“We came, we saw…he died” boasted a beaming Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, speaking of the 2011 western overthrow of Libya’s leader Muammar Khadaffi.
She was, of course, shamelessly paraphrasing Caesar’s famous summary of his campaign around the Black Sea. Mrs. Clinton, who seems ordained to be America’s next president, should have been rather more cautious in admitting to murder.
This week marks the fifth anniversary of Khadaffi’s grisly death. The Libyan leader was fleeing in a motor convoy to reach friendly tribal territory when French warplanes and a US drone attacked and destroyed the vehicles. Wounded, Khadaffi crawled into a culvert where he was captured by French and US-backed rebels.
Khadaffi was severely beaten, then anally raped with a long knife. At least two bullets finally ended his suffering. Thus ended the colorful life of the man who wanted to be the second Nasser and leader of a united Arab world. His death was a warnings to others trying to challenge the Mideast status quo I call the American Raj.
I was invited to interview Khadaffi in 1987 at his Tripoli headquarters in the Bab al-Azizya barracks. This was on the one year anniversary of 1986 US air attacks on the barracks that sought to assassinate Khadaffi, described by US President Ronald Reagan as the “mad dog of the Mideast.” But that night, the ‘Leader,’ as he liked to be called, went to his Bedouin tent in the courtyard and thus escaped death – for a time.
Everywhere in the western world, printed newspapers are struggling to stay afloat. The old advertising-based model is no longer sustainable as more people turn to the Internet and alternative sources for their news and analysis. Hungary is no different. But some newspapers are more equal than others, and sometimes when market forces determine that a Washington-favored newspaper overseas goes out of business it becomes a matter of "human rights" and "free expression." That is the case in Hungary, where the former Communist Party paper's demise has earned strong words of scorn from the US State Department.
The newspaper Nepszabadsag (Liberty of the People) was founded by the Hungarian Communist Party in the midst of the 1956 revolution, a revolt where Hungarians rose up in attempt to pull themselves out from behind the iron curtain. For the next 30 plus years Nepszabadsag was the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party, until shortly after the Berlin Wall fell. It was subsequently acquired by Bertelsmann AG, a German media conglomerate, in the early 1990s. But while there was a "system-change" in communist monopoly rule in Hungary, there was never a "system-change" in Hungary's former Communist Party mouthpiece.
The Communists renamed themselves "Socialists" and continued to play a leading role in Hungarian political life, winning the second post-communist election in 1994. Their newspaper Nepszabadsag remained at their side, lock-step loyal to the renamed communists and their allies. German businessmen who owned the paper did very little, as loyal former party members kept their subscriptions up and circulation high.
The Risks of Clinton’s Syrian ‘No-Fly Zone’ The most consequential statement by Secretary Clinton in last night’s debate was her pronouncement that a no-fly zone over Syria could “save lives and hasten the end of the conflict,” that a no-fly zone would provide “safe zones on the ground” was in “the best interests of the people on the ground in Syria” and would “help us with our fight against ISIS.”
Lew Rockwell Says Listen to George Washington, Not Obama and Clinton, on Fear of Russia
Lew Rockwell commented this week, as a guest at RT, on the effort by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, and others to stir in Americans a fear of Russia. Likening the effort to an effort made during the cold war to stir in Americans a fear of the Soviet Union, Rockwell, who is the chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute and publisher of lewrockwell.com, urges individuals to look instead to the advice of President George Washington.
Turkey Air Raid Kills 200 Kurdish Fighters in Syria
Turkey has long insisted they view the Kurdish YPG and ISIS as basically the same thing. Overnight incidents around the city of Afrin, however, show that when the two forces are in close proximity, the Turkish military is definitely going after the Kurds.
Are We Reaching a Tipping Point for Liberty?
In today’s episode of Lions of Liberty, host Marc Clair welcomes Adam Dick of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity back to the show! Adam first appeared on this program way back in episode 40, not long after starting to write for the Ron Paul Institute, after having previously served on Dr. Paul’s congressional staff. Adam and Marc discuss Adam’s latest publication,“A Tipping Point for Liberty: Exposing and Defeating Leviathan Government”, collecting much of Adam’s writing over the past 3 years.
Peace is an Issue in 2016
The final presidential debate needs an honest discussion about America’s role in the world, our failed, costly interventions, and whether either candidate has the intention or the ability to turn America away from expanding wars and, ultimately toward peace.