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"That foul legacy"

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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Mar 24, 2012 at 14:37

Dr. Pipes wrote :

"A third stage began in 2002, when a tamed Qaddafi paid reparations for the Libyan role in the 1988 downing of a Pan Am plane and gave up his nuclear ambitions. Although the fundamentals of his regime remained in place, he became persona grata in Western countries, while the British prime minister and American secretary of state paid their respects to him in Libya."

It has transpired in the meantime that also other 'respectable' Western institutions like the CIA or MI-6, that later were to stage a rebellion against Qaddafi, paid their respects to him at that time. The honeymoon behind the scenes involved such favors as sending terrorism suspects for questioning and torturing in Libya, tracing phone numbers for the Libyans, ghost-writing politically correct speeches for Col. Qaddafi, helping inexperienced Libyan interrogators with 89 useful extra questions to ask suspects. In one case the CIA even handed over to Qaddafi's men a terrorist suspect (Abu Abdullah al-Sadiq alias Abdel Hakim Belhaj) who later reappeared as one of the leaders for the so called "rebellion" which the US supported so eagerly! To quote the New York Times :

>One document in the C.I.A. binder said operatives were "in a position to deliver Shaykh Musa to your physical custody, similar to what we have done with other senior L.I.F.G. members in the recent past." The reference was to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which was dedicated to the overthrow of Colonel Qaddafi, and which American officials believed had ties to Al Qaeda.

When Libyans asked to be sent Abu Abdullah al-Sadiq, another member of the group, a case officer wrote back on March 4, 2004, that "we are committed to developing this relationship for the benefit of both our services," and promised to do their best to locate him, according to a document in the C.I.A. binder.

Two days later, an officer faxed the Libyans to say that Mr. Sadiq and his pregnant wife were planning to fly into Malaysia, and the authorities there agreed to put them on a British Airways flight to London that would stop in Bangkok. "We are planning to take control of the pair in Bangkok and place them on our aircraft for a flight to your country," the case officer wrote.

Mr. Bouckaert of Human Rights Watch said he had learned from the documents that Sadiq was a nom de guerre for Abdel Hakim Belhaj, who is now a military leader for the rebels."

Well, neither the CIA or MI-6 seem to be any longer particularly proud of their past role in fighting Islamist terrorism. Nowadays they seem to be determined to get rid of "that foul legacy".


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Title Commenter Date Thread
1"That foul legacy" [447 words]IanusMar 24, 2012 14:37194735
1Why Qaddaffi? [445 words]ZeenaOct 21, 2011 02:35190231
Separating our hearts from our minds [108 words]Robert WOct 23, 2011 02:58190231
1Qaddhafi was a lesser evil for Israel [116 words]IanusMar 5, 2012 14:33190231
3LIBYA BEFORE THE MURDEROUS US/NATO INVASION [280 words]BARBFSep 13, 2011 08:52189302
1Assessing Qadaffi [251 words]sufi imdad ali soomroSep 5, 2011 06:56189118
crimes against humanity [207 words]moSep 11, 2011 08:28189118
What does "ugly" have to do with it? [44 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Paul RothbergSep 2, 2011 17:12189034
2What comes next query [179 words]Peter HerzSep 1, 2011 21:18189020
Oil prices [351 words]Boris ScheinAug 31, 2011 12:23188988
7The problem with Qaddafi is not that he is a bastard but that he is not "our" bastard. [764 words]IanusAug 30, 2011 17:13188973
THE COMPLACENCY OF THE WORLD AND THE LIBYAN POPULATION [156 words]JACQUES HADIDAAug 30, 2011 12:37188962
2Libyan rebellion was instigated by meddlesome Western powers [173 words]BamagujeSep 8, 2011 14:20188962
3Good article, one glaring error. [78 words]
w/response from Daniel Pipes
Ian McVayAug 30, 2011 08:03188957
1another glaring error [48 words]AdvocatusAug 31, 2011 10:35188957
1Another error [15 words]Peter HerzSep 3, 2011 13:48188957
Another error [13 words]AdvocatusSep 8, 2011 01:45188957
Did I count wrong? [14 words]Peter HerzSep 9, 2011 22:23188957
Ananda [56 words]AdvocatusSep 12, 2011 01:31188957

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