Obama and Romney: Their exchange on Libya was perhaps the most
heated of the second presidential debate. Libyans know that pressure
from the campaign makes direct retaliation very likely - and soon.
Attack on U.S.
Consulate and Citizens Must Never Be Repeated (Quryna,
was a conspiracy, orchestrated at the behest of foreign agendas, that was has
little or nothing to do with abuse of the Holy Prophet. ... The U.S.
administration may be in a state of shock at the moment, reevaluating its
situation, geopolitical calculations and relations with the political forces in
the Arab region. ... This painful attack directed at the U.S. administration
will not pass without retaliation, which will be far-reaching, and will be aimed
at influencing political and military alliances in Libya and North Africa."
By Fadl Abd
Translated By Casey Patrick Reilly
October 2, 2012
Libya - Quryna - Original Article (Arabic)
The right to peaceful protest and organized demonstrations are guaranteed
as a legitimate means of expression by the customs and constitutions of
democratic systems. But to launch an armed attack and create chaos and
insecurity under the cover of peaceful protest can only be called illegal
behavior contrary to national and international law and norms. This is a form
of aggression that will bring similar violence by the other party acting in
self-defense, and will lead to a cycle of action and reaction with incalculable
results. Assuming the goodwill of demonstration organizers and provided that protesters
are a set of ordinary individuals, it is most unlikely that such a group would have
set fire to a U.S. Consulate, gruesomely killing the U.S. ambassador and three
other U.S. citizens - regardless of their degree of anger. Hence one can say
that the explanation closest to reality is that what occurred was a conspiracy,
orchestrated at the behest of foreign agendas, that was has little or nothing
to do with abuse of the Holy Prophet.
What makes an orchestrated plot the most likely explanation
is the timing and circumstances that accompanied and preceded the attack, and
here it seems, the fingerprints of retaliation against U.S. interests are
clear. More than one party had justifications for a revenge attack, such as the
killing of Abu Yahya al-Libi and other [al-Qaeda]
targets, America's abandonment of Qaddafi and support for the uprising of the
What happened is that one or the other of these parties exploited
the issue of the film [the Innocence of Muslims] to carry out a retaliatory
strike against the U.S. Consulate. Perhaps the presence of the U.S. Ambassador
was a coincidence, or maybe the planners were aware of his presence. But this doesn't mean that all participants in the demonstration should
be stigmatized and brought up on charges of premeditated plotting or
participating in the attack, since the majority of people at the protest were
ordinary people motivated by impulse who were taken advantage of.
The diplomatic reply of the U.S. president to the incident, which
was the first official reaction, may not reflect the reality of
the situation in the U.S. The United States has to contend with the medium- and
long-term dimensions, especially when it comes to the issue of American
prestige and national security, and while President Obama is locked in a campaign
for a second term.
For our part, what matters is to draw lessons from an
analysis of the political and security data related to the armed attack and its consequences and implications for U.S.-Libya relations. We must ask ourselves what purpose was served by a terrorist attack against America on this scale inside Libyan territory. Obviously, a partial answer is that it is
not in the interests of Libya, nor can it be called a victory for the Holy
Prophet, nor is there any other rational justification.
The spate of assaults and armed attacks against U.S.
embassies, which began in Egypt and soon found more violent and barbaric resonance
in Libya, and after that in Yemen and other Islamic countries, formed a
comprehensive blow against U.S. foreign policy in North Africa. This is particularly
true, as the attacks came alongside a change in U.S. foreign policy, which has
exhibited an openness to new political systems in what is idiomatically known as
the revolutions of the Arab Spring. The movement has received wide-ranging political
and unprecedented logistical support from
the United States, its European allies and others. These attacks may
therefore constitute a dangerous turn in the direction of U.S. foreign policy
in this region.
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Given all this, the U.S. administration may be in a state of
shock at the moment, reevaluating its situation, geopolitical calculations and
relations with the political forces in the Arab region. However, we cannot
change the facts. First, this terrorist act has not and will not be in the
interests of Libya. As far as the slogans motivating the protesters (related to defending
the Holy Prophet and Islam), thanks to the consequences of this brutal act of
aggression, the consequences will be 100 percent counterproductive.
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Second, this painful attack directed at the American
administration will not pass without retaliation, which will be of similar
scope, and exercised to restore and preserve the prestige of the United States. The
Republican Party is exerting pressure in this direction. This retaliation will be
either direct (air strikes or naval strikes on limited targets and specific individuals),
or indirect (secret intelligence). Such retaliation will be far-reaching, and will
be aimed at influencing political and military alliances in Libya and North
Africa to ensure the protection of U.S. strategic interests, and in general prevent
exposing these interests to future threats.
All of us have been warning repeatedly of the specter of a
failed state, which would leave the door open to scenarios of foreign
intervention in all its forms. We urged yesterday, and we urge again today,
that the [transitional] Keib
Government and the next government not delay, and use their authority to
pursue a policy of strict domestic controls putting national security and the
safety of citizens at the top of its priority list. The prestige and authority
of the state and rule of law must be a priority if we are to put a definitive
end to the influence of armed groups, the proliferation of weapons and the
carrying and use of illegal firearms - no matter the cost.
We conclude with a prayer that Almighty God bless and sponsor
Libya as he preserved and sponsored the uprising of her people. May he listen
and respond to our prayer.