Who would have ever thought that less than 10 years after 9/11, an American President would be using our military to help Al-Qaeda fighters gain power in another nation. Yet, that’s exactly what’s going on in Libya today.
…Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader”.
…In other words, if you had the rebel commander, al-Hasidi, and Gaddafi in a room together and you only had one bullet, it would be a really tough call trying to figure out which one we’d want to shoot. Quite frankly, I’d have to admit that I’d be leaning towards blowing away al-Hasadi.
PS: You can tell Obama really put a tremendous amount of thought into this before he went to war — and, yes, that’s sarcasm. — John Hawkins — 3/25/2011
We should have never gotten involved in Libya in the first place. It was a poorly-thought-out decision to back the losing side of a civil war that could go on for years. Even if Gaddafi were killed tomorrow, we have ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA what kind of government could follow him. Could it be hostile to the United States? Yes. Could it be a pro-terrorist, radical Islamist theocracy? Sure. Could the nation split up into warring factions? Absolutely. Do we have the slightest idea how long we’ll be there or whether the United States will be better off without Gaddafi? No, we don’t. — John Hawkins, 6/01/2011
The black flag of Al Qaeda was hoisted in Libya yesterday as Nato formally ended its military campaign.
The standard fluttered from the roof of the courthouse in Benghazi, where the country’s new rulers have imposed sharia law since seizing power.
Seen as the seat of the revolution, the judicial building was used by rebel forces to establish their provisional government and media centre.
The flag has been spotted on the courthouse several times, prompting denials from the National Transitional Council that it was responsible.
Complete with Arabic script declaring ‘there is no God but Allah’ and a full moon underneath, it was hoisted alongside the Libyan national flag.
There are reports that extremists have been seen on Benghazi’s streets at night, waving the Al Qaeda flag and shouting ‘Islamiya, Islamiya! No East, nor West
A sudden lurch toward extremism will alarm many in the West who supported the ousting of Colonel Gaddafi.
…Last week, the country’s interim leader, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, declared that sharia will be the ‘basic source’ of legislation.
The chairman of the National Transitional Council has also declared the country’s future parliament will have an ‘Islamist tint’. — MailOnline, 1/11/2011
If only someone could have predicted that our involvement in Libya could turn into a disaster.