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.