June 8/9 2011
last update (pulled) August 14
I've pulled down this article, finally. It seems Human Rights Investigations was wrong on pretty much all fronts, and has been correcting the record, with help even from C.J. Chivers, etc. I won't bother trying to sort out just what turned out different vs. what I had passed on before. Updates can be, or should be able to be, found at the HRI site. If anyone would like a copy of the old article summarizing the flawed arguments, drop me a line.
In short, if the case for a NATO false flag operation in Misrata has fallen apart, it would seem Libyan forces did non-lethally deploy semi-banned cluster munitions they're now known to hold, despite the government denials (see Moussa Ibrahim). This isn't the gravest or most illogical move for them to make, but it is troubling if it's a government order.
However, perhaps mr. Ibrahim and the government didn't know of such an order because it didn't exist. Is it possible a rogue field commander got hold of some MAT-120 shells and used them on his own authority? Or that he made sure to shoot them harmlessly towards the journalist area, only to be seen and cause problems for the regime he was betraying? Yeah, either is possible. In fact, I'm going with either one of these, or an actual order from on high as the two best guesses. It's one alleged Gaddafi regime crime I cannot rule out.
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