|Libyan Rebels Desecrate British War Graves In Benghazi|
|Written by Staff|
|Sunday, 04 March 2012 13:26|
Video has been posted online purportedly showing men associated with Libya's National Transitional Council smashing down the gravestones of British soldiers who died during World War 2. The amateur footage shows a group of men kicking down gravestones and attempting to smash a large memorial cross with sledgehammers, at a location said to be the War Cemetery in Benghazi, in which over a thousand soldiers from the 7th Armoured Division - famously known as the heroic "Desert Rats" - were buried after being killed in the battle for Libya between 1941 and 1943.
The footage has unsurprisingly been greeted with disgust by the British tabloids and relatives of the dead, and raises yet more troubling questions about the Libyan rebels who, during last year's illegal and immoral war, NATO helped bomb into power.
It has been widely acknowledged that without NATO's air power, and Western and Arab special forces directing operations on the ground, the rebels would probably have been unsuccessful in their uprising against Gaddafi. The justification for the West's involvement in Libya was to prevent a massacre taking place in Benghazi - the very city where the grave desecrations took place - despite it being unclear that a massacre was actually about to happen there. Once underway, military action against Gaddafi's forces enabled Western leaders such as David Cameron to circularly reason that their intervention had prevented the massacre they claimed was about to happen - paving the way for an expansion of operations, the personal targeting of Gaddafi, and the securing of regime change.
Whilst the likelihood a "massacre" was about to take place in Benghazi is uncertain, that Gaddafi was preparing for military action against insurgents in the city is unsurprising, considering that the rebels were armed, planning to violently overthrow his government, and contained fighters whose own commander admitted had links to Al Qaeda. Gaddafi consistently stated that the rebels were Islamist extremists. Indeed, individuals such as the present Council Commander of the Libyan Military, Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, had previously been imprisoned and tortured in Gaddafi's prisons as suspected militants - with the full complicity of the British government.
As well as the signing of lucrative oil deals, one of the conditions for Gaddafi being "brought in from the cold" during Tony Blair's premiership was his agreeing to join the West's "war on terror" and fight the supposed threat from Islamic extremists. Last year militants who fell under such a categorisation began operating in Libya, planning Gaddafi's violent removal from power, whilst being directed by special forces working for the British government - the very people with whom Gaddafi had earlier agreed to fight Islamic extremism! It is therefore difficult not to judge last year's events as anything other than the total betrayal of Gaddafi by his former allies in the West.
If Western governments were not wholly behind the formation of the rebel army in Benghazi - the SAS team captured in the area in the very early days of the rebellion suggesting they may have been - then they at the very least took full advantage of the situation, to hype the threat of a humanitarian disaster and justify military intervention, with the ultimate goal being Gaddafi's removal and the fall of his regime.
Atrocities committed by the supposed Libyan rebel "good guys", including torture and murder, have been widely documented. The International Commission of Inquiry on Libya found that rebels committed war crimes and breaches of international human rights law, with serious abuses ongoing as minority groups and former Gaddafi supporters continue to be targeted by the newly empowered former rebels. The medical aid organisation Medecins Sans Frontieres recently decided to halt part of its operations in Libya, due to the new regime delivering prisoners for treatment mid-interrogation, so that injuries inflicted during torture could be patched up and the suspects returned to prison for further brutal questioning.
Confirmation of the extremist element within the Libyan rebels came when the black flag associated with Al Qaeda was seen flying above a courthouse in Benghazi. It should also be noted that Libya's transitional leader has stated the main inspiration for the new constitution of Libya will be Sharia law, Islamic law that could further restrict freedoms allowed under Gaddafi's supposedly tyrannical rule.
We should therefore not be surprised, considering the widely documented abuses that have been committed by a rebel movement partly comprised of violent extremists, by the recent images of Libyan rebels allegedly vandalising British war gravestones in Benghazi.