Video: James Bays reports on the situation in Tripoli

Al Jazeera’s James Bays reporting live from Tripoli says the security situation is still dangerous and volatile, but has improved slightly.

“This last 24 hours has been better than the 24 hours before,” Bays said.

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10 Responses to Video: James Bays reports on the situation in Tripoli

  1. SIRTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. mark says:

    Killing the Truth: Western Mainstream Media Complicit in NATO War Crimes in Libya By Finian Cunningham

    25 August 2011 — Global Research

    Libya represents a new low in Western government war crimes – which is something of a disturbing record given the decades of war criminality by these governments.

    In Libya, not only is there the criminal military assault on a sovereign country, the destruction of civilian infrastructure, the murder of women and children, and all the violation of international law that that entails – we now have the complete lobotomisation of language and normal meaning of words.

    And in these crimes against law, humanity and morality, the Western mainstream media have played a disgraceful, vital role.

    Over the past five months, as US, British, French and other NATO warplanes pounded Libya with 20,000 bombing raids, the world has in truth witnessed a concerted campaign of outright war crimes to bring down the government of Muammar Gaddafi. Thousands of civilians have been murdered in this blitzkrieg, which, it will be recalled, was orchestrated through the United Nations as an intervention to “protect civilians”.

    Whatever the grievances against Gaddafi may have been they cannot be compared with the destruction and slaughter that the NATO powers have inflicted.

    How could such deformation of international law be achieved and made to appear normal, acceptable? It is in large part because the Western powers have deformed the normal meaning of language to go along with their criminal actions. This is propaganda taken to a new level where reasonable criticism is rendered nearly impossible because the framework of words has become unintelligible and therefore hardly answerable.

    In previous imperialist interventions, for example Afghanistan and Iraq, Western powers at least used the word “war” to go along with their self-serving actions. In former Yugoslavia and Somalia, we at least heard the term “humanitarian war”. Before that, we were told of Cold War, “war on communists, “war on drugs”. Notwithstanding that these “wars” were but deceptive covers for imperialist control of resources.

    However, in the case of Libya, the word “war” has been dropped altogether from all discourse about Western intervention. It’s called a “responsibility to protect civilians lives”. This disarticulated language and meaning is repeated even though the factual truth of what is happening is an exact conformation to the word “war”. And not only “war” but “criminal war”. The murder of civilians by NATO warplanes is a war crime in the normal framework of fact, truth, reality, law and morality. But in the abnormal, hideous framework of Western imperialist propaganda it is called “protecting civilians” and “supporting democracy”.

    “This is war in all but name,” notes Michel Chossudovsky. “These are war crimes in all but name. And the Western mainstream media are complicit in these war crimes. The Western media have made absurdities acceptable through their non-reporting and distortion of crimes by NATO powers. If people can be made to believe absurdities, then they can be made to accept atrocities.”

    Libya can be seen as the pinnacle of Orwellian function – meaning the nadir in normal reasoning. In its relentless one-eyed coverage of Libya, the Western media has served as the ministry of disinformation for NATO.

    For five months, the bombardment of Libya has been presented in the mainstream media as “responsibility to protect civilians”. The fact that NATO has gone well beyond even the fake terms of its UN mandate to act as an air force to pave the way for a minor insurrection is not reported; the fact of civilian deaths caused by NATO warplanes is not reported; the fact that NATO special forces have led insurgents on the ground has not been reported; the fact that the Western governments have collaborated with the despotic Arab regimes of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to dismantle a sovereign government and gain control of its huge oil reserves has not been reported

    All the while, the Western mainstream media have collaborated with NATO powers to lobotomise truth, reality and normal language to conceal war crimes – the latest episode now being the “triumph in Tripoli”.

    By contrast, Global Research correspondents Mahdi Nazemroaya and Thierry Meyssan have endeavoured to report the facts and the truth of NATO’s war on Libya. They have backed up their reportage with video footage of the aftermath of bombing raids in which civilians have been targeted and killed. As Nazemroaya said recently: “This has been a campaign of terror by NATO.”

    Yet, ludicrously, the Western media describe the latest [NATO-led] marauding of Tripoli by anti-Gaddafi insurgents as “a triumph” – as opposed to the simple fact that is a consequence of five months of NATO-imposed terror.

    Unlike the Western mainstream media, including CNN and BBC, Global Research has told the truth about NATO actions in Libya. Now the personal safety of our correspondents is at serious risk. Their lives have been threatened. We fear that this is just the beginning of a wider descent into bloody chaos that will befall Libya now that NATO has pushed its agenda of regime change to another notch.

    Disturbingly, NATO’s illusion of “responsibility to protect” will be stretched to even further distortion in the coming months and years. As Libya’s state of Western-imposed anarchy looks set to transmogrify into yet another quagmire of Afghanistan and Iraqi proportions, the NATO powers are already preparing to invoke their criminal mandate to “protect” with more boots on the ground, the use of death squads and relentless manipulation of political proxies.

    If Western publics seem confused and perplexed by their governments’ “wars without end” – the never-ending mayhem, body bags, dysfunctional administrations in far-off lands, terror blowback and budget-busting military costs – then one of the first things they should do is switch off the “ministry of disinformation”. The Western media has shown itself now in Libya – more than ever – to be systematically complicit in an ongoing criminal war on the world by Western capitalist powers.

    • Whatever the grievances against Gaddafi may have been they cannot be compared with the destruction and slaughter that the NATO powers have inflicted……

      Get the f-uck outof here…….That’s where the whole premise falls apart………..

    • George says:

      Mark

      What rock did you climb out from under?
      where have you been the last 42 years?
      that is if you are even that old!
      i worked in Libya. Every time I entered the Tripoli airport there were many many young men just mulling around. You didn’t know who was secret police and who were just people.
      The army was doing all kinds of stuff even then. they would take whatever they wanted to from contractors.
      Gadaffi and anyone who thinks he is the supreme leader deserves exactly what they get from whomever gives it to them.
      the average Libyan just wants to make a living like anyone else. Gadaffi prevented that from happening except for the ones who kissed his ass.

  3. Free Azzawia says:

    mark: Misrata, Azzawia, Yefren, Kikla, Nalut, Zintan, Ajdabia, Benghazi… all were bombed indiscriminately by Libya’s former leader; Kadafi who has launched a criminal military assault on the citizens of Libya simply for having voiced their discontent and unwilingness to support his undemocratic regime that was well past its “best before” date. The destruction of civilian infrastructure, the murder of women and children, the use of foreign mercenaries and all the violation of international law that that entails, and numerous crimes against humanity have been comitted by his regime who has also fostered the complete lobotomisation of language and normal meaning of words through his state t.v. The people of Libya have had enough, they have risen up and the new goverment has gained the official recognition of over 60 sovereign countries from all over the world.

  4. Fredy says:

    Hi James Bays .

    You and lady Crawford have been my favorite reporters. The lady for obvious reasons. But I have seen you report like a dedicated ,unbiased, mature professional. The price of freedom in Libya has been too bloody painful to the rebels to even consider Nato as being the one who freed Libya. The rebels lead the way to freedom in Libya with the help of Libya.

    Most reporters can only think that Nato was the leading force to free Libya from Gadaffi. The rebels decided Victory for Libya and Nato’s no fly zone and air attack help was fundamental for this war to end quick. But it was always in rebels hands. Specially the ones from the Nafussa Mountains. They made the difference. The offensive against the regime in Tripoli came from the west
    not from the sky.

    So who won the rebels or Nato ?

    It was both. They fought together and won. Is just as simple as that. Is not either one or the other. That’s foolish.

    Good work James Bays. You have been so serious and professional in your work. You were one rebel reporter with a very calm attitude.

    Stay safe brother.

  5. Fredy says:

    The Libyan were fighting for their survival in their own land and Nato was very supportive. I must remind Nato they made serious mistakes that at the beginning were relentless to admit and even blamed the victims.

    So let’s not exaggerate the role of Nato. We do however thank them for their support and specially for not bringing in ground forces. That would have place them on the side of the enemy. Libyans have seen too many foreign countries with good intentions for them when it is all about interests and power.

    I am certain today this is not the case. If the western countries profit for their role in supporting Libya it will be well earned and well accepted by the Libyans because they are humble and grateful and they have to sell their oil to somebody. So let them sell to us first. Why China or Russia if they opposed Nato ?

  6. Fredy says:

    The rebels were clear they did not want foreign troops in Libya and that must include any foreign cops Arabs or Non Arabs.

    If the United Nations ignores that, then they are not to be fully trusted. However, the rebels should be ready to replace any NTC leader if necessary. The media was speculating about the efficacy of the rebels after General Younis murder. It turned out the rebels were stronger than ever , even without Younis. However, the death of Younis did show some serious leadership problems within the NTC which they covered up by replacing some of it’s leaders. We don’t know if the NTC is going to address the needs of the people first. We have no Al Qaeda excuse in Libya so security is not an issue right now. Money is one issue.

    Let us not forget that the NTC is only a provisional government. Eventually, they would have to earn their higher positions by vote or else they have to go. So , I would keep the option of pushing for elections if necessary. But I think that’s going too fast. There has got to be political groups that can contest the candidacy for Libya’s President. Dr Jibril had it all figured out.

    So, stop talking about bringing foreign cops to Libya. That is an offense to Libya.

  7. Fredy says:

    Dr Jibril, bringing foreign cops to Libya was not the first priority when you spoke publicly in the U.S. What can we expect from you ?

    Is the NTC being manipulated ?

    The rebels are not the NTC’s employees. The rebels are Guardians Of Libya.

    Who’s idea was to bring foreign cops to Libya ?

  8. Fredy says:

    Dr Jibril, bringing foreign cops to Libya was not the first priority when you spoke publicly in the U.S. What can we expect from you ?

    Is the NTC being manipulated ?

    The rebels are not the NTC’s employees. The rebels are The Guardians Of Libya.

    Who’s idea was to bring foreign cops to Libya ?

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