Friday, April 15, 2011

Libya Turmoil 81

A selection of interesting articles from voice of Russia and see Soros and Ukraine in particular
Thanks CAM

The Russian Ambassador to the North Atlantic Alliance Dmitry Rogozin ventures an opinion that NATO could use humanitarian aid deliveries to Libya as a pretext for its ground operation. According to him, this kind of scenario may split the alliance, where passions are already running high. Major European countries are opposed to the idea of NATO getting soused head and ears in a foreign civil war, Rogozin says. He feels that only some NATO members could join such a risky undertaking as a ground operation of invasion.  

The Foreign Ministers of the Russia-NATO Council are due to hold an informal meeting in Berlin today to concentrate on the situation in Libya and take up cooperation in setting up a European Missile Defence System. This came in a statement for the ITAR-TASS news agency by the Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitry Rogozin.
Russia will call attention to the scale of the ongoing military operation, as well as to the need for a clear-cut and unbiased implementation of the UN Security Council resolution 1973 on Libya, Rogozsin said.

Muammar Gaddafi must withdraw from the Libyan political scene, believe Presidents of the United States and France Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy, as well as British Prime Minister David Cameron. Their joint article has been published in leading newspapers in the three countries.
According to the leaders, it is impossible to conceive the future of Libya in the power of one who tried to destroy his own people. NATO will pursue its operation in the Jamahiriya until Gaddafi leaves his post, the Presidents have announced. In their opinion, the international community should assist in the development of institutes of an open society in Libya.

The resolution itself is absolutely normal but the resolution must be complied with and no one should try to exceed its mandate. This is a very dangerous tendency in international relations,” Medvedev said.“The Security Council resolutions must be fulfilled in accordance with their letter and spirit and not in accordance with free interpretations given by certain states,” he said.  

“What have we agreed to – either by voting for or, at least, by abstaining from the vote? We agreed that the airspace above Libya must be closed and thus the basis is prevented for the intensifying of the conflict, so that the opposing parties could be later drawn apart. But in the result we received, in essence, a military operation that is not yet going on, on land, but is going on in the air with a whole number of countries taking part and in which NATO as a military bloc started to participate in at some point. But the resolution has no mention of anything like this,” Medvedev said.
The Russian leader criticized Gaddafi for the actions that could be qualified as crimes against the civilian population but he also said that the coalition’s use of force was excessive and not very productive. 

“The operation to block the airspace, to close the skies, has acquired very peculiar forms because it has, in essence, gone down to use of force. Nevertheless, it has yielded no result and, as far as I understand, everybody now has different plans. Europeans say one thing, Americans say another, one time they say that they will take part and another time they say they will not. The rebels are not controlling the situation either as they have no opportunities for that. The situation has got out of control and this is very sad,” the Russian president said.

Ukraine’s leading political party has said that the international financier George Soros has been preparing a “Lybian scenario” for the country.
The head of the Party of Regions parliamentary faction Aleksandr Yefremov said in a televised comment on Wednesday that he had information that George Soros had allocated funds for the overthrow of the Ukrainian political authorities. 
 “I even have information that Soros has allocated certain funds in order to prepare a certain group of young boys here in Ukraine who could launch any existing projects based on the North Africa examples,” Yefremov said. He also added that he hoped that the Ukrainian people will be wise enough not to follow such provocations. 

The information about George Soros’s involvement in Ukrainian politics was openly voiced by Yulia Timoshenko in 2008. Timoshenko, then the country’s prime minister, said that she was attempting to minimize the effect of the global financial crisis by following George Soros’s advice. This raised suspicions that through such advice George Soros could influence the rate of the Ukrainian national currency in his own speculative interests. Several officials from president Yushchenko’s administration said they wanted to launch a probe into Soros’ Ukrainian activities, but it did not happen. 

It was only in 2010 that the Ukrainian State Security Service started to check the activities of the Vozrozdeniye foundation, officially sponsored by Soros, and its ties with other Ukrainian NGOs, but this probe gave no feasible results. 

The Soros Foundation reacted to Yefremov’s statement almost immediately and refuted all accusations. The foundation said in a special statement that all funds allocated for Ukrainian programs are being spent on the development of the open and democratic society and also for helping Ukrainian citizens, who suffered from the effects of the international financial crisis. 

The statement also said that the accusations of funding some antigovernment activities should be backed by proof and that the policy of the foundation was maximum transparency that left no room for such criticism.

The United State’s intervention in Libya has been called a humanitarian effort by officials, but the true intentions of the American government can be not-so-easily explained by examining the country’s actions overseas.
“The best thing for the United States is to back away and let the cards fall where they may,” says Michael Scheuer. "If Israel disappears, if Palestine disappears…who cares?"  A former intelligence officer with the CIA who, like many, insists that the US’ intervention in Libya isn’t doing any good for anyone. Despite America’s insistence that their involvement in the Middle East is for the better of the citizen’s of Libya, the United States is only accentuating its reputation as the bad guy, says Scheuer.
“We’re just trying to fool the Muslim world…but the Muslim world is much smarter than that,” says Scheuer, who has written extensively on Islam and America’s relation with Muslim countries. Scheuer says that the United States is known for attacking countries that have oil and that their involvement in Libya is being enacted to serve America, not the Middle East. This, the author says, only confirms what Osama Bin Laden has always inferred about America.
Scheuer served as chief of the Bin Laden Issue Station in the CIA for three years before moving to the Bin Laden tracking unit at the Counterterrorist Center. After September 11 he became a special adviser to the chief of the Bin Laden unit and, “Imperial Hubris,” his controversial 2004 book about the Taliban leader, was acknowledged by Bin Laden himself for revealing “the reasons for your losing the war against us."
Intervention in Libya is only making things worse for America, says Scheuer. He predicts that the end result will lead to weaker governments in the Middle East—governments which will not be of use to the United States. Such a result seems unmerited since Gadaffi’s regime was a powerful ally for the US when it came to attacking al-Qaeda, he says
“It’s hard to see what we’re trying to accomplish in Libya,” says Scheuer. He adds that, if the men who are in the resistance in Libya were in Afghanistan, they would be comparable to the Taliban. “Basically,”he says, “we are providing ….people that are fighting for the same reason.” The reasons? To ditch Gaddafi and to establish an Islamic government. A government that will surely take on America, Israel and their allies.
Americans, says Scheuer, “are going to bring democracy to people even though those people will fight it to the death.”
In the meantime, what could very well be a highly-orchestrated PR move by Obama to mislead America will exist to serve our own needs and nothing more. Scheuer says that, “as long as the United States and its allies are dependent on Persian Gulf oil, were going to be fighting in that region.”
“Libya is nonsense,” he says. ”If NATO had not intervened, that war would be over.”
“Most of the world knows that NATO doesn’t do anything without the US.”
“Now,” he says, “it appears to be an endless war.”

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