‘Media feeds fear as NATO fights war on Libya’
Reports of tracer bullets and explosions over the Libyan capital have caused many to believe it’s the beginning of the end for Colonel Gaddafi’s stronghold. Political analyst Mahdi Nazemroaya who’s also in Tripoli, says some sporadic attacks may actually be happening, but in his opinion they are part of psychological warfare.”
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya
TRIPOLI — Heavy gunfire and explosions have been reported in the Libyan capital, and according to rebel commanders, the firing signals the start of a final onslaught on Muammar Gadaffi’s stronghold.
Earlier NATO-backed rebels in Libya said that a battle for the capital Tripoli could unfold by the end of the month, as they had taken key cities around the Gaddafi stronghold. However, rounds have been fired close to a hotel where foreign journalists are staying on Saturday evening. Explosions were heard in the area as NATO aircraft carried out heavy bombing runs after nightfall, the Associated Press reported.
Rebels were reported to be fighting in the city’s Tajoura neighborhood, as well as near Tripoli’s international airport. There have been reports that fighting also broke out in the neighborhoods of Soug Jomaa and Arada in the east.
However, some eyewitnesses say this information is exaggerated.
Political analyst Mahdi Nazemroaya of Global Research, says that the gunfire in the Libyan capital is sporadic and disorganized, and that its main purpose is to break down the morale of the population.
“The main point of the attacks in Tripoli is to break down the morale here and cause panic. The media here at the hotel where I am staying has been part of this disinformation campaign,” he said.
“They just want to feed the panic here and want the regime to collapse. They are fueling and feeding this psychological war against this country.”
TRIPOLI — The mainstream media is reporting that Tripoli is surrounded. Bernard-Henri Lévy, author and adviser to France’s president Nicolas Sarkozy has even declared that the regime in Tripoli has collapsed. This is fiction.
NATO and its coalition have launched attacks to the west of Tripoli to surround the capital. They have only managed to temporarily disrupt the supply route from Tunisia to Tripoli. This is part of their strategy of imposing a siege on the Libyan capital.
An estimated 100 to 200 rebel fighters have emerged near the south side of the Zawiyah (Zawiya) District, approximately 50 kilometres (31 miles) west of Tripoli. They claim to have taken over the city of Sorman (Surman). Therse claims are unsubstantiated.
What happened was that some of the insurgents merely passed through Sormon on the highway on their way to attacking Zawiyah.
The Western media report that the insurgents control most of the city of Zawiyah. This claim is unsubstantiated. In reality, the insurgent forces merely raised the flag of King Idiris I in a remote area of the Zawiyah District and then quickly left that area and did some photo ops for foreign journalists to give the impression that they had a foothold in Zawiyah.
The insurgent fighters only stayed in their location in Zawiyah for a few hours. The local population was hostile towards them and they were afraid to stay longer. Their main aim was to destroy the oil refinery in the area.
NATO and its rebel proxies are attempting to cut supply routes into the Tripoli District by sabotaging transportation routes with Tunisia. In this context, the rebels have also attacked Ras Al-Jedir, which is located on the Tunisian-Libyan border.
The Libyan Military has entered Misurata
While the insurgency and NATO are on the offensive to the west of Tripoli, they have lost their hold on Misurata.
On August 15, 2011, there were early morning celebrations throughout the country as news became public that the Libyan military had entered Misurata. In Tripoli gunfire could be heard across the city as people celebrated. Western mainstream media reporters in Tripoli were briefed. The relevant information was made available to them. There was news blackout. Not a word was mentioned in the Western press regarding the victory of Libyan armed forces in Misurata.