Chemical weapons and chemical weapons precursor materials that were declared by Libya to the United Nations and United States but not yet destroyed are stored in warehouses at facilities adjacent to Libyan military bases now being attacked by U.S. and NATO forces. Libyan chemical and environmental engineers now warn that if NATO and the U.S. manage to force Libyan security forces to abandon their positions around the military bases and chemical weapons storage facilities, chemical weapons could end up in the hands of the radical Islamist Salafist forces that make up part of the Libyan rebel coalition force.
One Libyan chemical engineer was blunt in his warning about the chemical weapons and their current lack of security. He said, "the U.S. and U.N. took over responsibility for protecting these weapons, which include mustard gas canisters . . . now, the U.S. and U.N. are placing these weapons in potential danger of being captured by the 'Al Qaeda' forces, being sold on the black market, or being used against the United States after the alliance between 'Al Qaeda' and the United States terminates after a rebel takeover of Libya." The engineer added, "the last time America allied itself with 'Al Qaeda' in Afghanistan, they attacked your country. After Libya, they will attack you again."
Chemical and environmental engineers gathered for a conference in Tripoli dealing with the environmental damage already witnessed as a result of the NATO military attack on Libya. As NATO bombs could be heard exploding in the Tripoli region, environmentalists said that the potential for greater environmental damage looms with the NATO attack.
Libyan conference in Tripoli on actual and potential environmental damage from the NATO military attack.
One conference participant said, "In Brega, which is now under attack by NATO helicopters, a stray missile from one of those helicopters into ethylene storage tanks which are kept at minus 174 degrees Fahrenheit at a plastics factory in the city would result in an atomic bomb-like explosion that would destroy everything in a 10 kilometer radius." The participant added that the environmental damage from such an explosion would be catastrophic. Another attendee said there has already been damage to feeding and watering areas used by migratory birds flying to Europe from Africa, including some rare species.
There will also be consequences from the use by NATO and U.S. forces of depleted uranium shells. One environmental conference participant revealed that depleted uranium has been used in the NATO attack. In fact, this reporter witnessed shrapnel wounds of patients in the intensive care unit at El Khadra Hospital in Tripoli that were consistent with the use of Dense Inert Metal Explosive (DIME) missiles. DIME weapons are spin-offs from bunker buster technology and both rely on depleted uranium. DIMEs cause powerful localized explosions that are, ironically, intended to limit "collateral damage." Wounds from DIME weapons, resulting from small shrapnel dispersion, are highly carcinogenic due to the use of uranium components. The discoloration of the wounds seen on the patients are consistent with DIME attacks on Libya. DIME weapons were a favorite weapon for the Israelis in their attack on Gaza.
Abdullah took a shrapnel wound in the abdomen after the NATO attack on Muammar Qaddafi's sprawling residential and military command compound at Bab al-Aziziya in downtown Tripoli. Abdullah's nearby house was damaged in the attack. His hospital window continues to be blown open and ceiling tiles fall on his bed from continued NATO attacks on Bab al-Aziziya, a kilometer and a half away. Abdullah, whose friend lost a hand in the NATO attack, says he is not able to sleep with the continuing NATO bombardment.
Muammar is from Zlitan, near rebel-held Misrata, east of Tripoli. His two legs were hit with DIME-like shrapnel while he and his friends were sitting in front of Muammar's grocery store.
Another victim of the Pentagon's "precision-guided" munitions. This 26-year old man from Tadjoura, west of Tripoli, remains unconscious after a NATO attack resulted in the roof of his house collapsing on him. The El Khadra hospital spokesman said the man is unaware that two of his family members were killed in the attack.
War reporting should always rely on the facts and be divorced from emotion. However, I witnessed a number of seriously injured Libyans and other Africans of all colors, many darker than or having the same skin tone as Barack Obama. For America's first African-American president to order such attacks against Africans makes one wonder just what kind of psychologically sick, self-hating, and "self-described" mongrel of a human being occupies the Oval Office of the White House. There comes a time when you run out of words to let Libyans know that most Americans do not support such barbaric behavior on the part of their military forces.
We have also been informed that along with 900 million Libyan dinars and $500.5 million in U.S. dollars being stolen by the Libyan rebels from the Libyan Central Bank in Benghazi, the rebels have also looted the bank accounts of private companies in eastern Libya, including from banks in Benghazi, Derna, Tobruk, and Beida.
There are also credible reports that French troops in Misrata, Libya, now occupied by rebel forces, have been overseeing the procurement of human organs from those killed in the fighting in the city. The past theft of human organs from conflict zones, such as Kosovo and the West Bank, has involved Israeli middlemen and traffickers.
For decades, the CIA has been in possession of documents proving that Libya's chemical weapons program benefitted from the assistance of West German firms. Germany abstained on UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorized "any means" necessary to prevent the death of civilians in Libya's civil war, which the U.S. and NATO quickly adopted as a green light for regime change in Libya through the assassination of its leader Muammar Qaddafi.
To counter German resistance to UN and NATO action against Libya, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was told by President Obama that she and her country would be embarrassed if some of the details of Germany's involvement in Libya's nerve and mustard gas weapons program were "leaked" to the media. WMR learned in Libya that the blackmail of Germany by the U.S. and NATO worked and that Germany decided to step up its role in the Libyan war effort, although not to the extent desired by Washington, London, or Paris. In fact, the Germans want nothing reported about the continued presence in Libya of chemical weapons stocks turned over by Libya to the UN and U.S. but still await disposal. Libyan troops were placed in charge of the security for the chemical weapons stocks after Libya's 2003 agreement with the U.S. and UN to turn over its stockpiles. However, since NATO began bombing Libyan military bases, some of which are adjacent to the chemical weapons warehouses, there is a fear that the weapons could fall into the hands of Libyan rebels, some of whom are "Al Qaeda" and "mujaheddin" veterans of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Germany fears that its role in providing the chemical weapons technology to Libya might be revealed if the rebels gain control of the warehouses.
Libyan chemical weapons production was centered at the "Pharma 150" plant at Rabta, construction of which began in 1984. One of the primary firms involved in Rabta's construction was Imhausen-Chemie of Lahr/Schwarzwald, Germany. Assisting Inhausen were some thirty other West German firms, in addition to Belgian, Singapore, South African, and French companies, the Schweizerischen Kreditanstalt Bank of Zurich, and Liechtenstein, Hong Kong, and Switzerland subsidiaries of Imhausen. Assisting Imhaussen at Rabta was Japanese Steel Works and Marubeni of Japan, both of which masked chemical weapons production equipment sent to Rabta as desalinization plant materials. Some 200 construction workers from Thailand were also involved in the building of the Rabta complex.
Among the other West German firms supplying Libya's chemical weapons plant at Rabta were Abacus, Alfred Teves GmbH, Bischoff, Deutsche Bank, Drebs und Kiefer, Merck, Gesellschaft fur Automation, Heberger Bau, Hunnebeck, J. Sartorius, Kone, Krebs and Kefier, Linde, Pawling and Harnishchfeger, Preussag, Raab Karcher, Rhenus, Rose GmbH, Salzgitter Indistriebau GmbH, Siemens, Thyssen, Webac, and Zink.
Imhausen partnered with a Frankfurt-based firm, IIhsan Barbouti International (IBI), headed by Ihsan Barbouti, a native of Iraq and resident of London who was supplying chemical weapons to Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq.
A Danish firm, DISA, supplied the foundry for Rabta's chemical bomb making capability, which may explain why Denmark's fanatically pro-business government has joined the NATO bombing campaign in Libya. The destruction of evidence pointing to how NATO and other European nations helped Libya develop chemical weapons may explain the involvement of a raft of NATO countries in the Libya military campaign and the reticence of European nations to discuss the present security problems with NATO's bombing of Libyan military bases that have the added responsibility of providing security for the adjacent warehouses containing chemical weapons and pre-cursor materials.
Belgium's Flaekt Company provided Rabta a cooling tower, while De Dietrich, a French company, provided glass lined cauldrons. Ironbridge, J.G. Trading, and Tosalex Trading of the United Kingdom were involved in shipping and contracting for Rabta.
Phillips Petroleum of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, supplied thiodiglycol, a mustard gas precursor chemical. Energoinvest of Yugoslavia supplied Rabta's power station, East Germany's VEB provided Rabta's steel production capabilities, and Lampart of Hungary and Peterlee of Italy also supplied materials to Rabta.
There are Western intelligence elements in Tripoli that wish to see the roles of NATO nations at Rabta consigned to the ash heap of history. They made their intentions and interests quite clear during a conference in Tripoli at which the security dangers of Libyan rebels, many of whom are radical Islamist Salafists. These NATO-backed rebels now pose a threat to the warehoused chemicals being protected by central Libyan government military forces under the 2003 agreement with the United States and UN.