A while back a report came out describing the willingness of several pro-Israel groups in France to travel to the West Bank in order to ‘protect’ illegal Israeli settlements from Palestinians attacks. And the French chapter of the Jewish Defense League did not disappoint: Referring to the current “mission” to Israel and the West Bank, the … More The JDL in the West Bank
Asharq Alawsat is reporting that deposed Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi had offered to secure the release of captured IDF soldier Gilad Shalit and to sign an official peace treaty with Israel in exchange for an end to the NATO airstrikes. Qaddafi had apparently contacted Druze politician Ayoob Kara and presented his offer before being forced … More Could Qaddafi Have Freed Shalit?
For the last few months, I have been in general agreement with much of what Daniel Larison has said about the intervention in Libya: I don’t see how intervening in Libya was in the American interest (and I do not buy the argument that it acted as a deterrent to other autocratic regimes) and I … More Competing Precedents Set in Libya
Apparently George Grant is not the only one who thought that the performance of of a handful of powerful militaries working under the guise of NATO is proof that the transatlantic alliance is still healthy. David Abshire, the U.S. permanent representative to NATO from 1983-1987, writes that the speed with which NATO acted in Libya, as compared to … More Proof That NATO is Relevant. And Irrelevant, Part II
Clearly NATO played a major role in the ability of the rebel forces to bring down Qaddafi. Though the TNC deserves credit for its efforts on the ground – particularly the apparent coordination between the TNC command in Benghazi and the sleeper rebel cells in Tripoli – the Libyan uprising would have been much shorter and … More Proof That NATO is Still Relevant. And Also Irrelevant.
Max Boot reiterates the fact that the fall of Qaddafi is not the end of the problems facing Libya and concludes that the presence of western troops in is essential for the prolonged success of the Libyan revolution: But there remains a real danger of catastrophe, a la post-Taliban Afghanistan and post-Saddam Hussein Iraq, which each succumbed … More NATO Troops to Enter Libya?
In his new book, Roland Dumas – the Foreign Minister of France from 1984 to 1986 and again from 1988 to 1993 under President François Mitterrand – reveals the level of influence Israel has in France. The book is entitled “Assault: 50 Years of Shared Secrets with François Mitterrand” [“Coups et Blessures: 50 ans de secrets … More The Israeli Lobby in France
So I am just getting around to the recent divisions within the rebels forces in Libya (more on that later), including the interview that Seif al-Islam al Qaddafi gave to the New York Times, in which the Brother Leader’s son claimed that he had reached an alliance with the Libyan Islamist movement led by Ali Sallabi. … More Drunken Liberals Ruining Libya With Their Jets, and Parties and Other Unspeakably Immoral Things
Admittedly, I have been a bit harsh on the United States and NATO for the way in which they intervened in Libya seemingly without giving thought to post-intervention requirements as well as on the Transitional National Council (TNC) and the rebel movement in general for being relatively weak, disorganized and divided (although this is much … More He is Screwed. She is Screwed. We’re all Screwed!
So Libya is screwed and the United States is doing little to make the situation any better. As the stalemate between rebel forces and Qaddafi troops solidifies and as intervening forces actively call for a negotiated settlement that undermines international law, two issues are becoming more apparent for the United States. First, it is increasingly … More Video from the Libya Front: What Was the US Thinking?