The media reported yesterday that our Armed Forces are being gathered in case they need to manage another crisis:
“The US’ capture of Abu Anas al-Libi is turning into a full-blown diplomatic incident. Libya’s government has summoned the US ambassador for questioning over what it terms the ‘kidnapping’ of the alleged al-Qaeda operative, CNN reports. The US, meanwhile, sees the situation as perilous enough that it has moved 200 marines from Spain to Italy, so they’ll be ready to respond should the US diplomatic mission in Libya come under fire.”
Right now there is a good chance that they will come under fire.
“Libyan jihadists have called for retaliation after the rendition of an Al-Qaeda leader in Tripoli, saying militants should kidnap US citizens and attack gas pipelines, ships and planes. The online campaign comes after the capture by US forces of a suspected senior Al-Qaeda leader, known by his alias Abu Anas el-Liby, who is accused of playing a key role in the 1998 US embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.”
The official Libyan government is publicly demanding an explanation from our Ambassador. That is understandable since these same terrorist Islamists are claiming threatening violence against the government for betraying Islam.
“‘We say that this shameful act will cost the Libyan government a lot and it will be as you will see and not as you hear,’ a message on a jihadist web forum reads.”
Nevertheless, the “government” is still avowing friendship with the US. That is understandable since they don’t really govern much and need us to protect them.
Many people will assume that all this is OK. We got a bad guy and we can’t allow terrorist threats stop us from pursuing justice. That is all true. But why was Abu Anas el-Liby found in Tripoli in the first place? Justin Raimondo sums up the truth of the matter:
“The capture of Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his nom-de-guerre Anas al-Libi, illuminates the real outcome of this administration’s Libyan regime change operation, touted by the Samantha Power-“humanitarian interventionist” crowd as an unmitigated victory of Goodness over Evil. We were told, at the time, that the horrific Gaddafi regime was planning a “massacre” in Benghazi, and that if we didn’t act immediately, horror would ensue. Well, we did act – and horror did indeed ensue, although not the sort anyone in the US government had the imagination to anticipate. Gaddafi was overthrown, a regime presumably more amenable to our regional objectives was installed, millions of dollars in US aid followed – and the result was and is a country controlled by jihadists. While militias flying the black flag of Al Qaeda took effective control of Libya, with the “central government” either powerless or unwilling to stop them, Senor al-Libi, a terrorist with a $5 million bounty on his head, was walking the streets of Tripoli for months, just as if he were a tourist taking in the sights.”
Far more civilians died by our Al-Qaeda-empowering overthrow of Gaddafi than Anas al-Libi is accused of killing. He certainly deserves punishment, but this whole operation is beset with potentially lethal consequences—like those we have already experienced in Benghazi.
The Obama regime is boasting in capturing a man from a terrorist haven that they themselves created.