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Foreign Policy just published a roundup of weapons contributed to the Libyan rebels in the regime change effort.  The e-Journal is a publication of the Washington Post.  Colum Lynch's April 4 article relies on the March 20 UN report to the UN Security Council by a panel of experts appointed to track the UN resolutions and responses from the start of the conflict.

These two paragraphs, noncontroversial in establishment world, outline clear violations of Principle VI (a), (b), and (c), of the Nuremburg Principles, affirmed by the United Nations General Assembly.

"As the late Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi's forces prepared to crush the Libyan uprising last summer in Benghazi, Britain, France, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, the United States, and other allies moved quickly to reinforce the beleaguered rebel forces.

"With military supplies, training, advice -- and of course the backing of NATO war planes -- this coalition of governments provided critical support to change the course of the conflict, ultimately leading to Qaddafi's downfall. " Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy, March 4

It's right there. The rebels were getting their clock cleaned by the legal government of Libya.  The UN Security Council approved a humanitarian mission run by NATO to protect Libyan civilians based almost exclusively on evidence from one questionable source, an activist who was part of the Libyan rebels group.

NATO, Qatar, and the UAE supplied tons of cash and material, plus an air force, to the rebels.  Through Qatari troops on the ground, the NATO air force was able coordinate air strikes that, in effect, dragged the Libyan rebels across the finish line.  In that process, a sovereign nation was attacked without provocation.   Thousands were slaughtered, many more maimed, with incidents of ethnic cleansing documented.

Those acts violate the Nuremberg Principle VI:  (a)  Crimes against peace (i) and (ii) - "waging a war of aggression;" (b) War crimes - "wanton destruction of cities, towns, or villages, or devastation not justified by military necessity;" and (c) Crimes against humanity - "deportation and other inhuman acts done against any civilian population, or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds "

Principle III says "heads of states" can be held to account for these violations.  Send the NATO leaders involved to The Hague and let them sort it out.  If you do the crime, you do the time.

The excuse for war was the presumed bloodbath, a Rwanda!, that Gaddafi would inflict on the rebel cities.  NATO nations knew that this was not going to be the case, based on Gaddafi's behavior prior to the NATO attack.  Alan J. Kuperman debunked the myth of a humanitarian mission:

"But intervention did not prevent genocide, because no such bloodbath was in the offing. To the contrary, by emboldening rebellion, US interference has prolonged Libya's civil war and the resultant suffering of innocents.

"The best evidence that Khadafy did not plan genocide in Benghazi is that he did not perpetrate it in the other cities he had recaptured either fully or partially -- including Zawiya, Misurata, and Ajdabiya, which together have a population greater than Benghazi."  Alan J. Kuperan, False Pretenses for War in Libya? Boston Globe, March 14

The full UN report is and worthy of detailed review.  It documents the assault on Libya from the organization that authorized that assault.

The March shift

We're through with the years of indefinite delay from the end of a foreign war to the point at which the truth emerges.  It's not going to take three decades to find out what really went in at the latest Gulf of Tonkin (the outright lie that launched Vietnam).  The behavior of leaders, the greed of their Wall Street-big banker patrons, and a real unemployment rate of 22% are everyday realities for citizens.  Why should we greet any of the grand schemes presented without initial disbelief?

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If the law is not enforced, what is the use of cha... by Peter Duveen on Saturday, Apr 7, 2012 at 6:29:48 PM
Maybe your should look up how Gaddafi took over th... by Skeptic1 on Sunday, Apr 8, 2012 at 3:16:53 PM
see:click here Prosecute US Crimes Again... by Jay Janson on Sunday, Apr 8, 2012 at 5:58:23 PM
Yep, Gaddafi committed many war crimes.  Than... by Skeptic1 on Monday, Apr 9, 2012 at 2:50:03 AM