Skip to comments.The Deepening Crisis in Libya (While You Were Watching Egpyt, Libya Slipped Into Crisis Mode)
Posted on 07/29/2013 1:55:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
As dusk was falling on Sunday, the city of Benghazi was rocked by two huge explosions. Bombings have become depressingly frequent in Libya's second-largest city over the past year. But they're not the only form of violence plaguing Benghazi, either. There have been 57 assassinations since the end of the war that toppled Qaddafi's regime.
The explosions come two days after the assassination of prominent lawyer and activist Abdulsalam al-Mesmari, who was shot as he left one of Benghazi's mosques after Friday prayers. Mesmari, who was credited with playing a prominent role in Libya's revolution, was also an outspoken critic of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamists.
More recently, Mesmari was involved in the organization of a planned demonstration over the investigation into the 2011 killing of General Abdul Fatah Younis, a leading commander in the war against Qaddafi. Islamist extremists are suspected to have been behind his killing.
As if all this weren't enough, more than 1,000 prisoners staged a jailbreak from one of Benghazi's main prisons on Saturday. Many of those who got away were Qaddafi loyalists and extremists; predictably there has been much talk of a conspiracy, but the circumstances remain unclear. Officials are exploring the possibility of a link between the jailbreak and the two explosions in Benghazi. Nuri Abusahmain, president of the General National Congress (GNC), Libya's interim legislature, made a short speech to the nation on Sunday night in which he accused Qaddafi loyalists of trying to destabilize the country.
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Hmmm! It seems the vaunted “Arab spring” isn’t working out quite so well as we were told. Well, what difference, after all, does it make now?
Benghazi is in the news again but not because of 9/11/12. After a prominent anti-Muslim Brotherhood figure was assassinated, his supporters descended on the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood there and trashed
There are some interesting parallels between Egypt and Libya. The protesters who stormed the Brotherhoods HQ in Benghazi, for example, appear to be following the lead of their Egyptian neighbors:
We dont want the Brotherhood, we want the army and the police, some protesters chanted, echoing a slogan used in Egypt.
Pretty much business as usual, in a Muslim state.
We know that Libya has been a great successdear leader says so!
islamist savages. Do the world a favor and let ‘em kill each other for as long as they want.
People in the Middle East are not ready for a representative form of government.
When they experience their version of the enlightenment/reformation, they might be ready. I don’t expect that to happen any time soon.