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 [...]

The Jihadist Plot — Now Also Available Internationally

Posted by John Rosenthal

My new e-book, The Jihadist Plot: the Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion, is now also available to Amazon customers based in Europe and, I gather, elsewhere in the world as well. The Amazon.com page is here. The book can also be purchased on some other local Amazon sites in Europe and elsewhere. Also now available [...]

The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion

Posted by John Rosenthal

My new e-book The Jihadist Plot: The Untold Story of Al-Qaeda and the Libyan Rebellion is now available on Amazon.com here. Beware that as far as I know, it is not currently available when accessing from Europe or perhaps elsewhere outside of the United States. If readers could let me know their own experiences trying [...]

The Islamist Plot: A UK Terror Trial and the Origins of the Libyan Rebellion

Posted by John Rosenthal

Today is the official anniversary of the “February 17th Revolution,” the Libyan rebellion against the rule of Moammar Qaddafi that — with a massive helping hand from NATO — eventually led to the fall of the regime and the death of Qaddafi. Although the rebellion was initially presented in the Western news media as a [...]

Libyan Rebel Commander: I Was on the Mavi Marmara

Posted by John Rosenthal

According to the Spanish daily ABC, a Libyan rebel commander who played a key role in overthrowing the rule of Muammar Qaddafi previously participated in the May 2010 attempt to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza aboard the Turkish-owned vessel the Mavi Marmara. The operation famously culminated in a deadly clash between Israel Defense Force [...]

The Libyan Revolution: Democracy or ‘Purity of Islam’?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Mustafa Abdul Jalil’s announcement last month that Islamic sharia would form the basic source of legislation in the new Libya, and that all laws contradicting the sharia were immediately null and void, came as a surprise for Western observers. It should not have. From the very start of the Libyan rebellion, clear evidence was available [...]

John McCain Celebrated Libyan Rebellion at Site of Rebel Atrocity

Posted by John Rosenthal

When Senator John McCain went to Benghazi in April to express his support for the Libyan rebels did he visit the site at which an alleged pro-Gaddafi “mercenary” had been beheaded by the rebels only weeks before? Visual evidence assembled by the website Human Rights Investigations clearly shows that he did. See my new report on [...]

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 [...]

A Political Court: The ICC, Gaddafi, and Libyan Rebel War Crimes

Posted by John Rosenthal

Last month, to much fanfare, the International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for Muammar al-Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, and Libyan military intelligence chief Abdullah Al-Senussi. ICC chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo had filed an application for the warrants in May. Among those celebrating the court’s decision was, of course, the Libyan opposition’s National Transitional [...]

Libya: Rebels Have Weapons, But Do They Know How to Use Them?

Posted by John Rosenthal

Yesterday, the French daily Le Figaro revealed that France has been air-dropping armaments to Libyan rebel forces to the south of Tripoli in the Nafusa mountain region….But a report today in the daily Libération gives reason to wonder if the rebels have the training necessary to use the weapons that they have been given. See [...]