Fake messages led to Libya war

Aug 19, 2011 12:00 AM

by Lisa Karpova

The mother of all lies was sent to the world through a Twitter message by Al Arabiya, February 23th. A message which makes Gaddafi out to be a Hitler, and even more outrageous and cruel: "The repression in Libya has already claimed 10,000 dead and 50,000 injured."
It may be a ballon d'essai to check if the world was able to swallow it; it did: Even the progressive people in Europe said: "We must stop the genocide", and "Benghazi is like Guernica."

But who is the source of this news? It was the terrorist rebels indeed (who kept repeating it): Al Arabyia says it received the news from "Sayed al Shanuka, Libyan member of the International Criminal Court, who was interviewed from Paris."
February 24th, just one day after the "genocide news," the International Criminal Court dismisses that man: "A clarification on media information regarding the ICC position on the Libyan situation is necessary. Various media sources have published information regarding the situation in Libya attributed to Mr Sayed Al Shanuka (or El-Hadi Shallouf), presented as a "member of the International Criminal Court" (ICC).

The ICC wishes to clarify that this person is neither a staff member nor counsel currently practicing before it, and by no means can he speak on behalf of the Court. Any declaration he made is given solely in his personal capacity.
The only official position to date is the ICC Prosecutor's statement, published on 23 February 2011. The decision to seek justice in Libya should be taken by the Libyan people.

Currently, the Libyan State is not a Party to the Rome Statute. Therefore, intervention by the ICC on the alleged crimes committed in Libya can occur only if the Libyan authorities accept the jurisdiction of the Court, (through article 12(3) of the Rome Statute).
In the absence of such a step, the United Nations Security Council can decide to refer the situation to the Court. The Office of the Prosecutor will act only after either decision is taken."

But nobody seems to notice this official statement.
A few days later, March 3rd, it is Ali Zeidan's turn, a self-appointed spokesperson from the Libyan League for Human Rights which always, only from Paris, presents more terrifying data: 6,000 victims (3,000 in Tripoli, 2,000 in Benghazi, 1,000 elsewhere).
But Zeidan's denunciation is not published in the LLHT website, and by the way Zeidan is not the president nor the director: another fake source. Zeidan is indeed a spokesperson of Benghazi terrorists. And he is the same Zeidan who, on March 23rd, stated: "In future oil agreements, we will remember those who helped us."

It is indeed this data, 10,000 or 6,000 victims in a few days of protests, plus those allegedly "injured by Gaddafi," which is taken as gold by the Human Rights Council in Geneva. (But when in June the chief Prosecutor Ocampo issues a warrant for the three, the figure is no longer 6,000 but 208).
No matter, it is the huge figure which is used as the basis for the UN resolutions and for the war. The assumption is that if, in a few days, "Gaddafi killed so many people, what will happen if Libyan tanks enter Benghazi?"

Indeed Dennis Ross, the White House political advisor, then stated: "Up to 100,000 people could be killed and everybody will blame us if we don't intervene."
This is what the UN resolutions and the war are based on... a twitter from a fake source.

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