Badaffi: Gadaffi Wanted by the ICC

Posted on June 28, 2011

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Thousands dead, a nation divided, assistance provided, but is the Libya conflict nearing a conclusion?

The International Criminal Court have issued a warrant for Muammar Gaddafi after accusations of crimes against humanity. The Gaddafi regime have assaulted large numbers of civilians in order to quell the four month uprising.

Here is the warrant:

http://www.icc-cpi.int/iccdocs/doc/CIS-Gaddafi-Eng.pdf

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Nice threads... for a mugshot

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Gaddafi, in power for 41 years after a bloodless coup in 1969 is one of the longest running leaders in recent history.

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No. Name Country Title Term began Term ended Length of term
1. Fidel Castro  Cuba First Secretary/Premier/President 16 Feb 1959 24 Feb 2008 49 years, 8 days
2. Chiang Kai-shek  Republic of China Director-General/Premier/President 10 Oct 1928 5 Apr 1975 46 years, 177 days
3. Kim Il-sung  North Korea General Secretary/Prime Minister/President 9 Sep 1948 8 Jul 1994 45 years, 302 days
4. Muammar al-Gaddafi  Libya Prime Minister/Head of State/
Leader and Guide of the Revolution
1 Sep 1969 Present 41 years, 299 days

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One thing is for certain, this uprising is anything but bloodless.

On March 24th NATO began enforcing the no-fly zone above Libya. Gaddafi’s air force was unanimously defeating the rebels, as a result they were pushed back to their final stronghold in Benghazi. The rebels pled for Western support as dissidents and civilians alike were being targeted by Libyan soldiers.

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The no-fly zone was implemented to stop both the Libyan bombing of civilians and to help the rebels seize the country in order to end the state-sanctioned murder.

The NATO strikes were a massive success yet the conflict continued as Gaddafi supporters formed human-shields around crucial targets such as Gaddafi’s compound, making air-strikes too risky.

However, just to give you an idea of the precision of the NATO attacks, this video shows the bombing of a communication outpost by the RAF.

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Also, due to the fighting intensifying, females are being trained in the use of automatic weapons. Both sides are arming keen, battle-hungry women.

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Recently in defence of his actions Gaddafi referred to the Tiananmen Square protest:

“People in front of tanks were crushed. The unity of China was more important than those people on Tiananmen Square. When Tiananmen Square happened, tanks were sent in to deal with them. It’s not a joke. I will do whatever it takes to make sure part of the country isn’t taken away.”

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One man's resolve and bravery in the face of oppression halted a tank

Lego Tiananmen Square: The Video Game will be released soon...

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The conflict will have to come to a conclusion one way or another though, as there have been divisions in the NATO coalition due to the financial demands of the operation and the civilian casualties.

The campaign has cost the UK over £260 million, which many tax-payers are having difficulties coming to terms with in the face of massive spending cuts across the board by the Tory-Lib Dem coalition.

Yet there are many other factors causing abrasion in the NATO alliance.

Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, a close friend of Gadaffi was reluctant to assist in regulating the no-fly zone. 10% of Italy’s oil imports came from Libya as well as a vast array of natural resources. Naturally western intervention spoiled such arrangements.

At the start of the conflict Berlusconi was condemned for saying that he did not want to bother the Libyan leader with a phone call after the uprising began. Presumably Silvio didn’t want to disturb Gadaffi’s much needed beauty sleep?

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"Muammar, that is a wonderful cologne you are wearing."

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With Gadaffi on the run, surely there will be few places left to go, if he had any desire to leave he could go to Belurus where ICC law does not apply.

It is unlikely he will leave though, he has stated he would rather die a martyr than leave Libya…

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