Attack on US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya

American ambassador to Libya, J Christopher Stevens, along with three other Americans have been killed in violent attack on US consulate at Benghazi, Libya. Media reported use of machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades during the attack. Attackers also burned down the consulate building almost completely.

It is a deeply regrettable act and I join the world in condemning this attack by religious extremists.

Not only in Libya, but the US consulate in Egypt too came under attack. It is grave that Egypt’s Islamist / Muslim Brotherhood supporter President has not yet condemned the attack happened in front of Cairo US embassy.

The root cause for attack was a cheap video (which insults Prophet Mohammed) created by a racist (Christian / Jewish?) fundamentalist in USA. Mere fact that the video was made in US does not mean Christopher Stevens agreed to its contents; yet it was him and his three colleagues who paid by their lives for this despicable video. It is ironic it was the same Christopher Stevens who supported and assisted Benghazi rebels in their fight against Gaddafi – the turning point in Libyan rebel movement, which ultimately resulted in end of Gaddafi era.

That said, it is very clear that yet another long head-ache has started for USA – a headache US indirectly allowed to happen in first place. It is not Gaddafi nor his loyalists, but religious fundamentalists – whom USA blessed and supported in their attack on Gaddafi, whom USA encouraged by providing guns and rockets – have committed this attack on US consulate.

Who has gained by pulling down the autocratic – but secular – regimes in Libya and Egypt? Who are the ultimate winners of Arab Spring? If you look deep, you could see that it is a clear gain for the religious extremists in Middle East. Egypt now has a Muslim Brotherhood supporter as its President. Libya has no control over law and order; extremists are let free on streets with latest war machines to terrorise the public.

Ordinary people of Egypt and Libya have not gained by the change in power. Not only they have not gained, they have much to lose.

Why so? Because we have seen what had happened in Afghanistan. When Najibullah Government was violently annihilated by Taliban, the Afghan citizens lost more than what they gained. It is now a historical fact that Taliban terrorized the nation, eliminated whoever stood against them and their extremist views, stopped education – and even medical care – for women.

Which country made the weapons that were used to attack the US consulate in Libya? Who provided these weapons to the extremists? Why did US keep quiet when the very same extremists brandished these weapons during war-cry for Gaddafi’s head? If one honestly answers these questions, we could see the selfish motive of US – which has backfired in many forms, latest of which is the Benghazi consulate attack.

This is not a new story; let me go back to the history of Afghanistan again. Decades ago while USSR was fighting against Taliban extremists in Afghanistan, it is this very same USA who mocked USSR and indirectly supported Taliban. The very same weapons USA gifted Taliban to fight against USSR and Najibullah Government were used – and being used even now – against US and NATO forces.

I am in no way diminishing the severity of attack and death of consulate staff; nor I am siding with extremists who committed this coward act. But we should realise that this attack is the latest reminder to USA on its rubbish, ignorant foreign policy. It is high time US and its war-hungry allies (including UK) listen to rest of the world and understand world politics and respect sovereignty of other countries. Let us hope the US will learn from its mistake and give the world a better chance for peaceful existence. Till then, the US Government only have itself to blame for this brutality.

Bullies on the street… this time against Syria

Obama has warned Syria against the use of chemical weapons.  UK too joins US in warning Syria.

Bullies are out again, against yet another sovereign middle-east country.   The lie has been started by US President; head of 51st US state, Cameron, is singing along.

World has seen this duet before – last time, the lyrics contained “WMD”; this time the followers of Goebbels chant “chemical weapons”.

Please note: it is only a week before that Syria has assured the world that it will not use chemical weapons against the rebels!  Obama took cue from this statement and realised that a war cry against a far-way Muslim country is a good boost for his election campaign.

The world CANNOT afford another Iraq and Afghanistan.  Instead of sorting out the mess they created, how can US and UK think of starting yet another invasion?

Of course, I am not against a solution for the Syrian crisis – but please, not by Western intervention!  The issue should be resolved peacefully by UN mediation – and it should start with a ceasefire, urgently put in place by UN leadership.  It is high time UN live up to its responsibilities and stop bullies from bullying around.

Libya – another country of continuous battle?

Turmoil in yet another Middle-East country has reached its mostly-expected climax.  Rebel forces with assistance from NATO have reached Tripoli, and have started establishing their authority.  While there are similarities and differences to Afghanistan and Iraq wars, let us sincerely hope Libya will not turn in to yet another country of continuous battle ground.

NATO and its members have a lot to celebrate.  What started as an “honest” action to enforce UN resolution – to “protect civilians” by establishment of “no-fly zone” – has now almost ended with their expected end-result –topple “rough” Government of a “rough” country which does not salute the so-called Western superpowers.

I am not supporting Gaddafi and his anti-democratic rule.  Nor I am supporting his so-called atrocities and mistakes over past few decades.  But who gives NATO, US, France and UK authority to take sides on a civil war?  If the UN resolution is to “protect civilians”, how can that that be achieved by bombing only the pro-Gaddafi areas of Libya?  Even if we agree that the initial protests against Gaddafi a few months ago were “peacefully” demonstrated by “civilians”, how can one justify the AK-47s and anti-tank missiles in hands of “peaceful” demonstrators?

If UK’s Cameron Government can order his police to use “full force of law” against London rioters and tuition-fee ”terrorists”, what would he have done against gun-brandishing “peaceful rebels” ?  If this Con-Dem Government can order its legal system to give 4-years jail sentence to a Facebook-rioter, how would they react to a Libyan-model civil war?  What would you expect from your country’s Government if gun-carrying mob start havoc in your home town?  What worse has Gaddafi done in Benghazi, against those heavy-weaponry carrying rebels?

All of us know that UN is too meek to ask these strong questions to US, UK or NATO.  But why are China, Russia, Japan and India silent?   Why rest of the world is feeling comfort in NATO’s explanations for bombing innocent pro-Gaddafi civilians?

Consciously committed mistake of arming Taliban of Afghanistan in 1970-80s to remove Najibullah Government has yet again been repeated by US and its Western allies – by providing arms and ammunition to Libyan rebels.  The only unknown thing is, when those guns will look for new targets.  Let us hope that it will never happen.  But history does not offer that comfort feeling…

I still look at Libya with cautious optimism – with all the hopes of an eternal optimist, but with complete knowledge that another time-bomb has been set already…..