Hillary Clinton in Tripoli - by Stephen Lendman
Libya is one of history's great crimes.
Obama is an unindicted war criminal. So is Clinton. More on her staged photo-op theater below.
On October 18, NATO deputy spokesperson Carmen Romero said:
"We are very close to (ending the Libya operation), but there are still threats to the civilian population and as long as these threats persist we will continue" the campaign.
Libya's only threat is NATO's presence with its army of paid mercenaries. The country was mostly calm and peaceful until terror bombing began on March 19. It's been ongoing daily for seven months.
Widespread areas have been ravaged. Tens of thousands have been killed, many more injured and displaced.
About 100,000 residents once called Sirte home. Under intense daily bombardment and shelling, it's in ruins. Remaining inhabitants are now homeless refugees.
Imagine turning Libya's showpiece of urban development into a ghost town. Nonetheless, loyalists defend it courageously, besting air and ground attacks. They control most of the city.
Nonetheless, NATO military spokesman Col. Roland Lavoie claimed "(m)ost of Sirte in now under (TNC) control and fighting is limited to a very small area where a few remaining Gaddafi fighters are vainly trying to hold their positions."
He lied about Sirte and Bani Walid, claiming "significant (rebel) advances....As of this morning, it appears that Gaddafi fighters are unable to sustain significant offensive capability."
False. They control most of Sirte, Bani Walid, Tripoli, Benghazi and most other cities and towns across Libya. NATO's desperation is palpable. Without victories, they're manufactured out of whole cloth.
Major media scoundrels report them like gospel. On October 18, New York Times writer Kareen Fahim headlined, "Battle for a Holdout City Stalls Healing in Libya," saying:
Sirte "was supposed to be a postscript to the Libyan conflict....Instead, it has stretched into one of the war's most bitter periods....While the long fight is now winding down, it has underscored the problem Libya's weak transitional government faces as it tries to stitch together a country divided by war...."