Earlier in the week, feb17.info reported Maj. Gen. Abd-al-Fattah Yunis al-Ubaydi, chief-of-staff of Libya’s liberation army, as saying “ Freedom Fighters in Tripoli have formed secret cells and are undertaking spectacular operations,” and going on to call on them not to repeat the destruction of property that happened after the uprising in Benghazi.
One consequence of attacks on regime buildings in Benghazi was the loss of potential evidence of human rights abuses. In Misrata, the Guardian reported, uprising forces have been working to collect and preserve such evidence of war crimes.
Two other stories relevant to the siege of Tripoli, both via libyafeb17.com: one from Reuters, an analysis of NATO strategy seeing it as designed to create conditions for an uprising in Tripoli, and one from The Economist, on how rebels are putting pressure on the regime’s fuel supplies.
Despite some opponents of intervention clinging to their precious pessimism, more serious observers in the governments of Russia and China have seen for some time which way the wind blows, and continue to realign accordingly.
Given all this, the effect of negative noises from kitsch Left characters like Germaine Greer (comment via Bob) and Cynthia McKinney will be inconsequential for Libya’s future; instead the damage they do is to the cause of an enlightened Left at home.
Finally, as a counter to the offensive comments by Ms Greer, Gita Sahgal earlier this month on rape allegations in Libya.
ADDED: In the interview above, Gita Sahgal sensibly caveats her comments with “it hasn’t been proved yet” and speaks more widely on the topic of organised rape as a weapon in war. Now her former employers at Amnesty International, as well as Human Rights Watch, are reported as expressing doubt on allegations of organised rape in Libya.
ADDED: In the New York Times, Rebels Arm Tripoli Guerillas and Cut Resources to Capital.