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Gadaffi Death Chaos Leaves Ntc And Nato Pr Machine With Questions To Be Answered
Gadaffi was no saint but the circumstances of his death and the death of his son leave a lot of questions to be answered about this campaign, about NATO, and about the collusion of the media in all of this.
Gadaffi was no saint its true. He squirrelled away billions of oil revenue belonging to the Libyan people for himself and his own, amassed a large arsenal of weaponry and engaged in torture in co-operation with CIA personnel.
But as dictators go, he was pretty mild it has to be said. And a reasonable degree of the wealth did make its way down to the people through infrastructure projects and personal funding. Much has been written about the green revolution and there is evidence that some of its ideas were even put into practice.
The "rebellion" in Libya has its own problematic aspects
The UN security council voted to create a no fly zone in response to media reports of an impending massacre by Gadaffi in Bhenghazi
This mandate was used as an excuse for regime change
The NTC were lead by a CIA AlQaeda asset who cut a deal with the US
NTC atrocities were widespread, but supressed by media
Media lies and disinformation abounded
The Death of Gadaffi and his son are now shrouded in controversy. (see video clip)
There are several conflicting reports but piecing things together, it looks like a drone hit Gadaffi's group and he was injured. He then crawled into a drain to hide. NTC Fighters dragged him out and some time after, he was shot in the head or neck and killed. Probably on orders from on high in order to simplify any possible embarrassing aftermath if he spills the beans on their co-operative torture activities and other matters.
Similarly his son was filmed clearly alive then photos appeared later of his dead body.
here's one such gloating video over pictures of his sons dead body after a "firefight". clearly a lie.
(that last picture is not a peace sign but an up yours to the truth!)
Another high profile casualty of this campaign was the once progressive news channel Al Jazeera (english), (now trumpetted as kosher even by Hilary Clinton)! Apparently reports surfaced courtesy of wikileaks not too long ago regarding collusion between the head of the network and the CIA leading to an embarrassing resignation. After this it became increasingly clear that the stations backers from Qatar had stepped in and made their presence felt and we could no longer trust the balance shown by this once progressive station.
Its news reports on Libya were so biased that I found that just could not watch them after a while.
This is a far cry from the days when US soldiers were ordered to fire on their building during the gulf war.
Also, interestingly, youtube's most accessed version of the death of Gadaffi is allowed by a simple button press. It is only the half of the video after Gadaffi has been killed.
You'll find it a little more difficult to get the whole video on youtube which shows Gadaffi alive. First you'll have to sign in or re-verify your google account. Interesting how there is a difference between accessing both versions!
Easy to get the one that is not controversial
But somewhat Harder to find and access the one that is. Make your own mind up on this one
This same situation occurred with the wikileaks "collateral murder" video until it became too well known.
maybe my computer sucks but coincidentally none of these video clips ever seem to play properly on youtube for me! anyone else seem to have the same problem? ;-)
For those interested there is a very informative article here on the details of Gadaffis capture
Caption: Gadaffi capture video from RT