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Friday, November 11, 2011

The Blood of Our Sons

November 11, 2011

For this veteran's Day (semi-coincidence) I'll post this on the early martyrs of Libya's counter-revolutionary war, those peaceful protesters who were shot for merely protesting, and who required the world to invoke its Responsibility to Panic (R2P). This is an extended excerpt from "Qaddafi’s Son Warns of Civil War as Libyan Protests Widen," by David Kirkpatrick and Mona al-Naggar, New York Times, Feburary 20, just after the explosive protester conquest of the main barracks in Benghazi.
By afternoon, however, witnesses reported streams of new protesters flowing to Benghazi from other cities around the east to support the revolt. Then another brigade of reinforcements — described by witnesses as special forces — began collaborating with the protesters as well, some even lending their tanks to the cause of assaulting the government security forces.

Soon the protesters had stormed the local headquarters of the state security services. “These young men are taking bullets in their chests to confront the tyrant,” Mr. Hadi said, speaking by phone from the siege of the security building.

Within hours, several protesters said, they had taken control of the army barracks as well. “Despite the pain and victims, we are happy because the blood of our sons was not spilled in vain,” Amal Mohaity, a lawyer and human rights activist, said as the siege unfolded. “Mark my words: Qaddafi is coming down.”

1 comment:

  1. In the same issue we read (written by Eric Schmitt)
    The Obama administration on Sunday condemned Libya’s use of lethal force against peaceful demonstrators, pointing to what it said were “multiple credible” reports that “hundreds of people” had been killed and injured in several days of unrest.

    "credible" like Abdel Latif al-Hadi (by phone) or Amal Mohaity, lawyer, who leaves no other internet trace apart from this quote.


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