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As the military phase of the Libyan Revolution is quickly being driven to a successful conclusion, many, including this diarist, are looking forward to the end of the NATO mission in Libya.

And it would appear that it's air combat mission is winding down. According to their own reports, NATO hit 2 targets in all of Libya on Monday, 22 targets on Tuesday due largely to a spurt of air strikes over Zuwarah[8] and Ras Lanuf[6], and 10 on Wednesday.

However, there is another urgent mission that it is hoped that NATO can undertake that probably more clearly falls under its mandate to protect civilian lives than anything it has done so far. NATO can save many lives right now if they can assist the overwhelmed hospitals of Tripoli with MedEvac and treatment of the wounded ASAP.

I just saw Bashir Sewehli of the Libya Youth Movement on AJE making this request. I decided to use today's diary to echo it.

Action Item: Please tweet this request to NATO @NATO

Look for more information on this here soon.

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For more background on the Libyan Revolution and links to lots of information see my other writings at the DailyKos and WikiLeaks Central:
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BREAKING: Operation Mermaid Dawn, the Battle to Liberate Tripoli is JoinedHelter Skelter: Qaddafi's African Adventure
Qaddafi's Long Arm
SCOOP: My Lai or Qaddafi Lie? More on the 85 Civilians presumed killed by NATO
Did NATO kill 85 Libyan Villagers As Qaddafi Regime Contends?
CCDS Statement on Libya - a Critique
The Assassination of General Abdul Fattah Younis
NATO over Tripoli - Air Strikes in the Age of Twitter
How Many Libyans has NATO Killed?
Qaddafi Terror Files Start to Trickle Out!
Have Libyan Rebels Committed Human Rights Abuses?
Tripoli Green Square Reality Check
Behind the Green Curtain: Libya Today
Gilbert Achcar on the Libyan situation and the Left
NATO slammed for Libya civilian deaths NOT!
2011-07-01 Qaddafi's Million Man March
NATO's Game Plan in Libya
February 21st - Tripoli's Long Night
Did Qaddafi Bomb Peaceful Protesters?
Tripoli Burn Notice
Libyans, Palestinians & Israelis
'Brother' Qaddafi Indicted plus Libya & Syria: Dueling Rally Photofinishs
An Open Letter to ANSWER
ANSWER answers me
2011-06-22 No Libyans allowed at ANSWER Libya Forum
Are they throwing babies out of incubators yet?
Continuing Discussion with a Gaddafi Supporter
Boston Globe oped supports Gaddafi with fraudulent journalism
2011-04-13 Doha summit supports Libyan rebels
Current Events in Libya
Amonpour Plays Softball with Gaddafi
Arming Gaddfi
North African Revolution Continues
Is Libya Next? Anonymous Debates New Operation  
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  •  Tip Jar (5+ / 0-)

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 03:11:05 PM PDT

  •  NATO will do this without hesitation (1+ / 0-)
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    Of course they will. No need to ask them to, is there? The coalition took good care of all the civilians in Iraq after all, didn't they?

    And it "is" a 'humanitarian intervention' mission, right?

    Or "was"?

    Hmmm.... on reflection, maybe they will need some pressuring from the public to do the human thing, you figure?

    Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

    by Edger on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:27:45 PM PDT

    •  I'm taking my lead from LYM on his (0+ / 0-)

      Since they obviously thought they needed to ask on AJE, I thought it would be useful to repeat it here.

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:32:30 PM PDT

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      •  You figure they'll need to be asked (1+ / 0-)
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        MORE than once, you mean? How many times, do you think?

        Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

        by Edger on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:36:41 PM PDT

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        •  Like Iraq and Afghanistan, they'll ask to be asked (1+ / 0-)
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          and that appears to be what's being prepped.  At any rate, based on the authorized NATO mission, far exceeded but finished anyway.  If assistance is needed, send in the Red Cross and the U.N. for assistance only.

          S.A.W. 2011 STOP ALL WARS "The Global War on Terror is a fabrication to justify imperialism."

          by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:44:54 PM PDT

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          •  It's a good thing (1+ / 0-)
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            it 'was' a humanitarian intervention, isn't it? :-/

            Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

            by Edger on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:48:31 PM PDT

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            •  Just no way of telling how humanitarian it's all (1+ / 0-)
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              going to work out.  We're being told this is "different", but the similarities to the Iraq war and Saddam are pretty strong.  Unless the political situation can be pulled together quickly, it would seem they'd have to go on with so much at stake for their oil companies and corporations.  

              S.A.W. 2011 STOP ALL WARS "The Global War on Terror is a fabrication to justify imperialism."

              by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 05:58:34 PM PDT

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              •  It looks like the oil companies will be fine (1+ / 0-)
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                even though there were some humanitarian concerns for the awful suffering they were being put through I don't think anyone will need to ask NATO to evacuate them now...

                One crucial issue is the flow of money. The rebels will need financing to stabilize the country and rebuild its shattered infrastructure, but an estimated $165-billion in Libyan assets are still frozen worldwide. And the country’s oil production has been crippled by the war, with many refineries and oil fields shut down by war damage. Libyan oil production today is barely 5 per cent of what it was before the war.

                The rebels have acknowledged that it will take at least nine months to revive Libya’s oil production. In the meantime, they are pressing for the speedy release of billions of dollars of frozen assets, particularly in the United States and Britain, to kick-start their rebuilding efforts.

                Rather co-incidental, isn't it?

                History may register that the real tipping point was this past Tuesday [March 15] when, in an interview to German TV, the African king of kings made sure that Western corporations - unless they are German (because the country was against a no-fly zone) - can kiss goodbye to Libya's energy bonanza. Gaddafi explicitly said, "We do not trust their firms, they have conspired against us ... Our oil contracts are going to Russian, Chinese and Indian firms." In other words: BRICS member countries.When Gaddafi threatened Western oil majors, he meant the show would soon be over for France's Total, Italy's ENI, British Petroleum (BP), Spanish Repsol, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Occidental Petroleum, Hess and Conoco Phillips - though not for the China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC). China ranks Libya as essential for its energy security. China gets 11% of Libya's oil exports. CNPC has quietly repatriated no less than 30,000 Chinese workers (compared to 40 working for BP).

                The bombing of Libya began 4 days after that interview, on March 19.

                Dash for Profit in Post-War Libya Carve-Up

                After five months of fighting in the world's 12th-largest oil producer, industry figures are acutely aware that billions could be made in the coming years from rebuilding Libya. Immediate focus will fall on the country's oil fields that are currently producing a 10th of the 1.6 million barrels a day that were exported pre-revolution.

                There is also intense lobbying for the multibillion-pound reconstruction contracts that are likely to be offered once fighting ends. The Independent conducted a straw poll of more than 20 Western companies with previous business commitments in Libya. None would talk publicly about its plans but many admitted privately that they were keen to return once security allowed.
                [snip]
                Although there were early concerns that the opposition forces might punish Britain for its previously favorable approaches to Colonel Gaddafi, TNC officials have indicated they will honor contracts made before the revolution.

                Keep on Iraq-in in the free world.

                Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

                by Edger on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 06:13:41 PM PDT

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                •  The bombing began 2 days after Qaddafi (1+ / 0-)
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                  said they were going to "go house to house" and "clean out the rats" At the time he had 200 tanks outside of Benghazi and some were already entering the city. That's why the bombing began when and where it did. It began against those tanks. If they had not been hit when they were hit, they would have been blasting civilians, Syria style, the next day.

                  You'd like us to forget that detail and believe it was all because Qaddafi gave a speech saying he was going to kick the European's out of Libyan oil. You conspiracy theorist hand me a laugh. ENI has a 5 year contract that goes to 2013. Qaddafi made Libya member of IMF, World bank?, they have ways of enforcing a contract that don't involve war. And such a snap decision, 4 days after his speech, but before he actually does anything?

                  That dog won't hunt.

                  Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

                  by Clay Claiborne on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 10:46:47 PM PDT

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              •  Here's were we see the unity of the (2+ / 0-)
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                imperialists and the anti-interventionists. Both can't stop carping about "Unless the political situation can be pulled together quickly"

                They like to forget that the NTC has been running a city of close to a mil for 6 months. That includes paying teachers and maintaining fire and security. They have been running Misrata, a city under siege until recently. And they have been running a war and proving pretty damn good at it.

                This last bit. The campaign in the west, then the convergence on Tripoli on three major roads, from the west, east and south, together with an amphib landing of a brigade from Misrata and the uprising by secret forces already in Tripoli {things like this weren't just pranks, they were serious training exercises} was masterful. It will go down in military history.

                You will probably say it was all done by the Rambo British SAS guys they are now "letting slip" are on the ground. Why are they doing that? So they can take credit.

                No this was Arab planning and warfare. NATO hasn't dropped a lot or ordinance in this campaign althougfh they have provided intel.

                It also showed incredible unity of the freedom fighters from different parts of Libya. So I think the idea that the political situation is messy or there is a leadership vacuum is unwarranted and just serves those who want to interfere.

                Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

                by Clay Claiborne on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:45:44 PM PDT

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                •  You haven't answered my questions (1+ / 0-)
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                  1) How many times do you figure NATO will need to be asked to do the humanitarian thing?

                  2) Since they, and you for that matter, have been billing it as a "humanitarian mission" why should NATO need to be asked even once to MEDEVAC wounded Libyans?

                  3) Why did you evade the questions the first time I asked them above?

                  4) Why are you going to evade them again?

                  Antemedius | Liberally Critical Thinking

                  by Edger on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 08:07:30 PM PDT

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                •  Good then, they won't need NATO anymore. (1+ / 0-)
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                  That's all I'm asking.  And you're being disingenous saying NATO hasn't dropped alot of bombs.  It aint' like Vietnam, but it was alot and no way could this have been done without it.  
                  All I was saying is that if trouble arises, i.e., there are major disagreements among Libyans as to what to do next, and more fighting starts (assuming it even stops), then the imperialists will go in to protect their interests.

                  S.A.W. 2011 STOP ALL WARS "The Global War on Terror is a fabrication to justify imperialism."

                  by BigAlinWashSt on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 09:04:36 PM PDT

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                  •  "NATO hasn't dropped alot of bombs" (0+ / 0-)

                    "Alot" is just an adjective. It is what it is. This is all what NATO owns to. Of course "Military Facility" or "Command and Control node" could be just about anything, I just heard NATO hit a fire station on AJE as I write this, no shit. But if you can prove a strike that is not on this list some way, you can probably make some news.

                    Key Hits 17 AUGUST:
                    In the vicinity of Brega: 3 Rocket Launcher, 2 Tanks.
                    In the vicinity of Az Zawiyah: 2 Armed Vehicles, 1 Military Boat.
                    In the vicinity of Badr: 4 Armed Vehicles.
                    In the vicinity of Tripoli: 1 Military Facility, 1 Radar, 2 Surface to Air Transloaders, 3 Surface to Air Launchers, 2 Surface to Surface Launchers.
                    In the vicinity of Waddan: 2 Ammo Storage Facility.
                    In the vicinity of Zlitan: 2 Tanks.

                    Key Hits 18 AUGUST:
                    In the vicinity of Az Zawiyah: 1 Command and Control Node, 2 Armed Vehicles, Transloader, 5 Tanks.
                    In the vicinity of Tripoli: 4 Military Facility, 1 Surface to Air Missile.

                    Key Hits 19 AUGUST:
                    In the vicinity of AzZawiyah: 1Artillery Piece.
                    In the vicinity of Tripoli: 9 Military Facility, 3 Radars, 1 Radar Guided Anti Aircraft Weapon System, 1Tank.
                    In the vicinity of Zlitan: 1Military Logistic Vehicle, 1Tank.

                    Key Hits 20 AUGUST:
                    In the vicinity of Tripoli: 3 Military Facility, 1 Military Storage Facility, 7 Surface to Air Missile Transloaders, 1
                    Radar, 1 Surface to Surface Missile, 2 Armed Vehicles, 2 Armoured Fighting Vehicles, 3 Command and Control
                    Node, 2 Multiple Rocket Launcher.
                    In the vicinity of Sirte: 1 Command and Control Node.
                    In the vicinity of Brega: 1 Multiple Rocket Launcher, 1 Heavy Machine Gun, 1 Military Firing Position.
                    In the vicinity of Gharyan: 1 Armed Vehicle, 1 Anti Aircraft Gun.
                    In the vicinity of Zlitan: 1 Surface to Air Missile Launcher.

                    Key Hits 21 AUGUST:
                    In the vicinity of Tripoli: 3 Command and Control Facilities, 1 Military Facility, 2 Radar, 9 Surface to Air Missile Launchers, 1 Tank, 2 Armed Vehicles.
                    In the vicinity of Bin Ghashir: 1 Radar.
                    In the vicinity of Al Aziziyah: 5 Surface to Air Missile Launchers.
                    Key Hits 22 AUGUST:
                    In the vicinity of Brega: 2 Multiple Rocket Launch

                    Key Hits 23 AUGUST:
                    In the vicinity of Tripoli: 2 Armoured Fighting Vehicles, 2 Military Heavy Equipment Truck, 3 Surface to Air
                    Missile System, 1 Radar.
                    In the vicinity of Ras Lanuf: 3 Armed Vehicles, 3 Multiple Rocket Launchers.
                    In the vicinity of Zuwarah: 2 Tanks, 3 Armed Vehicles, 2 Military Trucks, 1 Military Facility.

                    Key Hits 24 AUGUST:
                    In the vicinity of Tripoli: 2 Military Storage Facility, 1 Military Heavy Equipment Truck, 2 Anti Aircraft Gun, 1
                    Surface to Air Missile Support Vehicle, 1 Multiple Rocket Launcher, 1 Radar.
                    In the vicinity of Sirte: Surface to Surface Missile Support Vehicles.
                    In the vicinity of Okba: 1 Surface to Air Missile.
                    In the vicinity of Bani Walid: Anti Tank Rifle

                    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

                    by Clay Claiborne on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 11:16:33 PM PDT

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          •  People are dying as we discussion this (0+ / 0-)

            Your "only" above is a sentence of death for some injured Libyans. I say send whoever can get there the quickest with the most.

            Also the NATO mission is not finish until Qaddafi forces stop shooting at civilians which they are still doing with snipers and rockets.

            On thing you seem to overlook is that Qaddafi never stopped violating 1973's prohibition against killing civilians for a single day since 3/17/11. He brought strong enforcement upon himself and his country.

            Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

            by Clay Claiborne on Thu Aug 25, 2011 at 07:21:59 PM PDT

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