It's like when you watch a magician
perform. You might have an idea how the slight of hand was done. But you
don't really know for sure. You just know what you saw was a trick.
You have seen revolutionaries before, real and phony. These heavily armed excited hombres don't look and act the part of the aggrieved, and for the most part don't look like the noble people risking their lives in the streets of Cairo, Tunis, Sana'a and Manama.
Thirdly, the really bad guys, the big bad guys - the very powerful imperialist capitalists who revolutionaries must always fight, are incongruously on the side of "Libyan "revolutionaries.'
Fourthly, if they have it better than everyone else in Africa and the Arab world, why are they willing to kill and be killed to change the leader who has led them in producing an enviable level of social services democratically available to all citizens*(1 ), and side with Libya's former brutal exploiting European masters who now generously bomb Libya again?
In Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain and Tunisia the contiuning loss of life during massive demonstrations, that were, and are, still being shown to be basically peaceful by plenty of onsite media crowd-coverage, was heartbreaking. We saw for weeks, beautiful simpatico and charming faces of people heroically risking their lives, generous common people, driven to protest by bad living conditions, lack of jobs, health care and education.*(2) The huge amount of desperate poor, in dire straits, especially in Egypt and Yemen had, and continue to have, pressing reasons to get rid heartless U.S. backed dictators favoring the rich. They want to install economic fairness and well being for their children, not that kind of corrupt and phony Western parliamentary democracy that supports foreign investment capital and the Mubaraks, Ben Alis, Salehs, Suhartos, Duvaliers and other local rulers of the world's poor for the benefit of investors in the industrialized First World.
Compare the above peacefully massed humanity with the CNN videos of wild-eyed young men jumping up and down denouncing Gaddafi, the leader of the government providing the highest standard of living in Africa - free higher education, health care in good hospitals, highest longevity, lowest infant mortality - most every family with a car*(1).
For 7,540 years Cyrenaica (Benghazi) and Tripoli have been governed independent from each other during Roman, Vandal, Byzantium, Ummayad of Damascus, Aghlabids, Egyptian Shiites, Spain, the Knights of Malta, Turks and Italians. In 1934 Italy tried to unite the two into one nation named Libya (ancient Greek word for N. Africa). Then came the British and French occupation until 1954.
With British backing, Idris as-Senussi proclaimed an independent Emirate of Cyrenaica in 1949. He was also invited to become Emir of Tripolitania, and ultimately became King Idris of Libya in 1951. Idris had close ties with the British and the United States (ergo the large U.S. Wheelus Air Base). Oil was discovered in Libya in 1959, but King ldris allowed most of the oil profits to be siphoned into the coffers of the oil companies.
In 1969, non-commissioned officer Muammar Gaddafi led coup by a group within the Libyan Army. A republic was proclaimed, the monarchy abolished. What was a predominantly rural and backward country when the king was deposed 42 years ago is today a country with a modern economy and high literacy. But Idris' home was in Benghazi, and Gaddafi resides in Tripoli. Decentralized Green Book Arab Socialism also favored the Tripoli - Cyrenaica rivalry to continue. Perhaps a bit of ""East is East, West is West, and never the twain shall meet."
Where there is rivalry, there is opportunity for covert funding of disorder and mayhem to whip up insurrection. With false flag operations a lot can be done. With al Qaeda elements and other fundamentalists populating a large area to the South and East of Benghazi, (7) there was no shortage of fanatical manpower for a well planned armed rebellion to be portrayed as peaceful demonstrations for democracy.
Leave the rest to CNN and the other five Networks, who for decades have been lecturing its cartel captive audience about "mad dog' Gadhafi*(9), to immediately have viewers agreeing that Gaddafi, most certainly, for sure absolutely, without a doubt, was going to massacre his own people, as Obama affirmed in his speech to justify air strikes on Libya.(9)
Not once, during these two months of high violence in Libya, has this writer heard CNN TV newscasters report any civilian death caused by rebels firing their heavy weapons. But from some European and African news reports we know of a lot, including brutal executions.*(4 )(6) Gaddafi charged early on that there was a massacre by rebels in Green Square, and called for a UN investigation team on the ground in Libya, while continually pleading for meetings and discussions with the rebels. "Gaddafi, must go!" has always been the rejection from the rebel leadership.
Conglomerate owned media, subservient to overseas investment needs, molds it's coverage according to developments. When U.S. planes bomb, Libyan government reports of the resulting civilian death are disparaged as an attempt to make America look bad. When Libyan loyalist forces show success, news anchors show distress and report that Gaddafi is targeting and murdering civilians, not defending the Libyan population and their government from insurgent attack.*(5)