The good news and the bad news – Tunisia style

The BBC is reporting that Tunisia has convicted 20 people over riots outside the U.S. embassy in September 2012. That sounds like good news… but….

They were given a suspended sentence.

According to the report, the Tunisian government is cracking down on the extremists. On the surface it looks like a crackdown until you get to the bit that the sentences were suspended.

So what is else is happening for the BBC reporter to be making that claim of a crackdown? Well it seems that Ansar al-Sharia have been active in Tunisia. No one should be surprised with that news because Tunisians were involved in the attack on the US consulate in Benghazi. One man was arrested, but the Tunisian authorities quietly set him free.

Now what I really see as bad news is the fact that Mohammed Magarief has stepped down as President in Libya. This was due to the fact that the militants had demanded legislation that does not permit people associated with Gadhafi to be in power. In Magarief’s defense, he was involved with Gadhafi prior to 1980. He fled to the U.K. and had been in opposition since that time. I see no evidence that he was ever involved in any form of violence… but we shall see.


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