Letter from Australia to Mr. Bernard-Henry Lévy so called great Specialist of Libya.

The desecration of war graves in Libya is no act of rebellion or nationalism or misguided ideology.
It is an act of barbarism, pure and simple.
To assault the final resting place of human beings who died in service of their country is the most grievous insult.
Yet the Allied troops whose graves were defiled were not just fighting for their homelands, they were fighting for the freedom of Libya herself.
Indeed, in 1941, Australian troops helped capture Benghazi and liberated thousands of local Bedouin and other Libyans imprisoned by the Italian occupiers. Now these same peoples are cursing the remains of their rescuers.
Nor is Australia’s aid to Libya confined to the history books. As is well known, one of Kevin Rudd’s most extraordinary achievements as foreign minister was to enforce the no fly zone over the country. That consolidated international support behind rebels and helped cripple the Gaddafi regime.
At the time questions were raised about whether one crackpot regime was simply being replaced by another and there were particular concerns about Muslim extremism taking further hold in the region.
Needless to say, these attacks do nothing to allay those concerns. In almost any circumstance the defiling of a grave is inexcusable. To defile the graves of those who sacrificed all for the country you live in is unforgivable.
It is now up to the new Libyan government to show that it is not captive to extremist interests and treat those responsible with the same contempt they have shown to Libya’s friends in freedom.

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  1. AUSTRALIAN land, sea and air forces played a pivotal role in the liberation of Libya at the start of the North African campaign in December 1940.

    Australia contributed warships, including the cruiser HMAS Sydney, two air force squadrons and thousands of Diggers from the 6th, 7th and 9th Australian Infantry Divisions to the Libyan and Egyptian campaigns between 1940 and 1942.

    Early in 1941 the 6th Division helped capture more than 65,000 Italians when the fortresses at Bardia and Tobruk in Libya fell to the allies.

    The Australians then pushed west along the coast and captured Benghazi. It was during this fighting that the men whose graves have been desecrated fell in battle.

    In April, 1941, Axis forces launched an offensive and the untested Australian 9th Division, under Lieutenant-General Leslie Morshead, took up the fight after the 6th was withdrawn and sent to Greece.

    When a fresh German offensive forced a retreat to Egypt, the 9th Division and the 18th Brigade of the 7th Division were ordered to hold Tobruk at all costs and the « Rats of Tobruk » were born.

    The 14,000 Diggers and 12,000 Brits held the port city from April to November 1941 despite an intense siege. The defence of Tobruk cost the Australian units more than 3000 casualties, including 832 killed – 941 were captured.

    Fighting alongside our Allied soldiers in the battle to repel the Germans and Italians were the local muslim Bedouin tribes, whose same descendants ironically attacked the graves this week.

    The Aussies adopted the moniker « Rats of Tobruk » after a Radio Berlin broadcast referred to the Australians as « caught like rats in a trap ».
    Diggers fought to keep the land free.
    The Diggers considered the nickname as a badge of honour . During 1942 the 9th Division, four Australian destroyers and the RAAF squadrons fought with the British 8th Army at the battles of El Alamein in Egypt.

    In November 1942, with the Australians involved in some of the heaviest fighting, the Commonwealth force, under the command of British Lieutenant-General Bernard « Monty » Montgomery, finally defeated the Axis force led by the « Desert Fox » German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel.

  2. Une fois de plus, il faut que ce genre d’événements soit passé sous silence sous nos latitudes, la presse dite d’information et les médias français sont ils devenus couards a ce point pour que de telles ignominies soient escamotées au public.
    J’ai honte pour cette profession qui sans vergogne préfère lécher la main des politiques qui en retour savent leur renvoyer l’ascenseur ou les utiliser pour cacher leurs communes turpitudes.

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