THE British government took petty revenge after its client ‘revolutionaries’ were driven out of Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad by the Libyan armed forces yesterday, by announcing that five Libyan diplomats were to be expelled from the UK.
The diplomats were labelled ‘security risks’ by Foreign Secretary Hague, who told MPs that the five, which include the military attache, ‘could pose a threat’ to UK security.
After announcing the expulsion of the diplomats, Hague continued: ‘We also remain strongly committed to supporting the International Criminal Court in its investigations into crimes in Libya and to ensuring that there is no impunity for barbaric acts against the Libyan people.
Meanwhile, the Libyan allies of the British government were fleeing at great speed in the direction of Benghazi.
Overnight, the terrorist assault on Libyan cities including Tripoli, by British, French and US planes, continued.
John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, opposed the expulsions, telling News Line: ‘This is the very time when we should be launching negotiations to secure peace in Libya and when we should be opening up diplomatic lines of communication to prevent further deaths.
‘Britain’s role is being seen by many as an invasion of this country and these expulsions can now be seen as confirmation of that.’
But the Stop the War campaign refused to comment on this burning issue, which could see the British government threatening to take action against ordinary Libyan residents in this country to try to whip up some pro-war feeling.
Meanwhile, prime minister Cameron said the UK was not ruling out providing arms to rebels in ‘certain circumstances’, but no decision had yet been taken.
Russia’s Foreign Minister said that in Moscow’s view the ‘international coalition’ did not have the right to arm the anti-Gadaffi forces.
Meanwhile, on the approaches to Brega, hundreds of cars and small trucks heading east clogged the highway.
As they clustered at a fuel station between Brega and Ajdabiyah, a single artillery shell or rocket exploded several hundred yards away, causing the rebels, who were chanting ‘God is great’ and waving assault rifles, to jump into their vehicles and speed eastward.