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The Enemy of my Enemy is Not my Friend

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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.

The Libyan representative to the UN, in his appeal for the army officers to support their own people, offers a key to the way people have been aligning themselves on Libyan soil. It’s every man for him and his own tribe until a clear winner has been declared.

Note the request that sanctions not be imposed on those who might defect from the Colonel at the conclusion of his leadership. This is a guerrilla warrior at his best, adept at hiding in plain view. William S. Frisbee Jr. writes,” If the enemy cannot stand up and fight, it fades away, disappearing into the local population.” In Libya every male is trained in mandatory national service to become a Guerilla warrior.

Without having the results of the Arab League’s vote for no foreign intervention in Libya, we can do little but speculate about what is to come if NATO allows a no fly zone, or the UN sanctions spark a peacekeeping mission. The Arab League has shown, however, a clear preference for keeping Arab issues to Arab lands, and they make no exceptions for meddling Muslims imposing their will in foreign Islamic countries.  It should be clear that the Arab League’s concern is about keeping Iran out of African affairs. Although leaving everyone who is not African out may not be enough to accomplish that goal.

Given the close alliance Libya has with Venezuela’s Chavez, and Chavez’s relationship with Iran, all this maneuvering may just come full circle and lead to yet another long and bloody revolutionary war, an unenviable result that the small population of Libya can ill afford.

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  • LynnfromBC

    That last line was to read: Since when has a situation ever arose where a distinct ethnic group had enough power that would limit the involvement of any invading force across their own diaspora?

  • LynnfromBC

    I think that if we can get past the anachronistic jousting, there is a valid point in the last few posts.

    The arab nations of the Middle East simply can not sit on the fence and be left to feel comfortable about it in the eyes of the UN.

    This is especially so since the initiation of having a vote on supporting foreign military intervention was made with an intention. Only the members of the Arab League know that intention.

    So far no results have been made public, and the UN is calling for at least one Arab country to support a no fly zone before any decision is made. In essence, the arab states are being called out to get off the fence. Separate the men from the boys to use an old parlance.

    The hypocrisy? Since when has a situation like this ever arose where a distinct ethnic Power that would limit the involvement of any invading or interfering force across their own diaspora? It is unprecedented in modern times.

  • Personally, I disagree with the idea that the expulsion of “Israel” was the greatest wrong against any nation, but egomania and religious fervour often accompany one another.

  • The men written about in this article were the ones whose names are the names of the streets in East Talpiot, where I lived for 5 years with my wife and kids. These men are commemorated by a memorial in a synagogue on the street called ‘oléi hagardóm Street of the Hangman’s Gallows, one of the main streets of East Talpiot.

    The attitude taken by Dov Gruner at his trial is similar to the attitude that we residents of Judea and Samaria have towards the oppressive régime in Jerusalem, the puppet of the United States, Britain and the European Union. Just as you British were driven out of this land, the government in Jerusalem, a fount of injustice and evil, will fall. Below you can read what real men say to tyranny.

    “I do not recognize your authority to try me. This court has no legal foundation, since it was appointed by a regime without legal foundation.

    You came to Palestine because of the commitment you undertook at the behest of all the nations of the world to rectify the greatest wrong caused to any nation in the history of mankind, namely the expulsion of Israel from their land, which transformed them into victims of persecution and incessant slaughter throughout the world. It was this commitment – and this commitment alone – which constituted the legal and moral basis for your presence in this country. But you betrayed it willfully, brutally and with satanic cunning. You turned your commitment into a mere scrap of paper…

    When the prevailing government in any country is not legal, when it becomes a regime of oppression and tyranny, it is the right of its citizens – more than that, it is their duty – to fight this regime and to topple it. This is what Jewish youth are doing and will continue to do until you quit this land, and hand it over to its rightful owners: the Jewish people.

    For you should know this: there is no power in the world which can sever the tie between the Jewish people and their one and only land. Whosoever tries to sever it – his hand will be cut off and the curse of God will rest on him for ever”

  • I know what the person who Mossad murdered was accused of, Ruvy, but we degenerate Westerners have a system we’re fond of called the legal process, whereas you and Mossad apparently prefer the lynch mob, so please don’t offer me your mock righteousness.

    As to hypocrisy, you have a far more direct relationship to it than I do…

  • Of course, you can always benefit from reading the other side of the issue, Chris. British hypocrisy is not lost on us at all – in fact Brits will always be remembered in this land for their monumental hypocrisy. The street names in the Jerusalem neighborhood of East Talpiot are a permanent reminder of what hypocrites the British are. They are the names of brave Jews who died fighting the British occupation of this country when it ceased to work to create a Jewish state here, as it was mandated to, and worked instead to create an Arab one.

  • The Mossad killed an Arab terrorist who killed other people, Chris. Those are the facts, whether you like them or not. I don’t know the mission the SAS boys were on, but generally, missions like these are to benefit the interests of the government sending the boys out. Your whining doesn’t hide the fact that the Mossad did the world considerable good by murdering off and Arab terrorist.

  • Of course there is a big difference between the illegal cloning of legitimately issued passports which Mossad agents used to murder somebody and what happened in this case, but let’s not let the facts get in the way of the propaganda and hatred, eh, Ruvy?

  • It’s easy to focus on the oil issue when the powers that be have lost face.

    Let’s talk about powers that used to be losing face. A year ago, the whole diplomatic world was bitching and moaning about Mossad agents having used non-Israeli passports in operations. The loudest to bitch and moan were those fine carriers of the white man’s burden, the Brits.

    According to Melanie Phillips, “then foreign Secretary David Miliband raged:

    Such misuse of British passports is intolerable and that Israel had displayed a
    profound disregard for the sovereignty of the United Kingdom.”

    Ever the hypocritical and deceitful bastards, the Brits found themselves in a bit of a pickle when their own special forces unit, the SAS, was caught red-handed using the passports of four different nationalities.

    Money line from the BBC:

    “Witnesses said the men were detained by rebels after arriving near Benghazi in a helicopter early on Friday morning. They were held after going to an agricultural compound when Libyan security guards found they were carrying arms, ammunition, explosives, maps and passports from at least four different nationalities, witnesses told the BBC. The witnesses said the men had denied they were carrying weapons.”

    Always a pleasure to see that the British hypocrites as ever, “waive the rules” for their majestic selves. I wonder whose sovereignty THEY profoundly disregarded?

  • LynnfromBC

    I appreciate the volly Cynic, it’s worth a shot. Is it about oil or is it about humanity? That’s a fair question and not one we are likely to get an answer for as long as people can be bribed by their governments. Maybe that is what it’s about, cynically speaking.

    It’s what the Arab world wants to do about Libya that is the most intriguing question. They haven’t released the results of their vote, and that should raise some eyebrows. The last thing they want is more instability.

    Gadaffi’s history is a sore spot in the Arab world, an embarrassment to say the least, and they have tolerated him up to now. That embarrassment has now passed into the western world.

    It’s easy to focus on the oil issue when the powers that be have lost face. Oil is not a means to an end, it’s just the means being used right now to establish control. It’s pathological. This isn’t a one time behavior change we are seeing in Gadaffi. He has always been this way. Leopards don’t change their spots, they just get really good at hiding with them. The cost in human lives at the hands of harsh dictatorships has historically been high. We should have seen this coming.

  • cynic

    You’re absolutely correct. We should stick with the terrorist already in power and his secret police, his African mercenaries slaughtering civilians and bombing campaigns with Russian supplied arms. After all, he keeps the oil flowing and that’s all you care about, right?