Obama, Al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood

David Meir-Levi writes and lectures on Middle East topics, until recently in the History Department of San Jose State University.


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On July 15, without much fanfare, and barely a few lines in the New York Times, President Obama formally recognized the rebel leadership in Libya, the Transitional National Council (TNC), as the country’s legitimate government.  This American recognition is no formality, and far more than merely an encouraging pat on the back to the rebel forces.  This recognition allows the rebels to access the $30 billion in Libyan assets held in the USA.  Most of those assets are not liquid, but about $3.5 billion is liquid and can be provided to the TNC immediately.

In the early stages of the war, western allies hesitated to extend recognition to the rebels because of uncertainties about exactly who they were and about their connections or allegiances to el-Qaeda or other terrorist groups at war with the USA or European countries; but protestations by rebel leaders calmed these fears as TNC spokespersons assured the West that their goal is a democratic state.  No one seems to have the perspicacity to ask just how reliable these assurances are.

On February 15, 2008, long before the revolt against Gaddafi began, the US embassy in Tripoli (capitol of Libya) sent a secret cable to Washington warning our government that eastern Libya, the area from which the revolt started and where the rebels have their strongest base and greatest number of supporters is rife with anti-American, pro-jihad sentiment. Three years later, with the revolt in full swing, we learn that Gaddafi is accusing al-Qaeda of fomenting the revolt. Of course Gaddafi is such an erratic personality, as well as a tyrant in trouble, that it might be hard to take him seriously; except that in addition to the warning that our State Department received in 2008, al-Qaeda documents captured in Iraq in 2007 reveal that almost 20% of all al-Qaeda fighters coming to Iraq to fight Americans came from Libya.

Moreover, one of the Libyan rebel leaders, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, stated in a March, 2011 interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, that he and his troops are allies of al-Qaeda who came from eastern Libya to Iraq to fight the Americans, and now they are back in Libya to fight Gaddafi, and they are still allies of al-Qaeda.

The original fears of the western allies may have been well founded; but President Obama seems not to be concerned that the $3.5 billion in cash that his recognition of the TNC will put at the rebels’ disposal might end up in the hands of al-Qaeda operatives or their allies.

He should be concerned because the Libyan rebels are already supplying large quantities of sophisticated arms to Hamas in the Gaza Strip, using the same subterfuges and smuggling routes across Egypt and the Sinai that serve smugglers operating out of Sudan. These are not peaceful folks who want a western-style democracy and egalitarian society.  They march arm in arm with Hamas and al-Qaeda.

Moreover, Ayman az-Zawahiri, now the leader of al-Qaeda, has come out in support of the Libyan rebels and declared that al-Qaeda forces are fighting in the mountains of Libya against Gadaffi.

To understand the significance of az-Zawahiri’s support, we must recall that over the past few years, Abu Yusuf el-Qaradhawi, az-Zawahiri’s colleague and now number two in al-Qaeda, has adumbrated al-Qaeda’s priorities by urging all Muslims to acquire nuclear weapons in order to terrorize Muslim enemies and urging them to kill Israeli women because they serve in the Israeli army.  He has frequently expressed his support for suicide bombers, promised a second holocaust for the Jews, this time at the hands of “the believers;” and he has expressed his great longing for an opportunity to personally kill Jews so that he might acquire the blessing of true Islamic martyrdom.  These are not the kind of guys we want supporting our new friends among the rebels of Libya in their quest for what we hope will be the first successful democratic secular state in the Arab world.

Now let’s connect the al-Qaeda and Hamas dots listed above with another set of dots: Obama plans to establish formal contact with the Muslim Brotherhood.[i]\

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  • DogWithoutSlippers

    from……….within!

  • StephenD

    "In short, Obama has just handed both al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, two of the most powerful of our jihadist enemies, a major political victory."

    Not to mention $3.5 BILLION to start their bankroll.

    Tell me again, what has Obama ever done that a Socialist, Anti-American, Islamist leaning operative would not do. Yeah, I couldn’t think of anything either.How’s it go? “With friends like this….”

  • http://jc.does-it.net Gene W.

    Google 'Libyan War Is For Water' and related stories. Libya wanted to be free form 'One World Order' and dominance. Why blow up water lines? They were to be a major bread basket of Europe and Africa. With more than sufficient water, oil and food they were a treat to to [please Google the following] Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commision and the Council of Foreign relations that use the UN (>80% Muslim) to wage this war.

    Know that God authored the Bible [ http://jc.does-it.net ] and the other book was authored by God's adversary … that is whom Hillary and Obama are also aligned with.

  • sharpsrifle

    In a sane world, Obama's actions toward AQ and the MooBros would be called what they are: Treason.

    • effemall

      Exactly. And in a sane America we would be impeaching him on this basis.

  • Cuban Refugee

    "One cannot help but wonder, which side is he on?" We no longer wonder like innocent children who, under the hypnotic fog of propaganda, eagerly voted for "Hope and Change" — we have been struck in the face with the certitude of truth. From his Marxist cradle to his radical associations before and during his destructive Oval Office stint as a shill for agents of Lucifer, every action from this dangerous puppet has pointed to the undeniable truth: Obama is an enemy of the state who must be removed along with all who aided and abetted his every traitorous act.

    • enoughalready

      Couldn't agree more. What frightens me is how many Americans are totally oblivious to the dismantling of this country and outright betrayal of her constitution and values. How do you combat such stupidity? And they vote!

      • Cuban Refugee

        The Americans to whom you refer never bother to extend themselves beyond the comfort zone they have built up around their brains like an impenetrable moat: MSNBC, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Media Matters, and other venues of indoctrination of the masses are all they need to wallow in this putrid progressive heaven that was manufactured in hell.

        • Alex

          Are you people any different from them? I mean yes liberals have the huffington post and msnbc but you conservatives have the entire Rupert Murdoch media empire. Im pretty sure even this website is part of it.

          • Cuban Refugee

            Alex: Whatever happened to differing opinions and a civil exchange of ideas in a free society? The latest talking point for the left is, "destroy Rupert Murdoch, and shut down Fox News." You, as one of their obedient sheep, are disseminating what they want you to believe, and do not even realize how you are being used. Would you prefer a world with only one point of view? If so, you first should see the repression in Cuba, and the newspaper shutdowns in Venezuela, for anyone who dissents from the party line. No, giving up freedom of speech in order to have a uniform, Marxist agenda dominate our media (some would argue that it already does) is tantamount to intellectual and spiritual suicide. If we allow this travesty to flourish, can the concentration camps be very far in our future?

    • Queen Esther

      Well said Cuban Refugee. You are right on point in the above comment and also in your additional comments here. Bravo!! You shake up the "useful idiots." or perhaps even you can't shake them.

  • StephenD

    "In short, Obama has just handed both al-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, two of the most powerful of our jihadist enemies, a major political victory."
    Not to mention $3.5 BILLION to start their bankroll.
    Tell me again, what has Obama ever done that a Socialist, Anti-American, Islamist leaning operative would not do. Yeah, I couldn’t think of anything either.
    How’s it go? “With friends like this….”

  • MBA NJ

    As students of history we have read about the weak politicians yielding power to Chancellor Hitler for his new world order. The folks running the show were selling their tune that all was well while others were concerned….Now we are reliving these redefinitions and subversions of documents that were meant to be the basis of our freedoms and way of life. In a real world traitors should be dealt with properly and not allowed to stay in office while they send our brave troops into the line of fire as a distraction for their other agenda items. If we arrest and prosecute drunk drivers for the consequences of their reckless driving and disregard for human life, we should have even more harsh penalties for leaders who destroy thousands of lives and violate our Constitution.

  • ariely shein

    Obama "the change" total lose policy!

    Worldwide status:
    *Islamist Iran treats the all ME and gets rocks covering Europe, Close to get NUKS.
    *N. Korea is aggressive as never before.
    *Chaves acts to create a NATO stile block of countries standing against USA.
    *After Obama visit to Turkey- Edugan become very active defending and promoting Islamism.
    *China doesn't give a dime when Obama asked economies and currency adjustments to decrease the pressure on USA economy.
    *iIslamist on offensive in Afganista,Pakistan, Somalia,Yemen
    *In house terror expending
    *Arabs fund Islamic schools worldide teaching hate.
    *Arabs are the terror funders

  • flyingtiger

    Whose side is BHO on? His father was a Moslem, as was his stepfather. This makes him a moslem. He has yet to say or do anything that would make one think that he is not a moslem. does that answer the question?

  • Asher

    If everyone knew of all his terrorist ties, they would be shocked! What a setup to get a Muslim elected as President, because of a Brain Dead Public.

  • Asher

    Tell me, How long before the U.S. is attacked again with this Radical in the White House?

    • Vermont Yid

      NOT LONG!

  • Vermont Yid

    "…which side is he on?" Are you zhitting me? There's nothing to wonder about. It should be obvious [to anyone with more than two brain cells] which side Obama is on. He's not on Israel's side. He's not on the U.S's. He's a phuckin' muslim. Remember the bow?

  • LindaRivera

    None of this is surprising. Obama is a devout Muslim. In a TV interview, Obama said "My Muslim Faith". It's on youtube. The interviewer quickly covered up for Obama. Mainstream media can be counted on for hiding the truth.

    The goal of Obama and the U.S. administration is clearly to EMPOWER Al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. And the Muslim Brotherhood and Al-Qaeda goal is the conquest of America, Israel and the entire world. Power sharing with Muslim terrorists. Non-Muslim elites will find out too late that Islam shares power with no one.

    Our allies are treated as enemies. America's deadliest enemies are treated as friends and allies. How can our country survive?

  • LindaRivera

    The intense HATE for Blacks by the American administration is frightening. If you care about human rights for Blacks and other innocents, please attend the protest in New York City.

    GENOCIDE OF BLACKS BY WHITE HOUSE BACKED LIBYA REBELS MUST BE STOPPED

    G-D help the Black People!

    Benghazi "Rebels" Lynching Blacks In Libya
    Black Star News Editorial

    July 23, 2011

    Watch this linked video of an anti-Black lynch mob and you will understand why The New York Times, CNN, The Washington Post, the BBC and other major news organizations have never followed up on The Wall Street Journal's June 21 article about ethnic cleansing of Black Libyans in Misurata by the "Brigade for the purging of slaves, Black Skin."

    That Brigade, of Libya's so-called rebels, backed by NATO and the White House, eliminated the Black population of Misurata and promised to do the same to Black Libyans once they seized control of the city of Tawergha, 25 miles away.

    Major news outlets are deliberately ignoring or downplaying the racialist-motivated atrocities against Black people being committed by the terroristic "rebels." If such crimes were being committed against White people, NATO would be bombing these so-called rebels instead. No wonder the African Union, often divided on issues, have taken a common stand on Libya and pushing for a peace proposal –ceasefire, constitution and elections– rather than allowing vengeful and blood-thirsty Benghazi to prevail in Libya.

    On August 13, there will be a major demonstration and march in Harlem, starting at 10 AM at 110 Street and Malcolm X Boulevard to protest the U.S. involvement in NATO's war of aggression against Libya.

    Link: blackstarnews.com/news/122/ARTICLE/7536/2011-07-23.html

  • LindaRivera

    The U.S. backed Libya rebels are perpetrating a vicious genocide against Blacks.

    STOP THE GENOCIDE. If you care about human rights for Blacks and other innocents, please attend the rally!

    blackstarnews: That Brigade, of Libya's so-called rebels, backed by NATO and the White House, eliminated the Black population of Misurata and promised to do the same to Black Libyans once they seized control of the city of Tawergha, 25 miles away.

    On August 13, there will be a major demonstration and march in Harlem, starting at 10 AM at 110 Street and Malcolm X Boulevard to protest the U.S. involvement in NATO's war of aggression against Libya.