The sovereign mess of Libya protests today about American military capturing known terrorist who has been living in Libya. The are asking for an explanation.
Here is an explanation.
Libya has been permitting a known terrorist to hide out in its country. That is harboring a terrorist, at least one and more likely many. American policy doesn’t tolerate that, especially when the suspect has committed crimes against the U.S.A. So, we got him. Now, what is Libya’s explanation?
Here it is. We the people of Libya lost control of ourselves, having been subjected to a dictator that we overthrew, eventually. Now, we are trying to set up a government amidst various tribal interests, most of which are Muslim, and democracy is just out of reach or maybe unreachable as we don’t know. Sorry if your ambassador got into the way of al Qaeda operatives living here. We just could not do anything about that.
Those are the possible explanations. So what?
American foreign policy summary brought to you by Secretary of State John Kerry, “They can run but they cannot hide.”
“Libya demands explanation for 'kidnapping' of citizen by US forces
Demand comes hours after separate failed US military raid on terrorist target in Somalia
Chris Stephen in Tripoli, Abdalle Ahmed in Mogadishu and David Smith in Johannesburg
The Guardian, Sunday 6 October 2013
The Seals were beaten back by heavy fire and apparently abandoned equipment in the raid. Photograph: US Navy/Alamy
Libya has demanded an explanation for the "kidnapping" of one of its citizens by American special forces, hours after a separate US military raid on a terrorist target in Somalia ended in apparent failure and retreat.
In Tripoli the US army's Delta force seized alleged al-Qaida leader Nazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Abu Anas al-Liby and wanted for the 1998 bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed more than 220 people.
The New York Times reported that Liby was being held in military custody and interrogated on board a navy ship, the USS Antonio, in the Mediterranean.
But US navy Seals suffered a major setback when they launched an amphibious assault to capture an Islamist militant leader said to be Ahmed Godane, described as Africa's most wanted man and the architect of last month's attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya. The elite Seals were beaten back by heavy fire and apparently abandoned equipment that the Somali militants photographed and posted on the internet.”