A report out of Tripoli, Libya today says Qaddafi troops are shooting people on the streets from ambulances. Dead bodies are being hidden, and injured are being removed from hospitals to hide the enormity of the mounting death toll. Snipers from rooftops shot down unarmed people exiting mosques after Friday prayers. Obama has frozen all assets in U.S. of Gaddafi and his children. While the disaster in Libya plays out, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. went to Africa for a conference on Global Sustainability. As a previous U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. stated, Rice is “wildly ineffective.”
In Tajoura, a neighborhood of the capital where there has been significant fighting since a peaceful demonstration there last Sunday, residents had barricaded a street with old television sets and cinderblocks to try to keep out pickup trucks full of men with machine guns. A doctor working at the local clinic here said he had seen 68 people killed and 150 injured in recent days of clashes, and that residents were braced for more violence…
The city had been cleansed Thursday night for a visit by a number of foreign journalists the Qaddafi government has invited. Billboards with pictures of Colonel Qaddafi that were burned and defaced last week have all been restored, witnesses said. “It is a stage set they built overnight,” one resident said.
There are unconfirmed reports of anti-government forces massing, including military defectors.
The U.S. closed our embassy in Tripoli and imposed sanctions. The U.N. Security Council is meeting today. I wonder if U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice will show up? She seldom does when the issue involves Muslim nations, or a vote needed to protect Israel.
Where’s Susan Rice, the cabinet rank ambassador of the free world’s superpower? On the day Hosni Mubarak stepped down as dictator of Egypt, Feb. 11, she was visiting Oregon to give a talk on “Why America Needs the United Nations.” This week, as Libyans escalated their uprising against more than 41 years of Qaddafi’s totalitarian, terror-based reign, Rice sent her deputy to an emergency Security Council meeting on Libya on Tuesday, and took off for a two-day meeting in Cape Town, South Africa.
The “two-day” meeting in Cape Town was on…wait for it…Global Sustainability.
Last Sunday, before embarking on her trip to South Africa, Ambassador Rice turned up on Meet the Press, to note that the U.S. administration had condemned attacks on civilians in Libya, and comment, before she took off, that despite the murder of protesters in Libya’s second-largest city of Benghazi, “There has been less violence, very little so far in Tripoli.”
Rice is the only U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. who decided to reside in Washington, D.C. and commute to New York when she thought necessary. Read background on the “wildly ineffective” Susan Rice here and here.
Michael Totten at Pajamas Media has thoughts on Obama’s reaction to Libya , and Hot Air is talking about Christoper Hitchens ‘ripping’ Obama on Libya. Memorandum linked and has a full thread developing, including sanctions and the U.N. Security Council.