Shortly after unrest broke out in eastern Libya in mid-February, reports emerged that an “Islamic Emirate” had been declared in the eastern Libyan town of Darnah and that, furthermore, the alleged head of that Emirate, Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi, was a former detainee at the American prison camp in Guantánamo. The reports, which originated from Libyan government sources, were largely ignored or dismissed in the Western media.
Now, however, al-Hasadi has admitted in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore that he fought against American forces in Afghanistan. (Hat-tip: Thomas Joscelyn at the Weekly Standard.) Al-Hasadi says that he is the person responsible for the defense of Darnah — not the town’s “Emir.” In a previous interview with Canada’s Globe and Mail, he claimed to have a force of about 1,000 men and to have commanded rebel units in battles around the town of Bin Jawad.
And this is exactly why I didn’t want us getting involved over there in Libya or any of the other “popular” revolutions in the MIddle East and Africa: we don’t know who’s behind it all. Sure, we keep getting told that these are popular uprisings but how are we supposed to be 100% sure of that? And if aren’t 100% sure of the real source of the unrest, why the hell are we offering aid? I mean, we if Al Qaeda or the Taliban or the Muslim Brotherhood or any branch of Islamic Jihad are behind this (which I seriously believe is the case), aren’t we slitting our own throats by helping them? We’re now helping enforce a no-fly zone to help the people that were dancing in the streets when the World Trade Center fell. We’re taking out ADA sites to enforce a no-fly zone so that Moammar Ghadaffi and his sick regime can be toppled, for what? So a worse regime can take over? Unfortunately I think the only reason we haven’t done anything to take him out previously (except for when Ronnie Reagan put some smart bombs in his kids’ windows) is because it’s better to have the devil you know than the devil you don’t.
Now we’re not only banking on the devil we don’t know; we’re helping him take over Hell.
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