America Pays a Horrific Price for ‘Liberating’ Egypt and Libya
Remember when Libya’s rebel forces sodomized Colonel Qadhafi and then paraded his beaten and bloodied body through the streets of Sirte en route to his public execution? That would have been an excellent time for America to reassess its strategic alliance with the so-called liberators of Libya.
For seven months, remember, a U.S.-led bombing campaign had been smashing Qadhafi’s forces. And with America’s indiscriminate bombardment from above, the Islamists on the ground were able to round up Qadhafi loyalists, including many civilians, and conduct mass beatings and killings.
Throughout the civil war, the United States turned a blind eye to these kinds of atrocities. So when the Qadhafi lynching was caught on tape and distributed worldwide via YouTube, America simply ignored the grisly killing.
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton even laughed it off.
“We came, we saw, he died,” Clinton joked during an interview with cbs.
In other words, why should Libya’s “freedom” march be hindered by a messy war crimes investigation? Okay, okay—the tyrant had been brutally beaten, sexual assaulted and shot dead. But Libya was now on the road to full democracy! That’s what President Obama told the American people the day Qadhafi died. He then lavished praise on the U.S. generals, pilots, sailors and diplomats who had tirelessly worked to help “liberate” the Libyan people. And all this was accomplished, he said, without having to put a single U.S. service member on the ground in Libya.
While he was right about it not costing one American life to remove the tyrant, the United States has since paid dearly for handing Libya over to the forces of destruction.
We came, we saw, he died—and then they murdered our ambassador, a consulate officer, two U.S. Marines and shut down the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli.
Yesterday, some Middle Eastern news outlets were reporting that Ambassador Stevens had been sexually assaulted before his murder. But Western media couldn’t be bothered with such trivialities—not when Mitt Romney had the audacity to criticize the State Department for apologizing to terrorists.
That’s the real story: Mitt Romney “politicizing” this tragedy.
As someone correctly noted on Twitter, the liberal media will scream bloody murder about almost anything—anything except actual bloody murder.
This whole week of rabid anti-Americanism, after all, might have been narrowly averted if not for the despicable work of Sam Bacile—the Israeli-American filmmaker who raised $5 million dollars from 100 Jewish organizations and produced a movie that mocked Muslims and portrayed the prophet Mohammed as a fiendish womanizer and pedophile.
Then we saw clips of the “film” and immediately realized the production company could not have been working with $5 million. Maybe $5,000—that’s my best estimate. We also found out that Sam Bacile is a pseudonym and that the real man behind the movie isn’t Israeli or American after all. He’s a Coptic Christian from Egypt who lives in California. The Associated Press also reported that there were 15 “key players” who worked on the video, including people from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran and Egypt.
Even still, if somebody needs to step up and apologize for this stupid YouTube video, why shouldn’t it be the United States government?
On Tuesday, after an Egyptian Salafist television station had screened the offensive movie in order to incite anti-American violence in the lead up to the anniversary of 9/11, America’s hair-triggered response was this: “The Embassy of the United States in Cairo condemns the continuing efforts by misguided individuals to hurt the religious feelings of Muslims.”
It didn’t satisfy the mob. A few hours after the U.S. issued an apology for the work of an Egyptian Coptic Christian, 2,000 angry Islamists stormed the walls of the U.S. compound in Cairo, burned the American flag, and hoisted a black flag bearing the words, “There is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his messenger.”
America responded by reiterating its apology. Our earlier statement “still stands,” the embassy tweeted. Don’t attack us, America pleaded. We sent you an apology. You there—stop desecrating our national flag! Didn’t you receive our apology?
It was such a disgraceful display of cowardice that even President Obama disavowed the embassy statements. He can do that, of course, because the mainstream media will helpfully give him a free pass. But if his political opponent dares to criticize the U.S. apology tour, well now, that’s unforgivable.
Today, there could be more anti-American violence in the Middle East as soon as Muslims conclude their Friday prayers. The United States is preparing for this possibility by placing its embassies and consulates on high alert—and by continuing to distance itself from a video no one knew about as recently as Monday morning.
“We absolutely reject its content and message,” Secretary of State Clinton reiterated yesterday. “To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible,” she said in hopes of appeasing those who are using it as a pretext for war.
In her mind, these attacks certainly could not have been coordinated in advance by America’s enemies. America is the one, after all, who helped usher in “a new and democratic” Egypt and Libya.
“Today, many Americans are asking—indeed, I asked myself—how could this happen?” Clinton wondered after the Benghazi strike. “How could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped save from destruction?”
That astounding remark reveals just how thick the darkness is within foreign policy circles of the United States government. As Jesus said in Matthew 6, “If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!”
Yesterday, a U.S. intelligence official told the Associated Press there is “no evidence” that the attack in Libya was connected to 9/11.
How about the fact that it happened on 9/11? The attacks in Cairo and Benghazi were both premeditated strikes, coordinated by radical Islam and specifically planned for delivery on the 11th anniversary of 9/11.
In the case of Benghazi, terrorists had scoped out the U.S. compound well in advance of the actual operation. They arrived Tuesday night, September 11, armed to the teeth with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. They knew the ambassador would be there and not in Tripoli. They knew all about the safe house U.S. officials would flee to in the event of an attack. And they had militants in position to ambush U.S. troops they knew would be dispatched to Benghazi to rescue the besieged Americans.
That same day, in Cairo, another mob was led by Mohammad Zawahiri, brother of al Qaeda’s leader, and was coordinated by Salafist militants weeks in advance of broadcasting the offensive video that would be used to incite the mob.
The evidence is there for all to see. But the darkness in Washington is great. So America will go right on enabling terrorists, keep apologizing for every little offense, real or imagined, and then be left to wonder why these barbaric attacks won’t stop.