The Israeli intelligence website Debka states (25 Feb) that:
"Hundreds of US, British and French military advisers have arrived in Cyrenaica, Libya's eastern breakaway province, debkafile's military sources report exclusively. This is the first time America and Europe have intervened militarily in any of the popular upheavals rolling through the Middle East since Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution in early January. The advisers, including intelligence officers, were dropped from warships and missile boats at the coastal towns of Benghazi and Tobruk Thursday Feb. 24, for a threefold mission:
1. To help the revolutionary committees controlling eastern Libyan establish government frameworks for supplying two million inhabitants with basic services and commodities;
2. To organize them into paramilitary units, teach them how to use the weapons they captured from Libyan army facilities, help them restore law and order on the streets and train them to fight Muammar Qaddafi's combat units coming to retake Cyrenaica.
3. The prepare infrastructure for the intake of additional foreign troops. Egyptian units are among those under consideration." Debka.com
Opposing Western intervention is not about defending Ghadafi's regime, it's about defending the national integrity of Libya from a Western takeover.
It's all about timing
With popular insurrections springing up all over the place, more than any of us can keep up with, it was clearly time for a diversion. Enter Libya. Ghadifi's autocracy has plenty of enemies within and without and I suspect that he got fat and lazy about how he ran his satrapy and ripe for the taking. Do you really think the Empire cares who is running the show as long as they do as they are told?
The objective for the Empire is firstly to create a diversion from the events unfolding elsewhere in the Middle East / North Africa, which given the scale of the uprisings are impossible to control. What was needed was a pretext to intervene directly and it was handed to them on a plate by Ghadafi. When have Kissinger's words rung more true than with Ghadafi?
Second, direct intervention in the Gulf states and elsewhere in North Africa by the Empire is obviously not possible, there's just too many of them, it is after all a regional phenomenon and by its very nature unpredictable, even Iraq has caught the fever. But Libya was ripe for regime change, all it took was some kind of catalyst.
And as the situation on the ground evolves, it's likely that the Balkanization of Libya is the immediate objective, with the Western half (where all the oil is) split off from the rest of the country (there are already intimations of this being reported in the Western media).
"The council is considering strikes against only the compound and assets like radar stations, according to the people briefed on the discussions, who requested anonymity because no formal decision had been made.
"Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday that the Obama administration knew that the Libyan opposition was eager to be seen “as doing this by themselves on behalf of the Libyan people — that there not be outside intervention by any external force.” -- 'Libyan Rebels Said to Debate Seeking U.N. Airstrikes', New York Times, 2 March, 2011 [my emph. WB]
A 'no-fly zone'?
"In what circumstances would a coalition warplane shoot down a Libyan one?
"Would the ban apply to all aircraft or just military, fixed-wing or helicopters? What about civilian airliners suspected of bringing in mercenaries from Libya's African neighbours?" -- 'Libya protests: No-fly zone - bluff or reality?', BBC Website, 1 March ,2011
"UK PM David Cameron on Tuesday insisted it was right to be looking at plans for a no-fly zone, adding: "We do not in any way rule out the use of military assets."" -- 'Libyans in battle over oil town', BBC Website 2 March, 2011
"There is a banner doing the rounds in Libya that reads: "No foreign intervention. Libyan people can manage alone". Undoubtedly Col Gaddafi would make maximum capital out of this "imperialist intervention", portraying it to his population as all part of a "US-Zionist plot" to subjugate his country.[my emph.WB]
"Then what about Libya's air defences? Would they have to be destroyed first? Probably yes, in which case Libyans would almost certainly die from Western military action."(ibid)
"My interpretation? [Frank Gardner's] There isn't really a lot of appetite for this no-fly zone but the possible alternative - sitting on our hands while Col Gaddafi sends MiGs and helicopter gunships to kill his own people - would be worse.
"Hence the plan being readied to be put into the prime minister's drawer in case it is needed, even if they hope it doesn't come to that."
How can it be that here we have a regime supported and armed by the West led by a man who hobnobbed with scum like Blair and Berlusconi, overnight turned into Satan incarnate by an overwhelming media blitz that now wraps the planet in its deadly embrace? It's Mubarak all over again! It's Saddam Hussein all over again! It's Milosovic all over again! It's Noriega all over again... It's Diem all over again...
"Rebels in Benghazi are also rejecting calls from US senators John McCain and Joe Lieberman to send the liberated territory weapons to fight Gaddafi's forces. They insist they defeated the security forces of Muammar al-Gaddafi in Benghazi without the use of weapons and without the support of a foreign government." -- Jihan Hafiz in Benghazi
1. See “Airstrikes in Libya did not take place” – Russian military — RT
2. See for example, 'Experts Disagree on African Mercenaries in Libya'
3. (This Israeli report is unverified) See 'The Tide of Media Disinformation: Who is Behind the Military Insurrection in Libya?' By Marjaleena Repo, 2 March 2011, Global Research