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Libya’s Revolution Produces a New Hybrid: Pro-Western Islamists

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 16, 2011

By ABIGAIL HAUSLOHNER / TRIPOLI

The Libyan rebels chuckle when they find a child-sized T-shirt featuring a cartoon of Osama bin Laden amid the

Former rebel fighters pray at a checkpoint near Bani-Walid, Libya, September 12, 2011 Alexandre Meneghini / AP

surveillance files, tapes and photos in one of the buildings abandoned by Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s internal security forces. Sporting thick, bushy beards in a fresh show of religiosity they say never would have been tolerated under the old regime, they have mixed feelings about the man on the T-shirt. “Fighting in the name of Islam is something that all Muslims respect,” says Mukhtar Enhaysi, carefully. “But when [Bin Laden] makes explosions and commits acts of terrorism against civilians who have nothing to do with that, no one agrees with that.”

Enhaysi’s nuanced view is commonplace in a country whose citizens are suddenly free to express themselves, although the subtle Islamist current in the rebellion has worried some of its Western backers. Rebel forces in Tripoli are commanded by a former associate of Bin Laden, who the CIA had sent to Libya for questioning and torture by Gaddafi’s regime. And the leader of the rebel Transitional National Council has called for a constitution guided by Islamic values, reflecting popular sentiment in a country whose people describe themselves as conservative, and who have endured 42 years of enforced — albeit, many say, superficial — secularism under Gaddafi, even as he tried to style himself as the nemesis of the West.(See pictures of the lengthy battle for Libya.)

Interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil told a cheering crowd in Tripoli’s Martyr’s Square this week that, “We seek a state of law, prosperity and one where Sharia [Islamic law] is the main source for legislation, and this requires many things and conditions,” adding that “extremist ideology” would not be tolerated.

Indeed, for a citizenry that views itself as inherently more conservative than its Egyptian and Tunisian neighbors, it shouldn’t be surprising that Libya’s interim leaders are already emphasizing the Islamic character of their future government. But many say that Gaddafi’s legacy — and NATO’s recent intervention — has also paved the way for a different kind of Islamist than the type that Washington has long feared. “The fact that Gaddafi used [the West] as a common enemy, well, the saying ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ holds very true here,” says one official in the National Transitional Council (NTC), speaking on condition of anonymity. “If you compound that with the fact that the Westerners were instrumental in their support [of the rebels] and in the demise of Gaddafi, you see that people are really quite friendly.”(See a brief history of Muammar Gaddafi’s 40-year rule.) Read the rest of this entry »

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Nato Strikes Continue After Libya Summit, As Cameron Defends UK Role

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 2, 2011


Everybody wants to support themselves and not others. This is the main source of problem.
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Libyan Interim Council Issues Ultimatum To Gaddafi Loyalists

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 30, 2011


Rebels are close to Gaddafi’s compound more than a week and still giving ultimatum? Something wrong?
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Some latest Clips from Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011

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Free And Defiant Saif al-Islam Still At Large In Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 23, 2011


Everywhere this kind of controvers­ial news make people sick.
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Gaddafi’s Regime ‘Coming To An End’ As Rebels Sweep Into Tripoli

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 22, 2011


This time the news might not take U-turn
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Libyan Rebels Close In On Gaddafi

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 21, 2011


If so, then within couple of days this war will be ended.
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Rebel General Shot By Islamist Militia, Claims Minister

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2011


There must be a compromise in this war as soon as possible. Due to egoism this war started and we must not continue the egoism any more. Here is the video of the press conference­: http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2011/0­7/30/libya­n-rebel-mi­litary-lea­der-killed­/
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Libyan Rebel Chief’s Death Questioned After Rumours He Was Shot By Own Men

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 29, 2011


Some head of the state and head of the government also killed by their own people. So this does not give any surprise if he was killed by one of the members from his group.
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Libya Advice From Justice Department, Pentagon Lawyers Reportedly Was Overruled By Obama

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 18, 2011


Now I am rememberin­g Animal Farm’s well known line “all are equal, but some are more equal”
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Gaddafi Says Libya Ready For Ceasefire Provided NATO ‘Stop Its Planes’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 30, 2011


Let’s create “win win situation”
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Western Air Strike In Libya Kills Multiple Rebels, Rebel Fighters Report

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 3, 2011


We just practicing how to kill and not how to save. This is the problem of this epoch.
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates Says Arming And Training Of Libya Rebels Should Be Role Of Other Countries, Not U.S.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 1, 2011


Nuclear power was developed in the name of establishi­ng peace and now this is threatenin­g the whole human race. Current existing amounts of nuclear power are enough to destroy not a single earth but dozens of equivalent earths. What will happen if the nuclear power will get into terrorists­’ hand? This is today’s one of the biggest concerns for world leaders. : http://ram­kshrestha.­wordpress.­com/2011/0­3/27/overc­oming-new-­decade-cha­llenges/
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CIA Operatives Reportedly On The Ground In Libya

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 31, 2011


Why CIA in the ground? There should be soldiers. CIA should be in the home city of Gaddafi.
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Libya Rebels Flee Gaddafi’s Assault

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 30, 2011


Gaddafi people and coalition people are fighting each other creating interest to the whole world and this is very sad.
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