Skip to comments.Gaddafi regime fed names of jihadists to the CIA and to Britain
Posted on 03/22/2011 3:06:36 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
COLONEL Muammar Gaddafi's regime secretly provided information to Britain and the US on Islamic extremists in the east of Libya, according to leaked diplomatic cables and intelligence sources.
The names of hundreds of suspects were passed to the CIA and British intelligence.
There was a strong, shared concern between Gaddafi and the US and UK Governments about radical Sunni jihadist terrorists, including the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), Paul Pillar, a CIA veteran who negotiated with Libya over its nuclear program, told The Times.
Diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks paint eastern Libya as a fertile ground for radical extremism. One source told US officials in 2008 that for young men from Derna, a city east of Benghazi, resistance against coalition forces in Iraq was an important act of 'jihad' and a last act of defiance against the Gaddafi regime.
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Gaddafi has a long track record of promoting radical Islam outside of his borders.
Perhaps I haven't read the good stuff yet.
Separated at birth?
OK, assuming that your link is an unbiased one, let us then ask why Gaddafi is supporting radical islam.
Is it because he dreams of an AQ caliphate, encompassing all of the middle east, including his own country?
Does he dream of handing off power in Libya to an ayatollah (instead of to one of his sons)?
I'd argue that the answer to these two questions is obviously no. Then why does Gaddafi give any support to radical islam? To do below-the-public-radar damage to the West.
So, sure, Gaddafi is no friend, just as Saddam Hussein was no friend. But IMHO they are much less dangerous than the alternative, a string of radical islamic states.
And no, I do not buy the Bush 2 argument that the alternative to Arab dictatorship is Western-style democracy. Ain't gonna happen.