Libyan rebels reject African Union cease-fire plan

posted at 1:36 pm on April 11, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

The news that Moammar Gaddafi accepted a cease-fire plan from the African Union makes the rebel response nearly inevitable.  The BBS reports that  a big crowd in Benghazi protested the proposal, which would have required an end to NATO air strikes, while keeping Gaddafi in place to negotiate terms with the rebels.  That’s a deal-killer, the rebels say:

Libya’s rebel leadership in Benghazi has rejected a proposal put forward by an African Union delegation to end the eight-week conflict.

The AU said Col Muammar Gaddafi had accepted the plan on Sunday. However, on Monday, his forces attacked the besieged western city of Misrata.

The rebels said they were rejecting the truce because it did not include plans for Col Gaddafi to step down.

The US, the UK and Italy have again said the Libyan leader must leave.

The AP offered this video report of the truce proposal prior to its rejection by the rebels (via The Week):

Of course Gaddafi approved this idea.  It leaves him in power and gives him a way to marginalize the rebels while he has them on the ropes.  And for those same reasons, there is no possible way that the rebels could accept this plan, especially with its requirement to end what little support NATO can provide.  Without the air cover, Gaddafi would simply start rolling his heavy armor out again and position himself for the finale to the civil war.  Even if Gaddafi abided by restrictions on movements of armor — if any were part of this proposal — the rebels know full well that any result that leaves Gaddafi in power means their deaths.

This is simply an unserious proposal from an almost-consistently unserious African Union, the same group that has spent years giving tyrant Robert Mugabe a wide berth in Zimbabwe.  They have yet to meet a murderous, psychopathic despot that they couldn’t somehow support.

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Joke’s on you, suckers. Obama is pro-African and pro-union.

rogerb on April 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM

If I was Italy I would be announcing they would accept no Libyan refugees now.

Rocks on April 11, 2011 at 1:41 PM

Days not weeks…..

sandee on April 11, 2011 at 1:45 PM

I think this is the part of the picture where the rebels start fighting among themselves when someone asks who it was who had the brilliant idea to start the rebellion against Gaddafi in the first place.

pilamaye on April 11, 2011 at 1:47 PM

AU peace process: Gadhafi wins, rebels get chopped into pieces.

rbj on April 11, 2011 at 1:49 PM

They have yet to meet a murderous, psychopathic despot that they couldn’t somehow support.

Dhimmy Carter leads the African Union?

The_Livewire on April 11, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Ok, but it’s a good deal for NATO……just sayin’…

cartooner on April 11, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Called this DOA yesterday. It had no chance.

BKeyser on April 11, 2011 at 2:00 PM

Gaddafi used to be the chief of the AU. He’s paid them all off.

It’s still ‘sweet’ to see this eccentric raghead, in a tent, make the world dance around his whims.

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2011 at 2:05 PM

I’m sure Barry will come up with ‘a sternly worded memo’ to the rebels.

GarandFan on April 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM

This is bloody Hillary Clinton’s war, the same woman who coined her media war against “the vast right-wing conspiracy” in order to cover-up her own crimes. This was the First Lady and great friend of AG Janet Reno as Clinton’s administration coerced domestic warfare and executed death by fire of the Branch Davidians at Mt. Carmel who were begging to surrender to the Texas Rangers, request denied, trial by jury denied, “evidence” destroyed by the tank’s explosive fire to burn down the compound filled with children, women and men.

Ed’s deluded to believe that Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama or the UN would have more humanitarian concerns for Africans than the African Union has.

Neoconservative progressive socialists have not heard of a war not deserving American support for globalist aggression, sponsored by US taxpayers and fought by the US Military to destroy foreign national sovereign identities and coerce entire hemispheres into authoritarian feudalism.

Confront China in Africa if you’re concerned about human rights. Start in Dafur.

maverick muse on April 11, 2011 at 3:04 PM

African union=Gaddafi utterly delighted to accept western “aid” package to relent or pretend to relent his murder of his own people.

Speakup on April 11, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Ed,

I think you are completely misguided on this issue. Like I have said a million times here, I am African. we don’t need the UN or the French to come into Africa to start bombing.

Libya is in a civil war. If the rebels don’t want a peace agreement, then let them fight it out with Gaddhafi. This whole mess is a second colonization of Africa again.

The French just used their tanks to arrest the former president of Ivory Coast. What the hell is going on here. it seems that western powers are using Africa to do military training.

The African union is a credible organization. It is supported by all Africans, and it has done some good in the continent. They have resolved many of the wars on the continent. We seriously don’t need any of this BS from the Un and Obama, and with all due respect, you Ed. Africans can take care of themselves.

About the issue of Mugabe, can you please stop talking about what you don’t know. How is fair that white farmers who are 4% of the population have 90% of the good farmland in Zimbabwe. how is that fair. These used to be black land, but the white took it after they colonized the country. Yes, the AU supported Mugabe because they lived with colonization. They know about white colonialist stealing stuff from Africa. Go to the museum in London, and you will see all sorts of African art and treasures. The British stole all these from places in Africa. Don’t you think it is wrong that if I want to learn about Nigerian history, i have to go to a British museum.

All the railroads the British built in Nigeria were from the inland out to the ocean. They were basically to transport materials from inland out to their boats, so they can sail back to England.

Don’t get me started on this whole mess, cus you and most americans are very ignorant of how Africans feel about these issues.

p/s; about the evil Mugabe, I suggest you google about the progress that those black farmers are making with the lands they got. Most of them are doing extremely well. It is extremely paternalistic and downright condescending to think that black people who lived in Zimbabwe for thousands of yrs before white people came cannot feed themselves from farming the land unless white people did it for them

This whole thing is just BS. The interventions and everything, and Africans have woken up to who obama really is. Go on youtube and google. Young people on the continent are speaking out. We don’t a new colonial masters in Africa.

Chudi on April 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM

Sorry about the typos, but sometimes when you are mad…your brain loses touch with your fingers…lol.

I just don’t want Ed insulting the African Union. I respect them more than I do the UN. They are Africans, they have to live in these places. The UN comes to bomb and they go home. the Africans are then left to clean up the mess. We usually get it right.

We got it right in sudan. They just resolved that whole issue, and the UN didn’t do squat. I just want a little respect here for Africans, period.

Chudi on April 11, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Chudi on April 11, 2011 at 3:17 PM

I will agree with you, when you come back and admit that most of the funds that went to Africa had a similar effect as dropping a bucket of water into an ocean.

Also, when you come back and say “no more funds to Africa”.

I agree with no U.N. and other interventions. Let Africa do her thing, finally.

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Also, Chudi, I wish Africa had millions of more people like you, sincerely.

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Schadenfreude on April 11, 2011 at 3:26 PM

Maybe the British and the French should bring back all the stuff they stole, then we can call it even.

Trust me, nobody wants to take money from the UN. They should let Africans solve their problems, and cut the paternalistic crap. If the rebels don’t want a peace agreement, then they should fight it out.

Chudi on April 11, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Given a choice between the AU and the UN, I’d pick the AU. I already know the UN is a corrupt, despicable, downright ugly organization with a pathetically weak track record and downright monstrous moral ethical lapses.

That being said, there’s a lot of ugliness in some African leaders and I’m sure you more than anyone know that when a battle comes up between African solidarity and tyrannical greed, tyrannical greed wins, and either selling out fellow Africans to colonizers or severing limbs ensues. Anything to prop up the new strongman.

BKennedy on April 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

BKennedy on April 11, 2011 at 5:35 PM

I know, but the people insisting Gaddafi leave do not care about Africans or Libyans. They are just looking for an excuse to wipe their conscience over the Rwanda mess.

Do you know that if not for UN intervention, this whole war would have been over. The UN is basically responsible for more blood shed. Gaddafi is an old man, he has ruled for 40 yrs, that’s bad…but I would rather him than Islamists who have been killing black Africans for no reason. These rebels have committed so many atrocities. They basically rounded up blacks in Libya, accused them of being paid fighters for Gaddafi, and killed them. i wonder why the UN doesn’t care about that fact.

Chudi on April 11, 2011 at 6:42 PM

Chudi, we agree.

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2011 at 6:07 PM