ISRAEL INTERVENES IN LIBYA…FOR GADDAFI
(Gordon Duff) In a move that surprises all but Middle East experts, Israel has promised Libya’s dictator of over 40 years, Colonel Gaddafi, 50,000 troops to aid in crushing rebels set on overthrowing his his murderous rule. According to news sources inside Israel, “troops” are being hired across Africa, Uganda, Sudan, Chad and the Central Africa Republic, including Al Qaeda fighters, to be deployed against demonstrators and rebel forces currently involved in heavy fighting in a two week old attempt to overthrow the Libyan ruler that has left thousands dead.
In the last 72 hours, rebel leaders have been in contact with Britain and the United States, nations that have promised aid and have positioned forces in the Mediterranean for a decisive strike against Gaddafi. Additional US Marines have been sent to reinforce assault teams on the USS Kearsarge, a helicopter assault ship now stationed off Tripoli awaiting orders to begin operations.
Libyan airspace is currently open as are her ports, slated for the scheduled influx of military support from Israel, a clear violation of UN sanctions.
Oil exports from rebel held areas have resumed though oil prices continue to spike, threatening the American economy.
Though Israeli advisors and intelligence personnel have been on the ground in Tripoli for some time, there are questions as to whether the Gaddafi’s regime can hold on until substantial aid arrives, particularly in light of increasing pressure for a US strike, widely called for, bringing Gaddafi’s rule to an abrupt end. Sources in the region tell us;
“Israeli military advisors have been “in place” since the first and Mossad teams who have long used Libya as a base of operations in Africa are working to “decapitate” rebel leadership.”
With American and British forces at the ready and a possible strike eminent, the American military community has expressed concerns about the potential of another “Somalia” disaster. Though American amphibious forces may represent a credible threat to Gaddafi, the actual potential for any American ground deployment in Libya is remote. However, an air action against command and control centers in Libya is much more likely.
Support for such a strike has been growing across the Middle East after initial concerns about US involvement in the oil rich nation.
THE TEL AVIV- TRIPOLI “WIKI-TANGO”
Despite his outward image as an Arab nationalist leader, Gaddafi has maintained close ties with Israel since his takeover of Libya in a military coup in 1969. That friendship, “strange bedfellows,” has finally come to light, one of the many “closeted partnerships” between Israel and Middle Eastern dictators that were exposed by Wikileaks.
Gaddafi, a Marxist, was himself the subject of a coup planned by British SAS founder David Sterling early on. Sterling was shocked when ordered to stand down, being told that Gaddafi was, though a communist, under the protection of both the United States and Israel.
Though, for decades, the western press has depicted Gadaffi as a staunch enemy of Israel and Zionism, the two nations have shared covert projects that can be traced as far back as the early 1970s. A consortium of “rogue” states, Iran under the Shah, apartheid South Africa, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Gaddafi’s Libya and Israel sold arms, developed weapons technologies and operated a network of spies, particularly inside the United States, keeping the Soviet Union abreast of NATO military and intelligence secrets and defense plans.
Of the original “Axis of Evil,” only Libya and Israel remain.
“AXIS OF EVIL” NUKES/BLAIR’S VISIT
Libya, in partnership with Israel and the former apartheid regime in South Africa, began developing chemical and germ warfare capabilities. These WMDs were used by the South African forces in Angola and elsewhere, thousands died. Libya funded one of the largest chemical and biological weapons programs in the world, rivaling the former Soviet Union in size, a program thought to be in place as late as 2004. During the same period, a year after the American invasion of Iraq to end a WMD program now proven non-existent, Libya, with Israeli help, developed a nuclear capability and is said to control several “Hiroshima” style weapons, uranium based fission devices.
As part of this combined program, South Africa built 10 nuclear weapons at their Pelindaba facility between 1975 and 1980.
The three nations performed one successful weapons test, an 18.2 kiloton uranium weapon on September 22, 1979 on Prince Edward Island in the seas north of Antarctica. This test was observed and verified by both US and Soviet nuclear intelligence services and a “weapons signature” was developed. South Africa ended its program in 1990, shipping 6 of the remaining weapons to the US for dismantling. Three were sold and then transferred to British control and eventually shipped to Oman but disappeared in transit.
One of these weapons exploded in North Korea in 2009, their only successful nuclear test. Two are missing.
In March,2004, we are told by informed sources in Britain, Prime Minister Tony Blair made an “emergency” flight to Libya to meet with the Libyan leader, assuring him he would not be facing the fate of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, who had been captured only a few months before by American forces and was awaiting trial.
It is believed that one of the subjects discussed by Blair was the “possibility” that Libya possessed the two missing weapons from South Africa, weapons Britain had failed to recover.
Blair left that meeting with a $200 million oil contract for Royal Dutch Shell and an undisclosed long term agreement between Libya and BAE Systems, a British defense contracting firm. There were no reports of what Gaddafi offered Blair in return. Some claims were made that Libya had agreed to end its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons programs but these reports, though widely circulated, are both unsubstantiated and unverified.
Now Libya is threatening its population with chemical and biological weapons with more possibly on the way from Israel.
Blair has remained an ardent supporter and defacto spokesman for the Libyan “strongman” since being forced to leave office in 2007.
EARLIER CLASH BETWEEN ISRAEL AND AMERICA
This could be the first face-off between the US and Israel in the region since the USS Liberty attack in 1967. During that “incident,” Israeli air and sea forces attacked a lightly armed American naval vessel killing or wounding 201 of 296 crew members. American sailors repulsed Israeli attempt to seize the vessel and its crew. USS Liberty survivor, Phil Tourney reports that Israel surveillance planes had tracked the clearly marked American vessel for several hours before the attack Tourney describes as “murderous.”
“Israel still has a life raft from the Liberty, one they had strafed from gunboats who were also firing on fire and rescue personnel, on display in Tel Aviv as a “war trophy.”
Though the crew of the USS Liberty is the most decorated in US Naval history, until recently all were sworn to secrecy and threatened with imprisonment for revealing the details of the Israeli assault.
OBAMA UN VETO NOW CRIPPLES US POLICY
President Obama used his first United Nations Security Council veto to stop a move toward citing Israel for humanitarian violations against its Palestinian population. In fact, the United States has vetoed UN resolutions calling for humanitarian reforms by Israel and has done so dozens of times.
Now Israel has become militarily involved in Libya, directly against US policy and UN prohibitions and has done so, oddly protected in these acts by the United States and its “ever so reliable” Security Council veto of any move to modify Israeli behavior.
Libyan civilians may well, in days to come, be facing Israeli weaponry and even troops, as have the people of Gaza.
Now American Marines may well be facing that same fate.