A year after the execution of former Libyan despot Moammar Gadhafi at the hands of Western-backed rebels, forces opposed to the new Tripoli-based regime ruling parts of Libya are still fighting on. According to news reports, assorted Libyan militias supposedly aligned with the embattled new government have been shelling the Gadhafi-loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid all weekend in a bid to quash the late dictator’s remaining die-hard supporters.
Officials with the new government said the fighting reflected the fact that not all of Libya had been “liberated” yet.
Libyan rebels backed by the Obama administration and NATO governments committed a wide range of war crimes, including, in one case, summarily executing and torturing dozens of prisoners of war, possibly including strongman Muammar Gadhafi and his son, the non-profit group Human Rights Watch said in a newly released report. The new Western-backed government ruling parts of Libya out of Tripoli, meanwhile, has failed to investigate or prosecute the well-documented abuses.
The United Nations is looking to the West African nation of Mali as the next test case for its Right to Protect doctrine, as it calls for international intervention and plots an invasion of the country.
After having recently left thousands dead from overthrowing the governments ruling Libya and the Ivory Coast, the United Nations, urged on by the new Socialist French government and assorted African regimes, is already plotting its next invasion to deal with the fallout. This time Northern Mali is in the UN’s crosshairs after the country was taken over by Islamists and nomadic rebels amid a military coup d’état that ousted the government in the South.