Monday, May 09, 2011
War crimes? Libya government planes destroy Misrata fuel depot by plane and scatter mines in Misrata by mini parachute
Libya government planes destroy Misrata fuel depot: Libyan government forces dropped bombs on four large oil storage tanks in the contested western city of Misrata, destroying the tanks and sparking a fire that spread to four more, a rebel spokesman said on Saturday.
The use of Chinese anti-vehicle mines dropped by mini-parachutes from rockets that open during flight was verified by Human Rights Watch. Libya 'scatters mines' in Misrata add in the use of heavy artillery, rockets and cluster bombs, assaults on the people using red cross helicopters and we have what might amount to war crimes.
RAF Jets Target Gaddafi Rocket Launchers: RAF fighter planes have destroyed missile launchers during a bombing raid on Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's home town, the Ministry of Defense has said. It is going to take a hell of a lot more than that or anything else done to date!
Gaddafi forces attack remote oil town: With fighting on the eastern front line stalled along the coast, rebels have said they suspect Gaddafi's forces are trying to hem in the rebel-held east by moving south through the desert all the way up to Tobruk near the Egyptian border.
We and our no fly zone and insistence that Gaddafi must stop slaughtering his people or face a NATO military tribunal have done a lot of good. As usual the "we are incensed, you must stop your illegal actions or else threats" are worthless. We, by we I mean I hope NATO are being forced into taking clandestine action if the rebels are to have a chance of survival. We can be sure it is already being done but it is grossly inadequate if this is to succeed.
Personally we have enough going on already but NATO thus the US have already gotten involved with their 3rd war in a Muslim country. The no fly zone is a failure as I see it because Libya's extensive offensive air capabilities have not been taken out. Gaddafi is not going to stop regardless. His use of not just rockets and missiles were are being degraded but his use of balloons and parachutes to drop deadly ordinance on his people and their resources shows that we can not do enough unless someone in NATO gets their boots on the ground.
I do not want to see anyone's citizens being senselessly slaughtered but we never should have gotten involved in Libya in the first place. It was obvious to an idiot that Gaddafi is a mad man with extensive assets up his sleeves and he will not relent. He will do whatever he can to slaughter the rats who want a free Libya because Libya belongs to him and his family.
We are being forced to step this up and we should not. It was obvious from the get go that the rebels could not do this on there own not from lack of desire but because Gaddafi the mad man would kill as many as he could and he is. It would make him very happy if we put boos on the ground as it would in the very least motivate the mercenaries fighting for him and his loyal followers.
I am afraid this is just beginning unless we can kill them all and we can't so WTF are we doing there? We can't go in Osama style with seal team 6. Our only option is to get the hell out of there and supply the rebels with arms food money and medicine unless Gaddafi tries to mine the sea ports again. I said it when we first got involved in Libya but this whole thing just blows me away. Then there is Syria, Iran, and the rest of the middle east and Africa.