“To this day, some militia leaders offer alibis for Mr. Abu Khattala [the perpetrator of the attacks and deaths of U.S. personnel]. All resist quiet American pressure to turn him over to face prosecution. Last spring, one of Libya’s most influential militia leaders sought to make him a kind of local judge.” A Deadly Mix in Benghazi By David D. Kirkpatrick, New York Times, Dec 28
This is the thanks the United States gets from the beneficiaries of the Libyan revolution, the extremist, often Al Qaeda aligned military movement that the U.S. and NATO dragged across the finish line to achieve their goal of regime change in Libya – the removal of Gaddafi. The thugs in charge of Benghazi won’t even allow the arrest of the individual identified as the culprit in the deaths of Ambassador Stevens and other U.S. personnel. That, in itself, is a profound lesson about any form of military intervention and the good it does us, as a people.
The New York Times published an extensive, novella-like investigative report on the 2012 incident in Benghazi, Libya. When reading the report, it is useful to recall the following:
- Benghazi, a major port city of 650,000 on the border with Egypt, was the point of origin for the attack on the Gaddafi government.
- Pose revolution research published recently by the Belfer Center at Harvard revealed the following: “Libya’s 2011 uprising was never peaceful, but instead was armed and violent from the start. Muammar al-Qaddafi did not target civilians or resort to indiscriminate force. NATO’s action magnified the conflict’s duration about sixfold and its death toll at least sevenfold, while also exacerbating human rights abuses, humanitarian suffering, Islamic radicalism, and weapons proliferation in Libya and its neighbors.” Alan Kuberman, September 2013 Read More