In the Middle East of today, strategic maneuvering is the name of the game. First, there was talk in late February that the Islamic Maghreb arm of Al Qaeda (AQIM) had set up camp in the eastern Libyan town of Derna. Those rumours have since been refuted by the locals.
Consider, however, the SITE Intelligence monitoring service, a site that monitors Jihadist activity. On February 23 they reported that the AQIM stands in solidarity with the Libyan protestors in ousting Al Gaddafi’s regime. Next, take a very close look at this excerpt from the United Nations Security Council’s meeting on February 26:
Speaking last, Libya’s representative said that the Council’s action represented moral support for his people and was a signal that an end must be put to the fascist regime in Tripoli. He launched an appeal to all the officers of the Libyan armed forces to support their own people, and welcomed the referral to the International Criminal Court, as well as the decision not to impose sanctions on those who might abandon Mr. Al-Qadhafi in the end.(UN Security Council, 2011)
Finally, take into account the Arab League’s March 2 meeting in Cairo where the 22 member ensemble tabled a draft resolution objecting to foreign military interference in Libya. The results of that vote have yet to be released, and due to the Libyan unrest, the Arab League has reportedly postponed their next summit for some time in May. Meanwhile the rest of the world, also in support of the protestors, is still contemplating no fly zones and the possibility of foreign military intervention nearly in toto. What does all this maneuvering mean?
While Al Qaeda may be relying on the adage “The enemy of my enemy is my friend,” the UN is not about come on side with terrorists. Hence this old proverb does not apply here, yet it does not stop them from trying. There is always the chance that somebody in a position to overpower might step up. In the past, plenty of countries or factions have sided this way when the stakes have been high enough for opposing forces to contend.