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Al-Qaida assassins after Gadhafi: Intel suggests dictators's sudden cooperation due to holy war ^ | Thursday, Christmas Day, 2003

Posted on 12/25/2003 6:43:16 AM PST by JohnHuang2

Al-Qaida assassins
after Gadhafi

Intelligence suggests Libyan dictator's sudden cooperation due to holy war

Posted: December 24, 2003
5:00 p.m. Eastern

© 2003

Canadian intelligence suggests al-Qaida-backed militants in Libya want to assassinate Col. Moammar Gadhafi, possibly shedding light on the dictator's sudden efforts to cozy up to the West.

Libyan President Col. Moammar Gadhafi (Courtesy: Sky News)

Citing a Canadian Security Intelligence Service, or CSIS, report, The National Post reports the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, is waging holy war against Gadhafi in an effort to establish an Islamic state in Libya.

"In order to achieve their goals, the LIFG has made numerous attempts to kill Col. Gadhafi," said the "Unclassified: For Official Use Only" report, dated September 2002 and recently obtained by the Canadian daily.

"The group has clearly stated its view on the use of force, promoting the ideology that Libyan people can only gain freedom by actively supporting the mujahedeen in the war against Gadhafi's regime," the report continued.

The LIFG began trying to kill Gadhafi in 1995, according to the report. Its last attempt was in August 1998 when the colonel's motorcade was attacked.

According to CSIS, the LIFG operates from the mountains around Benghazi and al-Akhdar on Libya's northeast coast. It is funded by private donations, Islamic aid agencies and criminal activity. It smuggles weapons into Libya from neighboring North African countries.

Al-Qaida leader Anas Sebai heads the group, which includes about 2,500 "Libyan Afghans" who fought in the 1979-89 Soviet War in Afghanistan and then returned home to ignite an Islamic rebellion.

The LIFG is backed by three other armed groups, the Islamic Movement of Martyrs, Libyan Jihad Movement and Islamic Movement for Change.

"All Libyan Islamist terrorist groups, including the LIFG, are believed to have links with neighboring Islamic extremist groups in Egypt and Algeria. Furthermore ... the LIFG has openly pledged to show support and loyalty to all jihad groups everywhere. This has led the LIFG to be recognized as a key component in the global network of militant Islamic groups," the CSIS report said.

Analysts believe Gadhafi's recent admission and offer to dismantle his weapons of mass destruction as a gesture to obtain protection from the U.S. and others in the international community who similarly consider Osama bin Laden enemy No. 1.

WorldNetDaily reported Gadhafi's entreaties began in February, when he called for a global dismantling of weapons of mass destruction.

"I would like to get rid of mass-destruction weapons not only in Iraq but in the whole region of the Middle East and then from the world all over," Gadhafi told reporters attending a summit of the African Union in Addis Ababa.

"We can solve problems peacefully," he added.

The Libyan leader also offered at the time to mediate between President George W. Bush and Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to avoid what he predicted would be an "irrational war."

"I wish I could have the opportunity to talk to these two persons, to address them, President Bush and Saddam Hussein," Gadhafi told reporters. "I would like to save international peace."

Gadhafi also worked behind the scenes to persuade Hussein to choose exile over war. Agence France-Presse reported in January he met with Egypt's Hosni Mubarak in Tripoli to discuss the matter.

The mediation offer was dismissed as comical, coming from a major sponsor of terror.

In January 2001, an international court found a Libyan intelligence officer responsible for the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, which killed 270 people.

In March 1986, Abu Nidal terrorists, at the behest of Gadhafi, bombed a discotheque in Berlin. The attack killed 27 people, including several American servicemen. The United States responded with air strikes on Tripoli.

"The intelligence that [indicated] it was directed by Gadhafi and carried out by Abu Nidal was irrefutable," retired Marine Col. Oliver North told WorldNetDaily. "And so [President Reagan] authorized a bombing attack on the terrorist training facilities that Gadhafi had allowed to be built in his country and was using to carry out attacks on his adversaries."

North was the U.S. government's counterterrorism coordinator at the time.

Abu Nidal was buried quietly in Baghdad in August 2002 after reportedly dying of self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the head.

Gadhafi is also known for his long-standing support for Palestinian terrorism.

The dictator's apparent change of heart has paid off. The United Nations lifted economic sanctions against Libya after Tripoli agreed to compensate the families of the Lockerbie victims. The U.S. may follow suit and remove Libya from the State Department list of terror-sponsoring nations.

Washington and London hope to use the Libyan breakthrough to increase the pressure on other rogue states. For his part, Gadhafi appears willing to act as their poster-boy.

When asked by reporters yesterday if he had a message for other leaders, especially the heads of Syria, Iran and North Korea, he replied: "They should follow the steps of Libya, or take an example from Libya, so that they prevent any tragedy being inflicted upon their own peoples."

TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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Dem vs. Dem Cycle of Violence Ignites
by JohnHuang2
June 18, 2003

Small wonder the Democrats are furious. Remember Bush's 'I'm-A-Uniter, Not-A-Divider' campaign rhetoric? Well, the record shows just the opposite -- he's been everything but a uniter. Take al-Qaeda, for example. Bush's successful pursuit of the terror network has driven the terror network, too disrupted to strike U.S. soil again, to reach desperately for 'softer-targets,' i.e., the May 12 bombing in Riyadh and follow-up strikes against Muslim Morocco. But, with more Arabs than infidels killed in each strike, the campaign backfired -- turning Arabs against al-Qaeda, Wahabi against Wahabi. No more united Wahabi front against America. Wahabis are divided. 'Bush the divider not the uniter!' say Bush's terrorist critics.

The "Palestinian" situation is another example. Bush's 'Roadmap' peace plan rendered poor, little Arafat largely irrelevant, thrusting PM Abu Mazen to the fore, while isolating 'peace-loving' Hamas -- turning "Palestinian" against "Palestinian." No more united front against Israel. In short, "Palestinians" are divided. 'Bush the divider, not the uniter!' say Bush's Hamas critics.

On the home front, the same 'sinister' dynamic is at work. Evil Bush's aggressive pursuit of his agenda, deft use of the Bully-Pulpit, command of the stage and sustained popularity have left poor, little Democrats largely irrelevant, driving the militant group, unable to chink Bush's armor, to reach desperately for 'softer-targets,' i.e., each other! To date, every Democrat smear campaign against Bush -- BUSH KNEW! BUSH KNEW NOT! BUT SHOULD'A KNOWN! -- only backfired, turning Democrat against Democrat, Fedayeenie against Fedayeenie. 'Bush the divider, not the uniter!' say Bush's Democrat critics.

Now the whole Democrat Party -- from presidential candidates down to Scott Peterson's lawyer -- is caught up in a vicious cycle of "violence," metaphorically. It's Democrat versus Democrat, with no ceasefire in sight. Media efforts to broker a truce -- by focusing on "failure" to find WMD in Iraq -- have stalled or backfired, fueling the Iraq debate even further. The Hamas wing of the party, led by militant Howard Dean, defiant as ever, vows to crush the Abu Mazen wing, led by Joe Lieberman. Party militants view Lieberman with growing suspicion (likely a 'Zionist mole!'), and are not about to lay down their arms. Hating Israel (proxy for hating Jews) constitutes a major litmus test in today's diversity-loving Democrat Party, second only to hating Bush. Democrat factions targeting each other -- Karl Rove couldn't have scripted this better.

The Dean-Kerry clash, for example, threatens to escalate.

With "the latest poll in New Hampshire, the first primary state," showing Dean and Kerry "in a statistical tie" (CNN report, 6/17/03), "The former Vermont Governor...takes on his primary the first campaign ad of the '04 race for the White House," (CNN Inside Politics, 6/16/03). In it, Dean complains that "Too many Democrats in Washington," a clear reference to some '04 rivals, "are afraid to stand up for what we believe in."

(Democrats in Washington hotly deny the claim, noting their post-war effort to clear Saddam of all banned weapons possession charges, accusing the "racist" White House of planting bloody gloves found at every intel service in the civilized world, wrongly incriminating the ousted dictator as armed and dangerous when he wasn't.)

"The Dean campaign" began "running that ad [Tuesday] on broadcast stations throughout the kickoff caucus state of Iowa," added CNN.

Graham and Dean are trapped in a cycle of violence, er, cycle of sparring as well.

"Speaking at a luncheon for New Hampshire business leaders Monday," reports CNN, Dean is quoted saying "'Bob Graham is a wonderful, decent human being, but at this time he's in single digits in all the states you can't be in single digits in. I have enormous respect for Bob Graham, but at this point he's not one of the top-tier candidates. I think that's widely recognized.'" The rocket-propelled grenade hit the Graham campaign hard, but the Graham campaign, smoldering even after Dean later apologized for hurting his feelings, fired back through spokesman Jamal Simmons:

"I'm not sure why Dr. Dean thinks it's in his interest to pick fights with other Democratic candidates, but he underestimates the former governor of the fourth largest state at his own peril. With all due respect, Bob Graham created twice as many jobs when he was governor of Florida than there are people in the state of Vermont."

The latest New Hampshire poll shows Graham riding a wave of new popularity in sky-high single digits (1%). No word yet on whether Graham will request a formal apology from the latest New Hampshire poll after hurting his feelings.

Dean and Edwards are also caught in a cycle of violence, sheesh! I mean, cycle of sparring. "Dean accused Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., of avoiding discussing his pro-war stance in a speech to [a] largely anti-war California Democratic convention," reports CBS News. Anti-war California Democrat conventions are hotbeds of pro-Saddam sentiment.

CBS News: "As it turned out, Edwards had, in fact, mentioned his support for the war in his speech, and was booed and jeered by the crowd" of Saddam loyalists and Fedayeenies. "Dean later sent Edwards a hand-written apology note" for hurting his feelings.

Meanwhile, another Vermont Democrat is stirring up trouble. Sen. Patrick Leahy, "Leader of the filibusters against two [Bush] nominees to the federal bench," (Washington Times, 6/17/03), last week fired off a letter to the President, warning the White House "'to avoid a divisive confirmation fight' by consulting with Democrats," specialists in divisive confirmation fights, "before picking a nominee if a Supreme Court seat opens up this month,'" the Times reports, quoting the June 11 letter.

"Mr. President, though the landscape ahead is sown with the potential for controversy and contention over vacancies that may arise on the Court," wrote the Senator, known for controversy and contention stemming from vacancy between his ears, "contention is avoidable, and consensus should be our goal."

"I would hope," said Leahy, whose noble objective is polarizing the Senate and blocking nominees through filibusters eked out in narrow margins, "your objective will not be to send the Senate nominees so polarizing that their confirmations are eked out in narrow margins."

Translation: Psst! Yo, Bush? We obstructionist Senate Democrats shall pick the nominees, the White House SHALL advise and consent. Got that?

The founding fathers could not be reached for comment, though the Constitution oddly makes no mention of Leahy's unique, rather creative theory. The Constitution does, on the other hand, specify that Leahy is kinda full of it: The Senate shall advise and consent -- vote up or down -- on nominees to the bench, not the other way around.

Leahy says he's above it all. True, but it's a steep climb up that mountain of excrement where he sits. Besides, Senate Democrats have no plans on experimenting with democracy.

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Meanwhile, suspicions have been growing that Democrats, in their pre-war quest to bolster their stance against a U.S.-led invasion, hyped or inflated the threat of Quagmire in Iraq.

Democrats insist that dire, pre-war information pointed towards Quagmire hopelessly bogging down any use of force to oust Saddam, adding that they remain confident that Quagmire will eventually be found in Iraq, though they don't know how long Big Media will take to find it.

No Quagmire has been uncovered in Iraq despite media-led search crews scouring the country for weeks, amid growing questions that Democrats, via New York Times "reports"/editorials, shaded or manipulated the threat of Quagmire. Democrats warned direly that war with Iraq would unleash stockpiles of Quagmire, killing tens of thousands of U.S. troops, hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, while plumes of blinding smoke rising from hundreds of oil fires plague the environment for years to come. Leading Quagmirists also saw a potentially wider war, with Israel forced to retaliate for repeated Quagmire missile strikes against Tel-Aviv and Jerusalem. In northern Iraq, civil war between Kurdish and Turkish forces, a key test of Quagmire theory, also failed to materialize, as did massive Iraqi refugee flows and terror strikes against U.S. targets.

Democrats worry that future Quagmire predictions will lack credibility and are scrambling to save face after opposing a war which brought swift victory for U.S.-led forces. Democrats demand full-scale Congressional hearings probing the whereabouts of Quagmire. As doubts continue to grow, questions focus on whether Saddam may have hid or destroyed Quagmire during the 12-year U.S. rush to war.

No hard evidence of Quagmire has been found.

Sen. Carl Levin, Chief Quagmire inspector, accuses the White House of making Saddam look armed and dangerous, when Saddam was neither armed nor dangerous. "Was the intelligence book cooked?" asked Rep. Gary Ackerman, Democrat of New York. "Did somebody slant the truth? Did somebody lie to the President? Did the President not tell the truth to the American people?"

Did Bush give psycho dictator Saddam a fair shake? What about the presumption of innocence? Was the case against Saddam proven beyond reasonable doubt? What about innocent until proven guilty? Isn't that the American way? Democrats want answers now!

But President Bush came out swinging this week, noting that "there's a lot of revisionist history going on." But with Saddam gone, "one thing is certain. He is no longer a threat to the free world, and the people of Iraq are free."

Speaking at a community college Tuesday while pushing his domestic agenda, Bush reminded his critics that the U.S. "made it clear to the dictator of Iraq that he must disarm. And we asked other nations to join us in seeing to it that he would disarm and he chose not to do so, so we disarmed him."

Democrats, who say they don't defend Saddam, defend Saddam against charges he failed to disarm, asserting that Saddam not only disarmed, he did so voluntarily after throwing U.N. weapons inspectors out in '98. Problem is, say Democrats, the Iraqi leader innocently forgot to document Iraq's voluntary disarmament program and forgot to tell the U.N. and forgot to cooperate with returning U.N. inspectors and forgot that cooperating with returning U.N. inspectors meant ending U.N. sanctions.

"The world is still a dangerous place, but America will rise to the challenge," said Bush. "The security of our country is of paramount importance. And no matter how long it takes, no matter what the sacrifices may be, that the United States will fight for freedom and will defend the security of our people. It is a charge that we have been given, and it is a charge that we will keep."

Nuff said.

Anyway, that's

My two cents...
Copyright Enrique N. ©2003

Thursday, Christmas Day, 2003

Quote of the Day by viaveritasvita

1 posted on 12/25/2003 6:43:16 AM PST by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
There have two attempts on the life of the Pakistani president by Muslim fundamentalists in the last two weeks.

The Egyptian Foreign Secretary was attacked at a Mosque by an angry mob of Palestinians.

The extremists are attacking the Saudi Royal Family.

This war isn't just about Christians and's about fanatics and the rest of the world. These actions are going to force nations who previously sat on the fence to fight for their own existence.

2 posted on 12/25/2003 6:51:57 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: CWOJackson
Bingo, my friend.
3 posted on 12/25/2003 6:52:49 AM PST by JohnHuang2 ("GW is driving the Rat Lunatics into a deeper (QUAGMIRE OF) insanity every day," says Grampa Dave)
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To: JohnHuang2

And a bookmark for later read.

4 posted on 12/25/2003 6:55:41 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Rejoice in the love God has shown by sending His Son to live among us and in our hearts.)
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To: CWOJackson
Very good observation.
5 posted on 12/25/2003 7:07:04 AM PST by Tom Bombadil
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To: JohnHuang2
that was great!
6 posted on 12/25/2003 7:12:11 AM PST by MonroeDNA (Soros is the enemy.)
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To: CWOJackson
While we should be killing all of the islamist fanatics we can identity (and I would not exempt the ones in places like the UK and Canada), at some point we should also begin targeting the religious schools which manufacture them.

We not only shot down Hitler's Messerschmidts and Heinkels, we laid thousands of tons of bombs on the factories where they were produced. The same principle should apply today in fighting Mohammed's mad dogs.

7 posted on 12/25/2003 7:24:49 AM PST by Mackey (HO HO HO! Merry Christmas!)
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To: Mackey
At this rate their own countrymen might sort them out.
8 posted on 12/25/2003 7:25:40 AM PST by CWOJackson
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To: CWOJackson
I certainly hope so. It's less messy for us.
9 posted on 12/25/2003 7:29:31 AM PST by Mackey (HO HO HO! Merry Christmas!)
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To: JohnHuang2
Great Christmas day rant!
10 posted on 12/25/2003 7:33:10 AM PST by Ben Chad
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To: Ben Chad; MonroeDNA
Thanks, and Merry Christmas!
11 posted on 12/25/2003 7:38:07 AM PST by JohnHuang2 ("GW is driving the Rat Lunatics into a deeper (QUAGMIRE OF) insanity every day," says Grampa Dave)
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To: JohnHuang2
Intelligence suggests Libyan dictator's sudden cooperation due to holy war

More likely, holy war by LIFG reactivated due to Libyan dictator's cooperation.

Canadian intelligence puts out questionalable information and WND gladly publishes it.

12 posted on 12/25/2003 7:39:13 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: Mackey
Don't let Dave S hear you say that or you'll be labelled a nut like me. They have those schools here in the US too.
13 posted on 12/25/2003 7:41:59 AM PST by Indie
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To: Indie
Those schools are pustules of islamic disease-- they need an eradication program, STAT. Especially here in the US.
14 posted on 12/25/2003 8:04:05 AM PST by Mackey (Here's to Peace on Earth-- American Style!)
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To: JohnHuang2
What kind of a world do we live in? Who would have believed it in my youth? For the past year Momar has made A LOT more sense than the leaders of France!
15 posted on 12/25/2003 8:11:13 AM PST by Ahban
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To: Ahban
16 posted on 12/25/2003 8:27:05 AM PST by JohnHuang2 ("GW is driving the Rat Lunatics into a deeper (QUAGMIRE OF) insanity every day," says Grampa Dave)
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To: JohnHuang2
Sorry this posting lost all creditability with me with the phrase "Canadian intelligence".
17 posted on 12/25/2003 9:03:25 AM PST by fella
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To: fella
18 posted on 12/25/2003 9:23:45 AM PST by JohnHuang2 ("GW is driving the Rat Lunatics into a deeper (QUAGMIRE OF) insanity every day," says Grampa Dave)
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