Cameron On Follow That Camel 98

Cameron and Sarkozy in Benghazi

Aircraftman Cameron and Sarkozy are in Benghazi taking the applause of cheering tribal warriors. Sarkozy looks a bit nervous, as though scared he might meet the English rugby team at a dwarf hurling evening. Cameron looks a bit dazed, probably not sure what applause is. Aaah, that heady moment of triumph! Just like George Bush and Mission Accomplished!

Now those delightful oil contracts to sort out.

Elsewhere, Libyans who foolishly fail to agree with them are being bombed to pieces by NATO. Presumably, once anyone who might hold a different view is dead, it will be safe to hold a democratic election.

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  • Courtenay Barnett

    @ Mary,

    Thanks. I actually posted it above before I sent it to others than my blogging buddies.

    Hoped you would have stopped me in time – but too late – my shit is now out there.

    Thanks again for the kind “good article” comment.


  • BGD

    Apologies if this has been posted here previously, I read the headlines and CM’s outline and only occasionally some of the general comments.

    I thought the unaware might be interested in the outline of Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya’s experiences in Libya before he had to leave after the fall of Tripoli with some others who were under threat of their lives. Sincerity shines through (once you get over his mild resemblance to Vlad)

  • Levantine

    Courtenay, is there any reliable way to give a feedback for your article? Mail – failed. The form on your site – “error.”

  • Courtenay Barnett


    “Courtenay, is there any reliable way to give a feedback for your article? Mail – failed. The form on your site – “error.” ”

    My web site is passive and I only now just publish articles on the web.

    If y want y oucan directly email me at [email protected]. There is a Professor who has a site and has published the article and he has a debate section. I will find it and post same below.

  • BGD

    For the record, another interesting blog for a different view on Libya which has been put through Google translate: In the blog linked he discusses various situations in Libya, with photos and video too.

    The journalist here, Rolando Segura, seems to be elsewhere discussing the meretricious and dishonest reporting of western journalists about the conflict.

    I am aware that journalistic practice frequently involves hacks putting heads together and agreeing to create “the story” but that might be forgiveable when splashing some pap in the press about TOWIE actors, another when it concerns an aggressive war. It ties in with some of the complaints of Nazemroaya above. Shame a more fleshed out piece on this trend is not available that names some of those engaged in these practices. I am reminded of Kate Adie, although of course she won her libel case but perhaps not her continued career.

  • BGD

    TNC-NATO siege of Sirte is a war crime
    By NicolasDavies – 2 September 2011 –

    NATO and the Transitional National Council in Libya (or Paris or Qatar or wherever it is) have reportedly given the people of Sirte ten days to surrender or face a full military onslaught. This is not a cease-fire. While they await their fate, they will still be subject to shelling by artillery and British warships and NATO bombing, and food, water and electricity have already been cut off.

    This closely resembles the tactics adopted toward resistance-held towns in Iraq by U.S. occupation forces. On October 14th 2004, the Washington Post reported that water and electricity supplies to Falluja had been cut off, one day before the start of Ramadan. Its population was then starved and bombarded for 3 weeks before the final assault by U.S. Marines that killed 4,000 to 6,000 civilians.

    But these siege tactics, which have been used against civilian populations since the Middle Ages, have been outlawed by the Geneva Conventions. In particular, Article 14 of the second Protocol to the Geneva Conventions states, “Starvation of civilians as a method of combat is prohibited. It is therefore prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless for that purpose objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population such as food-stuffs, agricultural areas for the production of food-stuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations, and supplies and irrigation works.”

    The 4th Geneva Convention prohibits all forms of attacks on civilians and the collective punishment of civilian populations, so virtually everything that the combined TNC-NATO forces are doing to the people of Sirte is strictly illegal and in fact criminal. To add insult to injury, this is all being done in the name of a UN Security Council mandate to protect civilians.


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