Saif al-Islam, Gaddafi’s son, exposes psy-war lie
For the last week, there have been several reports that Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, had been captured. This was reported by across the mainstream media worldwide. Again and again, the media reported the words of NATO-backed “rebel” Mustafa Abd El Jalil:
“We have confirmed information that our guys have captured Saif Al-Islam… We have given instructions to treat him well so that he can face trial.”
The reports were expressed with such certainty that it was said he was being prepared for the International Criminal Court (ICC), an instrument of imperialism. Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo’s words were reported over and over:
“Saif was captured in Libya… We have confidential information from different sources that we have within Libya confirming this.”
The reality was much different. Saif al-Islam has resurfaced free and defiant early Tuesday at the Rixos hotel, where about 30 foreign journalists are staying in Tripoli:
“I am here to refute the lies… The ICC can go to hell.”
He added that his father was alive and well.
What this incident reveals is that psychological operations are very real. The media barrage about Saif al-Islam’s alleged capture was designed to demoralize the Libyan’s defending their country from imperialist attack and occupation. Saif al-Islam is Gaddafi’s heir apparent. He is also an important military commander in the defense of Libya, and Tripoli. This media barrage about his false capture is similar to many media blitzes claiming Gaddafi or his sons had fled Libya or been killed.
In his appearance, Saif al-Islam corroborated what had been reported this week by Russia Today reporters in Tripoli. Saif al-Islam echoed reports that Western reporters on the ground were working hand-in-hand with NATO intelligence agencies. This is no surprise. The false news barrage was designed to cause chaos in the chain of command of the Gaddafi’s forces, especially in Tripoli, and encourage surrender to NATO.
The attack on Tripoli was highly coordinated. Even the mainstream media is reporting that the defeat of Tripoli was closely planned by NATO. It was reported in the British press today that MI6 had been directing the rebels for months, they also planned the attack on Tripoil. The news barrage occurred as NATO bombed a corridor into Tripoli, followed by NATO-backed “rebels” and NATO advisers entering the city. The NATO forces were reportedly able to push their way to Green Square, an important symbol of the Gaddafi regime. British “peace keepers” are reportedly standing by in Cyprus, ready to be deployed “if needed.” However, the NATO forces are now reported to be on the defensive. Gaddafi loyalists still have military capacity to launch attacks across Tripoli, according to reports. They may not have enough to turn the tide against NATO’s overwhelming onslaught. Saif al-Islam defiantly gave a “V” for victory sign to spontaneous crowds that had gathered to support the battle ahead against NATO.
In all of this, sharp lines have been drawn within the so-called “left.” On one side, there are those who stood against the NATO-backed aggression. On the other, there are those who stood with NATO, those who became shills for the CIA and MI6, those whose main role was to try to legitimate the imperialist narrative and undermine the anti-interventionist, anti-imperialist, and anti-war movements in the First World. Not everyone who calls themselves a revolutionary is a revolutionary. There is a reason that — over and over — some forces calling themselves radical, revolutionary, socialist, communist or anarchist line up with imperialism. These forces lack real science. They do not understand global class dynamics. They do not understand the principal contradiction between the First World and Third World. They do not understand the broad united front against imperialism. They are thoroughly unscientific. By contrast, the Leading Light has consistently stood with the Third World against the First World. The Leading Light stands against imperialism everywhere. Gaddafi’s fall will only lead to an increase of imperialist hegemony in Africa and the Arab worlds. All genuine revolutionaries stand against imperialist attacks against Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iran. Follow the Leading Light to victory over imperialism! Follow the Leading Light of genuine communism!