[Marxism] Libya is now set to be a scene of multiple battles

Paul Flewers trusscott.foundation at blueyonder.co.uk
Wed Sep 7 13:29:28 MDT 2011


Soumaya Ghannoushi's article stated that:

'The vacuum created by Gaddafi's departure is now filled by two
polarised camps. The first is the National Transitional Council (NTC),
made up largely of ex-ministers and prominent senior Gaddafi officials
who jumped from his ship as it began to sink. These enjoy the support
of Nato and derive their current power and influence from the backing
of western capitals. The second is composed of political and military
local leaders who have played a decisive role in the liberation of the
various Libyan cities from the Gaddafi brigades.

'The thousands of fighters and activists these command are now
convened within local military councils, such as the Tripoli council,
which was founded following the liberation of the capital and which
recently elected  as its head. Ironically,  is the same man who, a few
years back had been deported, along with other Libyan dissidents, by
MI6 and the CIA to Gaddafi, their close ally at the time.'

Here's the BBC on that 'hero of the liberation of Tripoli' Abdul Hakim Belhaj:

'Mr Belhaj -- known in the jihadi world as Abu Abdullah al-Sadiq --
commanded the now defunct Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG). The
group was formed in 1990 by Mr Belhaj and other Islamist Libyans who
had fought in Afghanistan against the Soviets in the 1980s. The LIFG
waged a three-year low-level insurgency mainly based in eastern Libya,
and staged three attempts to assassinate Col Gaddafi in 1995 and 1996,
according to Middle East analyst Omar Ashour of Exeter University. By
1998, the group was crushed. Most of its leaders fled to Afghanistan
and joined forces with the Taliban. There, Mr Belhaj is alleged to
have developed 'close relationships' with al-Qaeda leaders and Taliban
chief Mullah Omar, according to an arrest warrant issued by the Libyan
government in 2002. The warrant says that he was based in Jalalabad,
Afghanistan, from where he ran and financed training camps for Arab
mujahideen fighters.' <
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-14786753 >

Whilst I deplore his being sent by the British government back to
Libya to be brutally interrogated, this man is definitely no 'hero' of
mine. Libya under the likes of him and his pals will be no better and
probably could be even worse than under Gaddafi.

Paul F




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