Obama said, “When a little boy is kidnapped, turned into a child soldier, forced to kill or be killed — that’s slavery. It is barbaric, and it is evil, and it has no place in a civilized world.” And then Obama went ahead for the third time and waived the Child Soldiers Prevention Act signed into law by President Bush and co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of senators, including Obama and Biden.
Obama not only waived a law he had co-sponsored, claiming that it was in the national interest, he did it after denouncing the very activity that he waived.
The waiving of the Child Soldiers Prevention Act means US aid and weapons can continue going to the specified countries that use child soldiers. But there is one new country on the list. Libya.
During the Libyan Civil War both sides used child soldiers, but the rebels were particularly notorious for the use of child soldiers. Particularly the Muslim Brotherhood’s Feb 17 Brigades.
Here is one of the snapshots of how the Libyan rebellion really was won, with Islamist instructors from the Qatari tyrants and child soldiers.
Ahmed Abdelrahmin is 15, but he is small for his age and his voice hasn’t changed. On Sunday, he sat patiently in the yard of a former high school in the east Libyan city of Tobruk as a Qatari instructor showed how to dismantle and clean a 50 mm anti-aircraft gun.
The officers who run the training – a mix of soldiers donated by Qatar’s army and retired officers from Col. Gadhafi’s army who’ve joined the rebels – say they have compressed what is normally at least three months of basic training into 30 days.
Yet this was graduation week. Equipped with pickup-truck rocket launchers jerry-built from Soviet aircraft parts and carrying battered AK-47 assault rifles, these young men, some barely able to tie their boots properly, will be sent to the front lines in Misrata and the hills of western Libya within 48 hours, where they will join the Tobruk branch of the Martyrs of the February 17 Revolution Brigade in its faltering push toward Tripoli.
The Qataris have been pivotal players in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Arab Spring takeovers, through their pet Al Jazeera news network, through their Washington lobbyists and through their covert weapons and training programs.
The Feb 17 Brigade is headed up by the Muslim Brotherhood, and it was assigned to “protect” the Benghazi consulate. Despite what happened to Ambassador Stevens, Obama has nevertheless gone out of the way to include Libya in the waiver and cover the child soldiers of the Muslim Brotherhood.