Libya’s Leading Muslim Cleric Denounces Radical Violence

The Mufti is to be applauded for his forthrightness and humanity:

In his strongest attack to date of the actions of extremists, Libya’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Sadeq Al-Ghariani, has issued a fatwa condemning Tuesday’s killing of US Ambassador Chris Stevens along with three other American diplomatic staff and a number of Libya security guards. He said those involved were criminals who were damned by their action.

He also condemned the production of any film, picture or article insulting the Prophet Mohammad or any of the prophets by “extreme fanatics” in the US or elsewhere.

The Prophet Muhammad, Ghariani said, had specifically forbidden the killing of ambassadors and envoys.

He also pointed to a hadith in which the Prophet had said: “He who kills a confederate will not enter paradise.”  (A “confederate” is seen as someone who come to a Muslim country and lives peacefully among Muslims.)

The fatwa criminalised anyone taking part in armed attacks without the consent of the legitimate authorities.

What had happened in Benghazi was, it stated, “an attempt to undermine state authority”. It said that all Libyans who cared about their country, anyone who was intelligent, indeed anyone who considered themselves as Muslims should “despise” what had happened.

“Such an act, in fact, is likely to cause severe harm to the higher interests of the country, could unite nations against us, would give others justification to classify us amongst states sponsoring terrorism”, the fatwa stated.

Accusing extremists of twisting and perverting the message of Islam, it added that the attack could “give Islam a bad name, inciting hatred towards us, putting off those who were contemplating Islam”. It could even create a backlash among Muslims.

Would that voices from all across the world from every religious leader of any faith uttered the same sensible statement.  This is a fatwa every decent person can support.  Note, too, that the Saudi Mufti has also condemned the violence.  See the links below.

Radical Muslim Insanity: The Murder of the US Ambassador to Libya

I’m not sure what mental facilities radicals lack but evidently they can’t tell the difference between an idiotic self described ‘Israeli-Jewish’ stupid film maker and the staff of US embassies in the Arab world.  So they attacked the US consulate in Libya and apparently have killed the Ambassador.  They’ve also attacked the Embassy in Cairo because, as we all must surely know, the ‘Israeli-Jewish’ filmmaker was there too…

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad. Gunmen had attacked and burned the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi, a center of last year’s uprising against Muammar Gaddafi, late on Tuesday evening, killing one U.S. consular official. The building was evacuated. The Libyan official said the ambassador, Christopher Stevens, was being driven from the consulate building to a safer location when gunmen opened fire. “The American ambassador and three staff members were killed when gunmen fired rockets at them,” the official in Benghazi told Reuters.

You thuggish barbarians. Do you know who is an insult to Mohammed? Radical Muslims, that’s who. They are the greatest insult to their own religion.

Qaddafi’s Wife Needs my Help!

You know your name is out there when the wives of dead dictators write and offer you money for help…

Asalamalakum Greetings,

I am Safia Farkash Gaddafi, wife of embattled Libyan leader Late Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, who is presently kill by rebel 20-10-2011. Following the heat as a result of the crises in Libya against my Late husband, Col. Muammar Gaddafi, I have been able to escape to a Neighbouring country Algeria with my daughter who recently gave birth to save our lives. I am desperately looking for a foreign reliable partner whom I can trust to handle some funds on our behalf. A deposit was made one time ago by my husband in one of the security Companies in the UNITED KINGDOM in my name. The UN and the Western world have freezed most of our assets and funds bearing Gaddafi’s name anywhere in the world. Consequently, our status/position of the present does not permit us to open an account or run any huge financial business at the moment. Hence, I contacting you to claim the funds. The necessary Legal documents will be changed to your name to enable the release of the funds to you by the finacial Company. Your assistance will enable us invest the funds in your country. But before we proceed you will promise me that you will not betray or abscond with the funds when it eventually released to you. Last time the government moved to officially freeze the assets held by the Libyan regime in Switzerland following sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council. Find below the links where some of our assets were freezed. airline.html

I will furnish you with more info as soon as I hear your response indicating your interest to partner with me. At present I don’t receive or make calls for security reason (s) as it is being monitored. All communication is based on internet. Waiting for your prompt and positive response. Reply to this email:

Mrs. Safia Farkash Gaddafi

Naturally I’ve responded with all my personal account details.  Farewell work- hello Libyan gold!

Tony Blair: What a Con Artist

Pretending to be oh so devoted to his ‘faith’ and all the while having lived his entire life scraping and deceiving and manipulating for whatever he could get.  He conned a lot of people.

An investigation by The Sunday Telegraph can reveal new details of the complex structure behind “Tony Blair Inc”. It can also be disclosed that Mr Blair has built links with Monitor Group, an American public affairs consultancy that earned millions of pounds working for Col Muammar Gaddafi, the deposed Libyan dictator.

The former Prime Minister employed at least three staff from Monitor Group as senior advisers to his personal office at the same time as he put together multi-million pound deals in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The men were all on the payroll of the US consultancy firm at the same time as they were representing Mr Blair.

In short, he’s got ties to all manner of shady people and companies.  What a con.  I’m glad he’s Catholic.  Were he Protestant, he would give that branch of Christianity a black eye (though given the present state of Anglicanism, it couldn’t be much of a black eye).

The United States Applauds Libya’s Rebels Being Welcomed into the UN…

But rejects Palestinian membership?  What’s wrong, US, doesn’t the West Bank have enough oil for you to care?  Or, as Jonathan Rugman put it on twitter-

So the UNSC unanimously gives Libya’s 6 month old rebel leadership a UN seat – and expects the Palestinians to keep waiting after 60 years?

The perfect question to put to Clinton and our cowardly and simperingly weak spined leaders.

Liberated Libya

Give thanks to God.

The Libyan charge d’affaires in London, Mahmud Nacua, has said that Libya will be rebuilt as a democratic country, after rebels advanced into Tripoli. Mr Nacua thanked the British government for their support and action in opposing Col Gaddafi‘s forces, but said that Nato could cease operations in the country.

Would that the good people of Syria and Palestine could both be free as well.

We’re Not Engaged in Hostilities in Libya?

That’s odd, I thought dropping bombs and the like were hostile actions.

The U.S. military intervention in Libya reaches its 90th day on Sunday. That number is significant, because according to the 1973 War Powers Resolution, Congress must authorize American engagements in hostilities that surpass 90 days. Congress has not formally authorized military operations in Libya, and the White House contends there’s no need to do so. Obama’s position on the War Powers Resolution and Libya was laid out in a 30-page report sent to Congress this week. It’s quite simple, as White House spokesman Jay Carney explained on Friday to a roomful of reporters. “We do not believe, as a legal matter, that our engagement in this mission meets the hostilities threshold set by the War Powers Resolution, and therefore does not apply,” he said.

Oh I see- you can bomb and supply bombs and materials and still go to sleep at night because you aren’t engaged in hostilities. Got it… That’s good to know. Now I can go and be as hostile as I want and if I’m arrested I can just say that my definition of hostility is different than normal people’s. If it’s good enough for the President to do, it’s good enough for everyone.

A Shocking Story

NPR has the first hand account of the Libyan woman who was assaulted and raped by government forces.  It’s here.

More than two weeks ago, Iman al-Obeidi burst into a Tripoli hotel and told assembled journalists there that she had been gang-raped by members of forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi after being stopped at a checkpoint in the capital. NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro snuck out of her guarded hotel Monday with another reporter and went to visit Obeidi at her home. They were the first reporters to independently speak with her in person. Because journalists are unable to report freely in Tripoli, NPR cannot verify her claims.

I have to admit that some of it raised questions in my mind. Why would soldiers let her leave the compound? Why would the other woman untie her and then stay behind? It’s a terrible story but in many respects it raises red flags.

But if Fighting Ends in Libya, How Will the Oil Barons Justify Raising Prices Further?

The last thing the oil companies want is stability in the Middle East.  Conflict means profits.  Peace means stability and lack of tension and hence lower prices.  They’ll have to come up with a new scheme to jack prices up if Gaddafi really does want an end to fighting in Libya.

Libyan Deputy Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi told Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Sunday that Libya wants to end fighting in the country, Greek officials said.  “It seems that the Libyan authorities are seeking a solution,” Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas said after the envoy met Papandreou. “There needs to be a serious effort for peace and stability in the region.”  A Greek government official told Reuters that Obeidi had said Libya wanted the fighting to end. Obeidi told Papandreou he will next travel to Malta and Turkey, Droutsas added.

Exxon Mobil and BP and Shell and the others won’t like that at all.  It should be fun to see what they come up with next to garner fear and anxiety.

Bombs don’t Discriminate

They don’t care who they kill because they have neither friend nor foe nor soul.  Sometimes, neither do the people dropping them.

An airstrike intended to thwart Moammar Gadhafi’s forces killed 13 rebel fighters in eastern Libya instead, the opposition said Saturday, but they described it as an “unfortunate accident” and stressed it did not diminish their support for the international air campaign. Opposition spokesman Abdel-Hafidh Ghoga said the slain fighters were hit Friday night as they moved forward, attempting to take back the oil city of Brega, while airstrikes were in progress. Seven fighters were injured. Ghoga said it was an example of the lack of coordination in the ranks that has proven a key obstacle to victory over the more organized Libyan military.

Bombs… they just kill.

Are the Libyans Talking Gaddafi Exit?

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Melty face

Al-Arabiya reports that this is indeed the case.

A senior aid of Colonel Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, has been sent to Britain for secret talks on an exit strategy for the Libyan leader and his family members, UK media revealed on Friday citing UK government sources familiar with the meeting.   Mohammed Islamil has been in London for several days and his visit was said to be one of a number of contacts the British government has made with several Libyan officials over the past two weeks.

Let’s hope so.  Maybe he can go somewhere cooler, where he won’t continue to melt.

Thanks for the Help, Now Get Out

It didn’t take long for the Libyan rebels to have their fill of outside interference- Al-Arabiya reports this morning

Libya rebels thank France for its role in the Western-led military blitz but say in a letter “outside forces” could now leave the country.

Now the longer Western troops are in the area, the more resentment there will be.  Like most people who get in trouble, as soon as the trouble passes, so does interest in the ‘helper’.  It’s the very way people treat God.  They get in trouble, whine for help, and as soon as the trouble passes they don’t know God from a tree or a pop star.

Entangled Again: American Foreign Policy is Aimless

President Barack Obama said he was setting clear and unmistakable terms for the U.S. role in Libya: It would be limited, lasting days, not weeks, and its purpose was to protect Libyan citizens. But that’s not the way it’s turned out. Less than a week later, the mission has been clouded by confusion and questions about who’s in charge and who’s doing what — all while the killing of civilians is going on. The Pentagon claims success in establishing an effective no-fly zone over much of Libya that has grounded Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s aging air force. But Gadhafi’s tanks and troops are still targeting civilians on the ground.

Obama should just get on the deck of an aircraft carrier in front of a banner that declares ‘Mission Sort of Accomplished’ and claim victory. That’s the way American policy is done these days.

Meanwhile, the only thing that’s being accomplished is that there’s no solution to the Libyan crisis and the country is in the grips of a civil war that we are now also entangled in.  Lack of foresight and insight are the evil twins of policy making in Washington.

$100,000,000 Every Day- That’s What Odyssey Dawn is Costing Us

With the military intervention in Libya costing the United States $100 million per day, the American Department of Defense is now doing its best to avoid asking for an emergency funding to cover the troops’ expenses.   The cost of the military strikes in Libya is likely to exceed the daily $100 million as the strikes continue and especially that the strikes aiming at imposing a no-fly zone target the capital Tripoli and the whole Libyan coast, which requires more troops and arms, according to a report issued by the Washington-based The Center of Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA).

We can’t keep our own critical programs funded but we sure can fund yet another moronic and pointless war waged on behalf of people who will turn on us the second the first innocent dies at our hands.  We are led by a government of morons.

The Libyan Offensive

From CNN

The latest developments on the situation in Libya, where coalition forces launched a series of coordinated airstrikes on Saturday after they were convinced Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi was not adhering to a cease-fire mandated by the United Nations. Read our complete story and check out our full coverage on unrest in the Arab world. Also, don’t miss a gripping, high-resolution gallery of images from Libya.

Watch the madness as it happens.

Good News From Libya

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The New York Times has reported that its four missing reporters will be released and home soon.  Evidently Qudaffi has come to terms with his imminent ousting.

Four New York Times journalists missing in Libya since Tuesday were captured by forces loyal to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and will be released Friday, his son, Seif Islam el-Qaddafi, told Christiane Amanpour in an ABC News interview.

Like many Western journalists, the four had entered the rebel-controlled eastern region of Libya without visas over the Egyptian border to cover the insurrection against Colonel Qaddafi.

“They entered the country illegally and when the army, when they liberated the city of Ajdabiya from the terrorists and they found her, they arrest her because you know, foreigners in this place,” Seif Qaddafi said, according to the transcript of the interview. “But then they were happy because they found out she is American, not European. And thanks to that, she will be free tomorrow.” Mr. Qaddafi was apparently referring to Lynsey Addario, an experienced war photographer, but Libyan government officials told the United States State Department on Thursday evening that all four would be released.

So good for them and their loved ones.

Hate to Say I Told ya So, But I Told ya So!

Big oil will profit immensely from the turmoil in Libya.  It already is.  Even though there hasn’t been a moment’s disruption or even a sign that there will be, traders are driving up prices and big oil, which already has years of supply laid aside, will now sell their existing stocks at greatly inflated prices.

Oil prices charged to fresh 2-1/2 year highs on Monday as traders reacted to increasing violence in major producer Libya, which fed investor fears about rising inflation and unsettled other markets.

Here’s how it works.  You go into your store to buy a loaf of bread.  All of a sudden a kid runs up and raises the prices 25% on that loaf because the manager has heard that wheat prices will be higher at the next harvest.  You go to the manager and say ‘what the devil are you doing????!!!!!  The loaf I’m buying was produced ages ago from wheat purchased months back.  Why raise the price on it?’  ‘Well’, says he, ‘because prices may go up if production is influenced by current events’…

That’s what the oil companies, and the gas stations, do.  I promise you, even though the gas in the tanks at the stations will have been there for a while, the next time you fill up you’ll pay a lot more because of the fear mongers and the oil companies will be so gleeful that they will scarcely be able to contain themselves.

And it’s all because our moronic policy makers haven’t freed us of our masters in oil.