Sunday, September 11, 2011

The CIA backed race war

Now that NATO has demonstrated that a gang of the world's richest nations, who collectively account for 70 percent of the planetary arms budget, can indeed, after six months and 20,000 aerial sorties, blast their way into the capital city of a developing country of six million people -- that is, now that the imperial mission is no longer seen to be at jeopardy -- the corporate media are at last willing to acknowledge the racial aspects of the Libyan conflict. As long as the outcome remained uncertain, western correspondents, who had swarmed the rebels like shameless paparazzi since the armed outbreak began in Benghazi in late February, pretended not to notice that their heroes were behaving like rampaging Ku Klux Klansmen. Just as the western press were full partners in NATO's war against the Libyan government, so too were they accomplices in the ethnic cleansing that by early March had already killed many hundreds of sub-Saharan Africans and black Libyans in rebel-held territory -- facts that were known to information outlets all over the world, but largely blacked-out in corporate media reports from Benghazi.

Glen Ford explains the above in "NATO's Glorious Race War in Libya" (Black Agenda Report). A race war is what it's been and Cruise Missile Lefties like Amy Goodman have steadfastly refused to cover that angle while promoting the illegal Libyan War. We've covered it here in a roundtable and it's been covered in the community throughout the Libyan War. But while Amy Goodman's repeatedly made time for those on the CIA payroll to present the company line as the 'left' view, she's avoided the people who have spoken out like Glen Ford and like Cynthia McKinney.

Former US House Rep. Cynthia McKinney, the 2008 Green Party presidential candidate, didn't just speak out once. She went to Libya and then toured the country this summer on a truth tour. But Amy Goodman wasn't interested in sharing truth with her own audience.

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McKinney was. Speaking at Atlanta's Church of the Black Madonna (click here to hear the speech broadcast on Black Agenda Radio), she noted:

There's one more thing before I have to take my leave of this microphone that I want to report to you. And that is, how in the world are you going to have a Race War on the African continent? [Applause.] Please explain it to me! [Applause continues.] When the American guys land -- well the guys that are not supposed to be there, right? But when the Americans land and they see people who look like me, they say, "Oh! There are African mercenaries!" Well I am here to tell you that Libya is at least 50 to 60% people who look like me. [Applause.] But unfortunately, if there's anything that our government knows how to do it is how to use racism to incite people to do the unthinkable. And so now you have had what I have suspsected, well, maybe it's an identity issue, or is it Arab, or is it Black or is it African or what? But now you've got these people who have called in NATO to bomb their own fellow country people. Now they are killing people who look like me and you. And there is a very real sense of insecurity now because people who look like me have some concern about whether or not some one who looks like some of the people in this audience are going to kill them, are going to lynch them, are going to torture them, are going to murder them? But in the end, I will close with this, and that is, sadly, we are seeing the reintroduction [new imperialism] politics onto the African continent. But who is doing it? The first person to use the word "mercenary" in regards to what is happening in Libya in an official capacity was United States' United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice, a woman who looks like me. This policy of bombing is being perpetrated by a president who looks like me. And so now I take this personally because I have been blessed to be able to travel all over this planet and everywhere I go, I walk with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [Applause], I walk with Malcolm X [Applause], I walk with all of the great people who have struggled in this country and provided a modicum of dignity in the face of oppression. I walk with them because people understand that Black people in the United States never go along with war. [Applause.] They understand that Black people in the United States sing the song of oppression every day. [Applause.] So now when I go around the world now I have to make excuses for Colin Powell, Condaleeza Rice, President Barack Obama and Susan Rice and [deafening Applause] and I am not going to do it any longer! [Loud cheering and Applause] -- I make no excuses [Cheering and Applause] a War Crime committed by George W. Bush is a War Crime committed by President Barack Obama.

And it seems forever ago that Black Star News (via San Francisco Bay View) was noting that "the entire Black population" of Misrata has been driven out of the city by the so-called rebels and cites this Wall St. Journal report where the rebels boast of being "the brigade for purging slaves, black skin."

So consider us unsurprised by Jeremy Sapienza ( reporting Friday, "The news doesn’t get better for thousands of black Africans trapped in Libya, besieged by racist rebel fighters. In addition to chronic suspicion of being mercenaries for Gadhafi, women in one internal refugee camp say they are dragged off at night and raped by Libyans who fight under the flag of the new authorities."

The big question is why so few outlets bother to tell you the truth? We can understand why Juan Cole can't tell the truth, he's banking those CIA checks. Are certain outlets doing the same?

It's a race war in Libya. The CIA's backed 'rebels' that are raping and killing people because of the color of their skin. In ten years time when the world looks back and wonders "HOW COULD IT HAVE HAPPENED?" remember how most outlets stayed silent in real time.
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