Well, I figure footage like this deserves it's own thread. Here is a very interesting report which shows the perspective of another French journalist
from the other side of the liberation (invasion) of Tripoli.
Not sure how to embed yet, but be warned this video is NSFW and has some brutally violent footage of people being shot in it.
Here we see the "Rebels" as a reasonably well trained liberation force. It's interesting to see how they portray themselves as simply fighting for the
right to listen to rap music. We also get a glimpse of their leader with suspected ties to al-Q and what appears to be a tight control over what
information is being released by the "Rebel's" and their activities to the MSM reporters. It's also very interesting how the Irish man "Sam" who
claims to be a civilian leads these men in a reconnaissance force under a NATO command structure. They had expected little resistance upon entering
Tripoli due to the NATO bombardment which preceded their advance. They put on a great show, but clearly resistance to their advance was indeed
minimal, though they lost 80 of 200 men in their "Lion's Brigade" in 2 days of fighting. It's interesting to note how little fighting the "Rebels"
were involved in during their advance, and how much destruction was caused in Tripoli from the NATO bombings and perhaps other forces entering the
city ahead of this reconnaissance team tasked with being the first "Rebels" to enter a "liberated" Tripoli.
IMHO, some of the best reporting on the conflict so far.
Thanks again Swills. I'll leave your embed the only one to reduce redundancy. I seem to recall reading in a previous post of yours that you are
ex-military. I'm interested in hearing your observations as well. They were clearly trained in the mountains in the west by a professional military
force and they seem to be well supplied.
I am admittedly jealous of Sam's SVD. That was a very nice gift from NATO and he seems to have some marksmanship skills as well. That shot was at 200m
and it obviously impressed his comrades.
edit on 11/9/11 by Darce because: (no reason given)
I have my reservations about this entire conflict. I do not trust NATO or the UN. These rebels have their cause, and I am surprised to see an
American/Libyan joining the fight. I don't know anything really about Libya. I've recently learned that Libya was basically a total socialist state.
The people were given homes/apartments, free electricity, food, healthcare, education, farmers got free land, etc, and there's a lot more etc.
Unemployment was reported by MSM to be around 30% but it doesn't matter if all of their needs are being met. Lets look at the USA and its unemployment
ratings and America's own tent cities or
the tent cities in Israel. I know Libya was debt free. In the 1950s Libya was declared the
poorest country on Earth, now that's saying something! What I don't know is what kind leader Gaddafi was. I don't know why the protesters (the ones
who were killed) were protesting. What is it that Gaddafi did that upset them. Clearly he was sharing Libya's wealth and taking care of the
population. Is he like Saddam, rape rooms, torture, mindless murder, unjust imprisonment?
Who are these rebels? This video provides new insight but it still doesn't tell me who they are. We know from reports that there are al-Qaeda links
fighting along side with the rebels. And when NATO wins this conflict, because it is NATO who is winning and not the rebels, what then? Who will be in
charge and does the west have a say in who leads? One thing I know, I do not accept NATOs roll in this and I do not believe they are here to liberate
anyone. There are protesters right now being killed in Syria and Bahrain. We have bases in Bahrain but you don't see NATO or USN liberating them.
Gaddafi is different from all of the other Middle Eastern rulers. He lives in a tent and will not move into a home of his until every Libyan is
housed, and he was doing a fine job of housing his people. All of his bodyguards are female, strange behavior for a Muslim society in the Middle East.
He also wanted to Unite Africa, calling it the Unite States of Africa , funny but true.
And lets not forget the millions of Libyans who rallied in support of Gaddafi & in defiance of NATO. Apparently they've been doing that every Friday,
or did. MSM reporters were there for these rallies but never spoke about them. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if they are using that footage to
create their own footage of protests, see my thread here: Aljazeera reports 9/2/11: Women
celebrate in Tripoli's Martyrs' square
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