Clinton's Formal Recognition of Rebel Libyan Gov't
Original post made by Cindy Cross on Jul 18, 2011
by Cindy Cross
The United States officially recognized the Libyan rebels, also known as the Transitional National Council, or TNC, as the new interim Libyan government. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made the announcement at a conference in Istanbul on Friday. "So I am announcing today that, until an interim authority is in place, the United States will recognize the TNC as the legitimate governing authority for Libya, and we will deal with it on that basis," said Clinton.
Recognition of the TNC could give the new Libyan regime access to assets that have been frozen by the Unites States government. How much money and how the money will be spent is anyone's guess. Weapons and Swiss bank accounts come immediately to mind.
U.S. officials and the TNC met in a private meeting today in Tunisia which lasted three hours. Neither side would disclose what was discussed or negotiated. A laundry list of U.S. demands contingent on releasing the frozen assets would be my bet for what the talks entailed.
Over 30 countries have formally recognized the TNC with the exception of France who is still in talks directly with Moammar Gaddafi.
Questions we need answered is just who these rebels are. Who is the official leader, what kind of government they plan on running, and how they want to deal with Gaddafi if or when he steps down.
What if the TNC fails and Gaddafi regains his power in Libya? We will be dealing with the same Gaddafi from the 1970's who took responsibility for blatant terrorist acts such as the bombing of the 747 passenger jet over Lockerby, Scotland.
For over a decade Moammar Gaddafi joined the rest of the global community and renounced terrorism outright. Not to say that he was a perfect angel, not by a long shot, but he at least we knew who we were dealing with. These rebels could turn out to be hard line caliphs. We just don't know.
After the civil war and the NATO bombing, dealing with Gaddafi will be like grabbing a tiger by its tail. I see a triumphant Gaddafi embracing terrorism and its main focus of his wraththe Unites States.
We shouldn't count our puppets until their strings are thoroughly attached.
on Jul 19, 2011 at 7:03 am
First of all, the countries and imperilists involved in the Libyan conflict are aware of who the rebels are. The rest of the sheeple who are shadowed from the truth by powers to be through mass media propaganda and disinformation can find out the true identity of the so called "rebels or TNC" as they are so romantically named, by simple process of elimination.
We can eliminate. quite obviously. that the Libyan rebels are not the indigenous, pro-democracy, fighters for freedom we are made to believe. However, a recent Washington Post article tells a baseless tale of reluctant rebel fighters, sickened by the sight of blood, and hampered by concerns of "families in the way" on the road to Tripoli. This ludicrous assertion is quickly debunked after a Human Rights Watch report, confirmed by defacto rebel "prime minister" Mahmoud Jibril. Indicated that towns seized by these very rebel forces underwent ethnic motivated violence, looting, beatings, detainments, and other abuses including shooting off rival tribesmen's feet.
Next we can eliminate the TNC as repressed multi-tribal group of peace and democracy seeking Muslims. A US Army West Point report concluded the second largest contributor (after Saudi Arabia) to foreign fighters killing US soldiers in Iraq came from Libya's Benghazi, Darna, and Tobruk areas, the heart of Libya's current rebellion.
Also. Any true Libyan "rebels in a country already fighting a civil war within the country would undoubtedly drop their weapons and accept their current government situation before they would appeal to the US for any intervention knowing that would open the Pandora's box and call on the same demise as their neighboring countries.
I could go on but the bottom line is that the so-called Libyan "rebels" are on record having been funded and supported for nearly 3 decades by the United States and Britain in their bid to oust Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. The most recent rebellion after decades of terrorist campaigns, was literally directed out of both Washington and London via the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, with opposition leader Ibrahim Sahad pleading for foreign intervention against Qaddafi while sitting directly in front of the white house.
It has also been proven that Gadaffi and Lybian terrorists were not responsible for the bombing of the 747 passenger jet over Lockerby, Scotland. And with that proof, Gadaffi had reciently petitioned the US and international council for compensation of loss due to resulting sanctions. And YES return of frozen money assets by foreign banks. Ironicaly only a small portion of the seized assets are accounted for by the US. Hmmmm….. go figure!
on Jul 19, 2011 at 8:28 am
We as Americans will recognize anyone as the legitimate leader who keeps the oil flowing, the Europeans, France notwithstanding, as well. At the moment what is happening in Libya, as well as most of the Arab nations, is a revolt against oppressive leaders who deny them jobs and the possibility to prosper, therefore we should continue doing what we are doing so that the Arab Spring meets its destiny.