360° Coverage : Libya again: Who makes America do such silly things? (Comment,...

12 Updates
Libya again: Who makes America do such silly things? (Comment, Special to IANS)
Photo Credit: , Getty Images

Libya again: Who makes America do such silly things? (Comment, Special to IANS)

Oct 11 2013, 4:38am CDT | by IANS

Recent events in Libya remind me of my first assignment in that country. But first let us recapitulate the latest American adventure.

Recent events in Libya remind me of my first assignment in that country. But first let us recapitulate the latest American adventure. The world's greatest power enters a sovereign country, Libya and...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos Tweets

 
 
 

1 year ago

Libya again: Who makes America do such silly things? (Comment, Special to IANS)

Oct 11 2013, 4:38am CDT | by IANS

Recent events in Libya remind me of my first assignment in that country. But first let us recapitulate the latest American adventure.

Recent events in Libya remind me of my first assignment in that country. But first let us recapitulate the latest American adventure.

The world's greatest power enters a sovereign country, Libya and picks up Al Qaeda's Abu Anas al-Liby, allegedly a fugitive from justice. Apparently he had been indicted in 2000 for the 1998 bombing of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

As soon as Secretary of State John Kerry announces that the Libyan government knew of the dramatic kidnapping, a handful of local militias, who stand in as the new nation's army, are so enraged that they capture the nation's Prime Minister, Ali Zeidan. They are angry because Zeidan helped the Americans in capturing Liby.

The group which captures Zeidan explains their action to Al Jazeera TV: "In the light of the deterioration in security and damage to the country's sovereignty by foreign intelligence bodies", "we have arrested Zeidan".

The operation appears to have been botched up in the sense that the more important target of American anger, Ahmad Abu Khattala, escaped. He is believed to have been involved in September 2012 attack in Benghazi which killed US ambassador Chris Stevens.

What really happened is something we shall know only after Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Seymour Hersh publishes his book next year. Hersh told London's Guardian newspaper that the 2011 US Navy Seals raid that resulted in the killing of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden is "one big lie". He added for emphasis: "Not one word of it is true."

Yes, he said, "the Pakistanis did put out a report, don't get me going on it. Let's put it this way: it was done with considerable American input. It's a bullshit report". Hersh's book on National Security will have a chapter on the Abbotabad raid. Now one can expect reams of stuff on how the Americans delivered Libya into the new dawn of freedom.

It is now ofcourse fashionable for everyone to badmouth Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan strongman. But time was when he had his admirers even in South Block. That was when I first interviewed him.

In fact when President Ronald Reagan decided to bomb Tripoli and Benghazi in 1987, Non Aligned foreign ministers were in conference in New Delhi. As soon as news of the bombing came, the foreign ministers formed a delegation under the leadership of India's foreign minister, Baliram Bhagat, a great cricket enthusiast among other things. Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi thought it was a brilliant idea to show solidarity with a fellow non aligned leader.

As theatre, Gaddafi was never less than riveting. But what left a great impression on Bhagat, his secretary, N.P. Jain (even the Yugoslav foreign minister shook his head in admiration) was the extraordinary position women had in his regime. The Gaddafi melodrama began even as you were escorted to his presence: two stunning female bodyguards, one chiseled ebony, the other white marble, always flanking him. Outside, there was an equal mix of men and women, carrying firearms. The world's first military academy for women was in Libya. Women drove cars, worked in offices, schools, colleges, hospitals. There were no mullahs in the country. The most educated person in the neighbourhood could lead the Friday prayers. Playing on popular superstition, Voodoo or other forms of African magic, was a criminal offence.

A cradle to grave welfare system covered everything - food, housing, cars, medical help, total expenditure for higher education abroad. He had the oil wealth and could afford to foot the bill. How did that bother anybody?

Little wonder Baliram Bhagat was impressed. But no sooner had he returned after his discovery of Libya, than Bhagat learnt a thing or two about power in world affairs. As Bhagat entered his office in South Block, he found Jain standing there, looking pale. So angry had Reagan been with Rajiv, already smarting under the Bofors scandal, that he relieved Bhagat from the foreign office.

That was many moons ago. Recently, why Americans blundered into Libya remains a mystery. So badly had American fingers been burnt in Afghanistan and Iraq, that Obama looked statesman like, shunning any foreign interventions. Then, despite themselves, Americans were pushed into leadership roles in Libya, Syria and now, once again, in Somalia and this badly planned kidnapping in Tripoli. Just when America was beginning to refurbish its image in the Middle East, comes this shocking misadventure.

(A senior commentator on political and diplomatic affairs, Saeed Naqvi can be reached on saeednaqvi@hotmail.com)

IANS

Source: IANS

 
Update
12

Tweets

 
 
Update
11

2 weeks ago

Ed Markey Midterm Election Results: Markey Wins Re-Election

Nov 4 2014 7:08pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Democrat Ed Markey was re-elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday. Markey has represented Massachusetts in the Senate since 2013, when John Kerry vacated his seat to serve in Obama's Cabinet as secretary of state. Markey served as a member of the House of Representatives for almost 40 years prior to joining the Senate. Markey defeated Repu ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
10

2 weeks ago

Massachusetts Senate Election Results: Ed Markey Wins Re-Election

Nov 4 2014 7:07pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) has won his re-election bid to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate. Markey fended off a challenge from Republican Brian Herr. The Democratic senator was first elected in 2013 when John Kerry vacated his seat in the Senate to serve as secretary of state. Prior to serving in the Senate, Markey had served as a Democratic member o ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
9

2 weeks ago

On Election Night, Pack an Umbrella

Nov 4 2014 2:02pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

I spent the last 24 hours of the last midterm elections clutching a pocket folder with two sets of index cards inside. On one set was printed a victory speech no one outside our campaign thought we were going to need. On the other was a concession speech I hadn't even shown the guy who might have to deliver it that night, like it was his own eulogy. Four years ago I was writing speeches for Harry Reid of Nevada, the Se ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
8

2 weeks ago

Kerry urges US-China cooperation on climate change

Nov 4 2014 10:48am CST | Source: Townhall's

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday the U.S. and China must work together to stave off a global catastroph ...
Source: Townhall's   Full article at: Townhall's
 

 
Update
6

2 weeks ago

Two States to Watch

Nov 4 2014 8:56am CST | Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire

First Read: “We’ll have a good idea early in the evening of how Election Night is going to break. The two states to watch — North Carolina (where final polling places close at 7:30 am ET) and New Hampshire (where they close at 8:00 pm ET). Every scenario of Democrats holding on to the Senate assumes they win those two states. If we’re able to put those two in the Democratic column, then we’re going to have to wait for Alaska, especially if Georgia goes to a runoff. B ...
Source: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire   Full article at: Taegan Goddard's Political Wire
 

 
Update
5

2 weeks ago

What a Republican Senate Would Mean for World Politics

Nov 4 2014 7:54am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

On Tuesday, when tens of millions of US voters go to the polls, they are very likely to deliver a US Senate majority to the Republican Party. Six years into the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama and four years after the midterm elections that delivered control of the US House of Representatives to the Republicans and conservative Speaker John Boehner, most polls and poll aggregate forecasts give the Republicans anywhere from a strong ( ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
4

2 weeks ago

How You Can Help Save the Senate

Nov 3 2014 1:56pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

The battle for the Senate has been a cliffhanger for months. Races in at least ten states that will decide the balance of power have remained too close to call, despite corporate pundits' haste to forecast a GOP victory. Now, on the eve of Election Day, it's tempting to throw up your hands, sit back and wait for the returns to come in. That's exactly what Republicans are hoping we'll do. Give up hope and do nothing. What's the alternative? ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
3

2 weeks ago

Bill Clinton, Joe Biden And Hundreds More Attend Thomas Menino Funeral

Nov 3 2014 12:52pm CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

BOSTON (AP) — A private funeral for former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino is underway at his neighborhood church, with hundreds of dignitaries and prominent Bostonians in attendance. Among them are former President Bill Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, ex-Celtics great Bill Russell, former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez and Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. The funer ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 
Update
2

2 weeks ago

MPs Should Get Some Business Experience before Lecturing Us Against Exiting the EU

Nov 3 2014 9:23am CST | Source: Big Government

I'm getting quite tired of listening to politicians, and indeed some friends, who have never set up a business, or run a business, tell me about recklessness of pulling out of the European Union. Now, as of yet, I don't have kids, although I am a proud uncle. But based on the fact that I know so little about parenting, I wouldn't march blasé into broadcasting studios lecturing parents on where to shop, or on the process of applying for nursery ...
Source: Big Government   Full article at: Big Government
 

 
Update
1

2 weeks ago

HUFFPOLLSTER: Odds of GOP Senate Takeover Grow

Nov 3 2014 8:40am CST | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

Last-minute polling finds the Republicans on track for a Senate victory tomorrow. Early voting, though, suggests it could be close. And what kind of voters are still undecided? This is HuffPollster for Monday, November 3, 2014. A GOP SENATE LOOKS MORE LIKELY - With less than 24 hours remaining before polls open nationwide, a final round of polls largely confirms previous findings in the much-watched bat ...
Source: Politics - The Huffington Post   Full article at: Politics - The Huffington Post
 

 

Don't miss ...

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Egypt welcomes Saudi call for Arab solidarity
Cairo, Nov 20 (IANS) Egypt has welcomed Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdulaiz Al Saud's call for solidarity among the Arab states in order to tackle the challenges affecting the region.
 
 
More storms likely in Australia's Queensland state Thursday
Brisbane, Nov 20 (IANS) People in southeast Queensland in Australia may have to brace themselves for more turbulent weather Thursday, with thunderstorms being forecast in Brisbane.
 
 
French fighter jets in Jordan to back offensive against IS
Paris, Nov 20 (IANS) France has decided to deploy six Mirage fighter jets in Jordan to back missions against the Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Iraq.
 
 
Former Kazakhstan PM Akhmetov put under house arrest
Astana, Nov 20 (IANS) Former prime minister of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov has been charged with corruption and placed under house arrest on the orders of a court.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

Egypt welcomes Saudi call for Arab solidarity
Cairo, Nov 20 (IANS) Egypt has welcomed Saudi king Abdullah bin Abdulaiz Al Saud's call for solidarity among the Arab states in order to tackle the challenges affecting the region. "Egypt does not hesitate to support...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Will Bill Cosby Sanctions Give Rape Accusers Their Day In Court?
It's a story as widespread as the distribution of Jell-O pudding snacks -- as many as 15 women have made either public or private statements accusing Bill Cosby of rape, many of which include grizzly details so...
Read more on TV Balla
 
Hemsworth appreciates Damon's 'sexy' advice
Los Angeles, Nov 20 (IANS) "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth has thanked actor Matt Damon for teaching him how to be "sexy". Hemsworth has named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive for 2014, and he believes that it is the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
More storms likely in Australia's Queensland state Thursday
Brisbane, Nov 20 (IANS) People in southeast Queensland in Australia may have to brace themselves for more turbulent weather Thursday, with thunderstorms being forecast in Brisbane. The Bureau of Meteorology said there...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Lady Gaga shares underarm tattoo video
Los Angeles, Nov 20 (IANS) Pop star Lady Gaga took to photo-sharing website Instagram to share a video of herself getting 17th tattoo on her armpit. The 28-year-old singer's tattoo, on her left side, is a tribute to...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
French fighter jets in Jordan to back offensive against IS
Paris, Nov 20 (IANS) France has decided to deploy six Mirage fighter jets in Jordan to back missions against the Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Iraq. "There were nine Rafale (jets) in the UAE and they will be...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Brazilian institute seeks US help for anti-Ebola serum
Sao Paulo, Nov 20 (IANS/EFE) A Brazilian research centre is in talks with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop a serum to combat the deadly Ebola virus. Butanta Institute, an entity linked to the Sao...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Taylor Swift mends friendship with Harry Styles
Taylor Swift and Harry Styles are repairing their friendship. The 'Blank Space' hitmaker and the One Direction heartthrob split in early 2013 after four months of dating, but are now back on friendly terms and in...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kris Jenner has fallen hard for Corey Gamble
Kris Jenner has fallen head-over-heels in love with Corey Gamble. The 59-year-old reality TV star, who split from Bruce Jenner in October 2013 after 23 years of marriage, started dating Justin Bieber's 33-year-old road...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
FKA twigs says Robert Pattinson is 'worth it'
FKA twigs is willing to put up with online abuse for dating Robert Pattinson because he's ''very worth it.'' The 'Two Weeks' hitmaker, who started dating the 'Twilight Saga' star in September, admits the constant...
Read more on Celebrity Balla