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.

My views on Libya and Col. Gaddafi – and few questions for Sabina Guevara

I have no faith in the administrators of http://vivalibya.wordpress.com to publish my reply in its entirety to their comments.  [for Sabina Guevara: I also do not believe suppressing links to other websites like you do!]  I feel I should have an honest hearing; hence posting my full views here:

To start with, I declare that I have not been in Libya and not experienced in first-hand the past/present Government and its politics.  Agree that all of my comments/posts are based entirely on newspapers/media – and thanks for the links from Sabina Guevara; appreciate and happy to receive the same and will go thru in coming days…

That said, I still don’t understand where in my post/comments I “insinuate that Saif is in some way guilty of crimes if not directly at least by being born as the son of Muammar Gaddafi.”  I did not say that anywhere!  I also did not say that Saif should feel guilty for being born as the son of Col. Gaddafi.  Where did I say that?  Please don’t put words in to others mouth to make yourselves right.

All I said it my post was Saif should be given a proper trial at ICC, as SAIF HIMSELF HAS REQUESTED!  It is extra-ordinary and amusing for VivaLibya to argue with someone who is taking their side!

Let me re-iterate; I am no Gaddafi fan and I do not agree with all of his actions.  But who agrees in entirety to anyone else?  [Stephan Gowan from first link will agree with me! Stephan’s words – “’I’m not saying Gaddafi’s Libya was a model society”]

That is my understanding, and if proven otherwise I am ready to accept it and will feel happier about it.  For my belief and understanding, I do not need a certificate from Sabina Guevara that I am an imperialist, thank you very much!  Let us not insult each other but try to use better language!

I dare VivaLibya to publish my reply in its entirety – even though I know they would not do so.  Why?  Because my previous posts too were edited and some words were swallowed.

Sabina Guevara / VivaLibya, few questions for you:

  1.  Where in my post/comments I said that Saif should feel guilty for being born as the son of Col. Gaddafi.  I did not said this; show me proof where I said it.
  2. Why are you afraid of others comments, especially of those who are on your side on most of the issues?!  Why don’t you publish my entire reply which in no way insults Libya, its Government, or Gaddafi family?   Or is it because you are against an honest conversation?

English is NOT my first language, and can see words/sentences where I could be mis-represented.  Let me re-iterate:

•  I extremely value the sentiments of Libyans and understand their emotions.

•  I strongly protest / disagree with assassination of Gaddafi.  It was a barbaric act and those who did it should face trial.

•  I am not against Gaddafi, his family or a free Libya.  [I hope this is clear from my comments, but let me say it again for absolute clarity!]

•  I believe Col. Gaddafi was true and courageous man, who stood , followed and fought for what he believed – against western invaders, capitalists and hooligans.

•  I humbly stand with Libyans against the invaders and western powers which ransacked Libya.

Let me wish all the best for all who fights for a just and free Libya. I sincerely believe and am convinced that there are enough strong-willed and able souls who can hold discussions/ conversations and will bring justice for Libya and its people. I sincerely believe true Libya will rise like Phoenix from ashes.