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September 25, 2012

WaPo Adds "Pro-American" To The "Unarmed" Illusions

The neoconned editors of the Washington Post show their stupidity and illusions: In the Middle East, a pro-American turn
IN THE IMMEDIATE aftermath of the attacks on U.S. diplomatic missions in Libya and Egypt, plenty of commentators lamented what they saw as intractible anti-Americanism in the Middle East — even in Libya, where the United States had helped to overthrow a hated dictator. As it turns out, the reactions were hasty. In the days since the riots, there has been a broad backlash against the violence in both countries — culminating Friday in Benghazi, where tens of thousands of people marched on the base of an Islamist militia suspected of involvement in the Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. Consulate.

People carrying pro-American signs pushed their way into the encampment of Ansar al-Sharia, which in spite of its denials is suspected of complicity in the death of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. The militants were forced out of the base, and the demonstrators burned part of it before turning it over to the Libyan army.

They write this as at the same time as the newspages of the Post report this:
The commander of a powerful Libyan militia said Monday that looters had stolen “a large number” of shoulder-fired, heat-seeking missiles from the militia’s base when protesters who called for dismantling the country’s militias overran the compound.

Ismail Salabi, the commander of Rafallah al-Sahati, a powerful Islamist militia in Benghazi, said in an interview that the missiles, used by fighters to “hit airplanes” and known to the U.S. intelligence community as MANPADS (man-portable air-defense systems), were stolen along with 2,000 semiautomatic rifles and ammunition, as the militia withdrew from its base amid a firefight early Saturday.

According to the report of "unarmed people" dissected here earlier those "pro-American" "demonstrators" were heavily armed and also attacked the military base the Rafallah al-Sahati, which was under government control, and some soldiers guarded.

The WaPo editorial does not mention that all. One wonders what those editors will write when those "pro-American" looters use their newly acquired weapons to take down American airplanes.

A Middle East that is ruled by somewhat elected governments more inclined to listen to their voters than the respective U.S. ambassadors will not be pro-American as long as the U.S. is supportive of the apartheid regime in Israel. That is, as the loss of Egypt as an U.S. ally shows, simply a fact.

How long will it take the neocons and their neo-Wilsonian brethren on the other side of the isle to understand that? Are they even capable of understanding?

Posted by b on September 25, 2012 at 16:50 UTC | Permalink


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