Four foreigners have been arrested in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on suspicion of being Christian missionaries and printing books about Christianity, a security official said on Saturday.
“They were arrested on Tuesday at a publishing house where they were printing thousands of books that called for conversion to Christianity,” security official Hussein Bin Hmeid said.
“Proselytising is forbidden in Libya. We are a 100 percent Muslim country and this kind of action affects our national security.”
There are actually supposed to be around 200,000 Christians in Libya, but I suppose they aren’t recognized as having any religious rights in Obama’s New Libya.
Hmeid said the government-affiliated security apparatus called the Preventative Security, for which he is a spokesman, had arrested an Egyptian, a South African, a Korean and a Swede who was travelling on a U.S. passport.
“We are still holding interrogations and will hand them over to the Libyan intelligence authorities in a couple of days,” Hmeid said, without giving further details.
The Preventative Security apparatus is a parallel security body created during the 2011 war that ousted Muammar Gaddafi and made up of several rebel brigades which fought in the conflict.
So where is the US in intervening on behalf of a United States citizen being abused by Libyan authorities? I’m sure if he were an Al Qaeda terrorist being killed by a drone, there would be a lot more interest in this story from all the usual suspects.
Fortunately Obama is helping the Islamist Libyan Rebels/Government/Benghazi attackers create a “Commando Force” to battle extremists who print Christian books in 100 percent Muslim Libya.
The Obama administration quietly won Congress’s approval last month to shift about $8 million from Pentagon operations and counterterrorism aid budgeted for Pakistan to begin building an elite Libyan force over the next year that could ultimately number about 500 troops.
American trainers would likely focus on basic skills, like marksmanship and small-arms tactics, and then move on to more advanced counterterrorism, reconnaissance and hostage-rescue skills.
Don’t forget Christian takedowns. And then once the training is done, maybe the Libyans can show Obama how it’s done.