Washington imported a leader for the rebellion into Libya, one Gen. Khalifa Haftar, who had spent the past 20 years living with no known source of income a couple of miles from the CIA's headquarters in Virginia.
After decades of constantly slandering and vilifying Gaddafi, portraying him to corporate media's captive satellite reach audience as something worse than the devil himself for funding revolutionary organizations, the Western media cartel had set the stage for a phony popular rebellion against the creator of wealthy Socialist Libya, and hero of Africa's search for unity against the continuing White European exploitation of centuries.
The CIA funded Libyan Exile group in London had called for a "Day of Rage", conveniently, for the same date as the annual demonstration in remembrance of the ten people killed by security forces back in 2006 during an attempt to burn down the Italian Consulate incited by an Italian minister who wore a T-shirt displaying cartoons of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. A day before the Danish Cartoon anniversary CNN televised a short video showing hundred or so people, mostly well dressed young men, jumping up and down shouting "Down with Gaddafi!"
On that called for 'Day of Rage' itself, no large demonstrations reported by BBC and Reuters, while heavily armed men sized key buildings. BBC and Reuters and other European news agencies reported that hospitals had put the death toll, including police, at only from eighteen to twenty-six. BBC and Reuters seem to have been not yet on board with the CNN plot, for later that night, they reported that fifty black Libyan soldiers had been brutally executed by the rebels (cell phone videos of gruesome beheadings made appeared on the Internet).
Reuters (but not CNN) reported violent attacks began on Chinese and Korean construction sites around the same time as various early attacks by small mobs on Benghazi traffic department stations, but with no deaths. "On February 17/18,about 200 Libyans in the eastern coastal town of Darnah invaded a South Korean-run construction site and set fire to a dormitory for Korean workers. According to the South Korean Foreign Ministry, the offices of some South Korean companies were looted on February 19. The Ministry said there are currently about 1,400 South Koreans in the country. A construction site run by Huafeng Construction Co., Ltd. from China's Zhejiang Province was looted by a group of armed gangsters Sunday afternoon in the eastern city of Agedabia, and nearly 1,000 Chinese workers there were forced out of the site and became homeless. "Some Chinese workers here said nearly all Chinese companies in the country were "attacked or looted." [Libyan protesters attack S. Korean & Chinese companies , Sri Lanka Guardian, 2/22/2011
On the evening of the 17th, CNN showed a video of small groups of people scattering, running at twilight, cell phone camera jerking around in confusion to the sound of shooting from unidentified sources, while CNN's Nic Robertson cried out over and over again "Gaddafi, is targeting, shooting, killing his own people peacefully demonstrating for democracy."
These staged criminal fabrications of CNN telecasts without any evidence would be taken up and amplified by Qatar's Al Jazeera news agency and blown up to fantastic proportions using heresay quotes by Human Rights Watch. At the same time, very quickly, heavily armed insurgent gangs, always described later as 'ordinary citizens who had dropped their office jobs a few days before to fight for freedom,' were efficiently overrunning towns and airports.
Imagine! On Feb. 21 a bare four days after the overseas called for "Day of Rage' protest, U.S. tabloids, a UK counterpart, the Telegraph, and the International Federation for Human Rights, reported Libya's second city along with Sirte, Tobruk, Misrata, Khoms, Tarhounah, Zenten, Al-Zawiya and Zouara had all been taken by protesters - "protesters?" Benghazi airport was taken over a few days earlier on the 19th. For the next nine weeks the world would see on TV, tough hombre looking "freedom fighters' in their fleets of heavy weaponry mounted pickup trucks looking nothing at all like protesters, CNN claiming them to have be civilians from various walks of life up to a few days before, who had joined the 'rebellion'.
CIA compliant Human Rights Watch would quote 'rebel witnesses' and give an 'apparent' figure of thousands of civilians killed by government forces, only to reduce that number a few years later. But throughout 2011, HRW's still published amazingly brazen baldfaced lies, with no attempt at documentation. In HRW's film, 'The Death of a Dictator,' which would have been better titled 'HRW Role in the Murder of Libya,' "protests against the rule of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi broke out in Libya in February 2011, the government's security forces responded by opening fire on the protesters." Amnesty International was involved similarly, denouncing the murdering of civilians, after justifying international condemnation by preaching entirely false reports. By contrast, top German news agency Reuters, in its 'Nine Month Time Line' coverage of the fighting in Libya in 2011, contains not one single mention of any Libyan government malfeasance, and its reporters had slipped into Benghazi even before NATO bombing began and found it a locked down patrolled city with a cowed citizenry. During the months it took to destroy Libya, neither CNN, nor its media partner in crime, Qatar's Al Jazeera, ever televised one single corroborating video or photo of and sizable protestors demonstrating, peaceful or otherwise, let alone of a demonstration of civilians being fired upon.
Almost at the same time as first reports of violence, as if on cue, had come charges carried in Western media from Libyan exiles in various countries accusing Gaddafi of hiring mercenaries. After investigation, it proved to be to the contrary. The CIA and its cooperating European branches would have had little difficulty in recruiting from the significant population of veteran terrorists in Eastern Libya and nearby Arab nations, who had fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. [see documentation further down in this article].
A mere nine days after the first disturbance in Libya, UN Security Council
Resolution 1970, proposed by US, UK, France and Germany, was passed, imposing sanctions on Gaddafi and his family without any investigation. The resolution referred to Libya's defending the nation from armed attack in slanderous wording calling for action by International Criminal Court (ICC). Amazingly, this rush to both condemn and punish the leadership of a permanent member of the United Nations was based solely on CNN and Aljazeera reports without UN verification, with some members of the council referring to the defection of the Libyan Ambassador and his deputy who quickly testified against their government in resigning.
At the ten day mark, February 28 - EU governments approved a package of sanctions against Gaddafi and his closest advisers including an arms embargo and bans on travel to the bloc.
March 5- only 18 days after the first disturbance - The National Council met in Benghazi and declares itself the sole representative for LibyaMarch 10 - a few days later, France recognized the Libyan National Council as the "legitimate representative of Libya's people." Libya suspended diplomatic relations with France the next day.
March 16- at the one month mark- Forces loyal to Gaddafi are near rebel-held Benghazi, and Gaddafi's son Saif al-Islam tells France-based TV channel Euronews: "Everything will be over in 48 hours."
- and the following day March 17, exactly one month after first violence - The U.N. Security Council votes to authorize a no-fly zone over Libya and "all necessary measures" - (code for military action) -- to protect civilians against Gaddafi's army.