By Dark Politricks
Two events happened in the last week. I wonder if you can see any link or oddity between the two.
1. Last week it was reported in all major newspapers that the 2nd in command of al-Qaeda, a Libyan by the name of Atiyah Abd al-Rahman, was killed in a likely drone strike in Pakistan. This came in the same week as reports that al-Qaeda’s 3rd in command, an Egyptian by the name of Mustafa Abu al-Yazid ( also known as Saeed al-Masri ) was also reported dead in the same region.
This follows remarks by leading US military commanders that a defeat of al-Qaeda is almost within reach. Last month, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said a strategic defeat of al-Qaeda was within reach and called for continued efforts to hammer the group’s weakened leadership with a series of attacks.
“Now is the moment, following what happened with bin Laden, to put maximum pressure on them,” he said, “because I do believe that if we continue this effort we can really cripple al-Qaeda as a major threat.”
I really don’t know how these US military men will know when this strategic defeat of al-Qaeda occurs. No declaration of victory or defeat will be signed, no roll-back of the huge security state apparatus spawned in the years since 9.11 will happen and there will always be people, many of them Muslim, that will hate the US for it’s foreign policy and want to commit terrorist attacks against it.
2. The second major event that happened last week was that the al-Qaeda and NATO supported rebel Libyan army finally took Tripoli. The storming of Gaddafi’s own compound was led by a rebel by the name of Abdelhakim Belhaj and his US Special Forces trained Tripoli Brigade.
For people who haven’t heard about this feared al-Qaeda asset then maybe you should look him up as there seems little doubt to where his true allegiances lie. This makes it all the more strange that we have been supporting, training and funding him in Libya whilst as the same time we are killing members of his same “organisation” in Pakistan.
This confuses me. Are we fighting al-Qaeda or helping them? Or is each situation done on a case by case scenario.
If helping our biggest enemy leads to the West gaining oil and money then it’s okay but if it leads to the de-stabilisation of a nuclear armed country or an area we want to get our troops into for some geo-political reason then it’s a big no-no. Maybe that’s the whole point. De-stabilise first, bring in western help to re-stabilise and then take the credit as well as control of the assets they wanted in the first place – Problem – Reaction – Solution in action.
For people that have seen their sons and daughters sent off to foreign lands such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Iraq only to be blown to bits by al-Qaeda IED’s and bombs or shot by their “martyrs”. It must come as quite a shock to realise that Abdelhakim Belhaj, one of the most effective, feared and powerful rebel leaders currently leading the attack against Gaddafi, is actually an Islamic Sharia law loving, ex terrorist prisoner of the Americans and Gaddafi who many people now freely admit is al-Qaeda.
For those of you who have never heard Abdelhakim Belhaj’s name before here is a quick overview of his history as an al-Qaeda and now NATO sponsored terrorist taken from the Asian Times.
Abdelhakim Belhaj, aka Abu Abdallah al-Sadek, is a Libyan jihadi. Born in May 1966, he honed his skills with the mujahideen in the 1980s anti-Soviet jihad in Afghanistan.
He’s the founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and its de facto emir – with Khaled Chrif and Sami Saadi as his deputies. After the Taliban took power in Kabul in 1996, the LIFG kept two training camps in Afghanistan; one of them, 30 kilometers north of Kabul – run by Abu Yahya – was strictly for al-Qaeda-linked jihadis.
After 9/11, Belhaj moved to Pakistan and also to Iraq, where he befriended none other than ultra-nasty Abu Musab al-Zarqawi – all this before al-Qaeda in Iraq pledged its allegiance to Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri and turbo-charged its gruesome practices.
Not only was this sworn follower of bin Laden a well known jihadist and member of a outlawed terrorist group but in 2003 Belhaj was arrested and taken extraordinary rendition-style, to a secret Bangkok prison, and duly tortured by the Americans. Then in In 2004, the USA decided to send him as a gift to Libyan intelligence (oh how friends fall out so quickly) until he was freed by Saif Islam al-Gaddafi in March of 2010, along with other 211 terrorists.
Before being set free Belhaj and the other terrorists had to sign a 417-page confession in which they declared the jihad against Gaddafi illegal and finally over.
So it is quite strange to now see Belhaj now head up a US Special Forces trained militia, the so called Tripoli Brigade, which is leading the charge on the Libyan capital all whilst NATO softens up his targets before he can exact his possibly genocidally and tribal induced revenge on ex enemies and maybe even civilians.
He has already been bragging how he had won the battle of Tripoli using the same terminology the west was criticising Gaddafi for only weeks ago – calling his forces “rats” that needed exterminating and he has been linked to last months assassination of the then rebel military commander General Abdel Fattah Younis. This was the ex leader of Gaddafi’s special forces that before the uprising had a long history of fighting the group Belhaj founded, the LIFG, from 1990 to 1995.
Whilst the Libyan uprising is a lot more complicated than most people think it is clear that this is not just a case of demonstrators demanding civil rights being squashed by the de-facto ruler of the country. Instead it is a mixture of old Tribal rivalries in which the tribes centred around Benghazi have always had animosity to those Gaddafi belonged to, as well the usual religious mix of hatred between Islamic offshoots, added to the usual jihadist nutters who want all women to walk around in Burkas, never speak unless spoken to and to be less educated than a 5 year old boy.
It is clear from Belhaj’s own statements that he wants nothing less than total Sharia law for the whole of Libya and as a powerful rebel leader who has now been armed to the teeth by the west, with access to the billions of frozen Gaddafi bank assets and on the verge of complete victory it is going to be very interesting to see the final outcome of this uprising especially if he manages to get his hands on all those Chemical weapons that Gaddafi supposedly never got rid of after the deal in the desert with the devil AKA Mr Tony Blair.
I for one have always said that this was a civil war that we had no place interfering in. And as truth is always the first victim of any war who is to know how close the people of Benghazi really ever came to being slaughtered as the west claimed and which was used as the reason to create the no fly zone in the first place.
The UN resolution which has rightly been criticised by Russia and China as being the thin edge of a fat wedge has turned into a fiasco.
Instead of protecting civilians as it was supposed to do it instead allowed UK, French and US planes to destroy Libyan army installations, kill hundreds if not thousands of solidiers and civilians (we will probably never know the truth) and basically soften up Gaddafi targets so that their al-Qaeda rebel army could take control of town after town on the route to Tripoli. If it had not been for NATO’s overwhelming air power the rebel army would probably have been stopped at Benghazi.
UN resolution 1973 is supposed to protect civilians of all shapes and forms which also includes those currently living in Tripoli.
Are NATO helicopters and planes doing anything to stop the slaughter of civilians who may have supported Gaddafi in the past?
Do we know if anything is being done to protect the people of Tripoli by NATO or does anyone really give a shit?
Once the rebels takes control the UK and France will be fighting amongst themselves for lucrative oil contracts and no doubt anything of value to the people of Libya will be privatised and carved up so that the globalist banksters can take their share of the spoils.
Who is to know the real truth on the ground when the western TV stations are only looking one way.
Dead soldiers can be dressed as civilians and video footage caught on phone camera’s can rarely be verified so who is to know the real truth behind the events that led to the UN resolution that allowed NATO to support one side of a civil war under the guise of protecting human rights.
The same plan seems to be on schedule for Syria which is now in the midst of what looks like an externally led uprising. It comes as no surprise to see the pressure being cranked up by the USA, EU and UN in the same way it was with Gaddafi. If Libya falls to plan then vital troops already based in the Middle East could easily be deployed to do the same job in Syria under similar guises of protecting civilians from government aggression.
I’m sure it isn’t just me who thinks it’s strange that we have spent the last decade fighting the worlds most fearsome terrorist organisation only to allow members of it to be trained by the same soldiers who have probably fought against each other in other parts of the world.
For me it makes a whole mockery of the war on terror and the fight to defeat al-Qaeda and makes me want to know even more what Sibel Edmonds knows about the CIA and the USA’s links to bin Laden and al-Qaeda that led up to 9.11.
With an al-Qaeda fighter leading the slaughter of Gaddafi loyalists in Tripoli it is clear that these links went a lot further and a lot longer than just up to 9.11.