As I mentioned on the last installation of All American Radio, the fact is, we don’t know who the rebels are in Libya. I said that Gaddafi claimed al Qaeda was responsible for the rebellion and asked Obama what he would do if the terrorists held an American city.
Turns out, he was not only right about an al Qaeda presence, but Libyan rebels also fought against the American military in Afghanistan:
Mr al-Hasidi insisted his fighters “are patriots and good Muslims, not terrorists,” but added that the “members of al-Qaeda are also good Muslims and are fighting against the invader”.
His revelations came even as Idriss Deby Itno, Chad’s president, said al-Qaeda had managed to pillage military arsenals in the Libyan rebel zone and acquired arms, “including surface-to-air missiles, which were then smuggled into their sanctuaries”.
Mr al-Hasidi admitted he had earlier fought against “the foreign invasion” in Afghanistan, before being “captured in 2002 in Peshwar, in Pakistan”. He was later handed over to the US, and then held in Libya before being released in 2008.
Mr al-Hasidi is the leader of the Libyan rebels.
It should also be noted that while Obama has NATO fighting to stop Gaddafi from slaughtering civilians, al Qaeda is busy rallying people to the rebels cause.
I’m not running interference for Gaddafi, but I think we need to realize that this is no the Libyan version of Tea Party patriots. There are some hard core Islamists who are trying to take over Libya.
We have to be very careful in what track we take here. We can’t just do things on the fly.