Libyan protesters rally against militias, storm jihadist group’s headquarters

posted at 8:34 pm on September 21, 2012 by Allahpundit

The “Day of Love” hasn’t gone so well elsewhere in the region, so let’s pay some attention to a noteworthy exception.

For many Libyans, the death of Ambassador Stevens represented an unacceptable excess on the part of the militants. Ansar al-Shariah, is the group suspected in the killings.

About 30,000 Libyans in Benghazi poured into a square in front of the main encampment of the group, unfurled a Libyan flag and shouted “with our lives and souls, we redeem you, Benghazi!,” Al Jazeera and other news services reported. Some held signs reading “The ambassador was Libya’s friend,” and “Libya lost a friend.”

They didn’t just protest in front of the group’s headquarters. They broke in and chased the jihadis out, allegedly freeing 20 captives in the process. (“The capture of the base was celebrated elsewhere in the city by parades of cars touring the streets, honking their horns.”) Several protesters were reportedly wounded in the process. Reminds me a bit of the Awakening in Anbar province: When your “security” is being provided by jihadist mafias who are running protection rackets and killing opponents, after awhile you’re going to get fed up. Stevens’s killing (and the prospect of losing much-needed American aid) may have catalyzed a backlash, and not just in Benghazi. The AP reports that even residents in jihadist-friendly Darna are exasperated:

The anti-militia fervor in Darna is notable because the city, in the mountains along the Mediterranean coast north of Benghazi, has long had a reputation as a stronghold for Islamic extremists. During the Gadhafi era, it was the hotbed of a deadly Islamist insurgency against his regime. A significant number of the Libyan jihadists who travelled to Afghanistan and Iraq during recent wars came from Darna. During the revolt against him last year, Gadhafi’s regime warned that Darna would declare itself an Islamic Emirate and ally itself with al-Qaida…

“The killing of the ambassador blew up the situation. It was disastrous,” said Ayoub al-Shedwi, a young bearded Muslim preacher in Darna who says he has received multiple death threats because has spoken out against militias on a radio show he hosts. “We felt that the revolution is going in vain.”…

Leaders of tribes, which are the strongest social force in eastern Libya, have come forward to demand that the militias disband. Tribal leaders in Benghazi and Darna announced this week that members of their tribes who are militiamen will no longer have their protection in the face of anti-militia protests. That means the tribe will not avenge them if they are killed.

Among the many jihadists from Darna: Abu Sufian Qumu, the alleged ringleader of the assault on the Benghazi consulate.

Not sure if this is enough to spare Libya from efforts to cut foreign aid overseas, but it certainly gives them a leg up on Egypt and Pakistan. For your listening pleasure, two major voices in that debate: First, Rand Paul with Michael Medved, and second, Marco Rubio on the floor of the Senate.



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According to Reuters

“I am out today to defend Benghazi. Killing the ambassador is a completely separate thing,” said 26-year-old Amjad Mohammed Hassan, a network engineer. “I don’t give a damn about the killing of the ambassador because the Americans offended the Prophet. I am just here for Benghazi.”

Seems there are some who were there for different reasons.

Abu Al-Qaa, a demonstrator at the Ansar al-Sharia demonstration, said Stevens had been “preparing for the entry of American troops into Libya.”

“The will of the Prophet was to expel infidels from Muslim lands so that Muslims prevail. Terrorizing your enemy is one of Islam’s tenets.”

Hmmmm…

One banner at the Ansar al-Sharia demonstration read: “Day to rescue Benghazi or day to rescue America?”

Lots of mixed signals coming out of this protest. The NYT also says 30,000 in attendance, Reuters says “thousands”. Big difference.

lynncgb on September 22, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Since you wear it proudly and publicly, I have to ask if we indeed have found a new species?

Don L on September 22, 2012 at 9:04 AM

I’m not the only one..we just don’t run around like loons and get media attention wearing dog collars in parades or are used as characters in movies and shows. It wouldn’t fit the narrative. :)

bazil9 on September 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Get back to me when they set fire to the jihadis’ headquarters and kill four of them.

Mitoch55 on September 22, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Very interesting. Perhaps even promising. I wonder how things will turn out.

Count to 10 on September 22, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Since you wear it proudly and publicly, I have to ask if we indeed have found a new species?

Don L on September 22, 2012 at 9:04 AM

…I am friends with and can gladly live with that species…you?

KOOLAID2 on September 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I have a hard time believing this rally is anything more than a scam. The signs they are holding? C’mon. Printed in English?

Either whatever passes for a Libyan government staged it to keep the US aid coming or the Dems assisted the Libyans by orchestrating one of their patented “busloads of paid protesters carrying printed signs” events (aka Libyan purple people eaters).

Maybe the White House wants to re-educate us because we know that Bin Laden is dead, but al Qaeda is alive and thriving in Libya, and has been for some time. Workplace violence. Man-caused disaster. Yeah, right. Is this Muslim outreach? Sounds like overreach.

Philly on September 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM

I’m not the only one..we just don’t run around like loons and get media attention wearing dog collars in parades or are used as characters in movies and shows. It wouldn’t fit the narrative. :)

bazil9 on September 22, 2012 at 9:39 AM

bazil9:

You are most welcome on the USS Hot Air,you go girl—-:):):)

canopfor on September 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

If you will notice in that buzzfeed post with the ‘pro usa protest” photos… The exact same hand printed sign is in the hands of more then one person, and in the hands of the same person, but in several different spots.

And there is a woman in one of the photos who looks a lot like Jeneane Garafolo.

LegendHasIt on September 22, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Just now had time to read this. My 2 cents? Not buying it. Most likely a bonus on top of the taxpayer’s money we send already.
Cynical? You betcha.

bluefox on September 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Now I’ll read some of the comments. Didn’t watch the videos since I don’t have a 30 min time slot, expecting company in for the weekend.

bluefox on September 22, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Our Libyan-Contras’ Anbar moment is yet another LONG overdue triumph for the Reagan Doctrine.

Post-Bush/Blair, it took EU conservatives (Cameron, Sarkozy, Berlusconi, Merkel) to successfully revive the Reagan Doctrine by arming and supporting Libyan-Contras.

American conservatives should focus on congratulating our heroic NATO airmen (and supporting our new Libyan allies) for a job well done– and ignore the predictably impotent handwringing of the nattering naybobs of negativity.

He counted on America to be passive. He counted wrong.”

God bless Ronald Reagan and our heroic NATO airmen.

Terp Mole on September 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I am no friend of islam, but we should be friend of the brave libyan ppl that participated in this demostration! they make me believe that humanity is larger that hateful religions.

nathor on September 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I am no friend of islam, but we should be friend of the brave libyan ppl that participated in this demostration! they make me believe that humanity is larger that hateful religions.

nathor on September 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

Sounds like you’re trying to lump islam with other religions. Islam will always be about violence and rape.

Nobody should be interfering with muslim-on-muslim violence. None of them are fighting for democracy, freedom, and tolerance.

Kyle_Reese on September 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

When push comes to shove, the partisan left and partisan right have almost no differences. The political spectrum in America isn’t a line, it’s a torus.

Good Solid B-Plus on September 22, 2012 at 4:21 AM

Hey, stupid. I’m responding to a Reuters news release which wants to be taking as truth, and which clearly is a setup. What I KNOW, is how many times things like this are staged for media effect, and how much this looks like those times.

Your supposition that hard left and hard right are identical means that your ignorance is showing.

Freelancer on September 22, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Some signs? How many? Three?

blink on September 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM

Isn’t it interesting to see signs that are PRINTED, with nice borders and all, a pretty professional job by any means. Were they printed in USA by some union and then shipped to Libya on orders from WH and a emssage “do this and money will flow”?

If this was not staged I have no idea what is. Soviets taught them really well.

What is really interesting is that even so called “conservative” media are buying this obvious and fake BS. And not one voice out there is asking how it is that a well armed militia, well trained and funded was somehow dispersed by some “peace lovers” armed only with placards.

There are way more idiots in USA than even worst estimates. And most GOP Senators voted today to keep money flowing to stone age murderers in ME. We need wholesale replacement of these sell outs sooner rather than later.

riddick on September 22, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Sounds like you’re trying to lump islam with other religions. Islam will always be about violence and rape.

Kyle_Reese on September 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Thats what Nathor always does and then tries to claim otherwise when caleed on it. He dislikes Christianity and will conflate it with Islam given half a chance.

sharrukin on September 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Thats what Nathor always does and then tries to claim otherwise when caleed on it. He dislikes Christianity and will conflate it with Islam given half a chance.

sharrukin on September 22, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Funny how media made such a great “vanishing act” for the CBS reporter who was gang raped in broad daylight during one of these “peace loving” demonstrations.

And how media, for some reason, doesn’t have the time to put families of all those who lost their lives in Benghazi Embassy on TV.

riddick on September 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Islam is not a religion. Its a cult of hate following in the footsteps of their pedophile leader Muhammed.

Punishment of men by rape? Oh, no, we’re not homosexuals and we have hate homosexuality. Raping women? She deserved it. Cutting off heads and stoning people to death? Allah told me to do it.

riddick on September 22, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Funny how media made such a great “vanishing act” for the CBS reporter who was gang raped in broad daylight during one of these “peace loving” demonstrations.

And how media, for some reason, doesn’t have the time to put families of all those who lost their lives in Benghazi Embassy on TV.

riddick on September 22, 2012 at 4:09 PM

The media seems very selective that. They make a habit of playing up the poor Palestinians, the poor rioting French students of unknown religious identity, and the British shadowy British youths on violent rampages. If they can spread a cover of fog for the violent enemies of the west they will do it. They had little interest in Saddam’s little torture chambers and a great deal of interest in Abu Ghraib. They are not neutral players.

sharrukin on September 22, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Well, even so called “independent” Fox News is not doing what’s right by giving families of the murdered an outlet. These families have to be on TV, if not every day, then once a week, asking the government how is it that even when warned and asked for beefed up protection the government was either playing golf or campaigning. And I’d start with Hillary since it was her duty to provide security people in her employ. WH is second to that and as responsible, they are the one responsible for security of ALL citizens.

Is dereliction of duty an impeachable offense?

And why isn’t anyone in media asking this?

O/T
Not sure if anyone noticed, but Murdoch’s son was promoted to run “Fox’s unit”, was not specified which unit exactly (doh!), but given that he was not even charged last year with criminal activity (as he should have) Fox is pretty much done as “independent”.

riddick on September 22, 2012 at 4:37 PM

PATHETIC!

A link on HA just now points to a demonstration in Pakistan, too bad there are no signs in English visible, must be that Libyan are so much better educated. And have easy access to a large printing press/printer, obviously a rarity in Pakistan (a much better off financially place).

And what’s even more appalling is another $100K bounty announced by the peace loving (muslim) minister of railroads in Pakistan on head of movie maker. ON SAME DAY OUR TREASONOUS SENATE VOTED TO CONTINUE MONEY FLOW TO PAKISTAN.

So. My question to our Senate is: Is it OUR MONEY that is now used as bounty on the head of USA subjects? We’re now paying for the killing of our citizens?

Not sure what is worse, Idiot in Chief playing golf and campaigning while the world disintegrates or Senate paying for the killing of our citizens.

riddick on September 22, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Day of Love, eh? Sounds kuddly.

Christien on September 23, 2012 at 2:41 AM

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