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it's all false now here in moscow this is a rush ahead sounds or falls as weapons supplies to the libyan rebels saying it's invalidation of the u.n. to homes in bombay meanwhile may international criminal court has issued an arrest warrant on the gadhafi family but the libyan leader's some claims the court has no same poll show us in an exclusive interview with us to. greece's pall of injuries on how to put into effect a new austerity package groups will take to the streets in protest now the government is ready to sell some greek assets to you lenders to stay afloat but many people feel it's then themselves that are being put on sale. three men owe each a sentence of twenty five years to taking part in an f.b.i. sting in a fate. plot to blow up synagogues in new york but questions are raised about u.s.
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tactics of fighting homegrown terror. debate is up next people of elf his guests of the western led military intervention in libya is getting stuck in the sons of north africa stay with r.t. . the latest science and technology from. the future. you. know you know welcome to cross talk i'm peter lavelle quagmire and standoff in
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libya is there a military solution to the conflict in libya and a stable democratic and whole libya be created through the use of force to museum change and is there still a realistic possibility of a political solution. to. the process of the ongoing conflict in libya i'm joined by jim brann in london he's the spokesperson for the stop the war coalition also in london we have and his album r.t. he is a libyan political analyst and in los angeles we cross to omar tora b. he is a political analyst and a founding member of the libyan human rights commission all right gentlemen this is crosstalk that means crosstalk rules in effect and that means you can jump any time you want and i always start this program with the person that had to get up early as far as i'm going to go to you omar in los angeles is there a political solution to the conflict ongoing conflict now in libya because we see why mainstream media says that's not a possibility though we hear it here european officials saying there is there
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should be a possibility of a political solution and we have the the international criminal court saying that he his son and a security chief should be indicted for war crimes and that kind of says you shouldn't talk to people like that so i asked my question again is there a political solution to the ongoing conflict quagmire standoff in libya. peter thank you so much for having me on. it depends on your definition of what a political solution is. quite simply if he and his family leave libya we want to have any war we want to have any bloodshed we want to have any killings going on and the libyans will go about their. construction of their democracy and i want to refer your audience to a report that just came out yesterday by the national democratic institute you can find that on my website omar turby dot org and which actually spells out what the
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transition period would be and how it would take place to answer your question really yes there is a political solution and if he leaves then his kids then we can actually begin to. omar omar there's a moment i can interrupt there's no indication they're going to leave ok so i mean to stop the bloodshed maybe there should be talks and i'd like to turn that question to jim i'll ask the question and can there be a political solution because the current regime shows no interest in leaving the scene it will continue to fight and after the indictments from the international criminal court it looks like they will continue to fight because there is no way out now for those people what do you think. yes i mean i think i think the quagmire will only get worse you cannot present i think you cannot present the interest of nato as being the interest of the libyan people nato and the nato powers have
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converted to the libyan civil war into something else and that will roll on and i know the fact for example that today the african union summit convenes in. in equitorial guinea and we know that gadhafi won't be there but the question one question might be will shear of sudan be because remember that there was a into nobody has ever been indicted by the international criminal court except somebody from africa and the most the highest ranking one is the president of sudan and the african countries are cocking a snoeck at this international criminal court because it is seen to be simply a tool of the western powers and that will roll on so the credibility of it for example will be shot and the fact that william hague gets up when the international criminal court issued this indictment two days ago and says this only proves our point remember that the statute of the international criminal court is entirely skewed the supreme international crime as it's defined is the crime of aggression
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and it was the foreign office legal advisor here in london who to a man and woman said that the iraq war was a crime of aggression and that simply being left out of the statute otherwise tony blair would be on trial in london for example or in the hague or wherever so it's very much seen as askew there's your mischaracterizations here and there are all right i don't know more let me first clearly let me go to first and then we'll discuss that here because i just like by to maybe go a little bit further with what jim had to say here it seems to me now that meet when nato decides it wants to use military force against a country it uses the international criminal court to is a political tool we now it's really turning into last year in service of warfare what do you think about that. well. i'm not sure. if you mean. the because of the fact that tony blair and george bush weren't indicted for war
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crimes. you know by extension get there shouldn't because i thought feel that whether or not these people are in both of them it's the case that the crimes of warrants such as such. a verdict being put upon them and it's a very very strong very very strong statement to the rest of the dictators in the world that if you do follow such vicious and such horrible crimes against your people that you won't be given or. as easily as you think you may that's not this that the fact that tony blair and george bush should be should be investigated for their crimes in iraq but it doesn't mean by extension you know that the arab dictators of the world to get away with such heinous crimes ok omar you want to jump in there i mean it is c. it seems kind of i did you know you should be indicted for war crimes if you kill other people not your own people but if you kill your own people you should be indicted it seems kind of skewed in itself omar go ahead. what i'm trying to say
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there is no civil war going on in libya we're not talking to war factions with equal amount of weapons the libyan regime decided to kill its own people with its own military machine. innocent civilians that's one too i think. and london is saying there are no people that have been indicted outside of africa the balkan states we have at least one or two people there were indicted and. you know you. know you're going to jam i said the international i said the international criminal court which began operations in two thousand and two specifically the international criminal court has now indicted five sets of people all of them from africa and nobody else that's just a factual correction ok but all my i mean you're saying this isn't a civil war then what is it because i guess the obama administration isn't call it
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a war either it likes to use the term kinetic military action is that what you would call it as well what is kinetic military action. you know i haven't heard the term later i know that it was to be honest with you but it's really imagine what it was or was it was it defined it as it is. yeah go ahead but i think i think we're looking we're looking at a very different perspective i mean you can call it a civil war if you'd like to but i think. you're almost equating it to two moral equivalence to morally equal swords which will follow and ignore the fact that there is a revolution occurring in libya and it was being suppressed with the most violent means or you know anti aircraft missiles and bullets were fired at civilians and so if you want to call it a civil war feel free to but that ignores the fact on the ground which is that the in his personal army i were talking a civilian population i don't think that you know i think that history will get and what as a civil war you know feel free to call it what you like ok jim if i can go to you
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why should nato be in the business of forcefully changing regime presumably to bring democracy and one has to wonder if it's good to keep the country together is one sovereign state i mean why is that nato mission now. well i think in a way i was pretty finger on it although i think. in the wrong way the fact that libya has been singled out in this way the fact that for example could afi has been indicted in the fastest process ever indulged in by the international criminal court unprecedented speed whereas no other arab leader and i would single out in this particular context for example the king of bahrain is not being singled out. but no one no one has any other head of anyone or any other arab. i mean the banker is you think it's you're ignoring the very annoying of the good the who is is the completely different type of force to suppress and whilst we were facing the same
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force in libya as the button is for the libyan people not asking for international intervention but when the scenario changed the reality in the fundamentals of the details of the growth were completely different there was an armed conflict now the civilians on and the army was all in it calls for intervention it's not the case and by her own please do not try to intervene when an israeli minister because you don't know if i could stay with you i could stay with you and it's real quickly i mean i don't think anybody on this program is wants to justify anything that mr gadhafi has done or not done i don't see that happening here on this program however the indictment does seem to be if not moral morally allow the continued bombing of libya and i think that's the point that jim is getting at here . well i think well you know that moment can you can you explain to me and nothing to do with each other ok i'm sorry didn't go first and i said no we're going to jim go ahead and the bombing of our country i mean you'd be hard pushed for money and the libyans that are complaining of of targets of being bombed i mean not bombing
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anything that you know libyans and software don't want to be known but a bombing jewel use facilities then or bombing for the most part in a one off or in the interest lead i would accept that there have been cases where a few civilians have thought it and subsequent to the civilians dying but oh well and to tie in for a very minute the fact that it's the intention behind that as intervention to try to kill civilians that is beyond the fact it is not for it is not for this for me to entertain or debate so far in that bombing the country almost assumes that were trying to bomb civilians there that's not the case it's not the case it's been a success ok all mario mario you think i referred to was jim i would go more go ahead you had a point go ahead. well say it is. not has no relationship to nato is increasing its bombing or the start of the bombing or ending the bombing you know it's the guy committed crimes against the popular civilians and he deserves he pain is crimes from rape of women to
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bring in mercenaries from outside the country and killing people so this is this is the truth of the matter he can you know he conducted himself in this fashion and he deserves to be tried as a matter of fact i would really rather see. tried inside libya and this man this is in february seventeenth revolution on are not the only crimes they committed he's been committing crimes in libya since nineteen seventy three i mean there's thousands and thousands of people were killed and tortured out of them are going to have to jump in here gentlemen we're going to go to a short break and after that short break we'll continue our discussion on libya stay with r.t. . i
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was just thinking about my future before the foreign companies came i dreamed of owning a can cutting factory. but we have less garbage now. some visitors who come here make fun of me. picking up garbage boy not bad like people think. i'm a good person. it's just the people don't see me. but i feel that with time people like me. i feel people will start to appreciate us.
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from welcomed to wanted is a food call. on the day of what you are trying to do shit with. a deal under fire and fighting for his life good duffy's son speaks to see. if you. want to. welcome back to cross talk i'm curious about to remind you we're talking about regime change in libya. ok jim i'd like to go to you in london me we just heard omar mentioning about rapes and other heinous crimes being committed in libya right now but you know i loved it way when mainstream media and you see those reports but then i checked amnesty
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international human rights watch and they have not been able to determine any credible witnesses to mass rapes in khadafi libya now there seems to be a very big skewing of lines here between what mainstream media western governments and what reputable human rights groups have to say about what's happening in libya how do you explain that. i think the thing is very simple you cannot possibly take the question of libya or what happens in libya outside of the context of the nato powers interests geopolitical interests it makes no sense whatsoever i think the starting point of any discussion should remain what was agreed in the first half of the twentieth century and it should stay there the fact that they are shifting the position the fact that they are tearing up agreements in the first half of the twentieth century makes no difference if you abandon that as your starting point then i think you fall into the swamp and that it's the very same swamp that was
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established in the first half of the twentieth century which arrived at the conclusion that you could not use humanitarian pretext for the intervention for the use of force on the world scale that was the issue that was what was agreed in the late one nine hundred forty s. and i think i think that nothing of that has changed and richard is no no no you're right this is ait's. if you have the answer to all the know peter if you allow me peter if you are i know you are going to join me and i couldn't distinguish you saying why go ahead you know what i had on or i'm quite disturbed to hear people i mean you're referring to. human rights watch or amnesty international or whatever reporting agencies as far as rape in libya. there has been definite definite rapes in libya of at least three hundred fifty reported cases i was just there in libya for three and a half weeks i've seen people in tears families. and
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in such bad emotional condition because their daughters were raped specifically the order of skin directly from get that and yet the way they know you are omar that i'm not dismissing is that maybe true or not true but you know media reports and a lot of media coverage of the arab awakening is been very skewed for very different reasons here and we have plenty of people there's also want you don't want to justify nato's aggression is well i mean and this if i can go to you i don't see any kind of surprise you go to you i mean do you want to see a libya that is created by nato through aggression and through war is designed not to use it with that how do you sit with that what do you what are you going to the only groups that want to go to some extent is their once like and want to employ them in first and foremost the aggression there's no end to the people the people and so i mean we have to commit also if the hollywood. producers in the world a question we have
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a higher morals and values but what about international law what about international law. well international insolvency to hell with sovereignty if people are being rude to my land i'm sorry but i was well into playing for a minute these bizarre all ideological storms which come at the expense of people when we talk about sort of attributes because because the three has. some kind of. you know. that kind of a you know moron if you want to call it because i'm going to want to kind of start in libya when i care about what he thinks of sovereignty i see more people being raped and what will be murdered well into playing international law saying sovereignty is over until when we women and children are being murdered and if we followed the logical conclusion of and the line of argument of someone like jim will be mourning hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths in libya and they want to trust with us that it would be different has no idea of his track record or his intentions and doesn't you know for me they're walking on a very very morally dubious ground here what to do with us that but if we go into the second point and the second point is that if we feel that nato later has
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aggression as we're going to roll call it is that is the defining factor in libya where taken into account something that you know it's completely besides the fact the fact is is that libyans here the equal power brokers they're the ones that are fighting on the ground they're the ones are risking their lives they're the ones and molding this country in a vision that they want to and i think we have this here as as europeans as people of the world here that have gone into the twenty first century also have aligned ourselves with holly and moral values and i think when for this is that fear is diminished and it can be used to align ourselves if i go to the gym here you know international law was created to protect people ok and to avoid these kinds of things ok i mean i'll ask you the same question i mean can nato intervention i'll take the word aggression out if you want intervention here the the a mission creep that we've seen over the last few months can that create a viable libya that is sovereign and not dependent upon outside forces like the countries that make up nato particularly the united states. that nato took longer
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to say would you like. to see we do have a un go ahead jim go ahead what what you will have in libya if nato succeeds a half succeed is a nato peace and it will be that kind of conditional peace it will not be a peace arrived at by the libyan people because nato will have presented itself to nato nato encompasses something like between seventy five and eighty eighty percent of world military spending the three nato powers in charge of this invention are the three biggest military spenders all three of the four we know you know this result and there's a really big there in disarray as it is and they're in surrender in recife of their employees like their military force shall be the decisive factor that is their overriding interest so that they can intervene in the arab spring for example so that the libyan people will not do what the gyptian an alternation a civilian did which is the sort that wasn't and by then it's all you have to know
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your ambition of being the west and to america you're not really looking at what you have on yourself the whole your moral values and support people that want freedom you know would you have allowed them to go to being massacred just because you know didn't you know you mentioned to people and i'd like i'd like to ask lamar a question i mean if intervention the international criminal courts indictments doesn't that undermine what the opposition the rebels the rebels are supposed to do because now they do sweep back and say well let nato take care of it for us ok then they also become puppets of an outside force is that why not for some no that is a theoretical question it's a fair question omar what do you think about that. you know first of all you know why are you set why are we saying that nato is intervening or conduct and aggression in libya they have received their mandate by the un resolution nineteen seventy three i mean by that i would let me just remind you let
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me remind you of an event that took place in two thousand and eight putin of russia went into georgia and tried to save the georgians and the russians that live in georgia i guess what did you go anywhere and got a mind received a mandate from the u.n. to go in and save lives under the premise that under the pretext or the reality of protecting human rights and that's exactly what happened there and and it wasn't an aggression against georgia so it's a totally different sort of analysis totally different analysis doesn't apply to be very different so i won't work on this you know i mean it's about. the whole thing it's about our mission creep nine hundred resolution nine hundred seventy three said one thing and we have something completely different now that is the point jim what do you think about what the for the proposing to do is that if a no fly zone to everyone here entertaining boots on the ground that's a big difference jim go ahead if if the if the head of the world's dominant military superpower and two. dominant members of nato
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declare that their intention is that the government of that country shoulder change that's the that's the issue and if they do it by violence that's also true that the people decide the issue that's an issue for. the folks on the street because we're only a month away from or four months away from it so let's not try to enter because it will happen three four decades ago we all know it's all documented and these people want to change they came out to protest they were massacred they were massacred there's been massacres in libya. why don't you want to you when we saw the way it was going to live he had it go he was almost going to leave. then we saw today and we're going to put it up in the massacres. in the salt on top of the us of course. so you said back in february march where was the massacre you said don't know much about it well you know i'm talking about under three that have been in tripoli been
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massacred. being massacred in tripoli on lone protester a short one you know when he runs during this you've been very very well known for what do you what do you refer to who are referred to as second we refer to the second week of the year of the protests when they reach tripoli and when over the bridge of holland the thing to this thousands of protests was solid and they were short and in areas and for sure. there is the result of being too there is that my friends there been people have been massacred and you want to try and call them later and so it's a question you will say that it's later this intervening is all right gentlemen gentlemen let's not dwell too much on this here omar i'd like to ask you this here because it's have a broader context you know if we look we are old if we look at the world today jim we want to say it would be mourning the death of thousands and thousands of people as we mourn the death of people in rwanda i don't want to have the online courses i hope that you don't want to have on your consider well i think mido saying yes go ahead jewish nation has a lot on each conscience to if we go back to cost of afghanistan's ok go ahead does
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god you're saying i'm not an ass as i understand it is saying because some people were shot in tripoli although this wasn't publicized by take his word for it some people were shot in tripoli in february some people were shot on that basis nato the mighty the sole power block in the world can then proceed to launch a war of eleven thousand missions including four and a half thousand strike missions because it declares the resolution pretext on that basis why he cannot nato intervened anywhere in a little you any time has any government where anybody the threat to kill people in but i was a threat to kill people in both houses it was imminent it was imminent people who were out of the ways in which i watched time they were wasting too much time i know mark leave the last word on margaret's last word of this program go ahead. first of all jim i'm sorry to tell you that you have absolutely no credibility in your argument whatsoever the whole entire world says this on all networks from c.n.n.
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to as a zero to b b c two some parts a russian t.v. the libyan people deserve to be helped and they were saved to help and that's that's the bottom line so to say that that you know they too doesn't doesn't have any legal right to go in and help the libyan people from being massacred by the libyan regime just makes absolutely right on that knowing general and i'm sure we all have the welfare of the libyan people at stake here many thanks to my guest today in london and in los angeles and thanks to our viewers for watching us here are to see you next time and remember prost talk to.
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