In the thick of the battle in Libya, Veteran War Correspondent John Simpson who has been in the line of fire more than once in his life proves If anything that political or historical assessments by so called “experts” are anything BUT Rocket Science (For lack of a better word). In 2008 Barbara Slavin (senior diplomatic reporter for USA Today and current Jennings Randolph fellow at the U.S. Institute for Peace, who is often invited to speak with NIAC Panalists ) patronized a fellow Iranian compatriot who bluntly asked a question about the possibilities and risks of a surgical strike on Iran’s nuclear installations ( as opposed to an invasion) by claiming that there was no such thing as Surgical strikes and recalled the bombing of Gaddafi’s Head Quarters by former President Ronald Reagan in 1986 during which amongst the civilian casualties journalists had reported that a young girl was killed and posthumously adopted by Muammar Gaddafi. Interestingly John Simpson recalls the same incident but offers an entirely different perspective and conclusion to that of Slavin in 2008 in his latest report from Libya (currently bombed by Coalition forces with an aim to protect civilians and with hopes that the Libyan dictator will at best step down, at worst be overthrown by the rebels).
John Simpson Reports from Tripoli on March 25th 2011:
“Tripoli is hit by coalition bombs and missiles every night, yet there is little reliable evidence of any casualties. The coalition countries know that killing civilians would be disastrous in this war, and they are plainly making big efforts to avoid it.
Libyan television often shows news pictures which purport to be those of civilian victims, but they are impossible to verify. The authorities here are anxious to persuade the outside world that large numbers of civilians are dying.
And there is a precedent. In 1986, when the US bombed Tripoli, international opinion quickly turned in favour of Libya because there were many civilian casualties, and the international journalists who were in Tripoli at the time were able to confirm them.
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi adopted a young girl as his daughter just as she was dying from her injuries, and to this day journalists often repeat the line that his daughter was killed in the bombing. It was a particularly clever propaganda stroke.
But times have changed, and so has military technology. The old myth of pinpoint precision bombing has become much more of a reality.”
Barbara Slavin on Surgical Strikes in Libya being counter productive (ForaTv on Apr 8, 2008):
Middle East expert Abbas Milani and USA Today and reporter Barbara Slavin argue that U.S. “surgical strikes” are not a practical option for dealing with Iran’s alleged nuclear program.
The Panel interview John Simpson – a man who’s been bombed by the USA and farted at by Gaddafi.
Poetess Simin Behbahani Compares Khamenei to Gaddafi:
Poetess Simin Behbahani in a Recent Telephone Conversation said she was emboldened after hearing President Obama’s Nowrooz
Greetings in which the latter quoted one of her poems.
Flynt Leverett & Hamid Dabashi: Iranians do not want to overthrow the Islamic Republic: