NATO Hands Future of Libya to Islamists

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On October 31, NATO’s mission in Libya officially ended. The Friends of Libya, an alliance of 13 countries led by the U.S. “ally” of Qatar, is in the driver’s seat. The sheikdom is the chief backer of the Libyan Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood. Libya’s secularists are warning that Qatar is using its leadership position to bring its Islamist allies to power.

NATO eagerly embraced Qatar’s role in the war to topple Muammar Qaddafi. It was the first Arab country to recognize the National Transitional Council as the legitimate governing authority and sent fighter jets into Libyan skies. Now, the Qatari Chief of Staff reveals that hundreds of Qatari troops were on the ground, planning the rebels’ offensives and “running the training and communication operations.” Now, Qatar will be in charge of setting up the new Libyan military.

Qatar has helped the Libyan Islamists since the civil war began. The tiny Gulf country is home to Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the radical Muslim Brotherhood theologian who calls himself the “Mufti of martyrdom operations.” One of his close colleagues in Qatar, Sheikh Ali Sallabi, oversaw the Brotherhood’s support to the rebels and is arguably the most influential cleric in Libya today. In keeping with Brotherhood strategy, Sallabi portrays himself as a harmless moderate. A former member of the Tripoli Municipal Governing Council said, “He is just hiding his intentions. He says one thing to the BBC and another to Al-Jazeera. If you believe him, then you don’t know the Muslim Brothers.”

Sallabi is now forming his own self-described “moderate” party that he said should not worry anyone. “This is not an Islamist party but a nationalist party… But its political agenda respects the general principles of Islam and Libyan culture,” he says. In that same interview, he admits that his party would base Libya’s next constitution solely on Sharia law.

Money and arms flowed to the Islamist militias from Qatar, including that of Abdel-Hakim Belhaj, a co-founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group terrorist organization. He has been preaching jihad against democracy as far back as 1996. The CIA considered him enough of a threat that it took him into custody in 2004 as part of its rendition program and then transferred him to Qaddafi. He was released in 2010. Ayman al-Zawahiri anointed Belhaj as the “emir of the [Libyan] mujahideen” in 2007. He is now the leader of the Tripoli Military Council and runs the country’s most powerful militia.

The Qatari-backed Islamists acted quickly to assert authority in Libya. The Muslim Brotherhood established itself in Benghazi and is responsible for the declaration of Sharia as the “basic source” of legislation in the draft constitution. The top military commander, General Abdul Fattah Younes, was assassinated in July 2011. It is suspected that an Islamist militia carried it out.

The Islamists also made it a priority to oust the secularist Prime Minister of the National Transitional Council (NTC), Mahmoud Jibril. Sallabi and Belhaj condemned him, particularly after he established a council to bring the militias under the government’s control. On September 11, Belhaj scuttled an arrangement to unify the forces, saying “You will never do this without me.” Standing behind him was the Qatari chief of staff. Sallabi essentially declared Jibril an apostate, saying he is part of a group of “extreme secularists” seeking to reinstitute a dictatorship that would be worse than Qaddafi’s.

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  • StephenD

    What is the US going to do when the "secularists" end up in a fight with the Islamists? How do they reconcile their support for a Religious based system over a secular one? I want to know how Hillary will dance with this one. It appears we are just giving in as if it were inevitable. This really does stick as if there is an evil, unseen force behind the powers that are in high places and they are all working to make this happen.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      It appears we are just giving in as if it were inevitable.

      It is inevitable. As the follies in Afghanistan and Iraq irrefutably demonstrate. Western-style democracy in the Islamic world is impossible exactly because the freedoms and liberties it embodies leaves the door wide open for its inevitable demise.

      Let's institute a policy of containing the growth and expansion of Islam instead and drop the insane goal of democratizing the Islamic world, as that goal is extremely fantasy-based.

      If ever there was a conflict the US should have stayed out of, the Libyan jihad was it.

  • Herman Caintonette

    LOL! Blame it on our rapacious friends at Goldman Sachs. After all, the Arab Spring was precipitated by huge increases in the cost of food brought about by excessive speculation, which the less-wealthy regimes in the region could not afford but to pass on to the people. Massive food insecurity precipitated revolution, and the only vehicle for revolution was via Islam. Now, you are stuck with hostile Islamist regimes in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya … and if Assad falls, Syria.

    • dave

      The arab countries have vast wealth due to oil revenues, but do not distribute that wealth and the richer countries never help the poorer ones, but for some reason people like you don't think they should ever accept any responsibility for where they are.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The sheikdom is the chief backer of the Libyan Islamists,

    This writer is making a career out of misleading his readers. Apparently, Islamists are so-called radical and extremist Muslims as opposed to so-called moderate Muslims, which by the way just so happens to be a false political correct myth.

    Libya’s secularists are warning that Qatar is using its leadership position to bring its Islamist allies to power.

    Libya's secularists are really blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam should be executed and they will be targeted for execution just as soon as Sharia is imposed and the new Islamic government is able consolidate its power. Not to mention that supporting Libya's secularists that are really blasphemous apostates would be a fool's game and another strategic strategic blunder like Afghanistan and Iraq were as well, as Western-style democracy in the Islamic world is absolutely impossible exactly because the freedoms and liberties it embodies leaves the door wide open for its inevitable demise. Which is also why there are no democracies in the Middle East. Simply because it isn't a viable alternative, only this writer like a lot of other Wilsonian RINOs is incapable of connecting the dots because he has been rendered blind via the ravages of PC multiculturalism which he adheres to like flies on stink.

    Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, the radical Muslim Brotherhood theologian

    Actually Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi isn't a radical Muslim at all except for in the very deluded mind of the writer. In the Islamic world, Qaradawi is a MAISTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIM and one of the most beloved and influential Imams in all the Islamic world. Indeed, if Qaradawi were a so-called radical Muslim, then he wouldn't be nearly so influential and beloved, but apparently that is a glaring inconsistency that is dismissed by this unhinged writer.

    Of course, Qaradawi is the “Mufti of martyrdom operations,” but yet he is still one of the most beloved and influential Imams in the Islamic world, which one would think would tell this writer a little something about the reality of the Islamic world, but apparently his adherence to PC multiculturalism causes him to dismiss reality. Sort of like our commanders on the ground in the field in both Afghanistan and Iraq have become very proficient at doing as well.

    Anyway, two paragraphs is all I could stomach today from this totally confused writer.

    • HostileLogic

      I couldn't stomach any more of your ignorant tripe.

      You are the intellectual equivalent of plankton.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        You are the intellectual equivalent of plankton.

        Thank you, coming from a mentally incompetent moron like you, I couldn't appreciate your compliment more.

        • Herman Caintonette

          The level of "mentally incompetent moron" is one you can barely aspire to, Tree Stump.

    • Stuart Parsons

      All Muslims claim to believe the Quran is the revealed words of a God. The Quran and the Sunnah quite clearly call for Islam to engage in Jihad until the religion is for Allah alone throughout the world, Consequently, their are in the eyes of those who advocate and support, democracy, free speech, GENUINE religious tolerance and multiculturalism NO MODERATE MUSLIMS. Muhammad and his imagined god want a world-wide theocratic caliphate. Therefore ALL those who claim to be genuine god-fearing muslims, of whatever shade, are opposed to democracy and all that goes with it. Anyone who claims to be a Muslim and a supporter of democracy, is in the eyes of Muhammad and his mythical god, an apostate…….. and of course apostates are deserving of death.

  • 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.
    (US Aid to Israel’s Enemies, Oct 13th, 2011,

    U.S/NATO joined with Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists to wage relentless war for months. Bombing Libya back to the stone age.

    Barbaric Al Qaeda and Hezbollah who MURDER our troops in Iraq were considered desirable for placing in power in Libya. US/NATO have great guilt in making the world a far more dangerous place.

  • LindaRivera

    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!


  • LindaRivera
    Why Libya Was Attacked
    By Stephen Lendman

    Gaddafi supported pan-Africanism – a United States of Africa.

    He also wanted Libyans to share in the country's oil wealth, a notion foreign to America and other Western societies.

    Under his 1999 Decision No. 111, all Libyans got free healthcare, education, electricity, water, training, rehabilitation, housing assistance, disability and old-age benefits, interest-free state loans, as well as generous subsidies to study abroad, buy a new car, help couples when they marry, practically free gasoline, and more.

    Literacy under Gaddafi rose from 20 – 80%. Libya's hospitals and private clinics were some of the region's best. Now they're in shambles. Some, in fact, were bombed or damaged in other fighting. NATO lied saying only military targets were attacked.

    NATO's imperial strategy involves targeting civilians and vital infrastructure, including power, communications, medical care facilities, and other essential to life sites.

    Before war began, Libyans had Africa's highest standard of living. According to David Blundy and Andrew Lycett's book titled, "Qaddafi and the Libyan Revolution.

    In eight months, NATO's killing machine destroyed 42 years of achievements, benefitting all Libyans. Why else would overwhelming numbers support him?

    After NATO attacked, hundreds of thousands rallied openly for him. On July 1, 95% of Tripoli's population (over a million strong) expressed support in Green Square.

    Libya's Great Man-Made River (GMMR) was developing an ocean-sized aquifer beneath the desert for irrigation, human consumption, and other uses. At 2007 consumption rates, it could last 1,000 years. No wonder Gaddafi calls his Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS) the "Eighth Wonder of the World."

    He advocated a new "Gold Standard," replacing dollars with gold dinars.

  • LindaRivera

    The Libya bombings by US/NATO is the military doctrine called "Responsibility to Protect." But it is certainly not done to protect innocents. G-D help the world's innocents.

    WorldNetDaily, AUGUST 06, 2011

    Two U.S. sources currently in Tripoli told G2Bulletin that Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim, who is part of the embattled Gadhafi regime, told them that the Warfalla tribe – one of the largest in Libya – is being joined by other tribes to fight the rebels because of what is described as indiscriminate killing of civilians by Western alliance-backed troops.

    The sources said that Qatari troops, tanks and helicopters "are openly killing these unarmed tribal members. They have their Qatari tanks in the streets of Benghazi. They are actively shooting on unarmed civilians."

    Repeated NATO bombings also have included hospitals, Ramadan food storage warehouses, the country's main water distribution infrastructure, private homes and "more than 1,600 other civilian sites."

    • Ghostwriter

      Well,I'm not sad Gadaffi's gone. He was a monster! His regime was implicated in a number of terrorist attacks against Americans. There was the Labelle disco in 1985,the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and much earlier,the murder of a Libyan dissident living in the United States. You may have some compassion for that beast Gadaffi,I don't!

      • LindaRivera

        Do you not care about ALL of the innocents killed by US/NATO who worked with Al-Qaeda who MURDER our troops in Iraq, and Hezbollah? What is the murder of ALL of these people got to do with just one man, Gadaffi? Is it now acceptable for US/NATO to partner with Al-Qaeda terrorists who MURDER our troops in Iraq?

        Do you not care about the horrible atrocities and ongoing genocide of Blacks in Libya?

        • Ghostwriter

          My memories of Gadaffi aren't as sweet and wonderful as yours seem to be. I heard news stories of what this beast did. Again,I shed no tears of that monster's death. He got what he deserved. At least,the families of the victims of Pan Am Flight 103 will at least have some peace,knowing that Gadaffi won't blow up any more innocent Americans or anyone else again!!!!

          • LindaRivera

            I don't understand why you go on about ONE person, Gadaffi and IGNORE the suffering of so many. And IGNORE the horrendous atrocities and genocide of blacks by anti-Gaddafi Libyan Muslims.

          • LindaRivera

            From the Diana West site:
            There are reasons to doubt Libyan responsibility for both the Berlin disco bombing and the Lockerbie bombing.

            Re. the Berlin disco bombing, I think most Americans don’t realize that the bomber was in fact German. She was tried and convicted. She had been married to a Palestinian guy who is alleged to have had contacts with Libyan intelligence – though she was no longer even married to him at the time that she planted the bomb.

            Re Lockerbie, the evidence for Megrahi’s – and by extension, Libyan – involvement is extremely circumstantial. One of the UN’s own official observers of the Scottish trial, Hans Köchler, has denounced the proceedings as a miscarriage of justice. (See here for related documents.) There is again a German connection – the suitcase containing the bomb was loaded onto a flight originating in Frankfurt – and it even appears that German authorities quashed leads that pointed elsewhere: namely, to Palestinian terrorists. See here, for instance. If one connects all the dots, it certainly seems plausible that Libya and Qaddafi were used as scapegoats.

            The site mentioned:

            Arafat and his PLO global Muslim terrorists committed dreadful crimes against humanity, yet these barbaric monsters were given to Israel as "peace" partners. The PLO savages guilty of so many crimes were given control of Jewish land, provided with mega money and weapons. In the war against Jews, for many years, the U.S. has immorally given and continues to give the most advanced military training to the PLO/Palestinian authority. All of the military training is used against Israel. They are ALLOWED to get away with mass murders and crimes against humanity.

    • Cozener

      Hi Linda appreciated your comments

      I was wondering whether you could direct me to the source of

      “large scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent. '

      Ive seen references to it but i can't find the source at The Independent.

      Any help appreciated

  • LindaRivera

    Hi Cozener,

    I think I may have copied that from the Black Star News. WorldNetDaily gave the link to Black Star News. I don't believe Black Star News gave a link. However, you should find the following extremely helpful. (The site also mentions Black Star News – which link I originally used when I first started commenting on the genocide. In the Black Star News they said they were holding a protest. I attended the demonstration in Harlem to protest the genocide. There were a lot of Nation of Islam (Black Muslims-but a completely different group from regular Muslims) and also Nation of Islam speakers. My signs were protesting jihad genocide against Blacks in Libya, Christians in Sudan and jihad in other countries. I was quite stunned how different the Nation of Islam Blacks were from regular Muslims who protest in New York City. NO hostility! They were very pleasant. I was shocked that one Nation of Islam man called me sister!

    Human rights investigations
    evidence-based, independent and rigorous investigation of human rights abuses
    Libyan rebel ethnic cleansing and lynching of black people

    Posted on July 7, 2011 by HRI Mark

    Click on the above link. Absolutely horrifying. All made possible because of the totally unprovoked, illegal US/NATO war. Shocking ongoing barbaric atrocities and genocide of Blacks by the US backed Muslim rebels has been going on for several months. Under Gaddafi, Blacks lived in safety. G-D help them.

  • sjdsh

    "I attended the demonstration in Harlem to protest the genocide."
    I was there,beautiful day and people.The war pigs on another rampage in Syria now.
    Green Libya Forever!

  • Ghostwriter

    To be honest,I can't think of a single positive thing that Gaddafi has done for Libya. He was a dictator and a terrorist and I won't miss him one bit.