Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi's security forces detained and beat up a BBC news team who were trying to reach the strife-torn western city of Zawiya.I can understand US reluctance to go storming into Libya. There is a lot of mistrust of the US and its policy. What I don't understand is why the Arab League, the African Union, and the European Union don't take a principled stand and call for joint action by the world to rid Libya of the crazed madman Gaddafi. Thousands have already died and now that it appears that Gaddafi has gotten control of his troops and is advancing on rebel held territories, tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, will die because the rest of the world would rather dither than act. Tragic.
Members of the three-man team were beaten with fists, knees and rifles, hooded and subjected to mock executions by Libyan troops and secret police.
The three were detained on Monday and held for 21 hours, but have now flown out of Libya
One of the three, Chris Cobb-Smith, said: "We were lined up against the wall. I was the last in line - facing the wall.
"I looked and I saw a plainclothes guy with a small sub-machine gun. He put it to everyone's neck. I saw him and he screamed at me.
"Then he walked up to me, put the gun to my neck and pulled the trigger twice. The bullets whisked past my ear. The soldiers just laughed."
A second member of the team - Feras Killani, a correspondent of Palestinian descent - appears to have been singled out for repeated beatings.
Their captors told him they did not like his reporting of the Libyan popular uprising and accused him of being a spy.
The third member of the team, cameraman Goktay Koraltan, said they were all convinced they were going to die.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
The Future of Libya
This report from BBC gives you an idea of the kind of "justice" and "government" that Gaddafi provides in Libya. This is the future that the rest of the world is condemning the Libyans to live in because the world would rather twiddle its thumbs that "risk" getting involved. From a BBC report: