For once it’s about ending the smuggling of arms.
Libya’s prime minister on Tuesday appealed to the outside world to help restore security, as it combats political chaos and tries to restart oil exports crippled by protesters at a cost of $130 million a day in lost income.
“If the international community does not help in the collection of arms and ammunition, if we don’t get help in forming the army and the police, things are going to take very long,” Zeidan said at a Libya investment conference in London.
Zeidan touched off the collapse of the government and the current crisis as part of a Muslim Brotherhood takeover bid. Now he’s asking the West to back up his militia Islamist thugs.
Now he’s talking up terrorism.
Libya faces terrorists who do not want the country to improve, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan told a London investment conference this morning, before going on to meet British premier David Cameron.
“This terrorism has come from other countries” said Zeidan, “and now it is trying to find a stronghold in Libya.” He appealed for international help to rebuild the army and the police force. He added, “I say frankly that if the international community does not help us collect arms and ammunition, then the return of security is going to take a long time. The government can only do so much”.
Nevertheless Zeidan was upbeat about security.
Zeidan’s pants are on fire. His big oil strike problem isn’t caused by Al Qaeda. It’s caused by the collapse of Federalism. A collapse that his Brotherhood partners helped orchestrate.
The militias he’s dealing with are mainly domestic. Al Qaeda has training camps in Libya, but they’re not at issue. His own people are.
Libya’s prime minister has asked Britain for more help removing weapons that were left over from the collapse of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime.
The appeal Tuesday from Prime Minister Ali Zeidan comes a day after the U.N. Security Council heard reports that caches of such arms and ammunition are being flown and shipped into Syria.