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September 05, 2011

Islamists Plot To Take Over Post-Gaddafy Libya

Hooray...?

Jihadists among the Libyan rebels revealed plans last week on the Internet to subvert the post-Moammar Gadhafi government and create an Islamist state, according to U.S. intelligence agencies.

U.S. officials said spy agencies are stepping up surveillance of Islamist-oriented elements among Libyan rebels. A government report circulated Tuesday said extremists were observed “strategizing” on Internet forums about how to set up an Islamist state in Libya after the regime of Col. Gadhafi is defeated.

“Several forum participants have suggested that, following a transitional stage, the battle should turn against secularist rebels and members of the [rebels’] Transitional National Council,” the unclassified report stated.

Unfortunately, I don't think Obama has the will to do what is necessary here, if he is to actually finish this in an acceptable way. He'd need to seriously arm the non-jihadists, and even bomb, when needed, jihadist positions.

Civil wars are always dirty wars, and I don't know if President Theoretical Understanding Only has the grit for that.

And, of course, as many argued, replacing an unpopular former terrorist with popular current terrorists is no victory at all.


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