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Submitted by Marc Angles on
The situation again exposes the bogus "humanitarian" pretext of the US-NATO bombardment of Libya. Washington and its allies in Europe raised the spectre of the Gaddafi regime unleashing mass killings in Benghazi in order to justify their military intervention into the oil-rich state. The real aim of the war is to oust Gaddafi, install a client administration in Tripoli, and use Libya as a base of operations against the revolutionary movements in neighbouring Egypt and Tunisia that threaten to undermine the imperialist powers’ economic interests and strategic position in North Africa and the Middle East. Reports of death squad operations in Benghazi have emerged as even closer relations are being forged between the TNC and the Obama administration and European powers. TNC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil has spent the last two days in Europe and the US, campaigning for more money and military support. Today he is meeting with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, Foreign Secretary William Hague, and finance minister George Osborne. Yesterday, Jalil and Ali Tarhouni—the TNC’s "finance minister" who has lived in the US since the 1970s—were in Washington for discussions with numerous Obama administration officials. These included national security adviser Tom Donilon, and officials with the Treasury and State Departments.