Muslims are beginning to realise that USA under Obama, wants to help
It has always been this way but under Bush and the Republicans, it was
skewed towards Jewish humanity, to the point that Jewish lives are
much more important than Muslim lives.
USA had a history of supporting tyrannical dictators who appear to
support USA interests. These interests include raw material supplies
and trade opportunities. These trade opportunities do not include
theft of resources like what the Malaysian government had done to
Sabah. It was more of a monopoly of business opportunities. If you say
they are offering them at much higher prices, just compare USA with
Chinese contractors in Africa.
However when the Shah of Iran started killing innocent citizens, USA
was silent and appear to support the Shah in killing these people. The
Iranians reacted by violently hating USA and what it represents.
People don't react similarly when lives are concerned. You can steal
properties but all these can be replaced. When lives are lost, the
pain will remain forever.
Similarly for the Philippines. Although the USA didn't fully support
the Marcos regime, by being silent on the atrocities committed by
Marcos, USA was deemed by the majority of Filipinos as equally liable.
Of course, the hatred is not as great as the Iranians who suffer
In Libya, Gadafi is not liked by Libyans as well as Americans. By
supporting the lives of the ordinary citizens of Libya, they are
beginning to like USA but not so much because of USA outstanding
support for Jewish and its silence and apparent support for the
atrocities committed by the Jewish regime in Israel.
The Islamalists themselves had made mistakes. They have hated the
wrong people. USA is a democracy, not matter how imperfect it is. Its
leaders are elected by the people so the leaders will change with
time.Especially when the majority of USA citizens are idiots who can
be persuaded to vote for idiots like Bush.
Should we expect more from USA? We cannot because they are just human
beings like all of us. Just because they are advanced does not mean
that the majority of them are not idiots like the rest of humanity.
Only the very few can be brilliant. Let us hope, the brilliant and
intelligent will lead USA and the rest for world, instead of the
lying, cruel and in-compassionate leaders like Gadafi. Anybody who
support such in-compassionate leaders are equally guilty of mass
murder and it does not matter how religious you claim yourself to be.
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By CHARLES LEVINSON
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Libyans in the eastern town of Derna shout anti-Gadhafi slogans in a
protest in February.
DARNA, Libya—Two former Afghan Mujahedeen and a six-year detainee at
Guantanamo Bay have stepped to the fore of this city's military
campaign, training new recruits for the front and to protect the city
from infiltrators loyal to Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
The presence of Islamists like these amid the opposition has raised
concerns, among some fellow rebels as well as their Western allies,
that the goal of some Libyan fighters in battling Col. Gadhafi is to
propagate Islamist extremism.
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A rebel rested before leaving Ajdabiya, Libya, Friday.
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Abdel Hakim al-Hasady, an influential Islamic preacher and high-school
teacher who spent five years at a training camp in eastern
Afghanistan, oversees the recruitment, training and deployment of
about 300 rebel fighters from Darna.
Mr. Hasady's field commander on the front lines is Salah al-Barrani, a
former fighter from the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, or LIFG, which
was formed in the 1990s by Libyan mujahedeen returning home after
helping to drive the Soviets from Afghanistan and dedicated to ousting
Mr. Gadhafi from power.
Sufyan Ben Qumu, a Libyan army veteran who worked for Osama bin
Laden's holding company in Sudan and later for an al Qaeda-linked
charity in Afghanistan, is training many of the city's rebel recruits.
Both Messrs. Hasady and Ben Qumu were picked up by Pakistani
authorities after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and
were turned over to the U.S. Mr. Hasady was released to Libyan custody
two months later. Mr. Ben Qumu spent six years at Guantanamo Bay
before he was turned over to Libyan custody in 2007.
They were both released from Libyan prisons in 2008 as part of a
reconciliation with Islamists in Libya.
Islamist leaders and their contingent of followers represent a
relatively small minority within the rebel cause. They have served the
rebels' secular leadership with little friction. Their discipline and
fighting experience is badly needed by the rebels' ragtag army.
Among his followers, Mr. Hasady has the reputation of a trained
warrior who stood fearlessly at the front ranks of young protesters
during the first days of the uprising.
And his discourse has become dramatically more pro-American, now that
he stands in alliance with the West in a battle against Col. Gadhafi.
"Our view is starting to change of the U.S.," said Mr. Hasady. "If we
hated the Americans 100%, today it is less than 50%. They have started
to redeem themselves for their past mistakes by helping us to preserve
the blood of our children."
Mr. Hasady also offered a reconsideration of his past approach. "No
Islamist revolution has ever succeeded. Only when the whole population
was included did we succeed, and that means a more inclusive
Messrs. Ben Qumu and Barrani were on the front lines and couldn't be
reached for comment.
Some rebel leaders are wary of their roles. "Many of us were concerned
about these people's backgrounds," said Ashour Abu Rashed, one of
Darna's representatives on the rebel's provisional government body,
the Transitional National Council.
"Al-Hasady told me he only wants to remove Gadhafi and will serve
under the authority of the local governing councils, and so far he has
been true to his word."
After the uprising began in Libya, Mr. Hasady told several journalists
that he had joined the fight against the Americans during his time in
Afghanistan. He now says he was misquoted and that he only settled in
Afghanistan because Islamists of his ilk were unwelcome everywhere
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For the U.S., the situation recalls the problems that followed
America's ill-fated alliance with the Afghan Mujahedeen fighting the
Soviets in the 1980s. Many went on to al Qaeda and other violent
radical Islamist groups.
Adm. James Stavridis, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's supreme
allied commander in Europe, pointed to this concern when he told a
Senate committee on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence has picked up
"flickers" of al Qaeda among rebel groups in Libya. He also said they
were a minor element among the rebels.
Col. Gadhafi has gone out of his way to paint the popular uprising
against his rule as an al Qaeda plot. He has singled out Mr. Hasady
and the city of Darna as the capital of an alleged Islamist emirate, a
Local enmity for the Libyan leader runs deep. The first uprising
against Col. Gadhafi's rule took place in Darna in 1970, less than a
year after he seized power. The city proudly boasts that the first
political prisoner killed by the Gadhafi regime was a Darna native.
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