If you for whatever reason are in a hurry, then don’t even bother to read this post. Just remember the headline. When NATO does it, it is ok; when IS does the very same thing, it is not. In fact, the NATO countries who did the exact same back in 2011, are now condemning IS for copying what they did four years ago.
This isn’t even Orwellian anymore. This is just plain diabolical.
If you are still reading this, I would invite you to read the following article which was published at the Libya Herald website earlier this week, and which subsequently was moved to the members only part of that website. And while reading, please imagine it is still 2011, and NATO and its terrorist “rebels” are committing the very same atrocities, while being hailed and supported by the very countries that obviously believe that it are not the crimes that count, but the ones that commit those crimes.
The similarities are beyond chilling. Only back then it wasn’t allowed to be critical. If you were, you were a thug who supported a bloodthirsty dictator or something.
The governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the US and US, have issued a joint statements strongly condemning “the ongoing barbaric acts by ISIL-affiliated terrorists” in Sirte.
“We are deeply concerned about reports that these fighters have shelled densely populated parts of the city and committed indiscriminate acts of violence to terrorise the Libyan population,” the statement read.
The six countries called on “all parties in Libya aspiring to a peaceful and unified nation to join efforts to combat the threat posed by transnational terrorist groups exploiting Libya for their own agenda”.
They said that the events in Sirte accentuated the urgent need to reach agreement in the UN-brokered Dialogue process and produce a government of national unity. This, they said, would be able to partner with the international community to provide security against extremists intent on destabilising Libya.
“We reiterate that there is no military solution to the political conflict in Libya and remain concerned that the economic and humanitarian situation is worsening every day. We stand ready to support the implementation of a political agreement to ensure that a Government of National Accord and its national institutions can function effectively and meet the urgent needs of the Libyan people,” the statement added.
The Italian government had yesterday separately condemned the IS slaughter in Sirte, but the absence until now of any comment, let alone a denunciation, from the West – particularly the US, UK and France – has bitterly upset and antagonized Libyans. Over the weekend, ordinary Libyans and political figures alike they have increasingly been expressing resentment at what they see is a western abandonment of them.