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Written by: Diana West
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 8:40 AM 

Ansur al Sharia gunboat parade for sharia in Benghazi, June 2012

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The late Ambassador Christopher Stevens was the US point man with the "rebels" in Benghazi --  the jihadists of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group and other "flickers" of al Qaeda in Libya. Multiple reports are now attributing the attack on Benghazi consulate attack that killed the US ambassador, one staffer and, I have also read, two Marines to a group called Ansar al-Sharia, a "brigade" identified with al Qaeda as well.

From a very detailed eyewitness report by a self-professed rebel-veteran of the Libyan revolution  from France24:

In the past few months, [Ansar al Sharia] it’s become increasingly powerful and well-known. Like the rest of the brigades in Benghazi, they theoretically ensure security only when the local government asks them to do so. The hospital, which was in dire need of security, recently asked for their help, and since they’ve been guarding it, there’s been no more trouble there. But when religion is involved, they seem to act of their own accord. For example, these past months, they’ve destroyed Muslim mausoleums that they deem blasphemous.

People are quite scared of them, because these Islamists seem unafraid of dying. There have always been Islamists in Benghazi, but during Muammar Gaddafi’s era, they were locked up in jail. Now, they seem to be making up for lost time. And until the government gives us orders to stop them, there’s not much we other brigades can do. However, I think they will have to be stopped soon, because what they did at the consulate went way too far.

According to this one source, it sounds as if Ansar al Sharia has a quasi-official security role in Benghazi, something "the government" could stop if it chose to do so. Our president has announced no action, no change in relations with Libya, no nothing. Now that this supposedly rogue brigade has committed an act of war against the United States, what will our "ally" the Libyan government do about it?

Prediction: Nothing. Why should they? It was Qaddafi who kept this swath of jihad under wraps; the revolution Uncle Sucker suported and paid at least $1 billion for harnessed it for power. Now, it's coming back to bite. Obama doesn't care except insofar as he hopes it won't bite again -- Mitt Romney looks so good in his response. Betcha in answer to this act of war, the Libyans we empowered will do nothing and  O will do nothing, too -- except maybe increase foreign aid to Libya.

 

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