Gaddafi’s Weapons for Sale

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Unfortunately, the more likely threat will not come from some rogue, leftover element of Gaddafi’s regime, but rather from the triumphant, Western-backed Libyan Transnational National Council (TNC).

The TNC and its splinter affiliates are littered with Islamists, al-Qaeda insurgents, criminals and former Gaddafi loyalists, many of whom have been regularly running weapons out of Libya since the uprising first began in February.

So while NATO wishes to work with the TNC to secure the remaining deadly weapon caches as quickly as possible to prevent them from being smuggled to al-Qaeda and other terror organizations throughout the region, the TNC’s past track record indicates that aim to be nothing more than wishful thinking.

As far back as April 2011 Libya was being called an “open-air-arms market” by Algerian officials who noted that convoys of pickup trucks filled with weapons were making their way through southern Libya into Chad, across Niger and into northern Mali before being delivered to al-Qaeda of the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).

Those shipments were reported to contain shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, anti-tank rocket-propelled grenades, Kalashnikov heavy machine guns, Kalashnikov rifles, and explosives. The delivery of those weapons has helped AQIM to launch in recent months a series of battles with security forces in Algeria, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.

As Algeria’s Foreign Minister Abdelkader Messahel said, “It’s serious. They are reinforcing themselves with arms coming from Libya. These are already countries which are weak and this is weakening them even more.”

Perhaps most disturbing was that soon after rebels seized control of the eastern city of Benghazi and its weapons arsenal in March 2011, Libyan rebels reportedly sold for several million dollars 2,000 artillery shells carrying mustard gas and 1,200 nerve gas shells to both Hamas and Hezbollah.

Even the Obama administration admitted, however belatedly, the threat posed by the nefarious activities being conducted by the Libyan rebels. In May 2011 it notified Congress that it planned to spend $1.5 million to reestablish control of Libyan surface-to-air missiles and collect, control, and destroy conventional weapons and munitions. In its report, the administration stated, “Terrorist groups are exploiting this opportunity, and the situation grows more dangerous with each passing day.”

In fact that threat was recently unveiled in reports from Israeli military intelligence that a flood of weaponry from Libya continues to be smuggled into Gaza through the tunnels at Rafah. According to one Israeli military official, “Some of the weaponry coming from Iran enters Gaza by sea but all of the weapons from Libya are passing into Gaza by land, through the tunnels from Egypt.”

Yet, while many remain anxious as to the threat posed by the Libyan rebels to the future peace and security of the region, those concerns aren’t shared by TNC leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil. As he said recently, once Gaddafi is finally deposed, our forces “will put down their arms as soon as this conflict ends, and they will go back to being productive civilians.”

Hopefully, that productivity doesn’t include the continued proliferation of deadly chemical and conventional weapons.

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  • The Infidel

    Sadly not even a planeload of lefties getting blown out of the sky by these same missiles will be enough to change their minds, they will find that it was poverty, or lack of education, or of course it was all our fault for not folding and converting to islam, or becoming dhimmies. the poor jihadi has absolutly no claim to answer cause everyone else caused him to want to kill others. (sarc off).

    Given how things are going, there may not be much of the ME left after all the dust settles from the post arab spring party.

  • Gene W.

    Use the internet to research ‘Libya, man made river’ and how Kaddafi’s Libya was positioning to be independent and uncontrollable by the One World Governance (OWG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) until the UN action stepped in [research Bilderberg, Council of Foreign Relations, Trilateral Commission…]. Libya future agriculture, which was scheduled stating 2015 to be a major bread basket of Europe and Africa, is now decimated so UN can control food. What would happen if Libya positive trade balance from oil now added food supply? If the 80% Muslim UN desired to end starvation, it would have been. Food sent to Somalia more often rots at piers than reaches to the non-Muslim refugees.

    • palebunny

      Yeah I do know that for one thing he was willing to get rid of those weapons, while no other islamic country is. And #2 he paid hundreds of millions of dollars to build a water pipeline within Libya so that his people could have FREE drinking water, at his own governments or his own expense. He did not create more massive debt that would have to be paid by the citizens. Yeah he was a jerk who did bad things in the past. He has one son who is a human rights enthusiast, who was also helping to build Libya through business, etc., and he was the son set to take over in the near future. The TRUE moderate and freedom loving muslim. You know, that rare endangered species, the kind I've never really seen. But let's help Al Qaeda instead.

  • KingJefferson

    Wow, we helped bring this about with my tax-dollars. I'm sickened. The law of unintended consequences is immutable.

    • Raymond in DC

      One should *always* be cognizant to those "unintended consequences". Unfortunately, all the US and the others did was "watch". How difficult would it have been, given those hundreds of NATO sorties, to simply blow those weapons storage sites to oblivion?

      That some of those weapons have reached Gaza was acknowledged months ago. Heck, stolen Libyan *cars* have been smuggled through Rafah. A few SAMs in the trunk wouldn't surprise.

      • palebunny

        How difficult would it have been to just mind our own effing business? Out of ALL the arab countries to stick our noses into, someone tell me why they picked Libya!! I'll tell you why, oil AND WATER. They have one of the largest water sources on earth. FRANCE owns 40% of the worlds water rights, and they were the FIRST COUNTRY to start freaking out and demanding we 'HELP' the rebels. The first thing I did was laugh because I was waiting for them to demand help for Libya and it was so blatantly obvious they didn't care about the civilians, otherwise why not help Syria, or Bahrain?? Our government and NATO are protecting their own personal interests as well as the interests of some rich bitches.

  • old white guy

    question. if the idiot had so many weapons why did he not use them????

  • old white guy

    saddam's 500 tons of yellow cake was shipped to montreal canada.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Many presume the Government is shortsighted or ignorant of what it's policys are for or intended to accomplish.

    The general aboutface of Government policy after Pres. Bush became a lame Duck is frightning.

    Our Foreign Policy at this point is doing nothing more than removing the old "Evil" rulers for newer ones known to be far worse, with potential outcomes no better than Iraq and Afcrapistan-at best..
    The only major visable difference between the Two are the old one were not inclined to make war with Israel.

    Now, with the direct help of Uncle Ossama Obama- All the wee litttle people will have the toys they need to fulfill their true hearts desire.

    The Administration knows all about these weapons, their locations, their whereabouts and numbers? Knows both parties may use them or take them for other purposses? yet does nothing? Brilliant wouldn't you say?

    I seem to recall the comdemnation of the previous Administration when a Large weapons depot was left unguarded after the fall of Bagdad.

    Now-not a peep.

  • palebunny

    Are you kidding me? I'm not even in politics and I stated, to friends and family, exactly what would happen if we supported the jihadist militaristic rebels. They don't care about the Libyan people, they are al-qaeda trained power mongers. This will be our next war !! That's what they've been angling for all along. Nobody wants another war, so they help these guys and then threaten OH NO they even got mustard gas and powdered uranium, look NOBODY wants another war, but this time they could REALLY hurt American/European citizens. We won't quit importing through executive demand 10's of thousands of Somalians without the benefit of background checks, EVEN though are covered with so many Islamic militants and waging Jihad on America, so we'll turn your attention THUSLY.

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