Bombing of Libya: Russian, Chinese and Indian diplomacy

Libya is still bombed by NATO and the Libyan civilians are the first victims of these bombings. They are not only wounded and killed  but they are also victim of the total destruction of the country as was the case with the NATO bombings of Yugoslavia which destroyed hospitals, schools, bridges, warehouses and so on.

If the U.N. and the U.N.-members will really protect the Libyan civilians, NATO has to stop its bombings and there must come an immediately ceasefire. Thereafter all the Libyan parties have to start negotiations (without foreign interference) for the rebuilding of the country. That’s the only solution.

We will contact the Russian, Chinese and Indian embassies about it.


Photo: NATO bombed also the Chinese embassy during the bombings of Yugoslavia. Three Chinese were killed. More then 20 Chinese were severely wounded.

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4 Reacties to “Bombing of Libya: Russian, Chinese and Indian diplomacy”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    NATO bombings of Serbia:

    NATO aviation also targeted many hospitals and health-care institutions, which have been partially damaged or totally destroyed, including: Hospital and Medical Centre in the territory in Leskovac; Hospital and Poly-clinic in Nis; Gerontological Centre in Leskovac; General Hospital in Djakovica; City Hospital in Novi Sad; Gynaecological Hospital and Maternity Ward of the Clinical Centre in Belgrade; Neuropsychiatric Ward “Dr. Laza Lazarevic” and Central Pharmacy of the Emergency Centre in Belgrade; Army Medical Academy in Belgrade; Medical Centre and Ambulance Centre in Aleksinac; “Sveti Sava” hospital in Belgrade; Medical Centre in Kraljevo; Dispensary on Mount Zlatibor; Health Care Centre in Rakovica;

    Over 190 schools, faculties and facilities for students and children were damaged or destroyed (over 20 faculties, 6 collages, 40 secondary and 80 elementary schools, 6 student dormitories), including: Elementary schools “16. oktobar” and “Vladimir Rolovic” in Belgrade; Day-care centre in settlement Petlovo Brdo in Belgrade; Two secondary schools in the territory of Nis; Elementary schools “Toza Markovic”, “Djordje Natosevic”, “Veljko Vlahovic”, “Sangaj” and “Djuro Danicic” and a day-care centre “Duga” in Novi Sad and creches in Visarionova Street and in the neighbourhood of Sangaj; Traffic School Centre, Faculty of Philosophy; Four elementary schools and a Medical high school in the territory of Leskovac; Elementary school in Lucane, as well as a larger number of education facilities in the territory of Kosovo and Metohija; Faculties of Law and Economics and elementary school “Radoje Domanovic” in Nis; Elementary schools in Kraljevo and the villages of Cvetka, Aketa and Ladjevci; In Sombor: elementary schools “Ivo Lola Ribar”, “A. Mrazovic”, “N. Vukicevic” and “Nikola Tesla” in Kljajicevo; School centre in Kula; Elementary school and Engineering secondary school centre in Rakovica;

    (Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of FR Yugoslavia)

  2. kruitvat Says:

    Diplomacy, not bombs will end Libyan crisis: Canadian Forces
    Tuesday, May 31, 2011

    OTTAWA – The crisis in Libya will end with the stroke of a pen, not the strike of a sword, according to a Canadian Forces spokesman.

    During a regular update on the Canadian Forces’ involvement in the NATO mission in Libya, Brig.-Gen. Richard Blanchette said Wednesday the Libyan crisis will ultimately end with a political solution.

    “From a military perspective, we are currently very much aware that we need to have a political solution to this conflict. There’s no pure military solution to it,” Blanchette said when answering a question about United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s call for an immediate ceasefire Wednesday.

    “The communications between organizations such as the UN and NATO are obviously part of that solution,” Blanchette said. “From a military perspective, we continue with the mission with the instruction that we’ve received from our political guidance.”

    In the past week, Canada’s six CF-18s involved in the NATO mission have flown 34 sorties and have bombed storage facilities, tanks and other armoured vehicles being used by forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi.

    Blanchette said Canadian fighters had not bombed any of the command and control facilities that NATO forces have been increasingly targeting recently, though they would be “very legitimate targets” if Canadian bombers were sent to attack them.

    Since NATO began enforcing the UN resolution to protect Libyan civilians from pro-Gadhafi forces, NATO forces have flown 6,000 sorties, 2,400 of which involved bombing strikes.

    Canadian Forces Lt.-Gen. Charlie Bouchard is heading up the NATO mission. Canada has also committed Polaris in-flight refuelling aircraft, two Aurora surveillance planes, and the frigate HMCS Charlottetown is helping enforce a UN arms embargo on Libya by patrolling the Mediterranean.

    Gadhafi, who has ruled Libya for 40 years after seizing power in a military coup, has been violently suppressing a rebel uprising that began after protests in neighbouring Tunisia and Egypt toppled those countries’ rulers earlier this year.

    Reports estimate nearly 8,000 have been killed in the Libyan crisis to date.

    Blanchette said pro-Gadhafi forces have been learning from the NATO airstrikes and are increasingly hiding themselves in populated areas — “using basically human shields,” he said — which does make airstrikes more difficult.

    “At every level, targets are thoroughly analyzed and assessed, and carefully verified until the strike occurs,” Blanchette said. “Rest assured, our pilots are extremely judicious in their effort to support NATO’s goal of minimizing casualties and protecting civilians to the fullest extent possible.”

    Gadhafi has not been seen in public since his compound in Tripoli was bombed and his son was killed.

    Some are wondering if he is still alive.

  3. kruitvat Says:

    By bombing Libya the West has lost diplomacy

    Publication date: Monday, 28th March, 2011
    By Stephen Othieno

    I have come to the conclusion that there are no strategists in the West. Whatever strategists they had must have expired a long time ago. Nothing else can explain the completely harebrained undertaking to bomb a sovereign African state.

    What on earth are Messrs Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron thinking? In one week of bombing Libya they have squandered all the good will that it took two decades (starting with the release of Nelson Mandela in 1990) of skillful reconciliatory efforts by different Western administrations to achieve.

    In that period we have seen a thawing of relations between the Africans and the West. From the end of Apartheid in South Africa, to AGOA, to President Bush’s Presidential Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), to the recently concluded referendum on separation in Sudan (to name a few), relations have never been better in over 500 years of interaction. Now this monumental achievement is being frittered away by the Tomahawk missiles churning the Libyan desert. It is obvious now that relations between the African continent and the West are strained to breaking point.

    The declarations by the Western leaders that they are undertaking this military pummeling of Libya to protect civilians is laughable; we have all seen the force and fury of this blatant aggression against Libya and it goes without saying that civilians are being killed by the very bombs that are supposed to save them. What is surprising is the muteness of the much vaunted Western media to this slaughter of people. They say the truth is the first casualty of war, how true that is. I guess we’ll have to wait for a Michael Moore exposé of this current war to finally know the full extent of this slaughter.

    However, let us say for arguments sake that Sarkozy and Co. had developed a case of morality, that they were attacked by virtue and felt like they had to help the people in Benghazi.

    Our question then would be where was this morality when black people were being raped and murdered in Darfur? Those great leaders of so much goodness and honour let that genocide play out to the full. There was no talk of no-fly-zones in Darfur, no eager French men waiting to fly sorties in defense of the poor people of Darfur. What about Somalia? Our valiant AMISOM troops have been fighting a brutal urban war against Al-Shabab for almost four years now, in all that time never once have the Western powers ever offered to interdict the supply lines of this fanatical enemy. Never once did they offer to bomb Al-Shabab in order to help the ground operations of AMISOM. So who is fooling who? The African people are certainly not fooled by this sudden attack of goodliness on the part of these Western politicians.

    What kind of civilians are these that Sarkozy and associates propose to protect? We have all seen news footage of these Benghazi ‘civilians’ armed to the teeth with rifles, machine guns, RPGs and anti-aircraft artillery. Are these really ‘civilians’ or rebels? Would Sarkozy and Cameron permit such ‘civilians’ to cause mayhem in Paris or London?

    We can be sure that if such ‘peaceful protesters’ appeared on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées or on Oxford Street that Messrs Sarkozy and Cameron would spare no effort to put them behind bars (where they belong). We can also be sure that CNN and BBC would support this action to the hilt. So there it is; the ‘civilised international system’ operates according to the law of the jungle, where there is one set of laws for the lion and another for the gazelle. It is clear that to survive, we all have to be lions.

    The author Adam Hochschild who wrote the bestseller King Leopold’s Ghost said, this monstrous ogre concealed his bid to grab the Congo with many good and honorable intentions. He was going to save the Africans from Arab slavers, form a federation of autonomous African states along the Congo River, mentor these independent states and spread good Western values and practices and God knows what else.

    Of course, all these promises never materialised and instead this fiend proceeded to disembowel the Congo.

    Leopold’s genocide of the Congolese people continues to be one of the world’s greatest crimes against humanity and yet Belgium (one of the countries busy bombing Libya in the name of human rights) has never offered so much as an official acknowledgement (let alone an apology) of these crimes. They say the road to damnation is paved with good intentions.

    Africans have been dragged down this road bound and chained since the days of slavery.

    We have developed a very good nose for knowing when we are being hoodwinked; we have our appalling history of slavery, colonialism, apartheid and exploitation to thank for that. The arguments that Sarkozy and friends are making for this operation ‘Odyssey Dawn’ sounds like a swindle if ever I heard one. We refuse to accept those lies.

    In the late 19th Century when Europe was embarking on its colonial project in Africa one phrase became popularised, this was ‘gunboat diplomacy’. ‘Gunboat diplomacy’ essentially meant that the imperialist countries would use conspicuous demonstrations of their naval power to secure trade concessions, unequal treaties or outright colonial conquest. This intimidation of target states was extremely useful in the colonial expansion that was experienced in Africa. The weak African states were coerced into signing away their independence by the overt threat to use superior military force if the imperialists were not satisfied by the terms of the treaties.

    Today, a little more than a 100 years since gunboat diplomacy these same countries are using ‘cruise missile diplomacy’ to the same end. Once again, they seek to control Africa’s resources.

    With the attack on Libya by the West’s new information age forces, the entire continent has fallen under the specter of this new form of warfare. Our African militaries must wake up to this new challenge lest we be re-colonised. We must learn from certain states in Asia that have found an anti-dote to this new form of poison.

    In conclusion, it takes a lot of injustices to rouse the great African peoples, but once they are aroused they will move inexorably to incinerate their enemies. Like molten lava that moves slowly but surely to burn everything in its path.

    They did this in the past and they will do it again whenever their vital interests are threatened. No matter how long the struggle, no matter the cost, we shall echo the cry of the great Argentine revolutionary Che Guevara, ‘Venceremos!’ We will win!

    Ag. General Secretary

    Global Pan African Movement Secretariat

  4. kruitvat Says:

    As a reminder: ‘The North Atlantic Treaty Organization or NATO, also called the (North) Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective DEFENCE whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party.’

    Can we see the NATO bombings of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya (and on their civilians) as a ‘defence’ or ‘self-defence’?

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