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Libyan Rebels: NATO Isn’t Doing Enough

From an agreeing Associated Press:

Libyan rebel military leader Abdel-Fattah Younis speaks to the media at a hotel in Benghazi, Libya Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

Libyan rebel leader says NATO isn’t doing enough

By Ben Hubbard And Hadeel Al-shalchi, Associated Press Tue Apr 5, 2011

BENGHAZI, Libya – A rebel military leader lashed out at NATO Tuesday, saying it was falling short in its mission to protect Libyan civilians. The alliance said ruler Moammar Gadhafi’s forces position heavy weapons in populated areas, preventing some airstrikes.

Abdel-Fattah Younis, chief of staff for the rebel military and Gadhafi’s former interior minister, said he was asking the opposition’s leadership council to take their grievances to the U.N. Security Council, which authorized force in Libya to stop government troops from wiping out the anti-Gadhafi uprising that began Feb. 15.

Is NATO supposed to protect Libyan civilians or the anti-Gadhafi forces? It would seem that the ‘rebels’ want NATO to endanger Libyan civilians in their desire to defeat Gadhafi.

NATO forces "don’t do anything" even though the United Nations gave them the right to act, Younis said. He said bureaucracy means that NATO strikes sometimes come eight hours after rebels’ have communicated targets

So the rebels are calling in NATO airstrikes? It’s a good thing they aren’t taking sides. (And remember, we don’t even know who these rebels are or what they want.)

Brig. Gen. Mark Van Uhm [sic] of NATO said Tuesday that airstrikes have so far destroyed 30 percent of Gadhafi’s military capacity.

On Monday, the alliance said it carried out 14 attacks on ground targets across the country, destroying radars, munitions dumps, armored vehicles and a rocket launcher. Three-quarters of Monday’s scheduled strike missions, however, had to return without dropping their bombs or launching their missiles because Gadhafi loyalists made it more difficult for pilots to distinguish between civilians and regime troops, Van Uhm said.

The general and a doctor in besieged western city of Misrata said Gadhafi’s forces had recently changed tactics in there by moving tanks and other heavy equipment to civilian areas.

"They snuck their anti-aircraft weapons and tanks into the city. They are between the apartment buildings and the trees," said the doctor, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

Which appears to be the practice all across the Middle East. And yet we never heard much about it being done by the ‘insurgents’ in Iraq or Afghanistan. All we ever heard about was civilian causalities? Why is that?

Younis, however, said civilians have cleared out of areas of Misrata occupied by Gadhafi’s forces and that NATO "would have lifted the siege days ago" if it wanted to.

"Children are dying every day and women and men are dying every day from shelling. If NATO waited another week, that will be the end of Misrata. There won’t be anyone left."

But the smartest woman on earth, Hillary Clinton herself, assured us that we had prevented any humanitarian crisis. Mr. Younis must be a liar, as well as an ingrate.

The rebels were holding talks with White House envoy Chris Stevens in Benghazi, their de facto capital in eastern Libya. Stevens was trying to get a better idea of who the rebels are, what they want and what their capabilities are, State Department spokesman Mark Toner said

And never mind that we have effectively given the command and control over our military to people we don’t know anything about.

Rebel forces have been helped by the arrival on the front of more trained soldiers and heavier weapons, but they are still struggling to match the more experienced and better equipped government troops.

Gee, where do you think those "heavier weapons" came from?

In a step toward getting more money for weapons and other needs, a tanker arrived Tuesday near the eastern city of Tobruk to load up the rebels’ first shipment of oil for export in nearly three weeks

So France and the rest of the Europeans are getting their payback already. What good news.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, April 6th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Libyan Rebels: NATO Isn’t Doing Enough”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    “Libyan Rebels: NATO Isn’t Doing Enough” – the hell you say. This is a shocking turn of events. I must take to my fainting couch.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    And when is enough….enough?

    When are the sand-people satisfied?

    When will the anger of the sand-people end?

    What makes the sand-people truly “happy”?

    • Right of the People says:

      Rusty,

      They’ll be happy when they have a camel to love and little boy to bugger.

      There is no way this is going to end good for any non-mooselimb country involved. If they get their air strikes and they kill civilians the Mooselimb Bro-Hood is going to blame the infidels. If they don’t get their air strikes and “freedom fighters” are killed by K-Daffy’s troops, Mooselimb Bro-Hood is going to blame the infidels.

      Face it, the Mooselimb Bro-Hood is going to blame the infidels no matter what. Nuke ’em all, let Allah sort them out.

  3. P. Aaron says:

    Maybe $600 million in Happy Meals will be enough?

  4. canary says:

    I think Obama & Hillary are coaching the Libyan rebels to say that.

  5. Rusty Shackleford says:

    In other news, “WH Announces Libyan Debacle Bush’s Fault”

  6. Liberals Demise says:

    Ah……..when has NATO ever done anything……..right?
    Waste of money once again!


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