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  •  i didn't read this diary in its entirety but (0+ / 0-)

    the premise on which it seems to be based - that the seige of bani walid is justified - is in my opinion fallacious.  i was in bani walid this summer and have pro feb17 friends with family living in bani walid.  this was an act of revenge on the part of out of control  militias.  there must be an investigation into what happened and why and people must be held accountable.  similarly those in bani walid who have done wrong must also be held accountable - but in a court of law, not at the barrel of a gun.

    sorry, clay, you've written some good stuff on libya, but i don't think you have all the facts on this one.

    Brothers & sisters of #Egypt, you have given the world the most precious gift: the belief that ultimately right will prevail. -Desmond Tutu | Libya quote to come. Still watching for it in twitter as @sharon_lynch

    by conchita on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 02:08:12 PM PDT

    •  You don't thing the GNC had the right to make (0+ / 0-)

      arrests in Bani Walid? To exerciser "a monopoly of violence" in all of Libya, including Bani Walid?

      I am not justifying how the siege was carried out but I do think that the national government had every right to exercise its authority there even if that meant suppressing violent resistance with violence.

      Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

      by Clay Claiborne on Fri Nov 02, 2012 at 09:31:24 PM PDT

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    •  Libya Shield brigade (0+ / 0-)

      I'd like to have some pointers to some reliable information on this brigade. They were part of the counter-insurgency operation in Bani Walid, Wissam Bin Hamid, the commander of that brigade, is noted in this report prepared for the U.S. Congress, , in 15 different places. The Libyan names for this brigade are as follows, "Dir’ Libya may be another name for Katiba al-A’hrar Libya," on pg. 12 of this report. Given the recent takeover of northern Mali by al-qaeda aligned groups, passages like this, below, in that report does make folks raise their eyebrows,"Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the AQIM leader in the Sahel, was reportedly in Libya and allegedly attended the al-Qaeda–type parade in Sirt as the guest of Wisam Ben Hamid, the leader of Katiba al-A’hrar Libya," pg. 36 of the report cited above,"AL-QAEDA IN LIBYA: A PROFILE, A Report Prepared by the Federal Research Division, Library of Congress under an Interagency Agreement with the Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office’s Irregular Warfare Support Program.

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