This is an absolutely incredible video of desert combat in Libya. From the page: “URGENT battle erupted in a region near the city of Brega Ajdabiya and the despotic regime that uses aircraft and heavy weapons” (translated from the Arabic by Google Translate).
Ali Abdullah Saleh, President of Yemen (source: NPR).
This guy, I swear…(via darling80m)
This is where all Arab despots eventually go.
Democracy in action. It’s messy, but it works more often than it doesn’t.
This is a brilliant article.
Cameron was waiting for British citizens and subjects to leave Libya before endorsing a no-fly zone. The US is taking the same approach. If Qadaffi continues along his current path there will be a NATO-enforced no-fly zone.
Arab autocrats aren’t the only losers in the uprisings that have, so far, toppled the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt. According to several analysts and counter-terrorism officials, the pro-democracy revolts have been just as bad for Al Qaeda and other militant Islamist groups. Though Al Qaeda leaders are publicly embracing the revolutions, they’ve essentially stood by and watched others achieve their goal of overthrowing secular regimes. Has Islamist terrorism become marginalized?
- Al Qaeda can’t compete against freedom: The “exhilarating” revolutions upsetting regimes across the Arab world may bring the “end of the ‘war on terror,’” says Peter Beinart in The Daily Beast. As democratically elected governments take over, Osama bin Laden’s “worst nightmare” is coming true: Without “corrupt flunkies for the U.S. and Israel” to rally Arabs against, Al Qaeda has no appeal.
But at the opposite end of the spectrum, the terrorism risks could also be greater than ever. Read the rest of the opinion.
Qaddafi Digging His Own: By Gary McCoy
For nearly two decades, the leaders of Al Qaeda have denounced the Arab world’s dictators as heretics and puppets of the West and called for their downfall. Now, people in country after country have risen to topple their leaders — and Al Qaeda has played absolutely no role.
In fact, the motley opposition movements that have appeared so suddenly and proved so powerful have shunned the two central tenets of the Qaeda credo: murderous violence and religious fanaticism. The demonstrators have used force defensively, treated Islam as an afterthought and embraced democracy, which is anathema to Osama bin Laden and his followers.
So for Al Qaeda — and perhaps no less for the American policies that have been built around the threat it poses — the democratic revolutions that have gripped the world’s attention present a crossroads. Will the terrorist network shrivel slowly to irrelevance? Or will it find a way to exploit the chaos produced by political upheaval and the disappointment that will inevitably follow hopes now raised so high?
Read the rest at the New York Times
A beautiful thing.