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리비아한국대사관 괴한들에 습격 당해 충격 아시아경제 | 양낙규 | 입력 2011.08.24 19:55

시사 포커스: [아시아경제 양낙규 기자]리비아 한국대사관 관저에 총기로 무장한 괴한 30여명이 침입했다. 무장괴한들은 TV, 가구 등 각종 물품을 무차별적으로 가져갔지만 인명피해는 없는 것으로 알려졌다. 외교소식통에 따르면 현지시간으로 23일 저녁 리비아 수도 트리폴리 시내 주택가에 있는 주 리비아 한국대사관 관저에 총기로 무장한 괴한이 침입했다.

한마디: 한국정부로부터 100만불을 지원받자마자 리비아한국대사관 습격으로 답례한 리비아 반군(무장괴한들). 이런 무장괴한들에게 아부하겠다고 100만불 현찰로 갖다 바친 정부도 한심하기는 매일반.


알제리軍, 리비아 입국 시도 알카에다 7명 사살 뉴시스 | 박준형 | 입력 2011.07.21 07:02

시사 포커스: 알제리 일간지 '엘 카바르'는 보안군이 지난 19일 오전 알제리와 니제르, 리비아의 접경지역인 티스디리네에서 치열한 교전 끝에 외국인 테러리스트 7명을 사살했다고 20일(현지시간) 밝혔다. 사살된 테러리스트들은 알카에다 북아프리카 지부 소속으로, 리비아로 입국을 시도했던 것으로 드러났다.

한마디: 오바마와 나토는 언제까지 이런 뉴스들에 장님인척 귀머거리인척 할 것인가?.


리비아 "나토 공습, 민간인 9명 사망"…나토, 오폭 인정 뉴시스 | 박준형 | 입력 2011.06.20 05:29

시사 포커스: 【브뤼셀(벨기에)=로이터 AP/뉴시스】박준형 기자 = 북대서양조약기구(나토)의 리비아 수도 트리폴리에 대한 공습으로 민간인 사상자가 발생한 것으로 나타났다. 나토는 19일(현지시간) 성명을 내고 "지난 밤 공습은 트리폴리에 있는 무아마르 카다피 국가원수 친위부대가 목표였지만 무기 체계의 결함으로 인해 한 대의 무기가 빗나갔다"며 오폭을 인정했다.

한마디: 지난 민간인 총 856명 공습으로 죽여놓고 이제서야 처음 오늘 일요일 9명 사망 사건에 대해서만 공습으로 인한 사망 인정하는 나토. 그래도 전범 혐의는 벗으려고 '무기 체계의 결함'에 책임을 돌리는 궁색한 변명.


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



Read Libyan prisoners stuck in limbo as war drags on By Maria Golovnina, updated 6/17/2011 10:58:51 AM ET

Key Issues & Facts: updated 6/17/2011 10:58:51 AM ET

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

"Sitting on a grubby mattress in the corridor, Abdusalam Osman, 23, said he was working in a car parts workshop near Ajdabiyah when he was seized by Gaddafi soldiers in March. He said he was subsequently released and returned to the rebel-held east, only to be detained this time by rebel forces suspicious of his experience while in government detention.

A word of comment: In cities liberated by the rebels, even physicians are captured and sent into the prison. They are being punished without trail for what they are not, for they did not do. What a strange way the rebels and Obama liberate people!

Read NATO admits mistakenly striking Libyan opposition forces By By the CNN Wire Staff, June 18, 2011 7:26 p.m. EDT.

Key Issues & Facts: In its statement, NATO said that "a column of military vehicles, including tanks," were spotted Thursday around al-Brega where Gadhafi forces "had recently been operating." During what it called "a particularly complex and fluid battle scenario," leaders in the military alliance ordered a strike after determining these vehicles posed "a threat to civilians." "We regret any possible loss of life or injuries caused by this unfortunate incident," NATO said in its statement.

A word of comment: NATO military leaders determined that the vehicles posed a threat to civilians -- but the vehicles were operated by the rebels.

Is NATO now admitting that the rebels posed a threat to the civilians?

Yet, they regret the loss of life, stemming from their actions to protect civilians?

Were they or weren't they protecting civilians?

If they were, why are they apologizing?

If they weren't, why are they in Libya?


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?

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".