[The Arab League, in long-term alliance with EU/US imperialist powers, actually endorsed and thereby facilitated the diplomatic push for the so-called “no fly zone” campaign against Gaddafi in Libya. Now, the Arab League and others around the world, appear “shocked” to discover that the push for a “no-fly zone” was just a “bait-and-switch” operation — a cover for imperialist intervention, to control the people’s revolt, and to seize oil fields. “NFZ” thus joins “humanitarian imperialism” as another tarnished tool of mass deception. Enemies of the people (like Gaddafi) must be dealt with by the people themselves — not by other enemies of the people (like the various imperialist powers). — Frontlines ed.]
By Edward Cody, Sunday, March 20, 1:01 PM
CAIRO—The Arab League secretary general, Amr Moussa, deplored the broad scope of the U.S.-European bombing campaign in Libya on Sunday and said he would call a new league meeting to reconsider Arab approval of the Western military intervention.
Moussa said the Arab League’s approval of a no-fly zone on March 12 was based on a desire to prevent Moammar Gaddafi’s air force from attacking civilians and was not designed to embrace the intense bombing and missile attacks—including on Tripoli, the capital, and on Libyan ground forces—that have filled Arab television screens for the last two days.
“What is happening in Libya differs from the aim of imposing a no-fly zone,” he said in a statement on the official Middle East News Agency. “And what we want is the protection of civilians and not the shelling of more civilians.” Continue reading