What is next for Libya? Is al-Qaeda the future? Will the be cure for the repressive regime of Gadhafi’s be a worst night mare for the people of Libya particular the Woman?
This is the latest intelligence out of Libya and this has been a feared outcome of removal of Gadhafi.
According to Western counter-terrorism officials, al-Qaeda terrorists have established a 200-strong fighting force near the Egyptian border in eastern Libya. The creation of the al-Qaeda unit comes at the same time as the Libyan interim government is threatened by a growing internecine conflict among Libya’s myriad group of armed rebel militias.
The al-Qaeda terrorists, who had arrived in Libya in early 2011 at the time Muammar Gadhafi’s regime was rapidly ceding ground to Libyan rebels, were reportedly sent to Libya on personal orders from al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
The jihadists are purportedly led by a veteran al-Qaeda fighter known simply as “AA,” a terrorist insurgent who began his terror career fighting Soviet forces in Afghanistan before coming to Britain to recruit Muslims for al-Qaeda.
In 2005 “AA” had been detained by British authorities as a suspect in the July 2005 London subway bombing that killed 52 people and wounded more than 700, although he was never charged in that attack. By 2009 “AA” had left Britain to fight coalition forces on the Afghan-Pakistan border.
The efforts by al-Qaeda operatives to recruit Libyans to the jihadist cause were most recently seen in a December 2011 video the terror group posted on jihadist websites that exhorted Libyans to either “choose a secular regime that pleases the greedy crocodiles of the West…or you take a strong position and establish the religion of Allah.”
Of course, al-Qaeda doesn’t require many jihadist pep talks to convince Libyans to flock to its Islamist banner given that eastern Libya — which was described by the US State Department in 2008 as a “wellspring of Libyan foreign fighters” — has produced and exported a significant crop of al-Qaeda fighters over the years.
The danger of the Abra spring is a cure worst then the illness not only for the people of the country but for the world as a whole. There is no easy answer for free countries in making a decision to help oust a brutal Head of State but we need to consider carefully the end result.
This is particular true in Saudi Arabia as many on the left line up to throw the leaders of Saudi under the bus with displaced leaders of the Arab spring countries without considerations of what might follow. I don’t support all of Saudi Arabia approaches to governing, particular their suppression of woman, but if King Abdullah is given enough time he will make more changes.
One thing to remember about Saudi Arabia is their commitment to fighting terrorism and partnering with us in that effort. They know full well that they are the main target of the radial terrorist who want more than anything to bring them down.
What can you and I do to help stop violence in the world. First stay informed, get the facts not the press propaganda, about what the issues really are and then let your elected officials know what you want them to do. That does make a difference. Lets make some big changes in Washington in November.
Until next time Be Safe. Phil