Have We Have Delivered Libya Into the Hands of Al Qaeda?
Now that Gaddafi is gone, our fears have not decreased.
The Daily Mail noted earlier this month:
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.
Change of regime? A trademark Al Qaeda flag was seen flying over Benghazi’s courthouse last week
Flying high: The Al Qaeda flag, with Arabic writing and a moon design, can be seen flying alongside a Libyan national flag above Benghazi’s courthouse
The flag has been spotted on the courthouse several times, prompting denials from the National Transitional Council that it was responsible.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich said recently:
What is going on in America? On the one hand, we have soldiers dying in Afghanistan fighting Al Qaeda. On the other hand, we just helped a group of people take over Libya and the Al Qaeda flag is flying over their capital city headquarters.
What are we doing? It is time for America to get its story and its priorities straight about what we stand for as a nation. Its time to get out of all these wars and all of these conflicts where we think we can play both sides against the middle and it usually ends up with U.S. soldiers getting killed.
Its time to bring our troops home and take care of things here at home…. We can’t tell the whole world what to do and we have an obligation to get our own house in order here at home and put people back to work.”
And Truthout notes today:
America appears to have “liberated” Libya right into quasi-theocratic governance, its transitional government announcing that the decision regarding what to do with the body of its summarily raped and executed former dictator would be taken by the head of the Islamic Fatwa society. This is not actually a problem for America, whose mind is on other things. “It may not be quite the country that NATO thought it was fighting for (when Sharia is implemented in Libya),” said Libya expert David Hartwell, senior analyst at HIS Jane’s. “But the huge amounts of oil and gas in Libya will make everyone learn how to reconcile themselves with the new Libya.”
Hey, what’s a little Al Qaeda among oil-sharing friends?
As I’ve repeatedly noted, the “War on Terror” never had anything to do with fighting terrorism or Al Qaeda.