Tuesday, October 25, 2011
You don't wanna know. NATO's mandate has been extended by a month. HAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAH
Cracks are showing in the Libyan opposition that united against Moammar Gadhafi, raising concerns among the NATO nations that helped topple the regime.
Michael Rubin, a former adviser to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, says the United States should choose the group it prefers and back that faction with money and diplomatic support.
“There’s going to be a conflict anyway,” says Rubin, a senior lecturer at the Naval Postgraduate School. “The Saudis are going to be giving billions of dollars. The question is: Are we going to play the game for influence or are we going to forfeit? To play the game, it’s going to cost cold, hard cash.”
Others say the multitude of weapons left over from Gadhafi’s regime could allow some factions to try and dominate others. Mansour El-Kikhia, a Libyan-born professor of politics at the University of Texas-San Antonio, says the U.S. should back away from the volatile situation.
Considering that such countries as Qatar and Saudi Arabia are funneling money and weapons to extremist Islamist militias, El-Kikhia says, “the best thing the U.S. can do is say, ‘Hands off Libya; let the democratic process develop on its own.’”
Libya’s interim rulers declared the country liberated Sunday after an eight-month civil war, launching the oil-rich nation on what is meant to be a two-year transition to democracy.
“You should only embrace honesty, patience and mercy,” National Transitional Council head Mustafa Abdul-Jalil told a flag-waving crowd of several thousand in the eastern city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising against Gadhafi.
Abdul-Jalil went on to announce Islamic sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation, and laws that contradict “the teachings of Islam” would be nullified. He said the first thing to happen would be caps on interest for bank loans and the return of polygamy. The Muslim holy book, the Quran, allows men up to four wives.
Gulf News editor Abdul Hamid Ahmad said, “Mustafa Abdul-Jalil has just given an evidence to all (the) world that the Arab uprising will end up to be Islamic states.”........