Pro-Freedom Libyan Citizens Attack Extremists and Murderers of Ambassador Stevens
Early Saturday morning, Pro-Freedom Libyans successfully attacked the stronghold of Ansar Al-Sharia, the Al-Qaeda linked Jihadist militia believed to be responsible for the death of Ambassador Stevens and the attack on the US Consulate. According to Reuters, brandishing swords and even a meat cleaver, protesters attacked shouting:
“Libya, Libya”, “No more al Qaeda!” and “The blood we shed for freedom shall not go in vain!”
On Friday, thousands of Jihadist protestors ignored Washington’s futile Public Service Announcement which aired in Pakistan yesterday, as they rallied in Pakistan in violent protest against the United States and Israel. Simultaneously, abscent any encouragement from Washington or elsewhere, thousands enraged at the murder of Chris Stevens and attempts by Jihadists to hijack their hard won freedom, formed their own demonstration in Benghazi, Libya.
Showdown at the Benghazi Corral: Jihadist Militias Were Run Out of Town
In the early American west, law enforcement was at times non-existent or ineffetive, and the citizenry were left to be prayed upon by outlaws and vigilantes at will. During this time, the citizens of Tombstone hired the Earp brothers and others as lawmen in order to secure their town and take it back from the violent criminal elements of the old west.
Benghazi and the Pro-United States new Libyan government are struggling to organize and implement legitimate law enforcement, and they face many of the same issues there today, although on a much worse scale. The fledgling new government is confronted with the presence of extremist militias, Jihadist militias with Al-Qaeda links, such as Ansar Al-Sharia.
Reminiscent of the Showdown at the O.K. Corral, where sherriff Wyatt Earp and other lawmen were finally forced to defend the town of Tombstone and confront their outlaw counterparts, early on Saturday, recent events came to a head. Benghazi police, official government troops, and angry citizens, backed up their words in yesterdays rally with action, and launched a successful assault against Ansar Al-Sharia and three other militias believed to be pro Al-Qaeda. In true wild west fashion, those militias deemed to be extremists were literally run out of town. All four militias were forced to tuck their tails, and flee the city of Bhengahzi.
Attempting to downplay their forced retreat, a spokesman for Ansar Al-Sharia stated they left “to preserve the security of the city”. Ironically, they will likely never be allowed to return, in order to preserve the security of the city, who apparently will no longer tolerate their presence, and the presence of other extremists of like mind.
One protestor stated:
“After what happened at the American consulate, the people of Benghazi had enough of the extremists,” demonstrator Hassan Ahmed said. “They did not give allegiance to the army. So the people broke in and they fled.
Refering to the headquarters of Ansar Al-Sharia, the militia group likely responsible for the murder of Ambassador Stevens, he continued:
“This place is like the Bastille. This is where Gaddafi controlled Libya from, and then Ansar al-Sharia took it over. This is a turning point for the people of Benghazi.”
End quote, Reuters.
In the confusion, protestors also advanced on one official government militia, who opened fire killing eleven and wounding 60.
As the Jihadists were driven from Benghazi and shots rang out aimed at the demonstrators, it is believed by some that pro-Quadaffi supporters instigated the confusion that provoked the mistaken assault on an official government militia. Attempting to halt the mistep of the protestors, in the midst of the frey, the government sent the people text messages asking them to “not allow saboteurs to destroy your noble and successful demonstration”.
Source for the above information is Reuters. You can read the timeline of events, live updates, and more by clicking here.
Should We Abandon Libya?
It’s a difficult question, and not easily answered. The people of Libya have repeatedly demonstrated their determined bid for freedom is legitimate, and sincere, and they have fought against immense adversity to secure that freedom. Unlike Egypt, whose populace chose to elect the Muslim Brotherhood, the people of Libya elected a Pro-Democracy President. And at this time they are the only nation in the midst of the current raging fires of the middle east, to take an open, defiant, and successful stand against the Jihadists and the murderers of Ambassador Stevens.
As Libya emerges a free nation facing overwhelming obstacles to her success, she appears to be emerging as a potential ally of the United States that has the potential to be of great value. Nor is she without her own resources, therefore, when her government is stablized, she will not likely become a financially dependant burden on the United States.
In a region where the United States is deemed a “Satan”, and Jihadists wage war against the free world, we may be witnessesing the emergence of the first true democracy there, the first fruits of the Arab Spring which are not tainted, nor foul.
During the American Revolution, the government of France was instrumental in securing victory by American Continental troops against Great Britain. Americans could not have won the war without her aid. Had France chosen not to support our bid for liberty, Britain would have emerged victorious, and there would be no America today. With the aid of France, an army of patriots and farmers overcame King George.
In the harbor of New York, the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the French in the aftermath of our own struggle for freedom, is a testament to the alliance forged between France, and our own patriots. By refusing to submit to Jihadist extremists, the people of Benghazi have put even Obama to shame, and they have set an example for those of the region who truly want freedom.
The people of Benghazi may offer hope. Hope that someday, our two nations may yet become strong allies and stand together, in a finer world where Jihadists are known only by the pages of History as another tyranical element destroyed by the enlightenment of liberty.
Time will yet tell, but if the Jihadists succeed in forcing us to turn our backs on Libya, it may be one of their greatest victories.
“An oppressed people are authorized whenever they can to rise up and break their fetters.” ~Henry Clay