France has been among the main powers behind the NATO-led air campaign, which is officially aimed at protecting civilians from assaults by Gaddafi’s forces. However, many view a change of regime in Libya as the main reason for the alliance’s involvement there. France’s latest move has invoked extensive criticism from Russia and the African Union, while China has indirectly objected to it.
The sending of arms to the Libyan rebels is illegal, yet it has been going on almost since the beginning of the conflict there, believes Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya from the Centre for Research on Globalization.
“It definitely is violating the United Nations’ sanction as well as international law. There is something called the ATT [the Arms Trade Treaty] and under the ATT they cannot supply arms to the rebels,” he said. “This is not new news either. They have been saying it from March that they have been sending arms to the rebels. In the London conference, the Prime Minister of Qatar said they were going to send arms. He said that in front of Hillary Clinton and all the representatives of the NATO states were there.”
“Reuters and the Wall Street Journal — they all said that the United States was sending arms through Egypt to the rebels. It is reported, it is documented,” Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya added.
France admits to violating UNSC r.1973 by arming Al-Qaeda rebels in Libya.
Tony Cartalucci. Featured Writer
Bangkok, Thailand June 30, 2011 – Brazenly violating a UN resolution it itself had help push through the Security Council, France has now admitted to arming Libya’s rebels with machine guns, anti-tank weapons, and RPGs. UNSC r.1973 supposedly allowed only for NATO forces to “protect” Libya’s civilian populations and specifically prohibited the supplying of weapons to either side.
Since the resolution’s passing on March 17, 2011, NATO has incrementally exceeded the parameters set by the already illegitimate resolution by first systematically destroying Libya’s military, then carrying out targeted assassinations, to then bombing civilian infrastructure, and now talking about a full-scale military invasion. Compounding the moral bankruptcy of the “international community,” is the fact that the brazen violation is not only being brushed aside, but is being used to question whether NATO should do more to “hasten the downfall” of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi.
Photo: French puppet-President Nicolas Sarkozy shakes hands with the globalist-inspired rebel leader Mahmoud Gibril Elwarfally. According to US-educated Mahmoud Gibril Elwarfally, interim prime minister of the contrived “Libyan Transitional National Council” in a May 12, 2011 talk before the Brookings Institution, “what’s taking place [in Libya] is a natural product of the globalizational process.”
UNSC r.1973 was passed after tenuous accusations were made against Qaddafi claiming he was intentionally targeting civilian populations during the opening salvos of the rebels’ insurrection. Since then, many of these accusations have been verified as lies, and many of the very accusations made against Qaddafi have been documented first-hand amongst the rebels themselves. Casting the NATO operation in a further dubious light is that the rebels themselves are in fact affiliates of Al-Qaeda, many of their veteran fighters having just returned from Iraq and Afghanistan after battling US troops. With that in mind, the original UN resolution was unwarranted and illegitimate to begin with, not to mention recent attempts to expand upon it.