Saturday, September 10, 2011

Qaddafi: No Surrender in Libya: Sirte the town of Bani Walid, and Sabha will fight letting Libya run out of food, fuel, and medicine

Qaddafi: No Surrender in Libya: Muammar Qaddafi was quoted Thursday as warning that tribes loyal to him in key strongholds are armed and won't surrender to Libyan rebels, a blow to opposition hopes of a peaceful surrender of the ousted leader's hometown of Sirte. The Syrian-based Al-Rai TV, which has previously broadcast several audio statements by Qaddafi and his sons, comes as the rebels who have seized control of most of the country extended by a week a deadline for the surrender of Sirte -- originally set for Saturday.

Rebels have been hunting for the Libyan leader since he was forced into hiding after they swept into Tripoli on Aug. 20 and gained control of most of the capital after days of fierce fighting. Qaddafi's voice was not heard, but Al-Rai reported he would issue a statement in which he vows "we won't surrender again; we are not women; we will keep fighting." Rebel forces, backed by NATO air strikes, have been advancing toward three regime strongholds: Sirte; the town of Bani Walid, 90 miles southeast of Tripoli; and Sabha, in the southern desert.

UN Warns Libya Is Short of Water, Fuel, Medicine: The U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Libya has warned the country faces critical shortages of drinking water, food, fuel and medicine, following the six-month civil war between rebels and Muammar Qaddafi's forces that disrupted supply lines and damaged infrastructure.

What about Libya's humongous hidden water that was scheduled to come on line September 1st? Water, Water, Water — Libya’s Hidden Asset: The Great Man-Made River, as the largest water transport project ever undertaken, has been described as the “eighth wonder of the world”. It carries more than five million cubic metres of water per day across the desert to coastal areas, vastly increasing the amount of arable land. The total cost of the huge project is expected to exceed $25 billion (US). Libya was slated to become Africa's largest water and food supplier!

Consisting of a network of pipes buried underground to eliminate evaporation, four meters in diameter, the project extends for four thousand kilometers far deep into the desert. All material is locally engineered and manufactured. Underground water is pumped from 270 wells hundreds of meters deep into reservoirs that feed the network. The cost of one cubic meter of water equals 35 cents. The cubic meter of desalinized water is $3.75. Scientists estimate the amount of water to be equivalent to the flow of 200 years of water in the Nile River.

What about Libya's monstrous supplies known and unknown of natural gas and oil? Start aggressively helping them capture it! Oil & Gas Libya 2011: Libya has the largest proven oil reserves in Africa with 42 billion barrels of oil and over 1.3 trillion cubic meters of gas. With only 25% of Libya’s surface territory explored to date there is every chance that actual reserves could see this figure dwarfed in coming years.

As Europe’s single largest oil supplier, the second largest oil producer in Africa and the continent’s fourth largest gas supplier, Libya dominates the petroleum sector in the Southern Mediterranean area and has ambitious plans for the future.

What about that? Make it a priority to get medicine and medical assets to them and ASAP. We know we can do it. We have proven time and time again we we have the capabilities and we can do it. What is going on here? Why are we half stepping?

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma

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