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If you can help JP, please do so

Posted by Charles II on March 28, 2011

America should not be this way.

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So How Did Gaddafi Become Bush’s Favorite Muslim?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 28, 2011

By promising to aid in the fight against Al Qaeda, that’s how. Which of course meant accepting Gaddafi’s definitions of “Al Qaeda”:

Ironically, the common thread running through Libya, bin Laden and the U.S. is the 1979-1988 Afghan war. Among the Arab volunteers were several thousand Libyans and in the early 1990s Libyan “Afghan vets” formed the shadowy Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG,) whose purpose was to overthrow Qadhafi and establish an Islamic state based on sharia law. The following year, they attempted to assassinate Qadhafi when an LIFG group led by Wadi al-Shateh threw a bomb beneath his motorcade. Qadhafi cracked down and many LIFG members fled to Europe and the Middle East. Another LIFG assassination attempt occurred in 1998 when Qadhafi’s motorcade was attacked. The West’s “master terrorist” was himself under terrorist attack.

However, 9/11 provided Qadhafi an opportunity to redeem himself by signing on to the war on terror. Indeed, Qadhafi was among the first to benefit; on September 25, 2001, President Bush signed an executive order freezing LIFG assets in the U.S., asserting that the group was planning attacks on America. The following month, senior administration officials went to Tripoli to meet with the head of Libya’s External Security Organization Musa Kusa, who handed over information on Libyans who had trained in al-Qaeda facilities, as well as the names of several Libyan militants living in the U.K. The gesture was reciprocated in December when the Bush administration added LIFG to its terrorism exclusion list.

In other words, LIFG’s primary mission is and always has been removing Gaddafi; they made their alliance with Al Qaeda in order to further that goal.

But really, why are so many people, especially those implacably opposed to aiding the rebels, focusing so tightly on the LIFG? Are the only dissident group in or out of Libya? Not by a long shot — there are over twenty that are known to exist.

In fact, the LIFG is not even the longtime recognized leader of the organized opposition to Gaddafi: That role belongs to, and has since 1981, the National Front for Salvation in Libya (NFSL), which is a decidedly secularist group. They also once were by far the best armed of the groups facing Gaddafi, and one of their members, former Libyan army colonel Khalifa Hifter, is now the head of military operations for the Libyan National Council, the rebels’ leadership group. And no, they’re not affilated with Al Qaeda.

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Joe Bageant joins the communion of redneck saints

Posted by Charles II on March 28, 2011

Joe Bageant, who you undoubtedly read if you subscribed to the liberal news aggregators like ICH and Truthout, has died (via Par4 in comments at The Sideshow). He had the the peace and aplomb of the Christian thrown to the wild beasts, a situation that every Southern liberal instinctively understands, since it’s pretty much like dinner with the extended family. For example:

How can the region of America that gave us lynching, Jim Crow, Harry Byrd, George Wallace, Taliban Christianity, David Duke, the KKK, Bible hair, Tammy Fay Bakker, congregational snake handling, the poll tax, inbreeding, and chitterlings possibly take another step back down the stairs of human evolution? Beats the hell out of me. But somehow here in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia we have managed it.

Or this:

I escaped the Christian life over 40 years ago to eat LSD, consider Buddhism and let a couple of marriages go to hell. Eventually, to my family’s amazement and relief, I managed to come to rest with a far better woman than I deserve, two dogs and high enough blood pressure to keep me scared back a respectable distance from the scotch bottle.

Joe, a veteran, chose a life of poverty. He told the truth about class in America.

I don’t know what redneck saints have for communion, but I bet it doesn’t have a government tax stamp. For Joe Bageant, a life well lived: Hallelujah!

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Monday Morning Libya Update

Posted by Phoenix Woman on March 28, 2011

— As I type this, word (as yet unconfirmed) is that Gaddafi’s hometown of Sirte has fallen to the rebels. If true, it’s looking like he doesn’t have much time left — or he’s running out of gold bars with which to pay his mercenaries.

Eman El-Obeidi’s mother and cousin speak about her, who they believe is still in Gaddafi’s custody even though she’s allegedly been released. Their story: She’s in her late twenties, an unmarried (and therefore still virgin) law student in Tripoli, and is originally from Tobruk. The government’s story: She’s a crazy drunk.

— The rebels, now that the air and much of the ground threat has been vanquished, are rolling along at breakneck speed, taking several key oil towns on their way to Sirte.

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