NATO is claiming that Gaddafi is complicating their mission in Libya by using civilians as human shields.This is obvious.At the beginning of the War (World War 3 is on course FYI), Gaddafi declared loudly that he would use civilians because”they are the best defense shield”.That was an abuse ,yet a fact.
NATO should stop whining that it does not kill civilians in their air strikes.Where war takes place in the midst of a civilian population , civilians will die .This is why in the past wars took place in war fields or open field far from the civilian centers.
Civilian centers were then attacked after the defeat of the military side on the field , if so desired by the victor.
So as long as the war goes on more civilians will die and it would be wise for Libyans to leave and perform the Exodus act like the foreigners did because the whole country is a battle field.
We still insist on calling this mission World War 3 because World War one and two were also curtain raised by military invasions much as there were significant non militant circumstances that sparked the wars initially.
In fact this current war is preparing other warring factions to use civilians in their goal of military conquest.
NATO is supporting the rebels who according to them are “armed civilians” .
Gaddafi is suing civilians as human shields so that NATO is accused of war crimes and indiscriminate use of force.
IN the next series of this World War 3 God willing May 15 Palestinians seek to take over “their land ” using the civilian population in what they will call rewriting history of 1948 when Israel was declared a nation.
We are in World WAR 3 but the problem with scholars is that they always write history in the past tense and not the present tense.WE ARE LIVING HISTORY NOW WITH WHAT IS HAPPENING IN THE WORLD.
NATO: Use of human shields complicating airstrikes in Libyahttp://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/africa/04/05/libya.war/index.html?hpt=T2
Tripoli, Libya (CNN) — Efforts to prevent forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi from attacking civilians have been complicated by weather and the regime’s decision to hide military equipment in populated areas and use civilians as human shields in Misrata and other areas, NATO Brig. Gen. Marc van Uhm said Tuesday.
Rebel leaders have criticized NATO’s efforts in recent days, saying civilians and rebel forces in Misrata and elsewhere have suffered under hellish attacks from pro-Gadhafi forces with little evidence of NATO air power overhead.
Van Uhm, chief of allied operations at NATO, defended the organization’s efforts, saying warplanes under NATO command flew 58 strike missions on Monday, firing weapons and striking pro-Gadhafi targets on 14 of them.
He did not immediately have figures on previous days, but NATO spokeswoman Oana Lungescu said the warplanes had conducted 334 strike sorties since taking command of the mission on March 23.
“I think you can safely say the operational tempo continues unabated,” she said.
Since the effort to enforce the U.N. resolution began in mid March, airstrikes have taken out approximately 30 percent of Gadhafi’s military capacity, van Uhm said.
Monday’s airstrikes hit an active rocket launcher in al-Brega, an air defense installation and military vehicles near Misrata and ammunition storage facilities, van Uhm said.
Rebels complained Monday that they had not seen or heard NATO airstrikes for more than 24 hours, despite withering attacks from pro-Gadhafi forces in Misrata and al-Brega, among other places.
“You are supposed to be implementing this resolution and clearly it’s not implemented in Misrata, it’s not implemented in Zintan or Zahwiya and we’re wondering, where are they?” rebel spokesman Mustafa Gheriani said Monday.
Gadhafi’s forces appeared to have the upper hand Tuesday in renewed fighting in the oil town of al-Brega, where rebel forces were staging a panicked retreat under intense artillery bombardment, according to CNN reporters in the area.
The setback is the latest for a ragtag opposition that has struggled to maintain ground against the better trained and equipped Gadhafi forces, and it comes less than a day after rebel commanders said they had the longtime Libyan leader’s forces on the defensive in al-Brega.
Meanwhile, more carnage spread in the besieged city of Misrata on Monday, and a rebel spokesman said a NATO-led effort to help protect civilians seemed nonexistent in some areas.
Five people were killed and 24 wounded in Monday clashes between pro-Gadhafi forces and rebels in Misrata, two sources told CNN.
Residents have said the city has been choked off by Gadhafi troops, with electricity and access to food cut off.
“Every day, life is getting more and more difficult,” said one resident, who is not being identified for safety reasons. “There are long queues of people for bread and fuel.”
He added some are not leaving their homes for days at a time.
“There are snipers shooting at anything that moves,” the resident said. “They are controlling the main road leading to outside the city.”
With no end to Libya’s bloody war in sight, a source close to the country’s leadership said a Libyan envoy is floating the idea of ruler Moammar Gadhafi passing his power to a son — a notion rebel leaders deem merely cosmetic.
Under the proposal, Saif al-Islam Gadhafi, 38, would help to usher in swift reform, the source said. But Saif Gadhafi has become one of his father’s most outspoken defenders since the start of the unrest, despite once being perceived as a leading reformer in the Libyan government.
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But a proposal to shift power from Gadhafi to his second-oldest son is “a ridiculous offer,” said Ali Aujali, a former Libyan ambassador to the United States who now represents the Libyan opposition in Washington.
“Libyan people, they decided, and they will not go back at all (to) Gadhafi or any member of his family,” Aujali said. “His sons, they are killers — they’re just like their father.”
Aujali said the rebels are willing to offer Moammar Gadhafi and his family safe passage out of Libya in an exchange for an end to the fighting — but that’s as far as their offer goes.
Though Gadhafi has shown no signs of appeasing the opposition or relinquishing his power to anyone outside his family, cracks in his armor have surfaced.
His longtime confidant and foreign minister, Moussa Koussa, recently fled to London and announced his resignation from the Libyan government. On Monday, the U.S. Treasury Department lifted the freeze on Koussa’s assets following his split from Gadhafi.
Gheriani said while the conflict persists, he remains hopeful for a revolution.
“I think the Gadhafi regime is crumbling from within,” he said. “I think if you look at history, people will always win, and I think victory will be ours.”
CNN’s Nic Robertson, Reza Sayah, Ben Wedeman, Brian Todd and Yousuf Basil contributed to this report