Since WW II alone, America waged direct and proxy wars against Korea, Southeast Asia, Central and South American countries, African ones, Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, and now Egypt and Libya. One down, one to go, besides dozens of attempted and successful coups, as well as numerous other interventions to control world markets, resources and people. Imperial America doesnt sleep. It plots, deciding where next to strike. Despite popular passion for democratic change, uprisings in Egypt and Libya were externally orchestrated, funded and armed by Washington to replace one despot with another. Democracy wont be tolerated. Its never been at home. Americas media go along, especially when Washington goes to war or plans one. In the lead: The New York Times, the nations equivalent of an official information and propaganda ministry, posing as independent journalism. Its February 28 editorial headlined, Qaddafis Crimes and Fantasies made baseless accusations, then called on the International Criminal Court to investigate potential war crimes. Indeed it should against America and Western co-conspirators, not Libya, for instigating regional aggression, a reality The Times ignored, besides previously against Afghanistan, Iraq, and other US targets. On March 4, writer David Kirkpatrick headlined, Qaddafi Brutalizes Foes, Armed or Defenseless, saying: Gaddafi attacked unarmed protesters.His militias actions seemed likely to stir renewed debate over international intervention to limit his use of military power against his own citizens, possibly by imposing a no-flight zone. If established, its an act of war ahead of aggressive air attacks against a defenseless country, Americas latest imperial target. Kirkpatricks article read more like bad fiction than real journalism, borrowing a page from now disgraced former Times writer Judith Miller, who functioned as a Pentagon press agent, promoting Americas planned Iraq conquest and occupation. Now its Libya, struggling to defend itself against naked aggression, covert so far but not for long, claiming humanitarian intervention. US warships are now positioned in the Mediterranean close by. About 1,200 Marines went to Greece for Operation Libya. Rebels are being sent military and other supplies. Armed intervention is coming, colonial subjugation planned. Libyas humanitarian crisis was made in the USA. The pattern by now is familiar, used against many past targets. On March 4, hinting about whats already begun, Obama said: So what I want to make sure of is that the United States has full capacity to act potentially rapidly if the situation deteriorated in such a way that you had a humanitarian crisis on our hands, or a situation in which civilians were defenseless civilians were finding themselves trapped and in great danger. He already called on Gaddafi to step down. Among his options, he included a no-fly zone, saying: I dont want us hamstrung. I want us to be making our decision based on whats going to be best for the Libyan people in consultation with the international community. In Geneva, Hillary Clinton called intervention an option we are actively considering, referring to a no-fly zone and other measures. Stiff economic sanctions were also imposed, effective 8:00 PM EST February 25. The die is cast. Colonizing Libya is planned to exploit its vast energy reserves, other resources, and people, doing whats best for Washington, not Libyans, whats always top priority. Major Media Suppressed Independent Voices On August 13, 2011, Fidel Castro will be 85. An elder statesman, he remains active, thoughtful and incisive, now writing commentaries on world issues. On March 3, the Havana Times headlined, Fidel Castro Forecasts War on Libya, publishing his full article in English. Until America intervened, Libya occupie(d) the first spot on the Human Development Index for Africa, including the continents highest life expectancy. Authorities gave special attention to health care and education. Poverty is low. The cultural level of the population is without a doubt the highest. The population wasnt lacking food and essential social services. Employment was plentiful, including for hundreds of thousands of workers from Egypt, Tunisia, China and other countries (to) carry out ambitious plans for production and social development. America plans naked aggression to halt them. The colossal campaign of lies, unleashed by the mass media, distorts reality on the ground, including by Al Jazeera. Its daily commentaries feature misinformation and distortions based on unverified reports, including about alleged bombings that Russian satellite imagery proved untrue. Nonetheless, Gaddafi is falsely called an aggressor, not victim, his regional despot status notwithstanding. Accurate Independent Journalism Keith Harmon Snow is an independent journalist, war correspondent, human rights investigator, photographer, lecturer, and longtime observer of African country events. On March 1, his article titled, Petroleum & Empire in North Africa: Muammar Gaddafi Accused of Genocide? NATO Invasion Underway provided detailed Libyan information. Key points he stressed : In 2004, Americas sanctions were dropped in exchange for Gaddafis (limited) collaboration, (paving) the way for a new era of US-Libyan bilateral trade. Americas main interest is Libyas vast oil, gas and other mineral reserves. The Oil and Gas Journal estimates 46.4 billion barrels of oil and around 55 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, producing 95% of Libyas 2010 export earnings. Its petrodollars were reportedly invested in US Equity and Big Banks, including JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup and others, and into (companies) like the Carlyle Group, one of Americas most seedy arms dealers. the CIA long wanted Gaddafi removed and replaced. In 1986, Reagan-ordered air strikes tried to kill him. His infant daughter was murdered instead. The CIA (downed) Pan Am 103, not Gaddafi who had nothing to do with it. Libyas opposition includes unspecified, unnamed, unidenfied 'rebels of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL). These are not innocent 'pro-democracy protesters. They seemingly appeared out of thin air. Who they are isnt explained. NFSL, in fact, was established in 1981 by Sudans Colonel Jaafer Nimieri, a US puppet dictator from 1971 1985. For decades, CIA front groups have been operating in Libya, backing armed insurgents and interventions portrayed as pro-democracy movements. Western media is reporting misinformation about events on the ground, including alleged bombings, massacres, and possible nerve gas used. None of it is credible. Libya, in fact, is being attacked. Its responding in self-defense. Vicious propaganda is being used to enlist support for imperial intervention. US troops have already moved ashore.joining the 'opposition.The US, France and Britain have already set up Bases in Libya. British and American Special Forces are operating out of Benghazi and Tobruck. Other covert US forces have been on the ground for weeks. Nothing humanitarian is planned. More than oil and gas is wanted. So are valued mineral deposits. Libya has a huge land mass with massive untapped mineral potential (including uranium), besides known energy resources. A Final Comment Ongoing events in Libya are familiar. Like many of his past counterparts, Gaddafis been targeted for removal. For weeks or much longer, covert CIA and Special Forces operatives recruited, funded and armed so-called opposition forces. They, not Gaddafi, instigated violence, heading for civil war. He responded in self-defense. Doing less would be irresponsible. Western media portray instigators as victims, saying Gaddafis waging war on his people. America and Western nations are called white knights, offering humanitarian intervention when, in fact, imperial colonization is planned. The longer violence continues, the more false media reports will exaggerate it, enlisting support for another nation to be destroyed to save it. Afghans, Iraqis, Palestinians, Somalis, Pakistanis, and many other oppressed people understand, victimized by imperial aggression, occupation, exploitation, immiseration, and regular drone attacks murdering innocent men, women and children called militants. The latest in Afghanistan were nine young children, aged seven to 12, gathering wood in the mountains near their village. They were murdered in cold blood, whats escalating in Libya, being softened up in preparation for colonization and greater harshness. Dissident Voice