Q&A with Diana West on Libya, Syria, Boston — and “The Jihadist Plot”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Diana West was kind enough to ask me to do an interview on The Jihadist Plot. Even better, Diana asked several questions that go beyond the book itself to related current issues such as the war in Syria and the Boston bombings. Here is a small excerpt: DW: You make a strong case that on [...]

America’s Libyan “Allies”: Osama bin Laden a Great Man

Posted by John Rosenthal

While Obama administration sources continue to suggest that the Sept. 11 anti-American attacks in Benghazi were the work of a “rogue” Libyan militia with links to al-Qaida, a new French documentary reveals just how thoroughly and openly the mainstream of last year’s Libyan rebellion was inspired by al-Qaida and its founder, Osama bin Laden. For [...]

Al-Qaeda Takes Tripoli

Posted by John Rosenthal

When, at the outset of the unrest that would eventually lead to his downfall, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi asserted that al-Qaeda was behind the challenge to his regime, Western commentators treated his claims with widespread derision and dismissed them out of hand. If it was not already clear from earlier revelations about al-Qaeda-linked rebels, it [...]

French Expert Mission Highlights Al-Qaeda Role in Libyan Rebellion

Posted by John Rosenthal

A new report from two French think tanks concludes that jihadists have played a predominant role in the eastern-Libyan rebellion against the rule of Moammar Qaddafi, and that “true democrats” represent only a minority in the rebellion. The report, furthermore, calls into question the justifications given for Western military intervention in Libya, arguing that they [...]

Libyan Rebel Commander: ‘Cut Gaddafi’s Throat, Then Establish an Islamic State’

Posted by John Rosenthal

Whereas American officials have been straining to make out “flickers” of intelligence suggesting a jihadist influence in the rebellion against the rule of Muammar al-Gaddafi, a reporter visiting eastern Libya for France’s Journal du Dimanche encountered a flagrant jihadist presence and met with participants who talked openly about their dedication to jihad and/or their desire to [...]

Rebel Libya: “Brothers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan, now is the time to defend your land!”

Posted by John Rosenthal

A report by Roberto Bongiorni of the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore reveals an interesting detail about the eastern Libyan rebel stronghold of Darnah: one that suggests just how widespread the participation of the locals in the Afghan and Iraq “jihads” must have been. See my new post on the Tatler blog here.

R2PAQ (‘Responsibility to Protect Al-Qaeda’)

Posted by John Rosenthal

In the absence of any evident national interest justification for bombing Libya, the Obama administration is said to have been motivated by the so-called responsibility to protect — or “R2P” per the wonkish English acronym. But the application of this supposed “responsibility to protect” civilians has taken America into a war on the side of [...]

Rebel Commander in Libya Fought Against U.S. in Afghanistan

Posted by John Rosenthal

Shortly after unrest broke out in eastern Libya in mid-February, reports emerged that an “Islamic Emirate” had been declared in the eastern Libyan town of Darnah and that, furthermore, the alleged head of that Emirate, Abdul-Hakim al-Hasadi, was a former detainee at the American prison camp in Guantánamo. Well, al-Hasadi is not a former Gitmo [...]

Saving the Libyan Islamists

Posted by John Rosenthal

For weeks as international pressure built against him, Muammar al-Gaddafi insisted again and again that the rebel forces that he was fighting in eastern Libya were linked to al-Qaeda. The mere fact that Gaddafi said it was seemingly enough for virtually all commentators to dismiss the claim out of hand. But the problem is that [...]