Monthly Archives: October 2011

Brave New World


The fruits of Østupid’s interference in the Middle East might already be ripening. The subject matter here is not Libya, but it is Tunisia. As you should be aware Tunisia held elections over last weekend, and the party with the biggest percentage of votes was Ennhada which is loosely associated with Muslim Brotherhood. The front man, who is most likely to end up as President is a man who was in the UK in exile until he returned to Tunisia. He has been showing a moderate face to the world. He claims that Ennhada is moderate and that they will encompass the many reforms already in place (such as allowing women to vote). The alternative in Tunisia is a centre-left or probably extreme left wing group.

I do not doubt that Zine Ben Ali had to go  because his government was corrupt and the people of Tunisia were suffering in similar ways to the people in Libya. In other words people were imprisoned on the slightest of pretexts. I can argue the same against Hosni Muburak, that the Egyptians found themselves in a similar position.

What all three countries have in common happens to be that the dictator in charge would not allow the people representation in a democratic way, and that they had forbidden political parties. Keep this in mind please – if Ennhada, or Muslim Brotherhood had been allowed to form their political party, over time people would probably have stopped supporting them as soon as they realised that they were giving up freedoms. The Libya LIFG faced the same difficulties as Muslim Brotherhood and Ennhada.

To our western minds it is difficult to comprehend why the people who voted for these representatives have done so, but that is because we do not totally understand what makes them tick. Some of the media stories immediately after the election might give some clue as to why Ennhada won so much of the vote. It was identification with the people because of the struggles of fighting against a corrupt regime. This is certainly true of Tunisia. Other than that the only other explanation is the fact that there has been a rise in fundamentalism within the Islamic countries, and the identification with Ennhada is a part of that fundamentalism. Even so, within Ennhada there are fundamentalists as well as moderates.

However, the warning bells are ringing about one of the Ennahada leaders, and he seems to be a man who is good with the taqiyyah. You can read about him in a post at Big Peace.

The interference by Østupid in Tunisia and Egypt was unwarranted. I keeps saying that Libya is different, and it is because the Libyan people in Benghazi asked for help in their struggle against their hated late dictator. Neither in Tunisia or in Egypt did the people face having bombs from aircraft raining down upon them, let alone Scud missiles, and the other forms of missiles that were used during the civil war. Only in Syria and in Libya have there been those snipers who have taken pot shots and killed hundreds who were protesting (and some were not even involved in protesting)… so yes there are big differences between them.

Libya is also different because, despite the screams coming from some very ill-informed commentators, Libya always had Sharia Law implemented. The system of law itself in Libya was two-pronged, using Italian and French codes for commercial purposes as well as Sharia for “domestic” purposes. When Mr. Jalil spoke about Sharia underpinning the Constitution he was saying nothing more than was necessary to instil confidence in the hardline Islamists who might have been wanting something else again. The reports I read indicated that he spoke only to the subject of interest rates and allowing polygamy which is not allowed in Libya at the moment. In other words it would be a relaxation of the present laws, not a hardening of them that was indicated.

What the ill-informed commentators do not comprehend is the actual history of Libya. When Idris became leader and was installed as king in Libya, after they won their fight to be free of Italy, Sharia underpinned the Constitution that was put in place. Under Gadhafi this did not change, but Gadhafi failed to introduce some reforms that were thought to be necessary, and he made up some of his own rules.

Libya is also different because Gadhafi had turned the country into a Marxist “paradise”. He even took businesses and private property away from the wealthy and gave those businesses to others (his cronies), and of course his cronies became very wealthy off the backs of the people of Libya. In an economy such as Libya’s it will be hard to get rid of many aspects of the Marxism that was put in place: free hospital and medical care, free dental, free education, free water and electricity. Yet the people have gained a bigger freedom – the right to breathe and talk without ending up being tortured in prison.

Because of that Western interference the Middle East is now less stable, and it is not Libya that is the cause of that instability, at this point in time. It is Tunisia and it is Egypt. There is a very real danger that either country can lurch towards a new fundamentalism, and there is an equal danger that these countries could end up swinging hard left, meaning that they could swing towards Russia and China.

In Libya the big losers were Russia, China, the African League and Iran. These were the backers of Gadhafi and they are the losers because of their attitudes. Russia and China played a merry little game in the UN, condemning NATO based upon the taqiyya of Gadhafi. The alleged deaths as a result of NATO bombing was never true, even though some people certainly died.  The winners are those who backed the Libyan people: France, the UK, Canada, and to a lesser extent the USA. Germany is amongst the losers, but Turkey, because of the diplomatic role it played is one of the winners.  I remain full of admiration for the role played by Turkey during some of the worst of what took place, this is despite the fact that I do not like Erdogan.

Whilst Libya as a nation is more settled, there are very high stakes in play in regard to Egypt and Tunisia. Iran wants control via Egypt and I fear that the Muslim Brotherhood could repeat the success of Ennahada in Tunisia. It might depend upon the perception of the people who actually vote to put an assembly in place, but I think that it is something that we need to consider. My biggest fear remains Mr Potato Head, or el-Baradei. He is not out of the picture and so he remains the “one most likely” to want to form an alliance with Iran. He is the man who is well acquainted with taqiyyah, and he is a man not to be trusted.

 

 

No boots on the ground?


Some very interesting details have been revealed about the assistance given to the Libyan revolutionaries during their struggle to oust the tyrant Moammar Gadhafi. Despite what some of you think, the issues surrounding the ouster were always based upon the hatred that ordinary Libyans had towards Gadhafi. The people who started the protests were the relatives of those who had been killed in 1996 at Abu Salim prison. For many years after their loved ones had “disappeared” they were not told the truth.  Even the LIFG was based more upon the ousting of Gadhafi than any other general aims regarding the ummah and the spread of Islam (at least for the men who were the former leaders and founders of the group).

One of the countries that was a big supporter of the Libyan NTC, and was in fact the first to recognize them was QATAR. Now, I need to find out more about Qatar and their aims and alliances because I do not think that everything is on the level. What has now been revealed is that Qatari soldiers did in fact join with the rebels in their struggle against Gadhafi. Everyone kept very quiet about their existence.

This seems to contradict the request that there be no boots on the ground from the NTC. However, I think that the particular request was aimed at Western powers – British, French and NATO countries in general – rather than being aimed at other Arab nations.

On top of this, it has also been revealed that Sudan supplied Misrata and other regions of Libya with weapons to use against Gadhafi. If you remember, the French did a weapons drop in the mountains region of the Berbers. Sudan chose to give the revolutionaries the weapons because Gadhafi had funded those in opposition to the government of Sudan. It is therefore not surprising that it is a case of karma – what goes around, comes around. Gadhafi had funded terrorism in those African nations and it came back to bite him in the butt!!

However, Sudan certainly acted alone because other African nations were in the pay of Gadhafi, especially countries such as Burkina Faso (sp). This brings up another piece of unverified information regarding Saif Gadhafi, as well as other family members who managed to flee across the border into Niger and Algeria. Once again, as I stated all along, Algeria had been hostile to the revolutionaries, and ditto for Niger, which is why I discounted some of the reports floating about regarding the transport of weapons. I still maintain that if weapons did flow across those borders then it was directl from Gadhafi trying to pretend that it was the revolutionaries, and that Chad, Niger and Algeria were backing up the deception on the subject.  However, back to Saif and General Senussi who is still alive. The latest intelligence is that they are attempting to negotiate to give themselves up to the ICC !! 

If the rumor is true, what becomes interesting is the reasons given: according to those sources, Saif and Senussi feel that it would be better to face ICC prosecution (I wonder why!!) than end up in the hands of the NTC. On top of that they have allegedly decided not to cross into either Niger or Algiers because of the money that is being requested by those countries.

Did you grasp that point? It seems that Algiers and Niger allowed the other members of the Gadhafi family to seek refuge because money was exchanged for the seeking of refuge. Why else would they refuse to give them up? Saadi is wanted by Interpol in relation to an investigation of an atrocity in Benghazi (relating to the football stadium). Yet Niger is refusing to give him up? Why? How much money exchanged hands for that asylum?  Ditto for the members of the family who fled to Algiers.

Some of the things that I am relating here are definitely things I describe as underhand. I most definitely want to know more about Qatar and its involvement. I knew that they were heavily involved but not by the supplying of boots on the ground. At least it is better that it was Arab boots.

This is consistent with the way in which Bahrain called in the Saudis to deal with their protesters. It might also point to the direction that Libya will take in the future, or it might even point to the fact that the Arabs are starting to stop relying on western powers and are more prepared to go it alone in other ways.

 

Classic Fail – you just have to read this!!!


The Daily Caller has a piece on the thoughts of King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia.  Now up until 2008 the USA had a good alliance with Saudi Arabia. Despite what you think the Saud family has provided a measure of stability in the region, and what is more the Saudis would have been a reliable ally against Iran (in fact they remain against Iran).

However, thanks to the left leaning and ill-advised Østupid, that person who is alleged to be cerebral (whatever that means because he is most definitely not intelligent), it looks as if King Abdallah is totally p’d off with Østupid. Abdallah was not happy in the slightest at the treatment given to Hosni Muburak, which is in direct contrast with the reactions to Moammar Gadhafi.

Threats in the region of the Middle East really do matter. This is why Saudi Arabia, the UAE and a few other countries actually have a nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, relationship with Israel. It seems that Israel is their means of keeping Iran at bay. It explains why Israel was able to get away with flying to Syria and taking out those nuclear reactors. Thank God they took out those reactors because in Assad’s hands the possibility would be quite dangerous.

The Arab League has turned its attention to Syria. The talks have begun and the first step in the urging of reforms. Even though there are a lot of similarities between the suppression in Libya and Syria, the Syrian people have not asked for outside help at the present time, and even if they did ask, Russia and China remain a stumbling block.  I am not sure if Saudi Arabia is a friend to Russia, and again, if they were to turn in that direction, it would be dangerous for the USA.

I really urge you to read the link that I have provided because this is evidence that Østupid has done a lot of damage with regard to Foreign Policy and that his actions have indeed caused further instability in the region. I certainly believe that the ouster of Muburak was a very bad thing (even though he was a tyrant who repressed his people) because Muburak had been a buffer between Iran and the other Middle East states. I certainly believe that the real thing to worry about in Egypt is any possibility of an alliance with either Russia or Iran.

 

Libya, Tunisia and Egypt – new directions?


I have written a much longer post on one of my other sites concerning this particular subject, and especially because I do think that a large number of people misinterpret the signs regarding each of these countries.  It is important to recognize that there are different forms of Islam represented by Sunni, Shia and their various offshoots. I remain very concerned about the direction of Egypt for a variety of reasons. I am concerned about what might happen next in Libya, but I do not see them forming an alliance with Iran. I am having a harder time analyzing the protest movement in Tunisia, Syria and Yemen for a variety of reasons, and I remain concerned about the possible general direction in each case.  At the heart of my concern is any possibility of an alliance with Iran. Only one country stands out and it is Egypt because I see the Muslim Brotherhood as the most likely to forge links with Iran.

The problem in both Egypt and Tunisia is that parts of the old regime have remained in place. It could be argued that this is also the case in Libya, especially with so many defectors, but I think essentially the ones who defected are good men at heart (with the exception of Moussa Khoussa).  Libya is not the same as Egypt but is probably closer to Tunisia with regard to religious affiliation. Tunisia is the most secular of the three countries from what I have learned about Tunisia. It is a former French colony. On the other hand, Libya is a former Italian colony. When it comes to the form of Islam it seems that the big difference is that the majority in Libya is neither Sunni nor Shia. The majority follow a form of Islam known as Sufi, and an offshoot known as Sanussi (which Gadhafi tried to suppress). The form of Islam in Libya is probably closer to Sunni than it is to Shia and this is due to the influence of Idris’s grandfather as well as the influence of the Sanussi form of Islam.

In Libya there was very little in the way of political structure. The country was made up of 3 regions, Tripolitania and Cyrenacia being the two biggest regions and also rivals of each other. This is a critical point because Idris had come from the Cyrenacia (sp) region, with Benghazi being the dominant city, and it was the eastern states of Libya that had wanted to throw off the yoke of the Itanlian colonial masters, and it was the eastern states who were the allies of the French and the British during the Second World War. The western states, with Tripoli as their capital were happy with the status quo, and they had supported the Fascists during the second world war. Idris had remained an ally of the British and the French and supported the British during the Suez canal crisis. This support would give rise to Gadhafi, as a young army officer, who thought that Nasser the Marxist was one real cool dude, gaining control via a coup when Idris had left the country to get some medical attention. The rest is history.

What these three countries have in common is the degree of suppression that the people endured. We in the West do not seem to have any real concept of the level of the suppression that was endured by the peoples of each of these countries. Hosni Muburrak was probably the least repressive of the three, but there are plenty of stories of people ending up in prison for things such as being dissidents and blogging about their anti-government ideas. In each country political parties were not allowed to be formed. Probably Gadhafi was the most vocal on the subject because he did not believe in any form of democracy whilst he paid lip service to the idea. In Libya there were regional committees but the idea was to keep these tribes apart, not to allow any form of cohesion.

Some critics of the Libyan revolution have consistently pointed out that Gadhafi provided cohesion of some sort that kept the tribal rivalries under control. However, I dispute the argument on the grounds that up until this bloody and savage revolution took place the people had not means of making contact with each other. They proved that they could form an alliance for the good of Libya to overthrow a most hated dictatorship. What we do not know, however, is what might lie ahead when it comes to forming government.

The current Libyan leadership is not aligned to Iran. In fact Iran was secretly supplying Gadhafi with weapons, even though Iran also gave medical aid to Benghazi at the height of the conflict. The current leadership is also not allied to Russia or China. In fact Russia and China have been the most vocal critics of the revolution, and its savage and bloody ending.  During the Gadhafi years, Libya was allied to the worst of the Marxist nations – Russia, South Africa, China, Venezuela and Cuba. In fact Libya was a Marxist nation. The people were given free education, free electricity and water, as well as free medicine. Of course they were paid very little out of the vast wealth that had flowed into Libya due to its oil.

The losers in the Libyan conflict seem to be Russia and China. They backed the wrong horse. The Russian and Chinese leadership must be fuming because of the demise of their ally. I must express a cautionary note here: until Saif Gadhafi has been captured, and the same for General Senussi, there is a real possibility that both Russia and China could do a little bit of mischief to try and cause destabilization. The Gadhafi family are not finished until they are actually wiped out. It sounds harsh to speak like that but it is a reality that we must accept in the long run.

I do think that the majority of the people in Benghazi are sincere in that they are pro-West. What we have to understand is that pro-West does not necessarily mean pro-Israel (but who knows, if they follow the example of Idris they could at least take a more neutral stance on the subject of Israel), neither does it mean that Islam will not be dominant. Libya is an Islamic country and its laws are already based upon Islam. What will be removed from those codes will be laws introduced by Gadhafi. There are some unknowns regarding matters relating to women wearing head covering. Most women in Libya already wear the hijab and a few wear the burqa and niquab. Unless the hardliners gained an upper hand in the country I cannot see attitudes changing all that much in the near future.

The challenge in both Tunisia and Libya is keeping out the hardliners. How can they keep the hardliners at bay? I think that this is a question that will be answered some time in the future.

 

 

Congratulations to Bobby Jindal


The news is that Bobby Jindal was re-elected as Governor of Louisiana getting 66% of the vote. Obviously there will be no run off election!! The Democrat who was his nearest rival got 18% of the vote.

Can anyone tell if the Dhimmicrats are on the nose?

Earthquake in Turkey


This is a big one, measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale. There is some news that at least 20 people have died. The quake struck in Van Province which is close to the Iranian border.

UPDATE: the death toll tally from the earthquake in Turkey has continued to rise. The latest figure that I have seen is 138, and the BBC report expects the toll to go much higher.

Taiwanese view of the Occubaggers


I love the Taiwanese animators. They really have a finger on the pulse. This video is really quite funny, and once you get past the 99% stuff there are some really good political points being made. Please check it out.

Melbourne sets a good example


A group of anarchists that had been “occupying Melbourne” and being a real menace to the way of life of ordinary citizens have been moved on by Victorian police.

Australia has not been afflicted by the same problems as the USA. We have not had the level of mortgage crisis that the USA has witnessed. This was yet another protest that was really stupid, and to prove the point, some of the poor little diddums cried when they were moved on by the police.

However, this is what the police everywhere should be doing with these people. They should have been evicted on Saturday, not almost a week later.

Let’s move them on and move them out.

UPDATE: Here is another article on the same subject, but this time it says that the anarchists were arrested. All the same, what a pathetic bunch that they had to scream and cry because they were told to move on.

Star Wars and Innovation?


I am delighted with the post from Rusty Shackleford over at MyPetJawa. I saw this picture in a news report, and I admit that I loved it because of the innovation involved and because this monstrosity was created out of necessity by engineers in Misrata. The engineers in Misrata came up with some really great war toys, but this one is the best!!

Rusty has pinged with the correct name for this contraption. It is the Jawa Sandcrawler. Perfect!!

Actually, it is a bulldozer that has been used and then reinforced with concrete. Its purpose is to be able to retaliate against the snipers. The item was to be used in Tripoli but was not needed, so they ended up taking it to Sirte to use against Daffy Duck and his merry band of thugs. It must have worked because after they brought it in Daffy and thugs decided to make a run for it, and were captured.

Endgame complete – beginning of a new era


Actually I should highlight the hypocrisy of the remarks made by Østupid in his remarks concerning the death of Moammar Gadhafi. It is hard to believe that the day has finally arrived where Gadhafi and another of his sons, the brutal Mutassim have been killed at Sirte. For the Libyans it is a final victory over what had been a most brutal dictatorship. Over the past months I had learned a lot about the brutality of the regime, and I have read about the aspirations of the people who are now freed from this most brutal dictator.

What can be expected now that Gadhafi is dead? In an Islamic country one must expect that any democracy that is formed will be based upon Islamic law. That sounds like an oxymoron. However, we have to respect the fact that not every country follows the Westminster system. For this reason it should be no surprise that any Libyan government that is formed will be based upon Shariah.

So, what exactly was it that these people wanted? It is here that you have to look more closely at what took place during the rule of Gadhafi and his henchmen. It all comes back to the national flag, because that flag is the key to understanding both the revolution that took place and what these people want in regard to what they term democracy. Believe it or not what they have rejected is in fact Communism. Yes, it is true. Gadhafi had imposed a system of government (if you can call it government) upon Libya that was in fact Communism. His was a Leftist rule. His allies were all Marxists. The green flag was a symbol not of Islam in this case but of Marxism. Ah the irony of the watermelon!!  This is absolutely classic because here is an example where Green was being used to hide the Red!!

Gadhafi had changed the name of Libya to be that of the Socialist Republic of Libya. Very few people outside of Libya have understood what in reality that meant to so many of the Libyans opposed to Gadhafi. The Green flag was a symbol of that Socialist Republic of Libya and it was a hated symbol, just like the Little Green Book of Gadhafi (aka the Little Red Book of Chairman Mao). This is why there was a lot of symbolism in the use of the old Libyan flag. What the people wanted was to shift their country away from Communism.

In the early days of the revolution I heard stories of business people who had their businesses taken away from them by Gadhafi, and they also lost shipments of their goods – just taken by the brutal regime. It would be fair to say that these people had a particular grudge over the loss of their livelihood. A lot of Libyans are still very capitalist at heart.

However, there are other questions that need to be answered. With those questions it remains a “wait and see” situation. I do think that some of the issues that were raised during the conflict need to be cleared up. One such issue relates to the “Al-Qaeda” question. Let me start with two men, one of them by the name of Belhadj who is a known Islamist. It is claimed that he had links to Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda, but I am not yet convinced that such links were true or real. Mr. Belhadj has been very upfront on the subject and with him it has not been taqiyya. Whilst it is true that Belhadj had been to Afghanistan, it is not necessarily true that he knew Osama Bin Laden and the reason that I make that statement is based upon the fact that Belhadj was in Afghanistan fighting with the Mujhadeen not against the Allies, but against the Soviets when they invaded that country in the 1980s. Osama Bin Laden did the same thing at the time. Mr Belhadj stated that he rejected the ideology of Osama Bin Laden, and for that reason I doubt that he would have allowed any military equipment to find its way into the hands of that outfit.  Belhadj is of interest because he was subjected to rendition, was forced back to Libya and was tortured for several years in prison. This also happened to another man, who is now suing the British Government over the rendition of himself and his family. Both men formed the LIFG. It has now been revealed that the LIFG was anti-Gadhafi rather than pro-Al Qaeda. You need to think about what that really means.

This brings me to the issue of those “missing weapons”. First of all, I question the statements of the group Human Rights Watch. As an extreme Left-wing organization they had an agenda. They lied about the number of people kidnapped, tortured and killed by the Gadhafi regime by grossly under-estimating the numbers involved. The people employed by the UN had a far better grip on the numbers that were killed in Misrata as an example. Then there were those killed in Zintan, Benghazi and other places. The NTC is itself exaggerating the numbers upwards with their claims of about 40,000 dead, but this is probably closer to the mark because in this last month alone several hundred died fighting to liberate Sirte from Gadhafi.  However, HRW was the one that was going around claiming that there were thousands of weapons missing from warehouses. I think that they are grossly overestimating the weapons.

The pro-Gadhafi people were giving the impression that it was the revolutionaries that were sending weapons across the border into Chad and Mali. If people have no understanding of Libya then it is easy to understand them thinking that this alleged weapons movement was being done by those who were alleged to have links to Al Qaeda. The fact is that the initial reports were a fabrication picked up and repeated many times by people who simply did not understand the nature of the borders of that country. They also did not understand that both the Chad and the Mali governments were Gadhafi allies, and that they willingly participated in the lie.

Why do I mention the borders? It is simple to explain why I questioned these stories when they first arose. The revolution started in Benghazi which is closest to the Egyptian border. There were no weapons crossing from Benghazi and Tobruk and into Egypt. There were other pockets of resistance such as Misrata, districts within Tripoli, the mountain region (the Berbers), Zawiyah and Zintan to name just a few places. Only the mountain region was close to these countries where the weapons allegedly crossed the border, but the point here is that these areas were poorly resourced for weapons.  Even in Benghazi there were no weapons that could have been transported. They were using what they found when they captured the fort.  It never made sense that they would have wanted to supply Al Qaeda.

One of the most distinguishing features of this revolution had been the way in which the people of Benghazi had been swift in taking control and restoring order to the streets. This was also noticeable in Tripoli when the fall of Tripoli finally took place (the pictures of the checkpoints in Tripoli were indeed quite hilarious – the Libyans have a good sense of humour). What is more, when the NTC was formed they were swift to deny any link to Al Qaeda, and their motivation for keeping out foreign boots was to ensure that there was no reason for Al Qaeda to become active in Libya. This is why the fact that it was a Libyan who killed Gadhafi is indeed a moment of triumph for the people.

That being said, Al Qaeda remains a threat if the NTC fails to swiftly establish the workings of a government. Whatever they set up, it must be inclusive of all the people, and that includes the few remaining Christians and Jews (their numbers are small because they were forced to leave the country pre-Gadhafi era). It means allowing the Berbers to have their own language. There are many obstacles that must be faced by the NTC before a final structure of government can be achieved. This is the time of wait and see. Of one thing I am certain. The Libyans have rejected Communism.

One real problem will be relationship with Iran. It did come out that the people in Benghazi accepted some aid from Iran. However, it was medical aid, not weapons. Iran was providing weapons to Gadhafi. Their offer of aid to Benghazi was probably an attempt to make sure that Iran was relevant in the future. However, I do not expect that the new Government in Libya will ally themselves with Iran. I expect that they will remain allies with the British and the French. This is an alliance that goes back to the Second World War when Idris allied himself to the British and the French and the Libyans from Benghazi and Tobruk, as well as the Berbers fought against the Nazis and the Fascists under Mussolini. Tripoli on the other hand had stayed loyal to Italy during the Second World War. The pay back for Idris had been British and French help in defeating the colonial masters of Italy in the years after the second world war and the establishment of the Kingdom of Libya – and then Gadhafi seized control of Libya.

It is more important than ever to continue to monitor Libya. These are big changes because with the death of Gadhafi the African League has lost a big sponsor. Those African nations that have been a big threat have lost their terrorist sponsor. The Tuareg tribe which is on the border of Algiers is one of the biggest losers with the death of Gadhafi. You can expect those nations to continue to turn to China and to the Soviets for sponsorship. One of Gadhafi’s biggest supporters had been the Marxist Zuma of South Africa. He is yet another who has had his funding cut from beneath him. The same goes for Mali and Niger, as both governments were willing to shelter Gadhafi if he had managed to cross the border. Algeria had been playing a double game, but not so with Tunisia. The Tunisians had been amongst the first to recognize and support the aims of the NTC.

We can expect that pressure will be applied to Algeria to send back the Gadhafi family, and yes at least one member of that group should face charges over the brutality displayed to staff members. Niger needs to be forced to send Saadi Gadhafi back to Libya or at least hand him over to Interpol – there is an arrest warrant for Saadi over the deaths of people in Benghazi.

Today is the real beginning of a new era in Libya. The people have an opportunity to live in a free society. We can only hope that they will appreciate the opportunity that has been handed to them now that they are freed from the tyranny of Gadhafi.