Perhaps if they actually been in the city of air attack and felt the concussion from these bombs and saw the mayhem caused they just might not be so inclined to authorize an attack on a civilian population."