Libya leader Muammar Qaddafi with Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir in Khartoum. Libya, Egypt and Mauritania have sent their leaders to Sudan in an effort to minimize tensions in the run-up to the Jan. 11, 2010 referendum on the future of the South., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
By EndOfHistory | 07/03/11 - 11:48 am
“Above all, the European Union must start acting like a responsible force in world affairs, not a many-headed monster.”
The Financial Times published that on February 23, right as the civil war in Libya erupted. Unfortunately, Europe – along with America – has continued to act like a many-headed monster, particularly in Libya.
To begin with, the West failed to help countries like Libya develop their economies before the war began. In fact, the West promised to help Libya develop its economy after Libya agreed to abandon its nuclear program. But instead of doing that, the West seemed happy to support and encourage organizations intent on overthrowing the existing regime.
In particular, Britain supported the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a terrorist organization linked to Al Qaeda whose objective was to overthrow Gaddafi. In 1996, British intelligence even hired that organization to assassinate Gaddafi.
Britain has connections to several members of LIFG. The founder of LIFG, Norman Benotman, has lived in London since 1995. While living in London, he met members of Al Qaeda such as Abu Qatada and Mustafa Setmariam Nasar. Before moving to London, he lived in Sudan where he met with Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri.
Britain also has connections to another member of LIFG, Anas al-Liby. He also knew Osama bin Laden. Despite the fact that America believes he had a role in the 1998 African embassy bombings, Britain gave him political asylum and allowed him to live in Manchester until May of 2000.
Interestingly, Libya issued an arrest warrant for Osama bin Laden in March of 1998. At that time, British and American intelligence tried to conceal the origins of the arrest warrant and they minimized the danger of bin Laden. The fact that Britain provided sanctuary to two members of LIFG and the fact the Britain paid LIFG to assassinate Gaddafi suggests strongly that Britain controls the organization. And the fact that British and American intelligence tried to squash an arrest warrant for Osama bin Laden suggests they controlled him as well.
Read the rest of the post at: bfanwo.blogspot.com/2011/07/yamero.html