"Four months into the NATO air campaign, (Gaddafi's still) protected by loyalists and mercenaries." "Loyalists?:" yes, a growing majority of Libyans. "Mercenaries?:" in fact, those there are Western recruited cutthroats, armed, trained, funded and directed to ravage, not liberate, Libya for NATO.
Nonetheless, the editorial claims if Gaddafi "ha(s) his way, thousands more Libyans will die. The credibility of NATO would also be severely damaged. (Gaddafi), who has a long history of sponsoring international terrorism, is not one to let bygones be bygones."
In fact, most Libyans support him, more than ever now against NATO terror bombings, Times hyperbole notwithstanding. Moreover, no humanitarian crisis or mass slaughter happened until America, Britain, France, and other co-conspirators showed up, what no Times editorial or report explains.
This one says "signs of revolt" are evident - against NATO, not Gaddafi. Nonetheless, Times editors say "Washington and NATO must stand firmly with the rebels and reject any solution that does not involve the swift ouster of (Gaddafi) and real freedom for Libyans."
Omitted was saying only Libyans, (not Washington, NATO, or Times editors), may decide who rules their country. For sure, they abhor the secretive, Western controlled Interim Transitional National Council and their cutthroat mercenary killers, but don't expect America's "newspaper of record" to explain.
Nor does Al Jazeera (AJE), waging war on Gaddafi with falsified reports like a June 29 one headlined, "Libya: War and rape," suggesting:
Gaddafi's forces "used rape as a weapon." Another on June 9 headlined, "Analysis: "Gaddafi's 'rape weapon,' " saying:
International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo "said that he has evidence that (Gaddafi) ordered his soldiers to use rape as a weapon of war." He lied, but AJE didn't check and report accurately.
In March, AJE claimed Gaddafi supplied his forces with Viagra, saying it was found in their pockets in burned out tanks. The report surfaced in an interview with Suleiman Refadi, a Libyan doctor who claimed, "I have seen Viagra (and) condoms" as part of Gaddafi's sexual violence campaign.
In fact, Human Rights Watch (HRW) interviewed him earlier, discounting his claims for lacking supportive evidence, including victims and/or witnesses. Moreover, HRW's Liesel Gerntholtz confirmed that, "We have not been able to find evidence."
In April, however, Washington's UN ambassador Susan Rice told Security Council members in a closed door meeting the same thing, saying it's to encourage mass rape with no corroborating evidence whatever to prove it.
She lied, based on assessments from other human rights organizations, including Amnesty International (AI), saying its investigation found no evidence that Gaddafi forces committed rapes.
Moreover, AI learned that rebel forces knowingly made bogus claims based on falsified evidence, showing Rice ICC prosecutor Moreno-Ocampo, and Hillary Clinton lied, saying, "Rape, physical intimidation, sexual harassment, and even so-called 'virginity tests' have taken place in countries throughout the region," including in Libya.
AI's Donatella Rovera disputed allegations, saying, "we have not found any evidence or a single victim of rape or a doctor who knew about somebody being raped." In fact, the entire story was fabricated.
AI also found no evidence that Gaddafi is using African mercenaries against rebels, Rovera saying, "The politicians (keep) talking about mercenaries, which inflamed public opinion and the myth has continued" about sub-Saharan Africans in Libya to work, not fight.
Last March, however, Al Jazeera reported the mercenary hoax, citing rebel leader lies instead of investigating and presenting corroborated facts, what many of its accounts fail to do, supporting NATO's imperial war.