[Marxism] Libya is now set to be a scene of multiple battles
lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 7 13:46:58 MDT 2011
On 9/7/2011 3:29 PM, Paul Flewers wrote:
> 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.
Now it is entirely possible that Belhaj is lying through his teeth
when he told this to the NY Times on 9/2/11, but as a rule of
thumb jihadists usually say what they mean and mean what they say:
Mr. Belhaj conceded that Islamists had no role in creating the
revolution against Colonel Qaddafi’s rule; it was instead a
popular uprising. “The February 17th revolution is the Libyan
people’s revolution and no one can claim it, neither secularists
nor Islamists,” he said. “The Libyan people have different views,
and all those views have to be involved and respected.”
Forty-two years of Qaddafi rule in Libya had, he said, taught him
an important lesson: “No one can make Libya suffer any more under
any one ideology or any one regime.” His pledge to disband
fighters under his command once Libya has a new government was
repeated to NATO officials at a meeting in Qatar this week.
Some council members said privately that allowing Mr. Belhaj to
become chairman of the military council in Tripoli was done partly
to take advantage of his military expertise, but also to make sure
the rebels’ political leaders had him under their direct control.
Many also say that Mr. Belhaj’s history as an Islamist is
understandable because until this year, Islamist groups were the
only ones able to struggle against Colonel Qaddafi’s particularly
After Mr. Belhaj and a small group of Libyan comrades returned
from the jihad against the Soviets, they formed the Libyan Islamic
Fighting Group and had a secret base in the Green Mountain area of
eastern Libya, until it was discovered and bombed, and many of its
followers rounded up.
Mr. Belhaj escaped Libya in the late 1990s and, like many
antigovernment exiles, was forced to move frequently as Libya used
its oil resources as a way to pressure host countries.
“We focused on Libya and Libya only,” he said. “Our goal was to
help our people. We didn’t participate in or support any action
outside of Libya. We never had any link with Al Qaeda, and that
could never be. We had a different agenda; global fighting was not
He said that America’s reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks led to his
group’s classification as terrorist.
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, the rapprochement
between Libya and Western countries led to the apprehension of
several anti-Qaddafi activists, who were returned to Libya by the
While Mr. Belhaj insisted that he was not interested in revenge,
it is not a period of his life that he has altogether forgotten.
“If one day there is a legal way, I would like to see my torturers
brought to court,” he said.
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