There are some writers of blogs who think that they know everything when it comes to the politics of a country like Libya. One particular blog writer has been very busy sliming the current leadership of Libya and attempting to claim that they are aligned with Al Qaeda, when in fact this is not the case. I will add here that I am of the opinion that the particular writer has committed libel against a former member of the National Transistional Council in regard to his comments linking the man to secret CIA and MI6 information. As a matter of fact the writer in question is 100 per cent wrong about that person. At the same time the blog author continues to be wrong in his assessment on Benghazi as he shrieks Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda… he is wrong again, and the good people of Benghazi have once again proven him to be an idiot.
The people of Benghazi are now faced with the shame of the death of the American Ambassador. What took place gives them a very bad name in international circles. There is indeed only a small minority that is involved in jihadist activity and most of them come not from Benghazi but from Derna, which is in the nearby mountains. Not long after Ambassador Stevens was killed, people took to the streets with their signs apologizing and stating that the killers do not represent them.
Now, CNN is reporting that a larger group of people from Benghazi have taken to the streets again to let the international community know that they apologize for what has happened. They also did something extraordinary. A group of people attached to the thousands who marched to say sorry, moved off to the building that housed Ansar al Sharia and they evicted them from that building. It has now been turned over to the Libyan army. They are also intent upon evicting the rest of the jihadists from other buildings that they have been occupying.
You can read the full story at the following link.
It is not just CNN that is reporting on this matter, and this time the subject is Derna which has always been a hotbed for the jihadists. First of all, I note that something which has not hit the news was the attacks on some elderly nuns and a priest in Derna. These are people who have been handing out free medicines and the like but these Catholics were attacked simply because they are Christians. However, many Muslims in Derna are hitting back. Oddly enough it is Yahoo News that is carrying the story. Within the story is the comments from a young Muslim preacher who has had death threats because he has spoken out. More telling is the comment from another resident in Derna who states the obvious about Sharia already existing. His comment is along the lines of the fact that what needs to happen first is that the country reforms and then they can talk about sharia law.
It must always be remembered that Libya is already under Sharia law. Sharia law is not being imposed upon the people, like some have ignorantly stated. What is interesting though is that these people from around Benghazi and Derna state the obvious in that they do not want someone telling them how to dress etc. etc. Importantly, the people of the region want the police and army, not the militias.
It seems that the death of Ambassador Stevens has been a catalyst but not in the expected way. Rather it is a catalyst because people are uniting against those militias. I now hope that some good will come as a result of the deaths of 4 Americans and 10 Libyans who died on September 11.
Update: This news really is astounding but it seems that once again the people of Benghazi have led the way for the rest of the country. Benghazi evicted at least 2 of the Salafist militias. Their rage was against Ansar al Sharia, which has been accused of the assassination of the Americans (they deny that they are responsible). In Derna two units decided to go quietly, including the local unit of Ansar al Sharia. An order has been given by the President of Libya that all of these militias that are not government sanctioned must disband. Now this is being followed up by evictions in Tripoli. We have been waiting close to one year for these evictions to take place and at last there has been action.
Libyans do not want to be controlled by the Salafists. They do not want to be controlled by Muslim Brotherhood. That is why they voted for a group that are not affiliated with either, but they also voted for Independents who have their own set of allegiances. The truth is that the Libyans are not following the Islamist rule book in either Tunisia or Egypt. They do not want Mullahs having control over their lives. They do not want the purity police telling them what they can or cannot wear. This does not mean that they reject Sharia law, it simply means that they do not want government ruling their lives.
On the other side of the coin is the fact that the White House Administration and the Department of State has been caught lying through their teeth. The C- grade documentary had nothing to do with the attack on the Benghazi consulate. The early narrative claimed that members of the security detail ran away, but that is truly sliming the brave members of the 17th February Brigade who were charged with the security of the Americans. The fact is that 10 of their number died that night, and others were wounded. It is possible that some within their ranks were a part of the plot, but then again we do not have all of the facts. Yes, it is true the Libyan security team were the ones that were also killed and injured. Much had been made of the bloody hand prints on the wall. What is not clear to me is whether those marks came from the Americans or from the Libyans who were killed and injured. One thing that is unanswered to me at the present time relates to the 6 people who had been released when the compound held by Ansar Al Sharia and the other group was overrun. Were these 6 criminals, or had they been captured?