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NATO knew its intervention in Libya would create chaos and aid al-Qaeda-aligned Islamists

By Steven Gowens | What’s Left | March 2, 2015

Canadian military intelligence knew that NATO’s March 2011 intervention in Libya would aid militant theocratic Islamists aligned with al-Qaeda and could create long-term chaos in the country, according to David Pugliese, a reporter with The Ottawa Citizen, who obtained Canadian intelligence documents.

At the time, NATO military leader, U.S. Admiral James Stavridis, denied that opposition to the secular leftist Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi was dominated by rightwing Islamist theocrats, calling the bulk of the opposition forces “responsible men and women.”

But Canadian intelligence was clear-eyed about the nature of the Libyan opposition.

Pugliese revealed that “A Canadian intelligence report written in late 2009 described the anti-Gadhafi stronghold of eastern Libya,” from which the uprising against Gaddafi erupted, “as an epicentre of Islamist extremism.”

And Canadian pilots joked privately that they were part of al-Qaeda’s air force, “since their bombing runs helped to pave the way for rebels aligned with the terrorist group.”

Pugliese reports that just days before NATO’s intervention in Libya,

Canadian intelligence specialists sent a briefing report shared with senior officers. ‘There is the increasing possibility that the situation in Libya will transform into a long-term tribal/civil war,’ they wrote in their March 15, 2011 assessment. ‘This is particularly probable if opposition forces receive military assistance from foreign militaries.’

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper later denied that NATO’s intervention created the chaos that has paralyzed Libya, despite his own military’s warning that there was a good chance it would.

This reveals a dishonest attempt to manipulate public opinion through outright deception, in line with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s efforts to mobilize support for military intervention in Iran by warning in 2012 that Iran was only a year away from making a nuclear bomb when his own intelligence agency had concluded that Iran was “not performing the activity necessary to produce weapons”.

Pugliese’s report can be read here.

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  1. It’s been a long time since anything truthful has been written about the conflict in the Middle East. The only consistent information surfacing about the conflict of the Middle East is the consistency of the designs of the imperialist powers. You do not need the release of classified files or be in on intelligence sharing to figure out what is happening in the Middle East. A knowledge of world history, European history, in particular, and a keen observation of events as they unfold speaks volumes. The US, along with its NATO allies, for economic benefits, always intended to reduce the Middle East into chaotic states after OPEC flexed its muscle. They already had plans on drawing board to deliver the death blow to any kind of economic and political stability by getting Iran and Saudi Arabia embroiled in a conflict Should that strategy fail, then Israel can always start it for them and they will enter the conflict under the pretense of protecting the Jewish state. It is so patently obvious what is the plan of the fiat currency gods who control the strings of the “only super power in the world”. Netanyahu in his speech to the US Congress already said that the only safe umbrella for the world to exist under is that of Judaism And given the history of the experimental religious state of Israel, we all know that every, creed and race would find an equal place in Israel which is the model for the rest of the world under Jewish monetarism — oops! Militarism.


    Comment by ribeekah | March 6, 2015 | Reply

    • One must always bear in mind that the 1973 oil price spike occurred at the behest of the western power elites and especially big oil. Without the price hike the development of North Sea oil as well as Gulf of Mexico oil would have been uneconomic. The US puppet, the shah of Iran, was the primary instigator.

      The higher prices worked as a global tax. Third world oil importers, along with Japan and Germany had to pay the Gulf sheiks, who then deposited the proceeds on Wall Street and Fleet Street.

      OPEC is a creation of the Western powers and has never challenged its architects. Not once.


      Comment by aletho | March 6, 2015 | Reply

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