The Libyan rebels are an incredible bunch. Not only have they had to fight against a well trained & well supplied army, they have also had to make do with whatever they can get together for weapons. NATO coutnries don’t think that supplying anyone in Libya with arms is a good idea (not that it probably isn’t happening anyway) so the rebels are having to re-purpose captured Gaddafi military hardware and turn it to their own ends. The following videos come from an in-depth resource on the resistance movement in Libya – http://alive.in/libya – and paint a ballsy picture of the brave men who are fighting for a fair deal for themselves and their families.
Personally, I think that the outside world should be suplpying the rebels. It seems strange that we approve of spending an incredible ammount of money on air strikes that are ostensibly to avoid the rebels being slaightered under a disproportionate power balance, while the rebels continue to die in high numbers because they are fighting a sophisticated, modern army with a hodge-podge of weapons and tools. Surely it would be less costly, more expedient and more effective to provide the rebels themselves with weapons.
Here are the videos, in order and linked to the original posts on alive.in/libya
Cut off a chopper and welded to a ute (that’s Australian for pickup). I sometimes wish I had these in traffic!
Taken from the back of a truck-mounted GRAD launcher, these six tubes have been salvaged from the original 40-tube launcher and re-purposed into a more portable and useful ute-mounted version.
Finally, this beautiful piece of workmanship is a homebrew shoulder-mounted rocket launcher, designed to launch the aforementioned S5 rockets. Notice the awesome re-use of a doorbell buzzer for the ‘arm’ switch… Totally badass.
I also just discovered this Al Jazeera news video documenting the DIY weapons builders. It includes an R/C car mounted with a rifle!
Keep your chins up, Libyan rebels! We are behind you and support your march towards freedom from tyranical rule.