Posted by Waterput on Thursday, August 18, 2011
In a report (1) on August, 18, 2011 Morris talked with Franklin Lamb who is currently on the 18th floor in a hotel in Tripoli. Franklin talks about the immediate effects of the Rebels cutting off the refinery in Zawiyah: there is hardly any car driving in the city of Tripoli any longer. There were a few power outages due to bombings, but these were fixed within six hours according to another report by Morris (2).
Lamb talks about the arrival of a delegation from a WHO fact finding mission who also reside in the same hotel as Franklin does. He confirms that the people of Tripoli are ready to kill any Rebel that would enter the city. If NATO allows the Rebels to bomb the civilians in the city, they can no longer say they are protecting civilians, which would make it likely that they need to figure something else out. They would need to hold back the Rebels in order to prevent Tripoli to become a slaughter house.
Is NATO going to allow 'a siege on Tripoli' to make the civilians surrender to the power of their warplanes?
For those of you that don't really remember what the siege of Stalingrad was all about, I copied a part from the wikipedia page on this siege:
"The battle took place between 23 August 1942 and 2 February 1943. It was among the largest on the Eastern Front and was marked by its brutality and disregard for military and civilian casualties. It was amongst the bloodiest battles in the history of warfare with the higher estimates of combined casualties amounting to nearly two million. " (3)
Let's just hope the world is not that crazy to support anything that only vaguely resembles this terrible siege from World War II. Even NATO cannot stretch the UN-mandate as far as to allow Tripoli to turn into a terrible battlefield, you would say.
To see the popularity of the Jamahiriya in Tripoli you can watch the demonstration in the Green square on August 17, 2011 (4)