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Franklin Lamb in Tripoli - Libyans ask 'Why Now?'

The bottom line is that there is support for Gaddafi in Libya and the west isn't paying attention.

Franklin Lamb in Lebanon
Franklin Lamb in Lebanon

(TRIPOLI, Libya) - A fresh report from Tripoli on the mood and situation on the ground. Franklin Lamb is a well known International lawyer who provides regular updates from the Arab world. Recent reports have seen other writers take exception to Franklin's point of view.

People in Tripoli are concerned, he says, that the NATO mission will soon become a ground invasion and they believe that they are facing massive potential violence.

Lamb states during the interview that he is not in Libya to advocate for or support Moummar Gaddafi. What he explains is that the NATO mission has ominous overtones.

"This certainly looks like terror, that is what they say when you bring up the subject, they ask "why, why?"

Lamb says al Jazeera and mainstream media is missing the connection between those he is seeing on the ground in Tripoli, and the young Arabs who brought the Revolution to Cairo.

The bottom line is that there is support for Gaddafi in Libya.

Lamb says things are at a stalemate. The deaths of a contingent of people who attempted to reach and negotiate with the 'rebels' and were killed by a NATO strike, is dashing hopes of reaching a peaceful agreement.


Franklin LambFranklin Lamb is doing research in Syria and can be reached c/o

He is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon.
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Dr. Franklin Lamb is Director of the Sabra Shatila Foundation. Contact him at: He is working with the Palestine Civil Rights Campaign in Lebanon on drafting legislation which, after 62 years, would, if adopted by Lebanon’s Cabinet and Parliament grant the right to work and to own a home to Lebanon’s Palestinian Refugees. One part of the PCRC legislative project is its online Petition which can be viewed and signed at: Lamb is reachable at Franklin Lamb’s book on the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, International Legal Responsibility for the Sabra-Shatila Massacre, now out of print, was published in 1983, following Janet’s death and was dedicated to Janet Lee Stevens. He was a witness before the Israeli Kahan Commission Inquiry, held at Hebrew University in Jerusalem in January 1983.


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