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The New Libya: Be Afraid; Be Very Afraid

I have been saying for months that the “Arab Spring” uprisings in the Middle East will probably end very badly, and this is looking to be especially true in Libya. As I noted in February, it is clear that Mustafa Abdel Jalil is an Islamist, but the more I look into the situation, the worse it gets. While watching al Jazeera yesterday, one of the guests was Omar Ashour. During the show, he mentioned that Jalil may have been a former member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. This is a well-known terrorist organization that officially merged with al Qaeda on November 3, 2007! (1) I thought I had heard wrong; how could the Western world be so stupid as to be dealing with a  person who may have a history of membership in a known terrorist organization? (Actually,  given our history of failed interference in foreign countries, ranging from the causing of the Viet Nam war by falsely reporting that one of our ships was fired upon by the North Vietnamese in the Gulf of Tonkin, to the birth of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, to other stupid foreign intervention ideas like the Bay of Pigs,  I guess it is not too surprising.) If you want to see just how bad the CIA record is, or how incompetent they have been, just read Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIA Anyway, I thought that maybe there was a mistake, so I dug a little deeper.

It turns out that the bulk of the “Libyan resistance” is based in the northeastern area of Libya. This is an area that includes Benghazi and Darnah. As pointed out in “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters In Iraq“, over 60 percent of the terrorists in Iraq whose records were captured in 2007 who came from Libya came from Darnah, while almost 24% came from Benghazi. Also, as shown in the graph below, Libya  was where the greatest number of terrorists in Iraq came from, in terms of terrorists per capita. It turns out that this northeastern portion of Libya is the home of the Harabi tribe. This tribe tends to be dominated by Islamists. Some of the known members of the National Transitional Council, including Mustafa Abdel Jalil, are members of this tribe. A very interesting and detailed article was written back in March shortly after the fighting started in Libya called “The CIA’s Libya Rebels: The Same Terrorists who Killed US, NATA Troops in Iraq“. The article subtitle was “2007 West Point Study Shows Benghazi-Darnah-Tobruk Area was a World Leader in Al Qaeda Suicide Bomber Recruitment.”  This article points out:

The most striking finding which emerges from the West Point study is that the corridor which goes from Benghazi to Tobruk, passing through the city of Darnah (also transliterated as Derna) them (sic) represents one of the greatest concentrations of jihadi terrorists to be found anywhere in the world, and by some measures can be regarded as the leading source of suicide bombers anywhere on the planet. Darnah, with one terrorist fighter sent into Iraq to kill Americans for every 1,000 to 1,500 persons of population, emerges as suicide bomber heaven, easily surpassing the closest competitor, which was Riyad, Saudi Arabia.

Of course, we are supposed to believe that they have seen the evil of their way and are now all for democracy, but i don’t buy it. There is a well known principle of taqiyya in Islam, which amounts to deliberate deception. Lie, cheat, murder; it is all allowed, and in fact encouraged, in Islam as long as it advances the spread and power of Islam. (And, lets not forget the mysterious murder of Abdul Fatah Younis after he was summoned to Benghazi by the National Transitional Council. He was in competition with Jalil for leadership of the NTC. He was also a member of the Harabi tribe. Perhaps he knew something damaging about Jalil or other members of the NTC. Perhaps it is just the usual “Muslims behaving badly.” The people in the West are just too naive and ignorant of the ways of Islam to recognize the truth, even when it is right in front of them.

The identity of some of the  members of the National Transitional Council has not been released. Why is that? We are told it is for the safety of those people. But, the question is, safety from who? Are they afraid that if their identities become known they might be met with a hellfire missile suppository from the drones that we operate over Libya? It is well known that the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group were based in the northeaster portion of Libya. This group officially merged with al Qaeda in 2007. And, it was just announced that the new military leader in Tripoli is Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who was a member of the LIFG. Are we really so stupid that we are going to give billions of dollars to an unknown bunch of Muslims, many of whom are obviously Islamists, and some of whom almost certainly were, and maybe still are, jihadists? And lets not forget that Libya is a nation, with a military and military weapons. Are we now prepared to give al Qaeda its own nation with a huge armory that can be turned against us?

We discovered, thanks to al Qaeda documents captured in 2007, that a huge percentage of the suicide bomber fodder in Iraq came from one location; northeastern Libya. Is it a coincidence that the heart of the rebel force comes from the Benghazi area, which is in northeast Libya? I don’t believe in coincidences.

Those documents were analyzed by West Point to try to determine common beliefs and ideologies and backgrounds of al Qaeda suicide bombers. They found:

According to West Point authors Joseph Felter and Brian Fishman, Saudi Arabia took first place as regards absolute numbers of jihadis sent to combat the United States and other coalition members in Iraq during the time frame in question. Libya, a country less than one fourth as populous, took second place. Saudi Arabia sent 41% of the fighters. According to Felter and Fishman, “Libya was the next most common country of origin, with 18.8% (112) of the fighters listing their nationality stating they hailed from Libya.” Other much larger countries were far behind: “Syria, Yemen, and Algeria were the next most common origin countries with 8.2% (49), 8.1% (48), and 7.2% (43), respectively. Moroccans accounted for 6.1% (36) of the records and Jordanians 1.9% (11).”2

This means that almost one fifth of the foreign fighters entering Iraq across the Syrian border came from Libya, a country of just over 6 million people. A higher proportion of Libyans were interested in fighting in Iraq than any other country contributing mujahedin. Felter and Fishman point out: “Almost 19 percent of the fighters in the Sinjar Records came from Libya alone. Furthermore, Libya contributed far more fighters per capita than any other nationality in the Sinjar Records, including Saudi Arabia.” (See the chart from the West Point report, page 9)2

But since the Al Qaeda personnel files contain the residence or hometown of the foreign fighters in question, we can determine that the desire to travel to Iraq to kill Americans was not evenly distributed across Libya, but was highly concentrated precisely in those areas around Benghazi which are today the epicenters of the revolt against Colonel Gaddafi which the US, Britain, France, and others are so eagerly supporting.

As Daya Gamage of the Asia Tribune comments in a recent article on the West Point study, “…alarmingly for Western policymakers, most of the fighters came from eastern Libya, the center of the current uprising against Muammar el-Qaddafi. The eastern Libyan city of Darnah sent more fighters to Iraq than any other single city or town, according to the West Point report. It noted that 52 militants came to Iraq from Darnah, a city of just 80,000 people (the second-largest source of fighters was Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, which has a population of more than 4 million). Benghazi, the capital of Libya’s provisional government declared by the anti-Qaddafi rebels, sent in 21 fighters, again a disproportionate number of the whole.”3 Obscure Darnah edged out metropolitan Riyadh by 52 fighters to 51. Qaddafi’s stronghold of Tripoli, by contrast, barely shows up in the statistics at all. (See chart from West Point report, page 12)

The chart is reproduced next:

What explains this extraordinary concentration of anti-American fighters in Benghazi and Darnah? The answer seems related to extremist schools of theology and politics which flourished in these areas. As the West Point report notes: “Both Darnah and Benghazi have long been associated with Islamic militancy in Libya.” These areas are in theological and tribal conflict with the central government of Colonel Gaddafi, in addition to being politically opposed to him. Whether such a theological conflict is worth the deaths of still more American and European soldiers is a question which needs urgently to be answered.

We also know that this same group has been telling us bald-faced lies. A few days ago, they announced that they had captured most of Gaddafi’s sons. The next day, Saif al Islam made a triumphant appearance at a Tripoli hotel. Oops! And, it was later admitted that they did not have any of the other sons. “Oh, we had them, but they escaped.” Sure. And “I used to be a jihadist, but trust me, I’m all for secular, pluralistic democracy today!” Oh, and like the socialists that they have announced they will be in the (possibly fake) draft constitution that was leaked a few days ago, they are telling Italy and France and anyone who will listen that they must be given a couple of billion dollars. Now! Or else! .

Meanwhile, Gaddafi’s weapons, including mustard gas and tens of thousands of shoulder fired anti-aircraft missiles are up for grabs. In fact, it was reported that rebels had grabbed at least 2500 SA-7 missiles, which I suspect are out of the country and on their way to various jihadists in the United States and Europe. And, there are tons of yellow cake uranium that could be used for dirty bombs. (Or, in the hands of Iran or North Korea, made into nuclear weapons.)

It has been reported that the Libyan war has cost the United States, alone, almost $1 billion dollars. How about reimbursing us, first? And, how about extraditing the Pan Am bomber? (That won’t happen, unless we wisely snatch him in the confusion), since the new, draft constitution specifically says that Libya will not extradite anyone. Of course, if they intended to make Libya  into a jihad state, you would expect them to not allow any extradition of terrorists. And, today, the NTC officially announced that they will not allow the extradition of ANY Libyan citizens, thus confirming my suspicion, and lending further credibility to the validity of the released supposed constitution.

We need to insist on complete transparency, and the identities and background of all members of any proposed government before we give them billions of dollars and control over a massive arsenal, since if my suspicions are correct, they will simply use those assets against us.

Be afraid; be very afraid.

1) http://tarpley.net/docs/CTCForeignFighter.19.Dec07.pdf page 9

2) http://tarpley.net/docs/CTCForeignFighter.19.Dec07.pdf

3)Daya Gamage, “Libyan rebellion has radical Islamist fervor: Benghazi link to Islamic militancy, U.S. Military Document Reveals,” Asian Tribune, March 17, 2011, at http://www.asiantribune.com/news/2011/03/17/libyan-rebellion-has-radical-islamist-fervor-benghazi-link-islamic-militancyus-milit

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