In his letter dated 5 April 2011 in Tripoli, signed “Mu’aumer Qaddaffi, Leader of the Revolution”, told Barack Obama that the NATO operation hurted his country more morally than physically. Gaddafi appealed directly to Obama to halt what the Libyan leader called “an unjust war”. In his letter Gaddafi implored Obama to stop the NATO-led air campaign, which he called an “unjust war against a small people of a developing country”. “
You are a man who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action,” Gaddafi wrote in the letter, which was sent to the US state department and forwarded to the White House. “I am sure that you are able to shoulder the responsibility for that.” The letter continued: “To serving world peace … friendship between our peoples … and for the sake of economic, and security cooperation against terror, you are in a position to keep NATO off the Libyan affair for good.” The White House press secretary Jay Carney confirmed that a letter from Gaddafi had been received – and appeared to dismiss the Libyan’s appeal for a ceasefire.
THE MUJAHIDEEN AMONGST US, DO WE KNOW THEM?
by Nayyar Hashmey
The death of Libya’s Col. Muammar Gaddafi is not only a great tragedy, but it also is an eye opener for all of us for this tragic event throws light on many hidden and unhidden aspects of America’s new strategy in the present day world of geostrategic challenges that beface the US and the world at large.
It was during the presidency of George W. Bush, that a group of Christian neocons had chalked out a plan. This plan was a modified version of the old New World Order [NWO] formulated during the earlier administrations of Carter, Reagan and Bush Sr. The new world order was recast in the Junior Bush era and rechristened as the project for a new American century [PNAC].
As part of this plan, the new strategy was framed as a result of which the dictatorial regimes in the Muslim world were to be removed through direct operations by US military in respective Muslim states. The attack on Iraq was one such operation undertaken directly by US forces to remove the Iraqi dictator Saddam Husain. However we should not confuse this with the real objective that the US indeed had to remove these dictators from the scene.
The objective had been [it still is] to first remove such dictatorial regimes, when they have first been used as a tool to meet broader US agenda in the countries concerned and then replace them with such farcical democratic set ups as they have done in case of Pakistan.
The neocons’ plan was deemed for change when the on ground realities in the Iraq war proved that fighting direct wars abroad by the US troops was a costly affair. In Iraq the burden of war on US economy though was fully compensated through a guarantee. A guarantee that ensured return of principal amount invested in the war as well as return of the hefty profits the US companies gained through Iraq’s vast oil reserves.
Yet there are many Muslim nations that do not have oil. And without dominating these energy poor–but strategically–rich Muslim states, the object of US hegemony in the world [through its global empire of bases] could not be met until and unless all such states were brought under the US umbrella of direct influence. Therefore, in contrast to Bushies and the neocons in the Pentagon, president Obama’s team had chalked out a plan before the 2008 elections. This plan envisaged a drastic change from Bush Junior’s policy of waging direct wars at the expense of US economy. The change farther foresaw that US forces will no more participate in any new war directly. Instead the US military’s expertise in cutting edge technologies esp. its superiority in ultra modern weaponry will be made use of to achieve the desired goals which the US has set as the globally dominating single super power [and as enunciated in the PNAC].
Through this very policy the popular unrest was exploited by using local forces against former dictatorial regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. With such regime change in these two Muslim countries, both states are now no more in a position to play any significant role in regional politics and this is what Israel wanted. These states are now likely to remain embroiled in their local internal struggles and hence will not be able to look outward particularly with respect to Israel.
Prior to Egypt and Tunisia, on similar lines the US planners had already orchestrated a regime change in Pakistan. The then dictator Pervez Musharraf was baited into a reconciliation bid with late Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, who had through many of her messages hinted to the western media that she considered the Taliban as a grave threat to her own person, to her country and to the United States. These messages were sweet music to the American ears and hence the so called National Reconciliation Order was brokered between the former prime minister and the then dictator president of Pakistan.
In Libya a regime change has already been enforced now, whereas in Yemen and Syria ‘popular’ demonstrations are going on against President Ali Abdullah Saleh and Basharul Assad of Syria. In contrast to the regime change in Tunisia and Egypt, in Libya and Yemen, US has directly participated in practical war efforts yet not a single US soldier put a foot on either the Yemeni or the Syrian soil.
Its an open secret that Col. Gaddafi too was an adventure minded crackpot. At any moment he could take any step, any decision and could create a situation which for others would make the situation too difficult to read and predict.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi (in Arabic “Sword of Islam”) is the second son of Muammar Gaddafi [1969 to 2011], and Gaddafi’s second wife Safia Farkash. He was part of his father’s inner circle, performing public relations and diplomatic roles on behalf of his father. During his father’s reign, he was the second most-widely recognized official in Libya and was mentioned as a possible successor, though he denied this.[
During the fall of Tripoli on 21 August 2011, he managed to escape and was on the run. On 24 October 2011, he reportedly secured the support of tribes loyal to his father and declared that he will continue fighting. On 28 October it was reported that he had successfully left Libya and was in Niger.
Gaddafi’s son Saiful Islam reportedly persuaded to dampen a bit of this particular trait in persona of his father and it was after Saiful Islam’s prevailing that in spite of Gaddafi’s unpredictable and some time extremist’s mind, the ‘brother leader’ handed over the nuclear equipment Libya had – to America. However, due to Gaddafi’s idiosyncrasy and its fulminations in the past, nobody was in a mood to believe in what Gaddafi said or acted. Even Arab league and African Union, on whom Gaddafi had heavily invested, distanced themselves from Gaddafi.
Let’s now come to another aspect: Even after the death of Col. Gaddafi, most observers and analysts have been oblivious to the serious repercussions Gaddafi’s death can have now.
After 9/11 when US decided to act against al-Qaeda, Gaddafi agreed at once to come to US help to augment its efforts against al-Qaeda and was soon sending his son Saiful Islam to Pakistan. Saiful succeeded to get 2000 Arab fighters repatriated to Libya. Gaddafi gave them asylum and provided them boarding and lodging, and to that they were accorded the status of president’s honored guests. It is difficult to say for sure whether it was chance or a preconceived plan for such arrangement. But ironically these very honored guests of Gaddafi, “the brothers in faith”, started arming themselves and later were exploring sympathizers amongst the Libyan populace.
When US started intervention in Libya, using NATO as its military arm it were the very “brothers in faith” who mainly had concentrated themselves in Bin Ghazi, and came in the forefront against Brother Leader as the potent rebellious element against him. The ‘brothers’ were laced with most modern weaponry; provided by the US and thus in a very short time had seized control of the Bin Ghazi city.
It is, therefore, no surprise that the mainstream media hyped up the rebellion by a splinter group and gave it the color of a mass uprising. Simultaneously the NATO started bombing Gaddafi’s strongholds and its defense installations. Rewind and we come to an earlier statement by Col Gaddafi.
During the early days of uprising the brother leader had said: “These rebels are the goons whom America had declared as terrorists and these very terrorists have now started a rebellion against me, and they have full blessings from Washington to launch this rebellion.
Abdullah Mehsud, a Pashtun militant who was reportedly killed by a hand grenade after security forces raided his dwelling in Zhob, in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. Mehsud was a prisoner in the Guantanamo Bay, was released and subsequently “returned to the battlefield”. During the earlier days of the war in Afghanistan, Mehsud apparently fought against U.S. and Northern Alliance.
In December 2001, he surrendered to the Uzbek warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum in the Battle of Kunduz. He was handed over to the U.S. and spent 25 months in Guantanamo Bay, was later released by the U.S. In Waziristan, he was believed to be behind the kidnapping of two Chinese engineers, which left one hostage dead. He was also reported to have been behind an attack on Pakistan’s Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Sherpao that killed 31 people.
Since the rebels had forced this war on Libya and were the same guests of Gaddafi but secretly working for America and her allies, therefore, western media did not give any importance to what Gaddafi was saying. Not only did they not give any importance to what Gaddafi said but also the atrocities committed by these fighters of Islam were kept hidden from the world. The US manipulated to use these al-Qaeda men already based in Libya against Gaddafi, and further released other terrorists that were imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay Concentration Camp. One amongst them was Abdullah Mehsud who was arrested in Afghanistan and sent to Gitmo after 9/11.
Yahya Libby, was another such Gitmo man [Yahya was caught in Pakistan] his brother Abdus Salam Libbi, who too was imprisoned at Gitmo is now amongst those who are leading the major fighting groups against Gaddafi. It will not be wrong to say that US is using its propaganda machinery against all those terrorists in the Islamic world, but these are the very terrorists who are fighting their wars as puppets of America and some of these terrorists have successfully been used against Libya.
Abu Yahya al-Libi was a high-ranking official within al-Qaeda, and an alleged member of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. He was believed to be able to speak Urdu, Pashto and Arabic. Al-Libi was a citizen of Libya, who was held in in the Bagram interim detention facility. Libi was one of several high-profile Bagram captives who escaped on the night of July 10, 2005.
In a video posted on an Islamist website in 2009, Al-Libi warned China of a fate similar to that of former communist superpower, the Soviet Union, which disintegrated some two decades ago. He urged the Uighurs in Xianjiang to make serious preparations for a holy war against “oppressive” China and called on fellow Muslims to offer support. His brother Abdus Salam Libbi, who too was imprisoned at Gitmo is now amongst those who are leading the major fighting groups against Gaddafi.
The most tragic part of the story is that Muammar Gaddafi himself pampered, patronized, and sponsored all types of terrorist groups in the world. Wherever a group started talking against imperialism and a local government, Gaddafi showered generous grants and armaments to such group / s.
An incident relating to the late 1970’s and the first half of 1980’s is quoted by Nazir Naji, a noted Urdu columnist. He reports in his recent column that Pakistani poet and journalist Hamraz Ahsen, who was forced into exile during the Zia regime and who closely, has been watching Gaddafi’s ‘revolutionaries’ in London. Sarcastically says Hamraz, “In those days Gaddafi’s revolutionaries used to roam the streets of London and whosoever did they find in an anguished mood, these revolutionaries would go to him and say “You want revolution brother?” And if he agreed, which most did, Gaddafi’s revolution hungry boys would shower hefty amounts of dollars on him. In those days many Pakistani revolutionaries also enjoyed dollars from G’s-revolutionaries.
Later many of our Islamists including the well known religious leaders and their workers also joined the revolutionaries’ bandwagon in London and likewise got hefty amounts, so much so that many even paid the salaries of their staff from Gaddafi dollars.
Now question arises: What did Gaddafi get by doing all this?
LESSONS FOR US
For us in our land of the pure the most significant lesson to learn is the role played by the “Mujahideen-e-Islam”. Apparently all of them are the enemies of the United States of America and America too is full of rhetoric against these Mujahideen. BUT when America needs them, they forget their Islamic character and overnight turn into America’s petty soldiers.
Just have a look at how we helped the Taliban seize power in Kabul. Gave our blood and resources but the same Taliban did not accept the line of contention between Pakistan and Kabul as permanent border. Again when we requested them to send Osama bin laden and his comrades out of Afghanistan and save their country, the same Taliban did not accept our request.
After US occupation of Afghanistan, we helped them seek refuge in our country and thus invited the unpleasant mood furiated the wrath of world’s sole super power. Later a faction of these very Taliban turned into Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, who are now attacking our boys in uniform as well as innocent Pakistanis.
Today when America threatens us, our experts and observers start comparing our firepower and our capabilities against those of the United States. But nobody pays any attention to assess how many US sponsored terrorists aka Mujahideen right from Maulvi Fazlullah to Hakeemullah Mehsud are working amongst us and when they will come in the service of the United States and shed off their cloak of Islamic zeal and solidarity as they have done in Libya.
By helping America in preparing these Mujahideen from within our ranks, do we know how many enemies have we created ourselves and God knows when and where will they strike us next??
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