The Election Farce in Libya

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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The official story for the Libyan election has already been written. Even before the count is fully complete, newspaper headlines from London to Sydney to New York are hailing the triumph of a liberal party over the Islamists. Few of them notice or care that these election results seem to neatly reflect the agreement made between the Muslim Brotherhood and the National Forces Alliance before the election even took place.

While the media does its best to spin the election as a setback for the Muslim Brotherhood, it is nothing of the kind. Libya is the second country that Obama has delivered into the hands of the Brotherhood with Syria set to be the third. The Libyan election was a public show of support for a coalition that predated the election. A coalition in which the Muslim Brotherhood is set to play the 800-pound gorilla.

No media outlets noted that the Libyan military had been put on full alert through the election or that a helicopter belonging to the electoral commission came under anti-aircraft fire in the civil war burning behind the scenes of the phony transition. There are few mentions of the independence protests and the shooting of independence protesters by state security forces, and even fewer mentions of the ballots burned, multiple attacks on polling places and firefights between armed gunmen.

The media has its hand-fed story and will be sticking to it. Unfortunately there are some problems with their story.

For one thing the National Forces Alliance is neither liberal nor secular. Rather, it describes itself as moderate Islamist. And it isn’t a political party, but a bloc of around 60 parties and hundreds of civil and national organizations, ranging from tribal groups to soccer clubs. The goal was to create as broad a coalition as possible, and we won’t find out exactly who is in the alliance until much later. It is a safe bet that a group that broad includes terrorists and people too ugly for even Obama to shake hands with.

Describing a coalition of that size and scope as liberal is journalistic malpractice. It also isn’t remotely true.

The first of the founding principles of the draft charter of the National Forces Alliance is that “Islam is the religion of society and authority and Islamic Sharia is the major source of legislation.” The thirty-first principle calls for supporting the Palestinian cause “by all means” and rejects any dealings with the “Zionist entity.” The phrase “by all means” implicitly continues Libya’s policy of supporting terrorism.

The draft charter makes no mention of the bloc being “pro-Western,” as media reports describe it. It does however emphasize that Libya is part of the Arab and Muslim world. There appears to be no recognition given to Africans or non-Muslims in the document, who have been the victims of some of the worst of the violence. The charter of the so-called “liberal parties” is a pure document of Islamic and Arab supremacism.

Despite some early tensions between Mahmoud Jibril, a former Gaddafi crony, and the Muslim Brotherhood, operating in Libya as the Justice and Construction Party, the NFA and the Brotherhood are on the same page. Tellingly, the Brotherhood endorsed the NFA’s claims that it is winning, which along with the early arrangements, suggests that the NFA and the Brotherhood arranged the outcome of the Libyan election before it even took place.

The Brotherhood needs Jibril out front to reassure foreign investors. In Egypt, the Brotherhood had front men like Khairat El-Shater, who could sell the Brotherhood as a friendly capitalist venture, but in Libya, Abdul Hakim Belhadj of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, with ties to Al-Qaeda, heading up the Al-Watan Party is a much less reassuring figure even for the most useful of useful idiots. Suleiman Abdelkader of the Justice and Construction Party is hardly any more reassuring, even to those journalists who see moderate Islamists under every Jihad.

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  • http://twitter.com/LandDestroyer @LandDestroyer

    Don't forget to mention that Gibril/Jibril is a Wall Street proxy – spoke before corporate-financier Brookings Institute back in May of 2011 pledging to convert Libya into an instrument for the recolonization of Africa – was educated and spent many years in the US. He is a Western proxy, wrote an entire "plan" for Libya with IMF funding – and if he is working with sectarian extremists, it's because fake-Islamophia fearmongers told him to. It is the Neo-Cons that both cultivate legions of sectarian extremists worldwide while cultivating constant fear in the West of their own monster.

    • Ghostwriter

      That sounds like something rehashed from the 1960's. Few bought it then,few buy it now.

  • TopAssistant

    I would love to see more articles on our history with Shariah/Islamic law starting with the letter John Adams and Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1786.

    Here is just a part of the March 28, 1786 letter to John Jay, the United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Continental Congress, signed by John Adams and Thomas Jefferson concerning their conversation with the Tripoli ambassador. (Thomas Jefferson. "The Papers of Thomas Jefferson". Princeton Univ. Press. pp. 9:358.)

    As you read the letter keep asking yourself if you see any similarities between 1786 and today’s challenges. Here is a part of the 1786 letter from Adams and Jefferson:

    The Ambassador answered us that it was founded on the Laws of their prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every musselman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise.”

    I suggest you read the entire letter, ask yourself some questions about what happened then and what is happening now. Are we experiencing the development of a worldwide Caliphate mentioned by the Tripoli ambassador? Is the United States paying “jizya” tax? We are doing this by paying Middle Eastern nations to adopt Sharia/Islamic law/finance and using our military to fight and die doing it. Why hasn’t the House and Senate Armed Service Committees ever held hearings on why Stephen Coughlin was silenced after he presented his research on Shariah/Islamic law and if it had been hijacked by radicals. He found it had not and Islamists are doing exactly what is taught in the Koran and other Islamic material.

    What does the Muslim Brotherhood have in common with the Tripoli Ambassador? Why hasn’t our government placed the Muslim Brotherhood on the terrorist list?

    The actual letter has been photocopied and it is here: http://memory.loc.gov/master/mss/mtj/mtj1/005/040

    The typed version is here: http://freepages.misc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~argy

    Are the Muslim Brotherhood and their affiliates such as CAIR, ISNA and other unindicted co-conspirators of the Holy Land Foundation terrorist funding trials a continuation of what we experienced before this nation was formed?

    Why did the Bush and Obama Department of Justice refuse to prosecute the unindicted co-conspirators? You need to go to Citizens for National Security (CFNS) website and link to the Task Force Update, Muslim Brotherhood Full CFNS Report titled: Homegrown Jihad in the USA – Muslim Brotherhood’s Deliberate,
    Premeditated Plan Now Reaching Maturity© an d view the PowerPoint that outlines exactly how the Muslim Brotherhood has spread throughout America since 1962 and our government is mum on it. No hearings.

    • Stephen_Brady

      Thumbs-up!

  • Infidel

    Top Assistant—nice job…in this nation we do have a serious problem with the acceptance of islam. They hold to their teachings that all nations must submit to islam or die. We need more people like you to take notice and spread the word/truth concerning the take over of our christian nation!! Thank you!

  • Stephen_Brady

    Well, make up your mind. Was it 9, or 11? …

    • HPD

      I thought Bush and Cheney did it? No?
      Funny…even when AL Qaeda admits culpability,

      the feeble minded (judeologue) refuse to believe it..

  • Stephen_Brady

    It is a safe bet that a group that broad includes terrorists and people too ugly for even Obama to shake hands with.

    … Or bow to …

  • mrbean

    The inept clandestine Muslim Marxist in the Oval Office and his equally inept post menopausal charwoman hag Secretary of State are setting up the Middle East with multiple Islamic Theocracies instead of just Iran. This guarantees a major Mid East war with Israel and te United States. Russia and China are already siding with Iran, Syria and Egypt.

  • HPD

    The Caliphate continues to expand…By order of our Muzlim-in-chief…

    Does Israel still possess the fire in the belly and the eye of the tiger to
    counter these cretins or has their time passed into oblivion, thanks to
    the US support for the Al Qaeda Brotherhood..

  • Lan Astaslem

    sammy ben laden who became fish food boasted about doing it, so who was it schmucko?

  • Ghostwriter

    As I said before,nineteen Muslim men did 9/11,not Israel. Al-Qaeda bragged about doing it. You,judeologue,are an idiot.

  • UCSPanther

    Like I said, get lost spammer.

    We don't care about your hairbrained conspiracy theories.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    The ordinary American has very little understanding of thngs going on in the Arab Muslim world. American mainstream media, Democrat politicians, and government agencies who should be informing them are out to lunch. The Muslims political movements have always been about who becomes or maintains power. Every tyrant preaches democracy to establish the political base for his tyranny. Tyrants do not speak of a rule of law that is equal to all. Thank God for our republican constitution and our rule of law.
    Marvin E. Fox

  • Roy

    I guess you are no fan of Jamie Dettmer at the The Daily Beast who has written several optimistic articles on Libya.

    http:// http://www.thedailybeast.com/contributors/jamie-dettmer….
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  • mah29001

    Are you stupid? The wars in the Middle East are NOT being waged for Israel's favor dumbass. Palestine supported the 9/11 attacks, there were Palestinians cheering the 9/11 attacks and then lying to blame Israel for it which morons like you believe quite openly.