Friday May 24, 2013
Americans Ring the Death Bell for Supporting Islamic Radicals in BenghaziPolitical Perspective by Tim King Salem-News.com
A new tragedy for 9/11...
(SACRAMENTO, CA) - Here is an idea: next time leave a stable sovereign government like Libya alone. Another suggestion, don't hire people who hate you to overthrow someone you trusted for decades.
While U.S. President Barack Obama laments the loss of four American diplomats who were killed on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and calls the attack "outrageous"; let us remember it is Obama who pushed for the destabilizing attacks and whose decisions led to the deaths of thousands and thousands of innocent people, mostly at the hands of Benghazi rebels and western air raid attacks organized by the EU and UN.
John Christopher Stevens, US ambassador to Libya, dedicated his life to taking down Muammar Gaddafi even though he worked with the leader for years before he was instructed to turn against the prior regime. A second victim has been identified as Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information management officer who had spent 10-years with the State Department. He was a husband and a father of two.
The two other victims have not been named. Clinton said the government was working to contact their families.
His loss is a tragedy for the U.S. but it is also a wake up call. I have to wonder what he really thought. Ambassador Stevens was sent to Benghazi by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be the American link to rebel forces battling to overthrow Gadhafi in 2011.
The rebels that the U.S. financially and morally backed in Libya and now Syria, are primarily Salafists and they have no interested in Americans or American ways, however they were happy to received billions of dollars of support in military aid to carry on their fight and overthrow Libya.
Of course they were interested during the Iraq war when many of the same Islamists engaged American troops on a regular basis, forming the militias that banded together with other common enemies of the U.S. war machine.
I knew in late March when I wrote, Anti-Gaddafi Benghazi Rebels Repay West by Trashing WWII Graves, that the west had clearly backed the wrong horse. These people that the west gave so much money to, kicked down the graves of WWII British soldiers who were killed by the Germans. They were war heroes who deserved more. Of course the same 'friends of the U.S.' also ripped down a large Christian cross from the same cemetery.
Some journalists, many in fact, backed the rebels. Yvonne Ridley explained in a report from Benghazi in eastern Libya on 29 April, why she was wrong to oppose Western intervention in Libya, which she came to accept "was necessary to avoid the bloodbath Libyan mafia chief Muammar Gaddafi had planned for Libyans for daring to rise up against him". Of course Yvonne, a very nice person that I do like, is the reporter who was captured and released by Taliban, a group known for surprising foresight and intelligence-oriented extreme religious intolerance. I don't like implying that she was used as a tool, but there is a big difference between Muslims and radical Islamists. There is a big difference that Americans by and large don't even begin to understand.
Taking the political opportunity, Mitt Romney said it is never too early for the United States govt to condemn attacks and I say it is never too late to learn from national mistakes carried out for all of the wrong reasons.
What we learned from Gaddafi, a longtime friend of the United States in many ways, is that he made the mistake of trusting the U.S. not to turn on him when the timing offered itself. He was a friend of the Americans, just like Ho Chi Minh, Saddam Hussein and Usama bin Laden. It is disgusting that the fog surrounding this simple truth is so damned thick.
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tense of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide. You can write to Tim at this address: email@example.com. Visit Tim's Facebook page (facebook.com/TimKing.Reporter)
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