One might ask, why is security in Libya important? This is a very serious question because the Libyan government itself is trying to do its best to become stable, yet there are interests attempting to keep that country unstable. The latest news out of Libya is not the death of a punk by the name of Chabali, but the bombarding of the Tripoli airport and the withdrawal of the U.N. staff from Tripoli.
The elected Libyan government had remained weak. The militia had maintained control and they continued to oust the leaders, especially any leaders who had ties to Gadhaffi. When weapons were given to the militias for the purpose of defeating Gadhaffi, no one gave a thought to what would happen after he was ousted. Since then we have discovered a very weak Libya that has not been able to fully control the Islamists. One renegade general is attempting to take on the Islamists. Did he kill Chabali? Actually, I do not think so, and it would seem that Chabali most likely fell foul of other Islamists who then captured, probably tortured and then murdered him.
However, there is a much deeper story to consider than worrying about some punk who has been killed. Who is behind the militias who have been turning on the Libyan government and for what purpose? Who is providing them with weapons.
It looks like Libya is now asking for on the ground support to shore up the weak government and to stabilize the country. This request makes a lot of sense, especially if one studies the location of Libya and how it is vital for Islamists to retain some kind of control over that country.
Libya borders Chad, Egypt, Tunisia and Algeria. Under Gadhaffi Libya was sponsoring the terrorists who were trying to take over the government of Mali. Those terrorists were expelled into the desert. Other Islamic groups also need somewhere that they can hide and train as they prepare to wreak havoc on the world. The Libyan government is not a part of that scene, and the Libyan people as a whole are not a part of that scene, since the majority are Islamic Sufi or Sanusi, rather than being Sunni or Shia. This of course does not mean that the Muslim Brotherhood had not attempted to gain a foothold in Libya, they just went under the name “Justice Party”.
What the Libyans did, when they turfed out Gadhaffi was to bring their country out of Marxism and back to their modern Islamic roots. A substantial number of Libyans, especially from Benghazi are in fact West friendly.
Where I am uncertain is the nature of the relationship between the current Egyptian government and Libya. It could be that al-Sissi is a “friendly” where Libya is concerned. On the other hand the relationship with Qatar is one that is marred by Qatar’s sponsorship of the Islamist factions during the civil war. Could it be that Qatar is sponsoring the weapons purchases of the militia? Nothing is very clear as far as these relationships are concerned.
It is far better to have Libya neutralized than to have that country supporting Islamists elsewhere. One cannot stop those Islamists who are determined to spread the Ummah, so let them go and get themselves killed in Iraq or Syria. For that reason, it is not such a bad idea to give Libya sufficient support on the ground so that the new government can get on with the job of establishing itself.
I will be watching this situation for futher developments.