The Libyan Pandora’s Box


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To that latter point, the report cites hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from sub-Saharan Africa having been labeled as “mercenaries” by rebel forces “by virtue of their skin color, and subjected to imprisonment, torture and summary execution.”

None of these activities have yet sparked a direct conflict among all of Libya’s various factions. However, the fuel to sustain such a conflict can be found in the stash of armaments from abandoned ammunition dumps scattered across Libya; depots that have been looted of tons of weapons capable of stocking a sectarian insurgency for years.

For the State Department’s part, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently said the United States would provide $40 million to support efforts by the NTC to secure and destroy stockpiles of these weapons as well as efforts to destroy Libya’s chemical weapon stocks.

Those chemical weapon stocks include approximately 11 tons of deadly mustard gas, 1,000 tons of uranium powder, as well as large quantities of radioisotopes and radioactive waste, elements which according a former UN weapons inspector “could be used as ingredients for dirty bombs.”

Some of that chemical material included 2,000 artillery shells carrying mustard gas and 1,200 nerve gas shells reportedly sold for several million dollars to both Hamas and Hezbollah by Libyan rebels after they seized control of the eastern city of Benghazi and its weapons arsenal in March 2011.

If truth be told, the US effort to secure Libyan weapons is a case of locking the barn door after the fire. Since as early as April 2011, the United States has acknowledged that nearly 20,000 shoulder-fired missile launchers (MANPADS) were missing from Gadhafi’s armories. The MANPADS, which are portable and easy to use, make an ideal terrorist weapon, especially when targeted against a civilian airliner.

In fact, from early on in the Libyan uprising, the emptying of the Gadhafi regime’s arsenals has caused the proliferation of conventional and chemical weapons to Islamist and al-Qaeda-linked terrorists groups throughout the region, a process that threatens to unleash a new wave of terror.

For example, weapons from Libya continue to make their way into the Sinai Peninsula, probably destine for smuggling tunnels to the Gaza Strip. These weapons include explosives, automatic weapons, shoulder-launched surface-to-air missiles and anti-aircraft guns.

The flow of arms has also made its way across the African Sahel, further destabilizing a region where al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists are already active. The prime recipient of these weapons is Al-Qaeda in the African Maghreb (AQIM), a terrorist group that has already formed operational partnerships with Nigeria’s Boko Haram and Somalia’s al Shabab.

As such, thousands of MANPADS, as well as assault rifles, machine guns, and rocket-propelled grenades have made their way into Sudan’s war-stricken Darfur region, Chad, Mali, Niger, Algeria Mauritania, Somalia and Yemen. According to one African diplomat, “The fallout from these stockpiles could last for years in Africa.”

Sadly, the result of Obama’s Libyan regime change has served to unleash a Pandora’s Box of trouble that will have terrible and far-reaching consequences. Those consequences were best expressed by Mahmud Jibril who only a few days ago announced his imminent resignation as Libya’s interim Prime Minister.

Jabril confessed to a group of reporters, “The political struggle requires finances, organization, arms and ideologies, and I am afraid I don’t have any of this.” Instead, without any successor named to fill his role, Jabril simply warned, “We have moved into a political struggle with no boundaries.”

Unfortunately, the boundaries of that struggle extend far beyond Libya’s borders.

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  • Larry

    Where did they go? Over the eastern border, through Egypt, to Gaza. Where else would they go.

  • http://www.tartanmarine.blogspot.com Robert A. Hall

    Obama’s “humanitarian” intervention in a country that posed no threat to American interests now creates a threat to thousands of innocent lives. I hope I’m wrong, but I expect Americans to die by the weapons cheerfully supplied to terrorists through Obama’s actions in Libya. Or maybe the idea was they would sell them to Mexican drug lords, thus saving ATF the trouble? I will link to this from my Old Jarhead blog.

    Robert A. Hall
    Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
    (All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)
    For a free PDF of the book, write tartanmarine(at)gmail.com

    • Larry C.

      Mr. Robert Hall I know of no other greater way to say this than to say if we as citizens of this nation stand around, and take all of this "BULL" from this man about this illegal war. Then we are just as bad–"GUILTY" as he is. He never went to Congress to discuss with them about the war effort, or our part in it. It has cost tax-paying citizens of this nation well over "ONE-TRILLION" dollars to depose of a dictator that had no ill will for us until we started to do harm to him, and his family. Did he hold some kind of secrets about OBAMMY?? If this had been the former President–(THE DEMO-"RATS")–In Congress would be screaming for his head, but this one is getting away Scot free—WHY?? We all will see very soon why. After that time America will never be the same again, and it might even not be safe from it's own self. The scary thing now for all of Libya, and for the "
      FOOL" of this nation–(AMERICA)–Is this so-called President that we have just allowed a sharia law form of Gov. to come into formation in the nation of Libya—-"WAY TO GO EL-DUMBO" OBAMMY.

  • Ageofreason

    The western allies have made a terrible mistake by helping the Libyan rebels overthrow Gadhafi. The results of the overthrow…the strenthening of Al Qaida, the missing weapons, the increased danger and threat to the west…were all preictable by anyone with an ounce of sense. Our leaders are vacuous, bubble-headed morons. Islam and constitutional democracy as we know it are incompatible, and obviously so to anyone who understands Islam. The implications of that knowledge are what our leaders refuse to face: in the end we will face a bloody and no-quarter fight to the death with Islam, and yes, it will involve enforced expulsions and/or conversions, outright bans on sharia law and perhaps on Islam itself, and death on a mass scale, them more than us if we choose to win. It is time to face what Islam is, and how to defeat it.

  • tanstaafl

    It does look very dire. The worse thing is that our liberal elites seem blind to the danger the world is in. This is a long war without an end in sight.

    …..but the last the last thing out of Pandora's box was hope.

  • LindaRivera

    In Libya, “The brigade for purging slaves, black skin”
    - slogan seen painted in rebel country.

    There is mostly silence about the horrors taking place against Libya’s blacks.
    STOP the GENOCIDE of Blacks by the U.S. backed cruel Libya rebels!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Barbaric atrocities, kidnappings and ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda/Hezbollah rebels has been going on for months.

    US/NATO who have waged war for months for Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda
    who MURDER our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for rescuing the many terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the kidnapped black children who have been horrifically abused by the black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

  • LindaRivera

    United together in JIHAD, US/NATO, Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah triumph over Libya.

    Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the commander of the U.S. European Command told the U.S. Senate that Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies. This was confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the Al-Qaeda units.

    U.S/NATO joined with Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists to wage war.
    Gadaffi did some terrible things. But US/NATO consider barbaric Al Qaeda and barbaric Hezbollah to be good guys to be placed in power in Libya? US/NATO have great guilt in making the world a far more dangerous place.

    • alphakilosingh

      Couldn't agree more.

  • LindaRivera

    Egypt’s Mubarak, and now Gaddafi, show it’s dangerous and even
    life-threatening to be an ally of America or seek to help America. Which
    country is targeted next?

    It’s extremely important to note that in his later years, Gaddafi
    cooperated with America. He gave up his nuclear and other weapons of
    mass destruction programs. Radically different from Iran who have vowed
    repeatedly to “WIPE Israel off the map” and, “DESTROY America.” Iran
    fully intends to carry out their murderous threats.

    U.S. and Western leaders owe the world an explanation as to why they
    waged relentless war for several months against Gadaffi who freely
    cooperated and was no longer a threat. And why GENOCIDAL Iran is given a
    free pass. Iran is allowed to become a nuclear power, hold the world
    hostage, and in the end, perpetrate a terrible nuclear Holocaust on
    humanity.

  • LindaRivera

    To Ageofreason,

    Obama and his administration know EXACTLY what they are doing. This is just one example:

    28 Jan 2011, Daily Telegraph: Egypt protests: America’s secret backing for rebel leaders behind uprising

    The American government secretly backed leading figures behind the Egyptian uprising who have been planning “regime change” for the past three years, The Daily Telegraph has learned. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaa

    America was behind the ouster of U.S. ally, moderate Mubarak, in order to bring to power the Muslim Brotherhood whose stated goal is the destruction of civilization.

    It is clear that the U.S. and other Western ruling elites are working to destabilize the Middle East and they don’t want moderates. They don’t want secular governments. They prefer the most radical elements of Islam.

  • Bamaguje

    "While no one mourns the death of Muammar Gadhafi…blah blah blah" – Frank Crimi

    Speak for yourself Mr Crimi.
    You can't eat your cake and have it.
    You lament the looming Al-Qaeda linked Islamist takeover in Libya, yet refuse to acknowledge that Gaddafi was keeping these Jihadist lunatics at bay, until the idiotic ill-thought Obama/Sarkozy intervention.

  • William Griffith

    BHO has enabled the Islamists and he full well knows what he is doing.. Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, etc – this so called "Arab Spring" is the Jihadist's wet dream. What we in the West will see is NOT an outbreak of liberty and Freedom but a multinational convulsion towards a 7th century death cult .
    The 100 % retreat from Iraq will be back to bite the next adult in the White House and this nation square in the butt.

  • alphakilosingh

    USA and the rest of the world have to answer this key question:
    Is a person or a group which wants to convert your country into an Islamic state is your enemy or not?
    And the supplementary question:
    Should you not crush your enemy totally?
    Arabian countries after they have been 'liberated' have reinstated their faith in Islam, and one of the key objectives of Islam is spreading Islam to far and wide corners of the world!
    The world would have been a better place with those dictators ruling the Arab world.

    • alphakilosingh

      To be able to answer the first question more objectively, try answering this one:
      Is a person or a group or a country that is trying to convert your country into a Jewish state your enemy?
      By simple logic, if the answer to this question is 'YES', the answer to the original question cannot be 'NO'.