Monthly Archives: August 2014

Ah!!! Now it makes sense


Associated Press have an interesting story/commentary regarding the Egyptian/UAE/Saudi Arabia action in Libya. After reading only the first few paragraphs, I can see how it all makes sense.

General Kalifah Hifter is considered by western media to be a renegade general…. but is he? This general was an ally of Gaddafi but at the end of the regime he turned and sided with the opposition in the civil war.

Libya has really made the effort to turn things around but the government that was elected has been a very weak instrument with no strong person being able to take control and restore order. As a result of this weakness, one can see that things have not been going well in Libya:

1. The militias such as the group from Misrata refused to go home and they continued to be a presence in Tripoli. The newly formed government had been unable to control this particular group that had refused to give up their weapons.

2. Libya failed to rebuild their armed forces, leaving security to militias such as the men from Zintan, and the 17th February Brigade.

3. The new government failed to control other militias such as Ansar Al-Shariah, leaving the whole country vulnerable to their whims… which in turn led to the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi as well as attacks on the U.K. and other western consulates.

4. Whilst the people of Benghazi took matters into their own hands and chased out Ansar al-Shariah, this group returned and began a new reign of terror; this in turn led to the assassination of 2 prominent women politicians during the last Libyan election.

5. The group from Misrata had been allowed to enter the General Assembly in Tripoli and to make demands that saw several prominent people resigning, leaving the Assembly in the hands of Islamists. The issue had been that the men forced to resign had links to the government of Gaddafi, even though they did not agree with what Gaddafi had been doing e.g. the former Libyan Justice Minister fits into this category. 

6. Towards the end of the last General Assembly there was a change of Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister did not want to leave. Please bear with me because there is a link to what is happening now in Tripoli with the demand that the old General Assembly be re-established meaning that there are now 2 governments with the men of Misrata claiming that the parliament that is now located in Tobruk is not legitimate, even though the people voted for those who make up that Assembly.  (It makes sense when one realizes that the old Assembly had more Islamists involved in trying to frame a constitution than the make up of the new Assembly).

7. The “renegade” general began his work of taking care of the Islamists in Benghazi. Over a number of months the general had been busy taking care of groups such as Ansar al-Shariah and running them out of town. His targets are the Islamists. He has been somewhat successful in taking some of them out. 

What this AP article tells me, is that the renegade general has the backing of Egypt/UAE/Saudi Arabia. Therefore it makes sense that Egypt/UAE decided that they had to act to try and stop the Islamists from Misrata from taking over the Tripoli airport.

According to this report, General Khalifta is a rebel, but is he in fact a government rebel or is it merely that he disagrees with the US? This is a question that I am raising because something tells me that the General has the support of the elected assembly to go ahead and take care of the Islamist militias. The militia from Zintan is pro-government and they were not the target of the general. However the men from Zintan were recently defeated on the ground at the Tripoli airport despite the efforts of Egypt and UAE to bomb the positions of the men from Misrata.  Does any of this make a lot of sense?

Yes, to me it is now beginning to make sense. During the Libyan civil war that led too the ousting of Gadhafi one of the main backers of the “rebels” was Qatar. The Qatari have also been backing ISIS and ISIL. The other main backer was Turkey. On top of that France, the UK, Canada, the USA and NATO worked together to protect the people of Libya who were facing annihilation at the hands of Gaddafi. It must be remembered that at the point that the bombing began, Gaddafi forces were on their way to Benghazi and those forces were primed to annihilate the community. That community was made up of more than the Islamists, and included people who hated Gaddafi’s guts sufficiently enough to side with what would be seen as their own natural enemies. People were being murdered in the streets by the hired snipers from Mali and other African nations who were loyal to Gaddafi.  In fact Misrata was another example of where Gaddafi was determined to massacre his own people, holding them as hostage in the town square and his forces firing upon people as they moved about. Similar stories came out of Zintan and Tripoli. In one instance a little girl was shot by a sniper in her own bedroom!!  There were many atrocities committed by Gaddafi but the other side was not without blemish either.  (Note: I believe that not every cry of Alluah Akbar is the curdling cry before slaughter because the English translation allows me to see that a person might in fact mean that someone like Gaddafi does not take the place of Allah or God – I first got this understanding during the trouble in Iran in 2009, and again when Gaddafi soldiers were willing to kill medics who were on the battlefield to attend to the needs of the wounded. There was one instance when a medic was killed and the soldier was demanding that he give allegiance to Gaddafi which he refused to do, leading to his death). 

Keeping all of this in mind, we need to recall that the Libyan “government” has remained weak, and that the US as well as the NATO nations have not given any direct assistance to help with getting new security forces up and running. I think that this was a real failure on behalf of the rest of the world. It has been a missed opportunity.  The people behind the rebel council did not want boots on the ground during the civil war because they did not want the involvement of Al Qaeda. They understood very well how such action by these western nations could lead to Islamists being motivated to enter Libya and to fight against the rebel alliance, rather than for the rebel alliance.  Qatar was behind the LIFG which was headed by a man who had been in Afghanistan and who had been “extradited” back to Libya thanks to the British and the USA. He is now suing the British over that rendition. You see the torture that he and his wife underwent has shown him to be a strong opponent as far as Gaddafi was concerned, but his party did not gain any traction following the first set of elections in Libya.

Egypt shares a border with Libya. The last thing Egypt needs is a country that supports Islamists, and especially one that has seen the rise of Muslim Brotherhood. I assume that the “rebel” general is an anti-Islamist and that explains why Egypt would be supporting him. The involvement of UAE and Saudi Arabia at first glance seems to be less clear, except that both have a lot to lose if the Islamists are successful.

It is all tied up with the “Arab Spring” movement that began in Tunisia and then moved to several other Arab States including Egypt as well as Libya and Syria. The Syrian Civil War is bogged down because Assad has proved too strong. What Assad has done is also reprehensible, but that is not the true issue, since the failure to act has meant that groups such as ISIS and ISIL, AL-Nusra Front, the Free Syrian Army etc. moved in to battle Assad. On the other side is Iran and Hezbollah from Iran. it is not in the interests of Saudi Arabia or UAE for any of these groups to be successful.  Egypt has already faced security issues on the border with Libya and this would be a further incentive to try and check the activities of the Islamists.

Libya, on the other hand shares a border with several other states, including Algiers, Nigeria, Mali and Tunisia.  If the Islamists were successful in taking over in any of these countries (and they seem to run Tunisia) then Egypt’s position in particular remains very vulnerable with regard to Muslim Brotherhood attempting to stage another takeover in Egypt.

 

 

Well, well, well, not just the story of the three wells…. Who performed the airstrike in Libya?


Last week there was an airstrike in Tripoli performed by an unknown source, or at least that is what we were told last week!!

It looks like Egypt and the UAE have decided to take matters into their own hands in an effort to assist the elected Libyan government.

It has now been revealed that the unknown Air Force strike was performed by the team of Egypt and UAE. I am not surprised by this development.

The militia from Misrata are Islamists, but I do not know if they are in fact jihadis since they seem to be preoccupied with Libyan affairs, rather than worrying about establishing the Ummah. During the time since Gaddafi was defeated the Islamists from Misrata have remained dominant on the political scene. There have been several times that the parliament was raided by “Islamists” from Misrata and making certain demands. The elected Assembly gave into a number of those demands, including one where the interim president was forced to step down because of his past association with Gaddafi. In the period leading up to the election this year, the prime minister was ousted and a new one was named. When the election was held, the voter turn out was low because of the intimidatory tactics of some Islamists in places such as Benghazi. At least one woman politician was assassinated around the time of the elections (the most prominent of these women was a pro-western moderate). 

The people from Misrata were upset because their choice as Prime Minister was overthrown. They claim that the newly elected parliament is not legitimate and they are insisting that their choice be reinstalled, even though the Islamists lost ground as a result of that election.

What these people want is that Libya follow the Sharia Law in all of its facets. This is nothing new and they were promised as much at the time that Gaddafi was overthrown. Many in Libya have other ideas and these are the pro-Western people. They remain at odds with the Islamists who are now seeking to control Libya.

This is where the alliance of Egypt and UAE is so critical, because both of these countries are moderate as far as Islam is concerned. The Muslim Brotherhood experiment in Egypt was a total disaster. The Muslim Brotherhood tried to take control of Libya and apparently did quite well in the first Assembly election, and the Muslim Brotherhood gained a vital foothold in Tunisia. These three countries were at the heart of what is known as the Arab Spring, which really should have been dubbed the Arab Winter. When Morsi was overthrown by General Al-Sissi in Egypt it was the beginning of the end for the Muslim Brotherhood.

However, I am only telling a very small part of the whole story. There is a lot of intrigue in this story and it seems that there are tentacles that have spread from one Middle East country to the next involving the “radical” elements. Of course, if one understands Islam it becomes clear that these elements are not radical because they are following in the footsteps of the founder of their cult.  What might have escaped your attention during the latest round of Israel vs. Hamas is that there was an incursion at the border between Egypt and Libya where several Egyptian military or security personnel lost their lives. It would seem to me that Egypt has its own security in mind when it decided to take action against these militants in Libya.

It is not well known that the UAE has been somewhat supportive of Israel. For all intents and purposes, the UAE maintains the usual anti-Israel attitude. However, behind the scenes, both UAE and Egypt recognize that there is a need to keep Israel in the Middle East. There is no doubt a genuine fear that Muslim Brotherhood could try to take over in the UAE and it is thus better to strike so that the militants will lose their current training base. Thus we have a possible motive for the UAE to decide to take action.

If the militants from Misrata are successful in wresting the control of the Libyan Parliament from the pro-western moderates, then we would have an unhealthy game changer. If the Islamists gain control then Egypt will continue to face more incursions from militants and there could be other attempts at destabilization.

Egypt did not tell the USA that it was going to strike the Tripoli airport. I think that this was a good move by Egypt to not divulge what they intended doing. The U.S. officials at present are an absolute joke and they only serve to make matters worse in the region. Besides, it is fun to see those officials being upset over this military action.

So, what will happen next? I do not know… but it looks like Egypt is prepared to intervene. You can read more about what took place and why in this article.

Watch this space – India vs. Pakistan


If only this heading was about a cricket match because then I would simply ignore the whole thing ( I am not a fan of either India or Pakistan when it comes to cricket!!).

Unfortunately there are border tensions between India and Pakistan, as reported by Reuters. The tensions are not new, but what I fear is that there could be an escalation of those tensions that could lead to yet another regional war.

The issue remains the Kashmire region of India. Pakistan want this territory. I feel sure that there are Indians living in that region who do not want to be a part of Pakistan… but you can easily get the picture.

At this stage it is a situation to watch. Personally I do not trust Pakistan because I think that if Pakistan got a win over the Kashmir region that they would use this as a springboard to try and invade India and to then force Hindu and Christian Indians to convert to Islam.

About Tripoli in Libya, not Lebanon


As expected, Libya remains an issue on the international scene. The current protagonists are: the militia of Zintan which is the pro-government nationalist militia, and the militia of Misrata which is described as an Islamist group.

As far as I am concerned the Islamist militia of Zintan is not necessarily concerned with Al Qaeda. During the Libyan civil war I saw no evidence to connect this particular group to Al Qaeda but that is certainly not the case with groups that originated in Benghazi.  One has to look at the construction of the name of the group to get an idea of where they stand on various issues. I maintain that just because a group is seen as being Islamist does not mean that they totally follow the extremism of ISIS, ISIL, Al Qaeda etc. etc. I believe that actions speak louder than words.

On this score I want to point out that during the “first Libyan Civil War”, the militia from Misrata was made up of men who had been teachers and other professionals, who took up arms in a common cause. Some men in Misrate have been known for their more “traditional views”. For example, when one father had discovered that his daughters had been raped, he slit their throats because of the family dishonour. This action was condemned by others in Misrata including at least one imam who was then attempting to dissuade others from taking a similar action.

I do not see any value in making outlandish claims that somehow this Islamist group is associated with the current White House Administration. Yes, during that civil war arms were supplied but those arms came from other countries, such as from France, and they were sent to the people of Misrata via boat (sent from Benghazi to Misrata) at the request of Qatar. Now it could be that the arms supplied by Qatar to Misrata were purchased from the USA, so again anything is possible. What I do think is that this particular militia are nationalist in the same way that the group from Zintan is nationalist. The difference seems to be that of loyalty to the present government.

The militia from Zintan seems to favour the government. They are trusted by the government. This group is also responsible for guarding  a member of the Gaddafi family. They have not done him any harm. On the other hand the militia from Misrata was blamed for the death of Gaddafi and his son. I will add here I am not surprised that they took care of Gaddafi in that manner, especially as a result of the conditions of that civil war were bad enough to have caused many to have an extra big grudge against that man!! The militia from Zintan have been true to their word where government is concerned.

So, why is there a conflict in and around Tripoli? It has a lot to do with people jockeying to impose their ideal on the rest of the nation where government is concerned. The new government does not have the dominance of the Islamists. There is no point being upset about the make up of the new government if the people refused to vote!!  What the People from Misrata want is to impose Islamist rule upon all others. The others seem to want a more western style of government. What was thrown out when Gaddafi and his family were thrown out was in fact a Marxist government.

It is necessary to watch the situation in Tripoli in ordder to find out what is happening in Libya. The country remains unstable, yet, with changes at the top and in government, this particular country seems to be heading in the direction of democracy but we have to wait and see.

The Islamists of Misrata want to impose their brand of Islamization, but we shall have to wait and see if they end up winning.

the real racists


The American Thinker has a story about the violence of the real racists in the USA. Where were the riots and the outrage when these young people lost their lives. One of them died as a result of a beating near a McDonalds store. The other died in a car crash as she was rushing to take the male to an emergency room.

Connection


Barry Soetoro – William Ayers – SDC – Kissinger (not to be confused with the diplomat) – Ferguson

You might wonder about this connection, but I suggest that you read this and the penny will drop into place.

Kissinger is the key here but there is a connection that shows the evil of the whole movement and how the people who were part of the SDC have continued to foment unrest convincing criminals that they are not responsible for their own actions, and that they are the victims of racism.

There is also a connection to the riots where so many Korean businesses were destroyed and more than 54 people lost their lives.

Where is justice for a real 9 year old black child from Chicago?


Antonio was just 9 years old when he raced from his home, being upset with his mother’s refusal to give him a cupcake. He was gunned down. No one knows who shot Antonio. I can safely assume that the person responsible was of the same ethnic origin. There is no mob to protest the death of this little cherub. There are no demands for justice, and there is no presence of Sharpton, Jackson or the Chump. There is no one to hear of the anguish of the mother of this child.

Why is it that the life of a real innocent is not considered to be worthwhile, yet when an 18 year old gang member dies, this causes a riot?

It reminds me of the Elvis Presley song that was about the ghetto of Chicago… and here we have another mother crying for her beloved child.. but no one cares to even look for the killer.