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Brexit isn’t David Cameron’s Legacy – Libya is The MSM’s total disregard for the apocalyptic destruction of the most developed nation in Africa is a crime

Kit Knightly

“The strong man with the dagger is followed by the weak man with the sponge.”
Lord Acton

David Cameron has a book out. You’ve probably heard. There’s a lot of press coverage. The BBC did a retrospective documentary about him to coincide with it, The Guardian had a review of the book, a review of the documentary, and an interview with the man himself.

Oh, and then another article about how it’s selling less well than Blair’s biography.

This is obviously just about journalists reporting the news, you understand.

It is absolutely not at all a mass marketing strategy camouflaged as “current events”.

Shame on you for thinking otherwise.

Naturally, as is always the case when ex-Prime Ministers make appearances or churn out autobiographies, there is plenty of talk about “legacy”.

Well…what is David Cameron’s legacy?

The media are pretty clear: Brexit.

The BBC documentary is entitled The Cameron Years. It’s in two parts, somehow bloated out to two whole hours in runtime, and is only concerned with the Brexit vote. The first part is entirely dedicated to it, that’s literally all it’s about, with the second half being more general, but still very Brexit-centric.

The reviews of the book are no better. In fact they are worse.

The Telegraph liked it, as did the Times. The Guardian and Independent didn’t, as much, but still praised its “honesty”. They all talk almost entirely about Brexit. Bloomberg headline “David Cameron Wants You to Remember Him for More Than Just Brexit”, pointing out: “The former prime minister’s new memoir, For the Record, spends just 50 of 700 pages on the disastrous referendum”…before going on to review just those fifty pages.

In fact, I’ve read over half-a-dozen reviews of this book, and none of them talks about anything but Brexit.

There is not a single use of the word “Libya” in any of them. Not anywhere. Not in even in passing.

Not. One. Single. Use.

For those of you foggy on the details, Libya was a place that used to look like this:

…and now looks like this:

You would think that the total and complete destruction of the most developed nation on the African continent would warrant at least brief discussion in the “legacy” of the Prime Minister responsible but, apparently, you would be wrong.

(I know we’re only Britain, and we only do what America tells us, but “Only following orders” didn’t work for Goering and probably shouldn’t work for anybody else. Cameron included).

The press silence on Libya is on another level.

They grudgingly discuss Iraq as a “mistake” or “blunder”, they carry on their insane propaganda-war on Syria with fresh gusto every few months (or whenever they need a distraction), but Libya…Libya is the country that must not be named.

Take Jonathan Freedland. He was ALL OVER Libya back in 2011. He campaigned for NATO to do something, preaching about the West’s “responsibility to protect”. Does he mention Libya once in his review of this book? Nope.

He even has the gall to open the piece with this:

Just as the 700 pages of Tony Blair’s autobiography could not escape the shadow of Iraq, so the 700 pages of David Cameron’s memoir are destined to be read through a single lens: Brexit.

As if his decision to totally disregard a war crime he not only apologised for, but cheerfully encouraged, was somehow just fate and totally beyond his control.

That’s probably got something to do with the organ trafficking and open-air slave markets.

This was no accident, you understand, Libya is exactly what NATO set-out to make it – a failed state where absolutely everything is for sale. A true capitalist paradise. But discussing that would make it harder to sell “R2P” in the future.

Better to just endlessly rant on about Brexit instead.

Now, obviously, Brexit is (potentially) an important decision for the fate of the country. You can’t deny that.

BUT – let’s be real here – Even IF we leave the EU (and right now that is far from guaranteed), and even IF our leaving is as bad as the worst doom-sayers are predicting, London isn’t going to end up like this…

….or this:

….or this:

And at the end of the day, THAT is Cameron’s legacy.

Just as it’s the legacy of the all slimy apologists who cheered him on, and the narrow-minded, self-centred xenophobes who clean up after him.

Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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Kit Knightly is co-editor of OffGuardian. The Guardian banned him from commenting. Twice. He used to write for fun, but now he's forced to out of a near-permanent sense of outrage.

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James Connolly
James Connolly

Cameron’s record on austerity and Libya is diabolically dishonest and outright criminal. But in elite media circles he is still perceived to be a decent, well-mannered, well-meaning sort. As are Tony Blair, Alaistair Campbell, Gordon Brown, Theresa May, etc. The only prominent politician considered to be truly beyond the pale of decency and respect is Jeremy Corbyn.

different frank
different frank

I always thought the deaths of 130k victims of austerity was his legacy.

bob
bob

I really don’t know where to post this but it is vital the message gets out:

https://www.ukcolumn.org/article/foreign-affairs-british-government-collaboration-eu-global-strategy

Brexit …. leaving the eu — this is high treason

Rhys Jaggar
Rhys Jaggar

Why any right minded person gives one flying copulation about anything Jonathan Freedland says is beyond me. I filed him long ago under ‘unprincipled, amoral whore’.

As I have said before many times, campaigns should centre on weaning others off the MSM, not trying to change the irredeemable. Jonathan Freedland articles should be ignored, not read…..

When the MSM shrivels up because 80% ignore it, the people can start again. The manipulation attempts will forever continue, but there will be far fewer junkies…..

Capn Mike
Capn Mike

“Libya is exactly what NATO set-out to make it – a failed state where absolutely everything is for sale. A true capitalist paradise.”
Dude, get a clue.
Look at those “before” and “after” photos above that witless comment.
Does a muddy pool surrounded by wreckage look like a “capitalist paradise” to you?
Or the “before” photo above it with shiny buildings and cars and PROSPERITY.
THAT’s a capitalist paradise. That’s where the MONEY is!

vexarb
vexarb

O Capn, my Capn! clap the glass to your other eye. That’s not where the Capitalist found their Libyan Paradise: they found their paradise in Libya’s black oil, its white water and its golden, golden gold — all gone to swell Anglo Zio Capitalist hearts I mean wallets.

Capn Mike
Capn Mike

Cute, but I don’t buy it. If you think BP and Total are capitalist, then we can’t discuss. There’s CRONY capitalist and real capitalist. To confuse them muddies the discussion. So you see, we may agree more than would appear at first blush.

Yarkob
Yarkob

and the billions and billions of dollars worth of Libyan gold that was stolen from the people of Libya

DomesticExtremi
DomesticExtremi

Perhaps somebody who has read Cameron’s book could enlighten us as to how many pages he himself devoted to his “success for democracy” in Libya

Gezzah Potts

It’s just warped – the repeated demonising and fear mongering about the Empire’s designated enemies, but on the horrors the so civilised Western ‘democracies’ have unleashed on Libya as well as Yemen, and the presstitutes literally have nothing to say. ‘It never happened, its not happening, nothing is happening’ to paraphrase Harold Pinter. Thanks Kit.

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle

Britain is a prodigious terror state and Libya is but one episode in a long roll-call of shame.

It won’t change so long as the MSM continue to lie about the reasons for military violence, or until a more powerful force breaks up the US axis.

As it stands Cameron, Blair, Trump, Bush, Clinton, Obama, are all above the law.
Those who expose their wrong doing can expect to be tortured or persecuted while the likes of Freedland, Hyde, Ball, Freeman and Moore cheer on the authorities.

The liberal media express outrage over trivia while ignoring decades of human rights abuses committed by those who claim they represent a more civilised culture (lol).

Put another way given how grotesque senior politicians are what does it say about the values of a society that fails to reign them in?

Frank Speaker
Frank Speaker

Of course the fascists don’t want to discuss Libya!

vexarb
vexarb

Of course the corporate fascists want to discuss Libya!

LONDON (Reuters) – Italy’s Eni has agreed to buy half of BP’s 85 percent stake in a Libyan oil and gas license…

Kathleen Lowrey
Kathleen Lowrey

Very powerful essay. The total absence of any horror (or even interest or awareness) about Libya or Yemen on the Western “progressive woke anti-racist left” tells us everything we need to know.

Harry Stotle
Harry Stotle

‘The total absence of any horror (or even interest or awareness) about Libya or Yemen on the Western “progressive woke anti-racist left” tells us everything we need to know.’ – hammer, welcome to head of nail.

The ‘progressive woke anti-racist left’ still seem to believe lies the Guardian tell them – for them the actions of Louis C.K. seems to be a source of greater outrage than the implosion of entire regions.

I just don’t get it.

bob
bob

just another thought;

Well…what is David Cameron’s legacy?

The media are pretty clear: Brexit

But it hasn’t officially happened after 3 and half years – even if some think we left on 31st March – we are left with the anti-democratic mess to clear up!

DomesticExtremi
DomesticExtremi

TBH I can’t think of a single thing he did in his time in office that didn’t turn to crap (predictably) straight away or is now rapidly turning to crap:

Canals and Rivers ‘trust’, Big Society, NHS “reforms”, pension “reforms, tuition fees, Free schools, electoral reform, fixed-term Parliament act, crackdown on tax havens and tax evasion, bonfire of red tape, welfare “reforms”, extended rail franchising…that’s all I can remember so far, I’m sure there are many more.

The third worst Prime Minister ever.

lundiel
lundiel

The “citizen’s service”? Hahahahahahhaha

Jihadi Colin

I will ecstatically cheer the collapse and disintegration of Brutain. The most evil empire in the history of the planet – Amerikastan hasn’t yet come close – deserves no less.

Mucho
Mucho

Yep, utter cunts

Mucho
Mucho

Gutter cunts. Take your pick

vexarb
vexarb

And I, Colin, shall cheer the demise of the Anglo Zio Capitalist Empire and the return of Merry England, foreseen by GKC a century ago. Perhaps this century will see it.

Where to?
Where to?

Thank you immensely, Kit!

Let’s clarify something.

In this so-called Western civilisation, where democracy is sacred and defending human rights is paramount, how come the masses happen to be governed by a piece of shit war criminal who is hellbent on destruction and killing?!

And when one leaves the helm, another piece of shit comes to replace them. Is this really a ‘civilisation’?

Jihadi Colin

No it isn’t. Nor is an economy based on two centuries of looted wealth an economy.

Steve Hayes

“As if his decision to totally disregard a war crime he not only apologised for, but cheerfully encouraged, was somehow just fate and totally beyond his control.”

I think you mean a war crime he was an apologist for.

BigB
BigB

Absolutely agree Kit: but Bevin and Sharon M have already said anything I would have about Libya. Except to perhaps add that the wanton rape of an advanced economy was itself propagated by greed. As Wikileaks revealed – among the tactical reasons – it was all about gold. Which Germany wanted to repatriate: and we can only assume that the Fed had none. I can quote Ron Paul on that: as he spent a considerable amount of his political energy trying to get the Fed audited. The Fed even attempted to pass off tungsten bar dipped in gold as real bullion. One turned up in Germany and another in China, as I remember it. Carrying the assayed mark of sexual predator Clinton (Bill). Details maybe a bit shaky: but that is the gist of it.

And among the tactical reasons: I can also surmise that Soros wanted to ‘take the cork out of the bottle’. As Gaddafi used to say: “Après moi le déluge” of strategically weaponised mass migration. Despite some great investigative journalism by the the likes of Gearóid O’ Colmáin: that remains somewhat speculative. The backward inductive reasoning may be suspect: but the fact that his NGOs were both doing the ferrying from their (Avaaz’s) SOAS to Italy; and then forming an ‘Immigration Lobby’ is well established and documented. Speculative it maybe: but did he let the ‘coercive engineered mass migration’ cork out of the bottle to further his ‘mettisage’ (miscegenation) multiculturism agenda (through Sarkozy)? Of course he did.

https://www.globalresearch.ca/coercive-engineered-migration-hungary-and-europes-refugee-crisis/5502027

https://sovereignnations.com/2018/03/24/soros-immigration-network-exposed-italy/

So, that said: I can shamelessly declare that Brexit WAS Cameron’s legacy …which is perhaps, for the moment, more cogent. If you do not follow UK Column: you may not know what Cameron’s real legacy is. Ceding the UK armed, security, and intelligence forces; their tactical capability; associated budgets; strategic planning; and operational command to Brussels. And if you do not watch the Column: you will not know that this is happening on November 1st – irrespective of whether we Brexit on October 31st.

If you do follow the Column: this will be of no surprise. It’s what we have been saying since before Brexit was a thing. I have highlighted Gwythian Prins and Lord James’ contributions as the only two Establishment figures who have attempted to warn the public. Further to this – forces veteran Simon Bean has had it confirmed that two senior military figures – Lieutenant General Riley and Rear Admiral Lane-Nott – have letters confirming Lord James’ position. Further to “below the radar deals” made in 2017: all UK military forces become EU Defence Union forces effective November 1st. Unless, by some miracle – the sleeping public become informed and demand accountability from the High Treason that Parliamentarians are committing.

And please don’t give me any bollox about them not knowing. They all know. Send an email and see what you get back. The Column has also indicated the Whips are being used to keep this silent. I can also surmise that is the real reason Gavin Williamson lost his job under May – because he spoke to Gwythian Prins. High Treason and a Parliamentarian and Constitutional coup d’etat is Cameron’s real legacy … Libya. For which he should be in the Tower, not Foyles signing copies. But, like Libya: he did not act unilaterally. He is part of a toxic class of traitors that think that everything is theirs by right of birth. I do wish the People of the UK would become informed that we alone are the sovereign force. “All sovereign, legislative, and judicial powers are the Rights of the People”. We delegated them in trust: a trust that is now betrayed. And it remains the “…bounden rights of the People to punish all Traitors against the Nation” …starting with Cameron.

[Quotes from the “Journal of the House of Commons: 1783”]

We delegated our Rights and Powers in trust to the High Treason of Traitors. Which is why it is so important to keep the Constitution alive …and not fall for the traitorous propaganda that we “do not have a written constitution”. We do: and it demands the People act to take back their sovereign Rights.

[I recommend you watch yesterdays Column: or watch Simon Bean’s video on Gootube or @beanmbe.]

jenny 234
jenny 234

hey BigB – don’t tell Craig Murray any of this – especially EU miltary Union – he deleted everything on this topic – his elitism is beginning to show!

BigB
BigB

Hey Jenny 234:

Sorry, Craig Murray fans: but if he knows about it and he is trying to cover it up – he is complicit. ‘Qui tacit …’ and all that!

lundiel
lundiel

It was not only British politicians who did their reputations no favours during the Libyan regime change. The armed forces and intelligence acted without decency or professionalism. The Royal airforce destroyed Libyan civil society and killed thousands safely from afar, while our spooks acted more like Johnny English than James Bond: Libyan villagers apprehended a force of special forces escorting MI6 spooks who came ashore from a submarine. They were all wearing Calvin Klein underpants with hidden pockets containing gold coins.

Philip Roddis

Excellent. I especially liked

‘I know we’re only Britain, and we only do what America tells us, but “Only following orders” didn’t work for Goering and probably shouldn’t work for anybody else. Cameron included’

Cassandra2
Cassandra2

Is the belief that America yanks Britain’s chain completely misguided? Should not the question be WHO controls America, and through America – the WORLD?

kevin morris
kevin morris

Well yes, to a point, but being fair to Cameron, I would say that Hilary Clinton was the main mover re Libya, although the UK and France were happily complicit. With that in mind, although I despise Cameron, the worst British prime minister up to his successor, I was happy to see Donald beat Hilary. Frankly, she would have been a disaster as president with the US already at war in Iran, quite possibly in the Donbass, with quite possibly another major standoff with Russia over Syria.

Gerda Halvorsen
Gerda Halvorsen

Agree 100% re La Clinton, but I think that Sarkozy was more than just complicit. Remember who had contributed to his campaign and was a bit worried about it?

Where to?
Where to?

“.. but being fair to Cameron ..”

Fair to Cameron?
Are you Ghandi? Why are you even ‘thinking’ about being fair to Cameron, a genocidal lowlife war criminal?

Was he fair to anyone?. ‘To be fair to him’ is very charitable.

kevin morris
kevin morris

We left wingers really are a miserably self righteous lot aren’t we? Have you never heard the expression ‘to damn with faint praise?

Where to?
Where to?

Collectively, ‘faint praise’ is energy sapping for extremely limited resources available to us to fight the mongrel dictators ruling our life.

Whether to use any kind of praise should depend on their position on, and steps taken to free Assange!

Frank Speaker
Frank Speaker

I recall very clearly Sarkozy being the main proponent for Libyan action, especially after Gaddafi revealed that he funded his election campaign!

I recall Obama being very resistant, but obviously Clinton persuaded him otherwise.

Peter C
Peter C

I think you are wrong in that the prime mover against Libya was the USA, I am quite confident it was France. It was French interests in North Africa that were under direct threat and French influence that was eroding as Qaddafi was achieving some success in establishing a North African Union. If you look back at the news media it was France that was demanding something be done in the beginning, followed enthusiastically after a while by Cameron in a likely childish desire to match Blair as a warmonger, and only then was the USA pulled in. As is typical the USA then took command and directed things in the way they wanted to serve Washington purposes. Not that France was bothered, as long as Libya was crushed France was content.

Yarkob
Yarkob

Cheers Kit. Great article, but it just made me angry. I need a sit down now.

Freedland is a disgusting excuse for a human being.

He lies, distorts and omits. Perfect journalism, in fact. He’s a clueless gaslighting agitator

He’s so sure of himself that none of his articles are open BTL unless he’s talking about tea cosies or something. He actually makes me shout at my iPad.

Rhisiart Gwilym
Rhisiart Gwilym

Er – Yarkob, surely that should read ‘Perfect mediawhoring, in fact’. Give Freedland his right description: ‘Rectification of Names’. (qv)

mark
mark

Freedland is just a typical lying Zionist mouthpiece for a lying Zionist toilet rag.

Ken Kenn
Ken Kenn

Be fair to Freedland, his pain ( and the liberal left’s pain ) is the greatest felt pain of all.

It’s so personal.

Brexit will make him and his fellow pain feelers more pained.

Whereas, Libyan pain or Iraqi pain is not his pain as it’s usually over there and not over here.

Selfless as ever.

Loverat
Loverat

Quite shocked to read that Freedland article from the time. I must admit, even after Kosovo and Iraq I took some of the regime change rhetoric at face value at the time. Only after seeing the mess of Libya and Syria did I appreciate that a pattern of lies and aggression was unfolding.
But, unlike sections of the public who read his lies, someone like Freedland can’t claim ignorance – he’s supposed to be a journalist. Journalists have a responsibility to tell the truth as they see it.
How can Freedland remain a journalist with his track record? He should do the decent thing and apologise to the people of the countries he’s helped destroy. And considering that its common knowledge the Guardian is under control of the security services, perhaps it is a good time for Guardian jounalists to resign on mass and come over to the side of decency and honesty. Any journalists who don’t will go down in history as career liars, mass murderers, war criminals and propagandists for the state. We expect our leaders to be liars and war criminals – but surely there are some journalists out there struggling with their conscience?