The French administration of Nicolas Sarkozy appears to be stepping up efforts to strike a deal with the Libyan government aimed at sidelining Muammar Gaddafi and bringing the NATO bombardment of the oil-rich state to a conclusion. The diplomatic manoeuvres reflect the growing crisis confronting the US, France and Britain as their illegal military campaign enters its fifth month without succeeding in its primary objective of forcing regime change in Tripoli.
On Sunday, French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet declared that his government had demanded that the so-called Transitional National Council (TNC), based in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, begin talks with the Gaddafi government.
“The position of the TNC is very far from other positions,” Longuet stated, apparently criticising the demand of the “rebels” that Gaddafi quit power before any negotiations. “Now, there will be a need to sit around a table... We [NATO] will stop the bombardment as soon as Libyans speak to each other and the military from both sides go back to their barracks. They can now speak to each other because we are showing them that there is no solution with force.”I have not heard "Flashpoints on Pacifica Radio" yet tonight. We landed late (I flew back from DC to C.I.'s with Rebecca's daughter) so I'll listen to it later on the archives. But the above does jibe with what Mahdi Nazemroaya was reporting yesterday on Flashpoints.
I really appreciate the coverage Flashpoints has been providing of the Libyan War each Tuesday through Thursday. They really are the only Pacifica Radio program that is providing regular reporting.
Democracy Now! acts like they don't give a damn about the Libyan War. Or like it's not happening. If you want to hear about the Libyan War, Flashpoints has made itself the resource.
I like Mahdi and I hope he's right about the Libyan War almost being over. But the reason I think he might end up being wrong?
He's talking about what he's seeing on the ground. He's talking about logic.
But Barack has never seemed governed to me by logic or realities on the ground.
I feel for the suffering Libyan people who have those overhead bombing raids over and over and I want that war over so I hope Mahdi's correct. But Barack is not a rational player -- as evidenced by his continuation of the Afghanistan War and the Iraq War.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):