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NATO calls for Qaddafi ouster as Tripoli bombed

The Local · 14 Apr 2011, 17:37

Published: 14 Apr 2011 17:37 GMT+02:00

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NATO foreign ministers meeting in the German capital played down any rift after France and Britain pressed allies to contribute more combat jets to the mission and intensify the raids against regime tanks and artillery shelling civilians.

"We are also sharing the same goal which is to see the end of the Qaddafi regime in Libya. And we are contributing in many ways in order to see that goal realised," said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

She later told NATO allies: "For our part, the US is committed to our shared mission. We will strongly support the coalition until our work is completed."

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, whose country shocked allies by refusing to back the UN resolution authorising the military operation, said NATO supports the aspirations of the Libyan people.

"We are united by the common goal, that we want a free and democratic Libya. The dictator Qaddafi, who started a civil war against his own people, must go," Westerwelle said at the start of the two-day meeting in Berlin.

But differences remained over the air raids against forces threatening the population, which are being conducted by just six of the 28 allies. Rebels have urged NATO to step up the air campaign as the mission has failed to shift the balance of power so far.

NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Wednesday's meeting in Qatar of the international contact group on Libya, which promised the rebels cash and the means to defend themselves, "laid out a good foundation."

"We will now discuss how we can continue the military operation leading to a successful result," he said.

A NATO declaration said "we welcome the outcome of the first meeting of the contact group which took place yesterday (Wednesday) in (the Qatari capital) Doha and strongly endorse its call for Qaddafi to leave power."

Military action was first launched by Britain, France and the United States on March 19, but NATO took over the operation two weeks ago after overcoming French reservations about letting the Western military organisation alliance lead it.

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The Berlin meeting came as NATO planes put on a show of force on the Libyan front line, with rebels reporting they were bombing targets on the road leading west, towards the key oil refinery town of Brega on the central Mediterranean coast.

An AFP correspondent heard loud explosions just west of the town of Ajdabiya, where deadly exchanges raged on Saturday and Sunday killing dozens of loyalist troops and an undisclosed number of rebel fighters. There were also reports that allied forces had bombed targets in the Libyan capital Tripoli, including Qaddafi's personal residence.

There was no immediate confirmation from NATO that warplanes under its command were engaged.

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19:21 April 14, 2011 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
The local has no interest in reporting unbiased news in the spirit of objectivity. They only repeat the lies of their media masters which are then consumed and regurgitated by the lumpen. The lumpens don't care that their masters are lying and that their own enslavement is being further secured.

None of the nations attacking Libya have the least moral high ground to wage such a war. It seems only the comman man must obey the law.
21:21 April 14, 2011 by wood artist

While I would agree that many of the public media sources throughout the world provide "less than unbiased" reporting, I think most people understand that. They may seek out sources that reinforce their own biases or beliefs, but that's hardly news.

On the other hand, this story seems to be relatively unbiased, at least to me. It says a meeting took place...and it did. It quotes a number of people at the meeting, who, obviously, can say whatever they wish. However, the Local seems to have done nothing more than share their statements, allowing the reader to make decisions about what and who to believe.

You state the "none of the nations...have the least moral high ground...." While that's a somewhat tortured sentence structure, you're probably correct. However, just what is the Moral High Ground? We all see faults in others while ignoring our own. We all struggle to know when and how to act when we observe something we perceive is "wrong."

One of the great historical arguments is that "the world should have stopped Hitler long before the war." Okay, in hindsight I think nearly everyone would agree with that concept. However, exactly when was the appropriate time...given what was known at the time?

In short, intervention in Libya may well be wrong. Non-intervention in Rowanda may well have been wrong. A million things we do every day, individually and collectively, may well be wrong. Hindsight will tell us so. For the most part, I think most people try to make the best decisions possible, given what they know. Maybe you feel otherwise.

21:33 April 14, 2011 by Expat IV
Well said, wood artist
23:30 April 14, 2011 by HANNIBAL-BARCA
@wa & xpat4,

Congratulations for stating your support of the Simpletons News.

How is it possible that this report by the local is unbiased even if you qualify it as relatively so?

The stated claim of the U.N. authorized Mandate was to protect the civilians.

NATO has already carelessly overstepped it's 1973 Mandate. Civilians have died as a result of Nato's barbarian aggressions.

The so-called Rebels are guilty themselves of indiscriminately killing civilians based on racial profiling alone.

When in the history of indigenous revolutions has the group attempting to usurp power taken the effort to create a new Central Bank? If this is insignificant for you I'm not surprised.

It is the responsibility of the News Media to inform the people of the whole truth. While public education has dumbed down the masses, somebody has to shout that something is wrong when one consistently finds such uncritical half-azzed news reporting which you so plainly defend.

We have laws governing our actions thereby we may live in peace within a civil society. No system is perfect and entanglements will arise for which we have rules of engagement.

When these laws governing our civil society are violated which NATO participation in the sovereign affairs of Libya is a clear violation of then our society is no longer civil.

This ostensibly is ok for you because you think they are trying to make the best decision possible. The best decision for whom wa? Certainly not Libya or its indigenous people. The facts may not matter to you as long as the criminals feign to have your best interest in mine. That, however, doesn't surprise me.
01:36 April 15, 2011 by zeddriver
What a breath of fresh air. A spirited, But civil debate.

Interesting about the formation of a new Libyan central bank. and oil company. Those are really talented leaderless-ragtag rebels. This smacks of rebel deal making by the bankers. And of course. Most world government leaders have their faces firmly attached to the rear ends of those bankers.

God help us.
08:49 April 15, 2011 by catjones
@HANNIBAL-BARCA....Obviously, you command the moral high ground and have a clear insight to the Truth. If only the world leaders would consult with you before making any decisions; only then would there be true Justice.
09:50 April 15, 2011 by storymann
The morning news brings forth the true mission of USA,France and England,a regime change is what they openly want now. The original mandate was to protect civilians. Duped again.
10:40 April 15, 2011 by Portnoy
Personally I think it's way cool that Qaddafi is in here posting! And what a nick -- Hannibal. You go Muamar!
11:52 April 15, 2011 by wenddiver
@Hannibal- No war has any moral high ground, it is all killing and destruction, the worst day of peace is better than the best day of war. Becoming a Combat Veteran is the quickest way to become an advocate for reasonable peace.

I like General William Tecumsuh Sherman's thoughts on the matter- War is cruelty. There is no use trying to reform it. The crueler it is the sooner it will be over.

General Sherman also told a reporter who questioned his methods during the American Civl War- "War is Hell."
12:15 April 15, 2011 by freechoice
i suppose discussions and dialogs works for dictators?
13:12 April 15, 2011 by fatherknowsbest
Great that NATO is putting the fear of God into Qaddafi and his henchmen. The europeans have come to the conclusion that that idiot is to close to them for comfort.
14:06 April 15, 2011 by ron1amr
As if any Country care about human rights in another Country. (We are united by the common goal, that we want a free and democratic Libya. The dictator Qaddafi, who started a civil war against his own people, must go," Westerwelle said at the start of the two-day meeting in Berlin.)

Is there anyone going into China because of their poor civil rights and dictatorship? Of for that matter Robert Gabriel Mugabe. No one will go to China and liberate the people and free them. And no one went to Zimbabwe. I cant understand how allied forces can support a non Government organization like the rebels to topple the official Government. Isn't that a bit like supporting the Irish republic Army at the time? No matter what Qaddafi is like is he any different to any other Dictator on the world? But hey wait a minute theres oil somewhere and the leading powers want control of this nothing to do with liberating the people. They have been trying to get to Qaddafi for years and this seems to be their opportunity. What happened to united nations and peace talks. Even Qaddafi wanted a resolution but the allied forces want nothing to do with this. Does anyone remember when Qaddafi lost his 4 year old step daughter years ago?

No one went to get Robert Gabriel Mugabe because he hasn't got anything maybe a bit of copper but no reason to liberate the people. Its all about allied forces looking after their special interests. If the world wasn't reliant on oil and used some other form of energy, you can be sure there would not be any invasion of Libya assisting the Rebels.
00:11 April 16, 2011 by DrGideonPolya
Of course all decent people want democracy for Libyans but the NATO invasion of Libya involves the mass murder of Libyans, the bombing of cities with high explosive, destruction of billions of dollars worth of Libyan assets, outright theft of scores of billions of dollars of Developing Country Libyan funds and emplacement of a NATO-backed civil war in perpetuity.

It is good to see that Germany opposes this racist Western European colonial violence together with South Africa, Brazil, India, Russia and China. When will the British and French come to terms with their racist past and present and stop their cowardly, racist, thousand year devastation of other countries?

War, occupation and hegemony kill through explicit violence and also through hegemony-imposed deprivation. Using UN Population Division data it was estimated that 1950-2005 avoidable deaths from deprivation in countries occupied in the post-1945 era by Britain and France totalled 727 million and 142 million, respectively, and the figures for the US and Apartheid Israel are 82 million and 24 million, respectively - carnage on a scale greater than that of WW2 (see "Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950"). The racist Zionist (RZ) and France-UK-US (FUKUS) Coalition are the genocidal, Lobbyocracy and Murdochracy successors to the Nazi German militarists.
03:46 April 16, 2011 by frankly.speaking
Its surprising the NATO forces including US, UK, France etc killing people in Iraq, Afghanistan and now in Libya. Statistically NATO has mass murdered in millions till now I think all those people were humans too. Still France running against Hijab stuff considering worst then killing humans.
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