Bullies control the planet while the traditional peacekeepers stay away: #Libya


Admittedly, it is overwhelming to decide what to blog about as bullies control the planet while the traditional peacekeepers stay away.  Just announced today, Russia’s Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan have reached a cease fire agreement in their proxy war in Syria. The human crisis of death and displaced populations, spilling into worldwide proportion, seemingly controlled by two big world bullies, appears to be their own private chess game. 

I want to blog about Libya as the world is befuddled with the contagion of the corona virus, hot spots of terrorism such as the Fulani's against Christians in Nigeria and 21st century proxywarfare proliferating that threaten the entire planet. Concurrently, natural disasters such as tornadoes in Nashville, Tennessee, volcanoes and floods, are not predictable like civil war but demand attention as they should.
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Why is Libya my burning issue today? Perhaps because I consider the Libya National Army to be butchers of human flesh (the LNA is run by General Khalifa Haftar and his four sons who are United States citizens) and I believe in friends in Misrata that are with the U.N. recognized Government of National Accord (GNA is the interim government formed under a political agreement on December 15, 2015.) I am compelled to bring some facts to the attention of readers as it is beginning to mirror Syria: more genocide and refugees. 

It’s difficult for fact finding in media reports, since the proxy players on the side of the genocidal LNA in Libya include not only important allies of the United States of America but also own many of the international news sites. When reading my links to this story, please use your judgement as to the veracity of the reports. I have tried my best here but am open to corrections.

Recently I was troubled by Turkey’s Erdogan jumping in to help the GNA in Libya. I tried to warn my friends that Erdogan cannot be trusted but desperation calls for strange bedfellows. I agreed to tone down my disdain for Erdrogan as a cutthroat Islamist pirate, as you can see by his manipulation of the Syrian refugee population but I can no longer keep quiet about Turkey's unworthiness to participate in Libya and their motives.

In violation of international arms embargo laws are United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, France, Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Turkey, (before they switched allegiance to GNA), Jordan, Russia and others.   For example, France supports the LNA and has sold weapons to them that were purchased from USA, in violation of international arms embargo laws on Libya.
More complications ensue in Libya as Russia is playing both sides of the game.   At first glance I thought Russia was on the side of GNA. But I see Russian backers of Haftar’s are involved as Putin seeks leverage over Europe using his involvement in Libya.  Russian military advisers, supplies and equipment, and hundreds of mercenaries from a private company called “Wagner” are fighting on Haftar’s side.      
In December of 2019 Qatar stated that they support GNA. They have never supplied arms to either side and are trying to push a political solution, according to my source within GNA.


In January 2020 Berlin hosted a summit about “What to do about Libya?” but no agreement was reached. The outside proxy players agreed on nothing
*Videos sourced from a Chinese funded company
*Please note that Mustafa Fetouri (in the video) is against a U.S. army base in Libya, which was called on by Bashaqha, the Interior Minister who is backed by United States.

How do we make sense of this chaos? Despite the apocalyptic visions of these world bullies we simply must continue, with prayers and hope. 
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US-Iran and Israel-Iran tensions timeline 2020

US-Iran and Israel-Iran tensions timeline 2020Updated: 2 hours ago via The Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis 
"This timeline is the second part of a timeline that goes back to 2017, see the first part here. It seeks to include details about rising US-Iran tensions and also Israel-Iran tensions."
2020
January 1
US deploys 100 Marines to Baghdad and sends 750 paratroopers to Middle East. Trump condemns attack on embassy and Pompeo says US will secure its personnel, "The attack today was orchestrated by terrorists – Abu Mahdi al Muhandis and Qays al-Khazali – and abetted by Iranian proxies – Hadi al Amari and Faleh al-Fayyad. All are pictured below outside our embassy."
Report: "These 650 paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment deployed from Pope Army Airfield, N.C. today. The rest of brigade—some 3,000+ soldiers—are 'ready to deploy,' in coming days if needed, 82nd Airborne Division statement says." 82nd Airborne personnel board C-17 Globemasters for the flight.
US SecDef Mark Esper "The United States will protect our people and interests anywhere they are found around the world."
 
US Special operations of CJTF:OIR: "We are here to help Iraq in its fight against Daesh. Rocket bombardment of coalition and Iraqi forces, and mob violence at US Embassy, orchestrated by Kataib Hezbollah, prevent us from assisting."
 
US soldiers in Baghdad provide overwatch to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
US releases video of attack on the embassy.
 
Pompeo speaks with Deputy PM and Foreign Minister of #Qatar, Mohammed Al Thani, Netanyahu and Iraq's Prime Minister.
Pompeo "The attack today was orchestrated by terrorists – Abu Mahdi al Muhandis and Qays al-Khazali – and abetted by Iranian proxies – Hadi al Amari and Faleh al-Fayyad. All are pictured below outside our embassy."
 
Khamenei says US taking revenge on PMU.
 
Interior Minister Yassin al-Yasiri “said that American attacks on an Iraqi militia had invited trouble. ‘These are the dangerous ramifications of this strike...What happened today is the danger that we were afraid of and that the Americans should have been afraid of’”.
 
Graffiti left behind on embassy reads "Soleimani is my leader": "سليماني قائدي"
 
ISOF members of security forces arrive to guard US embassy.

Analyzing the Deal of the Century

In analyzing the Deal of the Century, I looked to others' opinions on President Trump's plan for a "Palestinian State." With all attempts and failures of the past, I asked myself how this plan would be any different in its response from the Palestinian Authority and the violence it would generate from them and Hamas, the Iranian proxy in Gaza. My immediate reaction was the fear of more rockets and IED balloons launched from Gaza into the southern areas of Israel; the chaos and trauma a tipping point for Israeli citizens. Then the Israel Defense Force response, more damage to their infrastructure but not changing anything. Just more fodder for mainstream media to distort Israel's false standing as 'occupier?'  That was a simple response. There is more to look at.

A must read is Caroline Glick's article: The Oslo blood libel is over.  She outlines the key points of the Deal of the Century and says that the twenty-seven year nightmare of the Oslo Accords are over.
"When you read the Trump plan closely, you realize it is a mirror image of the Oslo Accords. Rather than Israel being required to prove its good will, the Palestinians are required to prove their commitment to peace." 

 The Security Ramifications of the Oslo Accords


What about Iran's reaction? Seth Franzman, another person's analysis I trust, writes that Iran's Quds Force vows to oppose Trump's 'Deal of the Century.' After the killing of the Iranian Major General Soleimani on January 3, 2020, Iran needs to show they still have strength. 

Reaction from the Arab world has been mixed. The Saudi's have not condemned the plan.



Mahmoud Abbas, leader of the Palestinian Authority immediately rejected the new peace plan, has now cut off all security and intelligence agreements with Israel and United States. 

I urge all readers to research these issues and avoid the mainstream media's bias.

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One False Move By Israel or Iran Will Lead to War by Seth J. Frantzman

Seth J. Frantzman is a Jerusalem-based journalist who holds a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis and a writing fellow at Middle East Forum. He is the author of After ISIS: America, Iran and the Struggle for the Middle East (forthcoming Gefen Publishing). Follow him on Twitter  at @sfrantzman.


by Seth J. Frantzman 

"Over the last two years, Israel has warned about Iran’s entrenchment in Syria. But Iran has continued its role in Syria, and it continues to threaten Israel and transfer precision guidance to Hezbollah for converting its rockets." 
"Israel has been monitoring Iranian entrenchment in Syria, weapons transfers that move to Iraq and also to Hezbollah in Lebanon, as well as Iranian-backed groups in Gaza. On November 12 Jerusalem put in motion operation ‘Black Belt,’ the attack on a senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander named Bahaa Abu al-Ata. He was a “ticking bomb,” Israel said after the operation, which led to 450 rockets being fired in retaliation from Gaza. There is another ticking bomb in Syria, where Israel struck numerous targets on November 20, a day after Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps fired rockets at Israel. One false move by Israel or Iran now could lead to a major regional war. Jerusalem must gamble on its precision airstrikes to deter Tehran.
  
The Iranian attack towards Israel is further clear proof of the purpose of the Iranian entrenchment in Syria, which threatens Israeli security, regional stability and the Syrian regime,” Israel’s IDF said on Wednesday, November 20. The airstrikes were a major attack on the IRGC’s Quds Force, and also on Syrian air defense systems. Headquarters units, weapons warehouses, and bases were struck. Like in Gaza though, the airstrikes are not unique. Israel has carried out more than one thousand airstrikes in Syria. At the same time, Iran or Iranian-backed groups have sought to attack Israel with rockets and drones five times in the last two years. This includes a drone attack in February 2018, rockets fired in May 2018, a rocket in January 2019, rockets fired in September and on November 19. 
Meanwhile in Gaza...

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Sir Martin Gilbert

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Gilbert being awarded an honorary doctorate at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba, Israel, 2011
Born
Martin John Gilbert

25 October 1936
London, United Kingdom
Died3 February 2015 (aged 78)
London, United Kingdom
NationalityBritish
EducationHighgate School
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
St Antony's College, Oxford.
OccupationHistorian, author
Known forWinston Churchill's official biography
Twentieth century history
Jewish history

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