Orwell Bienvenue to France –
By Finian Cunningham
29, 2016 "Information
France is in the throes of a
«secret war» in Libya – in audacious violation
of international law. But to report on this
criminality is an offense! Welcome to the
Orwellian world of double-think that the French
state has entered.
A report in
French newspaper Le Monde this week
lifted the lid on France’s clandestine
operations in the North African country. It said
that French special forces were conducting
covert missions to set up air strikes against
the Islamic State terror group.
The mission has been authorized
by French President Francois Hollande, according
to Le Monde. The special forces are
being deployed for «discreet action» to prepare
strikes on Islamist targets.
Immediately, France’s Defense
Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian came down on the
publication like a ton of bricks, alleging that
the newspaper may have «compromised» national
State-owned news channel, France
24, quoted a
spokesman for Le Drian as saying: «When
secret operations are taking place, the goal is
they are not revealed for the security of the
men and the operations».
Or, to put it more accurately:
when criminal, unlawful violations against other
country’s sovereignty and international law are
taking place, the goal is they must not be
revealed to the public. Otherwise the authors of
such crimes will be seen for what they are:
rogue-state criminals. No wonder Monsieur Le
Drian has been photographed this week looking
more grumpy than usual.
The repercussions could be severe
for Le Monde, or any other news outlet,
reporting on the matter. The French government
says it is probing if there has been a «leak of
classified information» over the report.
Violation of French «defense secrecy rules»
carries a penalty of up to three years in prison
and a fine of €45,000 ($50,000).
So let’s get this straight.
French elite military forces and agents
belonging to the state intelligence service,
DGSE, are present in Libya and are ordering in
air strikes against jihadist targets, according
to Le Monde. Yet, to report on this
French state-sponsored lawlessness is
potentially «a crime», according to those who
are responsible for the bigger crime of
violating a country’s sovereignty.
The chilling effect on
independent journalism is no doubt fully
intended. Government commits crimes, don’t
report it, seems to be the watchword.
Le Monde is not the only news
outlet disclosing the Western ratcheting up of
war – again – in Libya. In the past week, the New
York Times reported that
American, British, French and Italian special
forces were operating in Libya. It is understood
that these combined covert forces do not have
any legal mandate for conducting their activity.
There is no UN mandate for such operations, and
there are no Libyan authorities worth talking
about to give approval. This is simply
unmitigated lawlessness writ large.
Since the US and other NATO
forces bombed the hell out of Libya for seven
months in 2011, resulting in up to 30,000 Libyan
deaths and the overthrow of the government of
Muammar Gaddafi, and his murder by NATO-backed
jihadists, the country has been in a state of
utter chaos, riven by feuding militias.
Any central authority that
existed in Libya has been pulverized – by NATO.
The French government in particular under former
President Nicolas Sarkozy bears heavy
responsibility for turning the once-prosperous
Libya into this failed abject state.
Since then, the Americans and
their Western allies have been able to bomb
Libya at will. Last November, a US air strike
reportedly killed an Islamic State commander,
Abu Nabil, in the east of the country. Last
week, another US air
strike hit an alleged IS training camp in
Sabathra, west of Tripoli, killing more than 40.
Following that latest strike, the
so-called «unity government» of Libya, based in
exile in Tunis, which the Western powers have
been trying to cobble together, even condemned that
action as a violation of Libyan sovereignty.
The NATO powers have destroyed
Libyan sovereignty, and yet even a shell of
governing semblance, which the West endorses,
has raised objection to Western military
This is Orwellian beyond words.
Bombed state, failed state, jihadist chaos, the
West then bombs to allegedly defeat terror
groups it helped install in this failed state,
and there is no national authority to properly
object, because NATO obliterated such
authorities; and then when a news organization
reports on the latest twist in this
state-sponsored criminality it is threatened
with «compromising» state security.
There is no other way to assess
this. France, as with its other Western
accomplices led by the US, is descending into
full-blown fascism. Lawlessness is the norm.
Bombing countries has become a preordained,
god-given right. And if reported on, then
And why should we be surprised?
France embraced fascism 75 years ago when the
Vichy state became a willing, zealous
collaborator with Nazi Germany and its genocidal
program. Tens of thousands of French citizens
were shunted off in trains to be exterminated in
fascist death camps by their French rulers.
Today, under the rubric of
«combating terrorism» – terrorism that Paris
fomented in Libya and Syria – the French
authorities have imposed a state of emergency on
their citizens. French President Hollande and
his shrill prime minister Manuel Valls declare
that «France is at war» against the Islamic
State terror group – a network that came to life
through illegal French sponsorship of jihadists
to overthrow the governments of Libya and Syria.
French state «emergency powers»
have permitted thousands of French homes to be
raided without warrants in recent months since
the terror attacks in Paris on November 13. The
French rulers give themselves fascistic powers
against citizens over a case of terror blow back
– blow back that they have largely created
through their international lawlessness in the
Now the state sponsors of
terrorism who destroyed Libya are giving
themselves carte blanche to go back into Libya –
under the pretext of «fighting terrorism» – to
maraud and bomb that country with special
Step back and see it for what it
is. We are on a path of wanton lawlessness,
fascism and perdition. The very people in
government who should be held to account and
prosecuted for international crimes are
committing more such crimes under their own
self-referencing criminality. And when the
public ought to know about this, the rogues in
government then throw up their spurious
self-justifying claims of «national security»
and threaten to lock-up «violators».
The conceited French notions
about «free speech» and «human rights» are so
overblown. So, so overblown. Meanwhile,
despicable history of actual participation in
fascist crimes are so overlooked and pushed down
the memory hole. Well, we might know why the
latter is. Because the same French ruling
establishment is once again embracing the vile
darkness of the past.
Orwell, bienvenue – encore!