A Libyan “citizen journalist” in the city of Misrata made a desperate last plea for international help late Friday, saying large numbers of people were dying as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi bombarded and fought their way into the city.
In a mainly Arabic-language message posted on YouTube — a rough translation was posted by the Libya Al Hurra website — the man said “families, people are dying, no one is protecting us … there is bloodshed on the street, all death.”
“Misrata is calling, calling for help. I swear the sky is black (with) random bombing, Misrata is calling. Large numbers of people are dying,” he said. “Where are you people?”
“I swear, my sister, yesterday, families, a whole family, two twin girls, girl, son, mother … all shattered by Grads (rockets), the father is critically injured in hospital,” he said.
“I am going to post this warning one last time … Misrata is calling you! Please help Misrata! Where is Sarkozy? Where is Obama? NATO is doing nothing!” the man added.
“Gadhafi is crazy, he is killing people.”
Misrata has learned, to its despair, what more and more Americans are oh so slow to learn: that Obama is full of merde. He has declared the thing won, so it’s won, and shut the [bleep] up.
I don’t know about Sarkozy, but don’t look to NATO.
Less than a month into the Libyan conflict, NATO is running short of precision bombs, highlighting the limitations of Britain, France and other European countries in sustaining even a relatively small military action over an extended period of time, according to senior NATO and U.S. officials.
The shortage of European munitions, along with the limited number of aircraft available, has raised doubts among some officials about whether the United States can continue to avoid returning to the air campaign if Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi hangs on to power for several more months.
Hey, aren’t we still “in the air”?
The U.S. military has continued to fly strike missions against Muammar Qaddafi’s air defense systems in Libya since the handover of operations to NATO on April 4th, Pentagon Spokesman Col. Dave Lapan told reporters Wednesday.
This stands in contrast to messages heard in press briefings and testimony on Capitol Hill from defense leaders, who have given the impression that when the mission was handed over to NATO U.S. strike sorties stopped and were only available upon request.
Col. Lapan stressed these strike missions only involve hitting air defenses and do not include the mission to protect civilians (i.e. bombing Qaddafi tanks, troops etc).
Oh-h-h, okay. We’re bombing radar towers, but not tanks. Well, there you go, then. That’s why civilians are being mowed down again like before. NATO’s out of ammo, and Baraka Hussein Abu oumama, Qaddafi’s “son”, is too embarrassed to declare “mission unaccomplished”.
Misrata loves company—but gets none.