CHARLOTTE, November 10, 2012 – While the euphoria of his re-election continues among Obama supporters in the United States, the Middle East is gearing up for a party of their own that will not be to our liking.
Let’s start with Libya since it is the most pressing problem in the region. A 31-page West Point study published in December, 2007 reported, “It is clear that the United States is providing modern weapons for the Libyan rebels through Saudi Arabia and across the Egyptian border with the active assistance of the Egyptian army and of the newly installed pro-US Egyptian military junta. This is a direct violation of UN Security Council resolution 1973, which calls for a complete arms embargo on Libya.”
The report titled, “Al-Qa’ida’s Foreign Fighters in Iraq” states “The apparent surge in Libyan recruits traveling to Iraq may be linked (to) the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group’s (LIFG) increasingly cooperative relationship with al-Qa’ida which culminated in the LIFG officially joining al-Qa’ida on November 3, 2007.”
Contributing writer for Active Post, Tony Cartalucci broadened the West Point report in an article on October 21, 2012 stating, “While the Western press and State Department officials attempt to claim the extremists operating in Benghazi are merely ‘affiliated’ with Al Qaeda, this is an understatement. LIFG is Al Qaeda and has been officially since 2007.”
In simpler terms, the Islamist rebels in Libya are not, repeat not, the democratic alternative to Mohamar Qaddaffi that Obama claims they are.
Libya is the largest oil-producing nation in Africa and the Libyan government was wholeheartedly endorsed by Obama after the ousting of Qaddaffi.
Abdel Hakim Belhaj, the commander in charge of Tripoli, was instrumental in overthrowing Qaddaffi. Belhaj, a self-proclaimed jihadist, was renditioned from Thailand by the CIA back to Libya where he was held and tortured.
The main concern is that Islamists are gaining ground in the new Libyan government.
With Obama’s blessings there were already Islamic supremacists in Egypt. Now they are also in Northern Mali and Tunisia as well as Libya. Some experts believe the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is eager to abandon the Camp David Accords which would be bad new for Israel given Iran’s nuclear goals to the east. With a president who has a feigned commitment to Israel, this could signal even greater danger in the region.
Then there’s Afghanistan. Our troops will be home in 2014. That’s good news for Americans, but what happens when we leave? We have already given the enemy a specific date for withdrawal. In case you haven’t noticed, there is far more patience in that part of the world than in the West. They have been playing the game of war for fourteen centuries. What’s another year or two?
Let’s not forget that while all of this festers throughout the Middle East, here at home we dare not mention the word “terrorism.” That would not be politically correct even after 3,000 people were killed in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington on 9/11, a “workplace violence” massacre took place at Fort Hood and the American Ambassador in Benghazi was killed by a video.
Rather than learn how to deal with international terrorism on a realistic scale or to provide accurate information to law enforcement officials, as well as to the American people, about the true threat that faces us, we are focusing on Big Bird and raising foam fingers in the air about Barack Obama killing bin Laden.
Osama may be dead, but Obama is alive and that makes him dangerous when it comes to global security in general and American security in particular.
We must begin to recognize the growing threat from Islamic supremacism. We need to stop believing that the execution of one man has altered the will of radical Muslims. We have to abandon the foolish notion that calling “terrorism” something other than what it really is will modify the course of Islamic fundamentalism.
The longer we wait, the more vulnerable we become.
Peabod is Bob Taylor, owner of Taylored Media Services in Charlotte, NC. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club, which creates, and escorts customized tours to Switzerland, France and Italy for groups of 12 or more. Inquiries for groups can be made at Peabod@aol.com Taylored Media has produced marketing videos for British Rail, Rail Europe, Switzerland Tourism, the Swedish Travel & Tourism Council, the Finnish Tourist Board, the Swiss Travel System and Japan Railways Group among others. As author of The Century Club book, Peabod is now attempting to travel to 100 countries or more during his lifetime. To date he has visited 70 countries. Suggest someplace new for Bob to visit; if you want to know where he has been, check his list on Facebook. Bob plans to write a sequel to his book when he reaches his goal of 100 countries. He also played professional baseball for four years and was a sportscaster for 14 years at WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte.