It appeared as if Gaddafi or some other communications controller cut off the internet and social media in Libya making communications from within the Country very difficult. The western media all relied on "unconfirmed" reports.
Bahrain became very violent with confirmed dead all over the streets and even people living in Kuwait began to protest. Many living in Kuwait all there lives are not even allowed citizenship, a completely anti human rights regime. Then Morocco went into revolt due again to poverty issues.
On February 25, protests were underway in Countries all across the Middle East and North Africa; Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, and Palestine.
Various international forces began to secretly work behind the scenes in Libya. British SAS agents were captured and sent packing by the rebels and CIA agents were said to be on the ground. During these initial stages of the Libyan conflict all the confirmed brutality was being conducted by the rebels. In an effort to provoke outrage in the western media; reminiscent of the claims during the first Iraq/USA war when an actress was hired to cry about incubators being stolen from Kuwait hospitals with the babies being tossed on the floor, the western media played over and over the claims and screams of a Libyan woman being raped by Gaddafi forces. Nothing was played on the media of the beheadings, forced cannibalism, rape by gun barrel, hangings and beheadings by the rebel forces in Benghazi where the media were allowed. Full video is and was available.
During the second week of March after the rebels were not being supported by the Libyan people, and after weeks they still couldn't get them to rise up, a no fly zone was pushed at the UN. Here is how it was discussed originally;
!!US defence secretary Robert Gates, argued that any no-fly zone would involve preliminary bombing of Libyan air defences. Douglas Barrie, an aerospace analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, has denied this.
"There's no hard-and-fast rule in the establishment of a no-fly zone that you have to go in and take out all of your opponents air defences," Barrie said. "You say 'this is a no-fly zone and we don't want you to fly, and if you adhere to that everything is going to be fine, but if you fire at us then we will take retaliatory action'."!!
Today we see not just a complete military assault but also the arming of the rebels, who are mostly not from Libya, to overthrough the Gaddafi regime.
Syria, Yemen and Bahrain continued to experience violence and uprising spurned by the people of those Countries throughout March, April, May and June. The only action seen in Libya was Nato bombing campaigns and the complaining of the rebels that they had no weapons. In fact at the end of April the rebels were running in retreat and there was virtually no news of any upsurge in their efforts until July 6 when the rebel forces coming from the mountains south of Tripoli were suddenly fully armed with an unlimited supply of ammunition. They began looting and burning campaigns on their way through the various villages.
The French have acknowledged sending weapons to the mountains south of Tripoli. This action is forbidden by everyone involved in the Libyan conflict in paragraph 9 of the UN resolution 1970 in regards to the passing of the "No Fly Zone" resolution at the security Council;
9. Decides that all Member States shall immediately take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, from or through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned, and technical assistance, training, financial or other assistance, related to military activities or the provision, maintenance or use of any arms and related materiel, including the provision of armed mercenary personnel ["]