NATO Ignored The Most Vulnerable In Libya

By Farouk Martins Aresa

It took a prominent and unrelated Margaret Thatcher to passionately cry out against atrocities in Kosovo. In Libya, the most vulnerable people are the African natives, African migrants, and those using Libya as transit to cross the desert to Europe.

Each of these groups has skin color and a long African-Arab brutal relationship in common. Gaddafi claimed to be the king of African kings in solidarity with African Union as he used them to enhance his status, enrich himself and his Country. There is no doubt that he used some of these Africans as loyal bodyguards as other Arabs and Berbers. The difference is while others could switch sides, Africans are stuck even if they backed the NTC, National Transitional Council.

People of goodwill should be exposed to the atrocities going against both African native and migrants in Libya. The reason NATO continues to ignore the plight of these black native and foreign African people is simple. NATO politicians had billions of dollars in bilateral deals with Gaddafi in fear of African migrants invading the shores of Europe. It was based on Gaddafi threat to open the floodgate for Africans.

The fact is, of all Africans travelling to Europe those passing through the inhospitality of Libyan Desert was less than two percent. The Europeans are even more afraid of North Africans and their religion posing bigger threat to their own culture and religion. So Both Gaddafi and NATO had symbiosis relationship.

Gaddafi is out of power and Europeans worst fear has not materialized, yet NATO still  deny African native Libyans and migrants the same civil right they claim they are fighting for. Both sides in Libya civil war have targeted Africans migrants and cross border job seekers, some of whose journey have been disrupted as mercenaries while NATO and other Arab citizens were called freedom fighters.

 Let Gaddafi treat NATO citizens like African mercenaries, Libya will sink. All evidence needed have been displayed on public media with gruesome killings, maiming and detentions in sub human conditions of Africans since many more are too scared to venture out to look for food and water. In many cases, they have to send their landlords or employers to buy them food.

Most Americans and Europeans will not stand by and watch this ugliness on television without protesting to their governments. Some African countries have; and Nigeria has passed into law the National Human Right Commission Amendment Act (2011), Legal Aid Council Amendment Act (2011) and Freedom of Information Act (2011).  Libya is not a signatory to Geneva Refugee Convention and like other African countries; Libya has no regard for human rights.

More evidence is coming out of women and underage girls being raped in front of their families and the fathers taken away. If these brutalities are happening to non-Africans, of course there would be immediate daily world outcry on major TV news channels. We must appreciate field reporters of major press and networks bringing this inhuman tragedy to our attention. It is all they can do; it is up to their bosses and editors to make them available to the public more often as they want. 

Once all Libyans were given guns to fight, some turned on the locations of Africans demanding their foreign currencies and taking those that resisted away. Arabs and Berbers of North Africa have never been kind to Africans. Since slavery practiced all over the world became transatlantic, Africans suffer most.

If some Africans think Christian slave trade was bad, Muslim slave trade was equally bad or worse if they look into their history. African Libyans still suffer from the vestiges of those days in Libya and their distaste for African migrants that were blamed for every domestic crime in Libya well before this civil war made it worse. Many Africans were locked up in prisons until the war broke out. Unlike other prisoners that were let out, Africans had nowhere to go.

Africans still remember the role of the Arabs in Kenya and Tanzania bombing that killed and maimed many people without apology or compensation from the home countries of those terrorists. We are witnessing diffusion into Nigeria where bombing has been used as a tool to turn innocent people into victims. We have now become causalities when we venture out of our Continent and casualties when we stay on our Continent.

 Africans remember Arab and Berber relationship in Africa history; and Libya is déjà vu. Songhai was one of the greatest African Empires that finally succumbed to the greed of Al-Mansur Moroccan Army in the 16th century to loot for treasures in slaves, ivory and gold to replenish their coffers after debilitating war with Spain and Portugal.

African leaders whose citizens are suffering in Libya also have their fingers deep in blood when some of their citizens begged not to be returned to home countries where there is no work for them but wanted to be sent to any place they can find any form of work.

Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and some African countries sent planes to bring them home, they got only those that could make it to the Airport. For most, the journey from their hide-out was too treacherous to even venture out to airports. Yet we have the right in any continent as long as we are natives and legal residents like others have in our Continent.

The accomplices of African leaders that created poverty in a continent full of human and natural resources showed their faces recently when we learned about France politicians collecting percentage of their loot from French speaking West African leaders.

So those aiding and abetting African politicians to loot their poor countries are equally guilty of the plight of African children crossing Libyan Desert. France may overstay their welcome and when told to leave, might get bitter and even spiteful as in Haiti and Guinea.  Haiti was forced in exchange for French recognition of its independence to mortgage its future to the French banks that bankrupted Haiti's ability to be prosperous until today.

Watch out! The National Transitional Council of Libya is promising introduction of democratic enhancement to make the OPEC member states more transparent. OPEC is neither a country nor their domain. Democracy as in Tea Party? The price for helping NTC is to break the cartel as they have always wanted with the help of the new Libya. For the first time ever, NATO countries could not dictate the price they buy from developing countries and they want to use Libya to change that.

The irony of all these is that without the support of United States, the rest of NATO could not be so effective. Yet none of the European countries, in spite of their selfish interest could be mindful that without the African American President, they will still be trying to get Gaddafi out of Tripoli and Benghazi. It will be unwise for the President to come out openly to criticize his partners in NATO for ignoring Africans in Libya.  The last time he spilled his gut reaction on police treatment of Professor Gate in Boston, he got into trouble for being so personally oversensitive.

Obama never gets credited anyway, even when he saved world capitalism from collapse. President Sarkozy of France and Prime Minister Cameron of Britain could not wait for the civil war in Libya to end, they ran there to claim victory and teach us how to help restore civil rights and democracy to a foreign country without getting bloodied and bugged down locally.

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Jakovic's comment explains why this situation exists

When we Africans start to respect ourselves & one another, the rest of the world would respect us. African govts are so weak & are puppets of NATO that they dare not protect their own citizens. These National Terrorist Council were also attacking Serbs, Russians & Chinese, but that came to a quick end when they realised the consequences from those countries. African leaders are more interested in protecting their bank a/c & properties in NATO countries than in governing their own people. Until we have a mass clearout of these colonial slaves and replace them with true nationalists blacks will continue to suffer all over the world.

YouTube is awash with such

YouTube is awash with such evidence but Amnesty International in Australia has remained completely silent, its quarterly journal "Human Rights Defender" not mentioning the word "Libya" even once in the entire publication covering the months of June - August 2011, even though the world's worst human rights violations were and are being committed during the war on Libya, earning the dubious organization the name "Amnesia International".

YouTube is awash with such

YouTube is awash with such evidence but Amnesty International in Australia has remained completely silent, its quarterly journal "Human Rights Defender" not mentioning the word "Libya" even once in the entire publication covering the months of June - August 2011, even though the world's worst human rights violations were and are being committed during the war on Libya, earning the dubious organization the name "Amnesia International".

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On Wednesday 24 people of the Ghanaian "US/NATO Hands Off Libya! Hands Off Africa!" coalition were arrested and taken in police custody over peacefully demonstrating against the illegal Western invasion in Libya and for victory to Muammar Qathafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya.

The demonstration started at about 11:00 AM from Obra Spot at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra towards the United States of America Embassy at Cantonments on the 102nd birthday of Osagyefo Kwame Nkrumah which is officially Founders Day (a national holiday) in Ghana

The Libyan Defense Forces

The Libyan Defense Forces re-captured Ras Lanouf, an important oil refinery. My understanding is that, due to this Jamahiriya success, oil exports from Libya have dropped from 200,000 barrels a day to 20,000, if I read correctly.. Their attacks on Bani Walid were rebuffed severely by the Libyan Defence Forces. The "rebels" lost 1,000 soldiers. And the defence was so strong that the rats refused their commanders' orders to return to the fight. When asked if they were fatigued, they told their commanders, "No. We just do not wish to spill Libyan blood anymore. So, this is a turn of events that might get stronger. We'll have to wait and see

There is mass chaos in

There is mass chaos in Benghazi, the HQ of the "rebels." Residents are flying the green flag, in defiance of the "rebels." Al-Qaeda, which from the outset has been a major NATO-supported component of the rats wants Mustafa Abdul Jalil, head of the "rebels," dead, and they actually announced that. The "rebels" themselves are fighting against each other, even on the battlefield

Gaddafi now has at least

Gaddafi now has at least 10,000 Tuaregs at his disposal (and maybe more), and some of them have crossed into Libya to help him fight. I believe they are now part of his security squad. But the other thing that happened, and that was reported even by the mainstream press, is that Saadi Gaddafi, who the press had attempted to give the impression that he had left the fight by going to Niger, has re-entered the fight. And he has the support of those 10,000 Tuaregs. I do not know if he brought all of them, but my understanding is that thousands of them are now IN LIBYA. The Tuareg council had a meeting of 3 or 4 different representatives of the Tuareg tribes of the Sahara. And they issued a WARNING to Niger: If you interfere with Gaddafi, we will overthrow your government. The Tuareg's are KNOWN, by military experts, to be the world's top desert fighters--barring none.

Most Libyan television and

Most Libyan television and other news sites have also been shut down by America. What are they afraid of? The truth? All those web sites have nothing but information about peace, democracy and about the effects of the NATO bombing of Libya -- bombing that has continued non-stop for over 7 months and claimed tens of thousands of lives and now threatens over a million ppl.


Ai Americawa shegu arna suke. Basu ganin bakin mutum da daraja ko kadan. Goodluck kuma wawa sai abin da suke so zai yi. Idan ba haka be mai zai sa ana kisan yan naijeriya a Libya sai taso ya ambantad da masu kashe bakake a Libya?

Shegu kawai, Allah ya isa!