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COMMENTARY · 22nd August 2011
Merv Ritchie
Where can we turn in our citizenship?

There are dozens of countries across the globe whose population suffers at the hands of their leaders. In South America, Africa, Asia; even Kuwait has a brutal dictatorial monarchy style government, which ironically the west defended. Canada has historically always taken the role of assisting in diplomatic and peaceful manners. If military action was used to settle a dispute Canada usually held back and waited until they could come in and keep the two sides from re-engaging in firefights. Canada virtually never, except in the two World Wars and Korea, got involved in regime change or geo-political-economic fights to the death. That has recently changed and now Canada is as guilty as any other aggressor country, currently or historically.

There are many things that can be said about Libya, negative and positive; however there are many Countries that have much more negativity to espouse than Libya; China for one. In that Country human rights are almost non-existent and the various expose’s on the brutality being perpetrated on the Chinese people is astounding. Myanmar is another. The Sudanese, Nigeria, Syria, Sierra Leone, Angola, Darfur Sudan, Zimbabwe, and Saudi Arabia, the list is very long.

When the action against Libya began there was only western hatred for Libya, no fighting in the streets or uprising, just peaceful protests. The only uprisings were in other Middle Eastern countries. It began on December 17, 2010 when a man burned himself to death in Tunisia in an act of defiance for his treatment by the police forces after he was arrested for selling vegetables; he couldn’t get a job so he did this to get income. In the first week of January 2011, Algeria suffered the same upstart uprising over a protest over no jobs, money and ability to have a decent family life.

Things got worse in the second week of January in Tunisia and the protests began getting violent. Then in Algeria another man burned himself to death after, it is claimed, he was not able to find a job. The media called this a copy cat of the Tunisian man.

January 12, 13 and 14, 2011 were pivotal moments and this was the turning point for Gaddafi in Libya. He spoke out against the protests in Tunisia. He called for everyone in Tunisia to settle down and to wait for a few years to apply proper democratic principles. He warned of the hazards of these uncontrolled uprisings referring to other revolutions.

“Tunisia now lives in fear. Families could be raided and slaughtered in their bedrooms and the citizens in the street killed as if it was the Bolshevik or the American revolution." Gaddafi stated in a public televised address, "What is this for? To change Zine al-Abidine? Hasn't he told you he would step down after three years? Be patient for three years and your son stays alive," Gaddafi urged Tunisia to adopt the Libyan model of government stating, "[this] marks the final destination for the peoples' quest for democracy. If this is what the events [in Tunisia] are for, then it has to be made clear".

Amid more protests, the Tunisian President fled to Saudi Arabia and following that an Egyptian man set himself on fire. This was before the uprising in that country, again protesting the severe economic situations and no jobs. Then it began in Yemen, arguably the poorest people among the Arab states.

The last week of January things exploded. Lebanon, Palestine and Jordon began seeing huge protests and uprisings. The situation got worse in Yemen and in Egypt the country went in to full revolt. Even Iran and Bahrain saw protests and deaths in the streets. Still nothing was happening in Libya, no shooting in the streets, no violent crack down, virtually nothing. This was likely due to the lack of poverty and the wealth of jobs. After the middle of February things began to change.

Foreign mercenaries began to appear on the streets of various Libyan cities. Reports of unusual military and police uniforms were spotted and then many killings began. The new invasion force were on a killing spree and began mid day hangings and beheadings in the streets. Unconfirmed reports spoke of Gaddafi killing protesters however the only confirmed reports were of the foreign mercenaries and the invasion force massacring civilians and Gaddafi police forces and military.

It appeared as if Gaddafi or some other communications controller cut off the internet and social media in Libya making communications from within the Country very difficult. The western media all relied on “unconfirmed” reports.

Bahrain became very violent with confirmed dead all over the streets and even people living in Kuwait began to protest. Many living in Kuwait all there lives are not even allowed citizenship, a completely anti human rights regime. Then Morocco went into revolt due again to poverty issues.

On February 25, protests were underway in Countries all across the Middle East and North Africa; Iraq, Bahrain, Yemen, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, and Palestine.

Various international forces began to secretly work behind the scenes in Libya. British SAS agents were captured and sent packing by the rebels and CIA agents were said to be on the ground. During these initial stages of the Libyan conflict all the confirmed brutality was being conducted by the rebels. In an effort to provoke outrage in the western media; reminiscent of the claims during the first Iraq/USA war when an actress was hired to cry about incubators being stolen from Kuwait hospitals with the babies being tossed on the floor, the western media played over and over the claims and screams of a Libyan woman being raped by Gaddafi forces. Nothing was played on the media of the beheadings, forced cannibalism, rape by gun barrel, hangings and beheadings by the rebel forces in Benghazi where the media were allowed. Full video is and was available.

During the second week of March after the rebels were not being supported by the Libyan people, and after weeks they still couldn’t get them to rise up, a no fly zone was pushed at the UN. Here is how it was discussed originally;

US defence secretary Robert Gates, argued that any no-fly zone would involve preliminary bombing of Libyan air defences. Douglas Barrie, an aerospace analyst at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, has denied this.
"There's no hard-and-fast rule in the establishment of a no-fly zone that you have to go in and take out all of your opponents air defences," Barrie said. "You say 'this is a no-fly zone and we don't want you to fly, and if you adhere to that everything is going to be fine, but if you fire at us then we will take retaliatory action'."

Today we see not just a complete military assault but also the arming of the rebels, who are mostly not from Libya, to overthrough the Gaddafi regime.

Syria, Yemen and Bahrain continued to experience violence and uprising spurned by the people of those Countries throughout March, April, May and June. The only action seen in Libya was Nato bombing campaigns and the complaining of the rebels that they had no weapons. In fact at the end of April the rebels were running in retreat and there was virtually no news of any upsurge in their efforts until July 6 when the rebel forces coming from the mountains south of Tripoli were suddenly fully armed with an unlimited supply of ammunition. They began looting and burning campaigns on their way through the various villages.

The French have acknowledged sending weapons to the mountains south of Tripoli. This action is forbidden by everyone involved in the Libyan conflict in paragraph 9 of the UN resolution 1970 in regards to the passing of the “No Fly Zone” resolution at the security Council;

9. Decides that all Member States shall immediately take the necessary measures to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer to the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, from or through their territories or by their nationals, or using their flag vessels or aircraft, of arms and related materiel of all types, including weapons and ammunition, military vehicles and equipment, paramilitary equipment, and spare parts for the aforementioned, and technical assistance, training, financial or other assistance, related to military activities or the provision, maintenance or use of any arms and related materiel, including the provision of armed mercenary personnel […]

Today Gaddafi’s warnings to the Tunisians is coming back to haunt the world. Sons may not come home alive. This goes for men, women and children too. It is not the government killing the civilians, it is the insurgents, real insurgents. Unlike Afghanistan where the USA, British and Canadians used the term insurgents to describe the citizens of Afghanistan defending their own country, in Libya we see a full invasion force of insurgents. Canada is a key member state in this action of regime change.

It has become apparent too that Canada has armed these rebel soldiers. We have made numerous contacts with all Canadian political parties, except the Greens, since Tuesday, August 9, 2011, in attempting to ascertain the location of 2500 C7 assault rifles and 7 million rounds of ammunition returned to Canadian hands in Afghanistan. We have not had one single response from any party that addresses the substance of the question. Here is a copy of the emails sent to the Department of National Defence, the NDP and Liberal DND critics as well as Foreign Affairs.

Friday, August 19, 2011

On Tuesday August 9th we requested a response regarding the location of the 2500 Canadian made C7 Colt rifles and the remaining portion of the 7 million rounds of ammunition sent to Afghanistan in 2008 for their police and military services. These rifles were returned to Canadian hands in June of this year. This should be a fairly simple question to answer.

I ask again and copy the text of the previous emails.

Thank you

Merv Ritchie

Monday, August 15, 2011

Dear Sirs, Ma'am of the DND

We sent this question to both DND and the Foreign Affairs on Tuesday of last week.

We were wondering if we were going to receive a direct reply.

Below is the text of the email.

Thank you for your attention.


Tuesday, August 9, 2011

I was wondering if you could look into something for me.

In about December of 2007 or early 2008 Canada sent 2500 C7 rifles to Afghanistan to assist in training their army.

In June this year they were apparently returned.

Maj. Andre Salloum is quoted as stating " the decision was made to recover the C-7 weapons and return them to Canada for disposal."
This is an expensive exercise, shipping these weapons half way around the world.

My question is, (or rather my suspicion is), were they were shipped to Libya for the rebel forces. This would be inline with Canada's support for the Rebels.

If they were not shipped there, then where are these rifles now?

Thanks for your attention to this.

Today the British Prime Minister referred to the action in Libya. He stated it was different than the action in Iraq. He stated the action in Iraq was illegal where this was right and legal.

If the action in Iraq was illegal why is no country being taken to the International Courts? And is this why Canada and the DND refuses to answer our questions? According to the UN, arming the conflict is also illegal.

Throughout May, June and July the rebels were complaining of no arms. At the end of May, Canada had a spare 2500 C7 assault rifles and the remains of 7 million rounds of ammunition. Two months later the rebels come storming down the mountains and overrun everything in their path, fully armed, firing with an unlimited supply of ammunition and weapons.

As you watch the news clips watch for the rebels and the guns they carry. Another thing to notice is the rebels are wearing balaclava masks. This is eerily similar to the Quebec Police who attempted to incite a riot during a peaceful WTO meeting protest rally. Ask yourself, why are they hiding their identity and just who are these insurgents?

In the other Arab "Spring" countries the citizens who actually live in the Country continue their struggles. In Libya it is a very different story.

Like Gaddafi or don't like him, this is not the issue. The issue is Canada's new role as a Warmonger, not a peacemaker.

Why are we really there? Click Here for another perspective. ie. How dare you attempt to control your own money?

Our previous story with links to videos of mutilations by the rebels and much more here.
Yes Steve, thats Hollywood
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 24th August 2011
And like the unreality of Hollywood, the man (portrayed by my favorite actor) that issued that line was stripped of his high rank and charged criminally. Yup, that's the movies for you.

In the real world it is nothing like that. And war is nothing like the movies or how the news portrays it. It is a bunch of money grubbing thieves who conspire to use men, women and children. They use Religion and Ethnicity along with flag waving Nationalistic fools to rise up and kill each other. We can point to almost every war and find a conspired affair that begat it.

At the end of every conflict it is the resource rich regions that end up in the victors hands, always.

You suffer from that condition, 'Cognitive Dissonance'.
Comment by Steve Smyth on 24th August 2011
It's hackneyed and Hollywood, but its true

You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!

War is a career choice
Comment by Brooke on 24th August 2011
Canadians need to understand that joining the military forces is a career choice. It's a job working for a government who believes we have a right to invade other countries. Men and women sign up to kill other humans. It's a job where wilfully wrecking total destruction on homes and land is part of the job description. It's a job where men and women enjoy the power they feel when they carry guns ready to shoot to kill and some how I'm suppose to feel proud.

It disgusts me to hear about how brave they are or what a great job they're doing for Canada. BS!! I do not feel proud of anyone who chooses this career and they dam well aren't doing it for me no matter how many times I'm told they are. The forces are just a big club of completely brainwashed people who believe they have a right to kill another human if they can come up with a good enough reason for doing so.

Of course it's all about the money and always has been. Wars have always made people very rich. Wars are about commerce not compassion. Anyone who thinks otherwise is living under a rock.
Are You Kidding Me?
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 23rd August 2011
Are you saying that you believe wars are not financially conspired affairs? All wars are. Although the way things ended up with Hitler was war and genocide that was not the cause for the beginning of the Labour note. This new independent currency was to assist the German people out of the absolute devastation and poverty they endured after being ordered to pay all the debt of all the nations engaged in the First World War. The common idiom used is ‘it took a wheel barrel of money to buy a loaf of bread.’ Or ‘It was cheaper to burn the money for heat than to use it to buy heating fuel.’

More than one country in Europe voted democratically to join Germany in their independence from the interest charging bankers long before WWII. These countries saw the amazing success and wealth available to the people. They joined not in fear, but in anticipation. The war only began well after the apparent and astounding success of this independent venture, which was tried once before by the Republic of America, now the United States of America. (We all know how well that is going now since the Interest Charging Bankers took over again)

Yes, I absolutely believe these wars are economic. Libya, with their new currency, was a huge and blatant target. The Mafioso is not kind to those who betray them. That would be the IMF, the International Mafioso Federation aka the International Monetary Fund.
Woah there
Comment by Josh on 23rd August 2011
We didn't enter war with Germany because they had their own money system. They created their own money system so they could go to war with us. Are you saying that the reason for WWII was to stop Germany from printing her own currency? Because it wasn't.. I can not quite tell why you would mention the Third Reich in your comments as it does not pertain to the article at all.

What I'm saying here is there is no comparison available to be made about smashing Germany in WWII and smashing Libya today.

Though I do agree with whole heart that we should not be in Libya nor should we be supplying the rebels with arms and ammunition. I can agree with almost everything you say on the matter. I can't help but feel, however, that you are making very loud comparisons about very important events that have no correlation. It seems to me, and this is just my opinion, that you are using these events(WWII, WTO, and Magna Carta) to garner the attention of the uninformed. Or to attract more google hits.

I like that there is someone up in the north that is willing to say what they want to say. I like you Merv, you know some stuff and maybe you're just playing to your audience, I don't know. I just think you will attract more of the right kind of people if you present your articles with more logic and less Fox News style propaganda
Just as a short end note.
Comment by Merv Ritchie on 22nd August 2011
What is war? Canada has joined as a pact with other NATO Countries to attack and bomb Libya. During the Second World War they were called the Allies, a united front against Germany, who perchance, also had their own money system.

United we are bombing and sending in ammunition and troops to take over another Country. Call it whatever you wish, it is war.

People are dying, buildings and infrastructure destroyed and the toppling of one government structure for another.

The only thing keeping Canadians from recognizing the truth is cognitive dissonance. We simply cannot allow our own brains to accept the fact that our Country, our beloved Canada, would be such a hostile Nation.

Wake up!