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Libyan rebel chief found dead in Benghazi

Read Libyan rebel chief found dead in Benghazi From Kareem Khadder and Michael Holmes, CNN on July 29, 2011 12:30 a.m. EDT

Key Point of the news: (CNN) -- The commander of Libya's rebel army was found dead in Benghazi along with two senior officers on Thursday, rebel leaders announced just hours after claiming big successes on the battlefield. The death of Gen. Abdul Fattah Younis came after the rebels' Transitional National Council sought Younis for questioning about military matters and alleged ongoing ties to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi

A word of comment: In what a strange way Mr. Obama has protected civilians by allowing the Libyan rebels to assassinate them!


Read Hunt for Gaddafi backers in east Libya shows tension By Maria Golovnina updated 6/16/2011 4:11:31 PM ET

Key Issues & Facts: Behind the facade of normality, there is a sense of nervousness. Many people now possess guns. Explosions and brief exchanges of fire ring out almost every night. Neighborhoods are patrolled by armed vigilante groups, and ordinary people worry about crime

One Benghazi resident, Isa, said two people were killed two days ago in a shootout after a family feud escalated.

"Before the revolution life was normal. Now, life is abnormal. Nothing is normal..." said Ali, the construction worker.

A word of comment: A democratic society is where a variety of opinions are listened and tolerated. Yet, the opposite it the case in Benghazi where the rebels kill citizens they do no like without trial. Can one expect a healthy democracy can grow in the environment where a causal free speech can cost his or her life?

Former CIA Officer indicates that many of rebel fighters are from al Qaeda fighters

Read Libyan bombing alone will not budge Gaddafi, UK officials warn 15 June 2011 Last updated at 16:38 ET

Key Points: A bipartisan group of US lawmakers have sued President Barack Obama for taking military action in Libya without authorisation from Congress.

The lawsuit, which also targets Defence Secretary Robert Gates, challenges the policy "that any president can take the US to war unilaterally", Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio said. "We have asked the courts to move to protect the American people from the results of these illegal policies," he added.

Read Libyan bombing alone will not budge Gaddafi, UK officials warn by Richard Norton-Taylor and Chris Stephen in Misrata guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 14 June 2011

Key Point Analysis:

Bombs Raining down over Rebel Units from NATO Apache Helicopters

It has emerged that Nato has been dropping leaflets threatening Apache air strikes against government forces. The leaflets – each featuring a picture of an Apache helicopter and a burning tank along with the words: "If you go on killing the children and families you will be destroyed" – were sprinkled from a bomb that detonated above no-man's land east of Misrata, raining down over rebel units who had advanced beyond the frontline without telling Nato.

The Risk of Civilian Casualties by NATO's Bombing Campaign

There is concern, meanwhile, that the longer the conflict goes on, the greater the risk of civilian casualties as Nato commanders succumb to political pressure to step up the bombing campaign. "The longer the war goes on the greater the chance of a blunder resulting in significant civilian casualties," warns the IISS in its latest Strategic Comments. It adds: "The risks also increase of both the government and rebels becoming more radicalised and perpetrating war crimes."

We wonder if democracy is still healthy when media is manipulating information for war propaganda of the dictator of foreign policy. Yet, we see a ray of hope for American democracy as Cynthia McKinney, the former US congresswoman and presidential candidate, went Libya to see the truth. As NATO attacks continue in Libya, ex US Congresswoman and former presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney went to the country on a non-governmental fact-finding mission to see what exactly is going on in the war-torn country. Cynthia McKinney believes the bombardments of Libyan cities and other measures taken by NATO, causing civilian casualties, represent the idea of "collective punishment".

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