TR1 wrote:Given how quickly much of Libya turned against Gadhafi, I think its pretty plausible the pilots just decided to bail.
Don't under-estimate the CIA.
They were able to enlist thousands of people into the "Contras" by paying them handsomely. Villagers who had no skills, no prospects, no future, and suddenly the CIA offered them 5-10x the average wage, so they became Contras.
The CIA has a remarkable ability to gather together an army of rebels that the Western/Zionist corporate media will then present to the world as a "popular uprising of desperate citizens yearning for freedom."
Then they have some profile of a "woman seeking revenge against the government for the murder of her son" and they have profiles on "former students turned revolutionaries, seeking freedom."
They fail to mention that most of the revolutionaries are bought and paid for and behind the scenes they have mercenaries [usually former special forces from the West/NATO, Australia, and Israel, along with bought and paid for turn-coats from the government army].