BBC. Axis of Logic commentary.
Editor's comment: The Axis of Logic reader who sent this BBC report to me for republication wrote, "Even the BBC cannot hide the atrocities in Libya by the 'rebels'." Reporting stories like this one - at this stage of the war - has always been the method of the government-controlled media. The corporate media along with another arm of the invading force - Human Rights Watch - feigns outrage about a single atrocity, while ignoring what will turn out to be at least another million innocent people killed and maimed by the invader.
First you support the war with lies until you've realized the imperial goal of destruction and domination, then you become critical of the war in an attempt to claim credibility as a media institution. They did the same thing with Iraq and many other US-led wars against other countries. That few are really deceived can be seen by their loss of readership and credibility, especially during the last decade.
Another tactic is to decry a few atrocities like the one reported below as though they are exceptions rather than the widespread massacres carried out every day - even today - by the foreign mercenaries and a minority of Libyans - thugs, rapists, robbers and killers, funded and armed by the US/NATO mafia. The media calls these executions an injustice while using their bodies to hide the many thousands of others killed by US/NATO bombs and the NTC thugs. There are plenty of credible reports that show these 53 bodies are only the tip of the iceberg. But Human Rights Watch and the western government-controlled media will never reveal what's beneath the water. The report about these executions is followed by nothing but layers of transparent deception but diminishing numbers of people worldwide are deceived.
- Les Blough, Editor
Bodies of Gaddafi supporters 'found executed' in Sirte
October 24, 2011
The bodies of 53 Gaddafi loyalists have been found at a hotel in the Libyan city of Sirte after apparently being executed, a human rights group says.
|Human Rights Watch have called on Libya's new government to investigate the killings
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the victims - some of whom had their hands bound - died about a week ago.
It is the latest accusation of atrocities in Libya committed by both sides during the eight-month conflict.
Libya's new rulers have denied any involvement in abuses and have urged Libyans to forego reprisal attacks.
The discovery comes a day after jubilant crowds across the country took to the streets as the interim government declared national liberation, three days after the death of Muammar Gaddafi.
The National Transitional Council (NTC) has come under pressure to investigate how the former leader died, following accusations he had been executed by NTC troops after his capture in Sirte.
His body is in a cold storage facility in Misrata.
It has been on public view, but the commander at the refrigeration unit told the BBC that the door has now been shut and that the last person has viewed Gaddafi's body.
The bodies were found on Sunday on the lawn of the abandoned Hotel Mahari in Sirte, which saw heavy fighting last week as NTC forces battled for control of the city.
"Some had their hands bound behind their backs when they were shot," Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.
"This requires the immediate attention of the Libyan authorities to investigate what happened and hold accountable those responsible."
It is not clear who carried out the killings.
HRW said they believed the hotel had been in the hands of anti-Gaddafi forces from Misrata before the killings, and it remained in their control until the fighting in Sirte stopped on 20 October.
On the entrance and walls of the hotel were the names of several anti-Gaddafi brigades from Misrata, HRW added.
"The evidence suggests that some of the victims were shot while being held as prisoners, when that part of Sirte was controlled by anti-Gaddafi brigades who appear to act outside the control of the NTC," Mr Bouckaert said.
Many of the victims suffered bullet wounds to the head, according to an AFP reporter who saw them.
Human Rights Watch also said the remains of 95 people had been found at the site where Gaddafi was captured. They appeared to have died that same day.
HRW, Amnesty International and other rights groups regularly document incidents of atrocities suspected of being carried out by pro- and anti-Gaddafi forces during the conflict. These include several mass killing sitesfound in August.
In his speech on Sunday in Benghazi, NTC leader Mustafa Abdul Jalil urged Libyans to put civil conflict behind them for the sake of the country.
"Today we are one flesh, one national flesh. We have become united brothers as we have not been in the past," he said.
"I call on everyone for forgiveness, tolerance and reconciliation. We must get rid of hatred and envy from our souls. This is a necessary matter for the success of the revolution and the success of the future Libya."
Mr Abdul Jalil said the new Libya would take Islamic law as its foundation. Interest for bank loans would be capped, he said, and restrictions on the number of wives Libyan men could take would be lifted.
He thanked all those who had taken part in the revolution - from rebel fighters to businessmen and journalists.
Thousands of people were killed or injured after the violent repression of protests against Gaddafi's rule in February developed into a full-scale civil war.
Gaddafi's government was driven out of the capital, Tripoli, in August.
Questions have been raised over the former leader's death after video footage showed him alive at the time of capture on Thursday. Officials said he had been killed subsequently in a crossfire.
A post-mortem carried out on the former leader's body on Sunday showed he had received a bullet wound to the head, medical sources said.
The NTC has begun moving its base from the eastern city of Benghazi to the capital, Tripoli.
Elections are due to be held by June of next year, Libya's acting Prime Minister, Mahmoud Jibril, said on Sunday.
The new elected body, he added, would draft a constitution to be put to a referendum and form an interim government pending a presidential election.