Egypt and regional allies have no choice but to defeat the death squads in Libya
Sons of Malcolm
Mon 16 Feb 2015
One of the death squads which is facilitating nato interests across the Muslim world - 'Isis' - has committed another supremacist crime in the murder of 21 Egyptian Copts who were in Libya as labourers. This was done in the Libyan city of Sirte, which saw a brutal bombing by the bigger and biggest supremacist force in the world - nato during its 7 month blitz of Libya in 2011. Sirte was a beautiful city which was the permanent headquarters of the African Union, so the nato destruction of the city and this current Isis crime there is the continuation of the destruction of Libya as a shiefl, defender and unifier of Africa.
There are many who supported nato's Arab Sting in Libya (and Syria) that are no wringing their hands to try the impossible to excuse themselves from their role in opening the doors directly to the death squads under the Arab Spring cover. I myself in hindsight was foolish enough to support the Arab Sting in Tunisia and Egypt, however as soon as nato got openly involved in Libya and Syria in the early part of 2011, the proverbial scales fell of from one's eyes and what was due was a total reworking of the analysis of what these uprisings were actually intended to achieve by the support and leadership given to them by the Gulf Monarchist (especially Qatar), western states and mainstream media and sectarian and politically neo-colonial liberal forces of the alliance between death squads, the Ikhwan and George Soros-type funded tomfoolery.
The rise of Abdel Fatteh Sisi into the leadership of Egypt signalled the popular historic push back against the Arab Sting, and it was a necessity to the very existence of Egypt that the death squads 'good cop' to their 'bad cop' in the form of the pro-nato Muslim Brotherhood was neutralised, and that has been largely achieved in Egypt: the Muslim Brotherhood's service to nato and the mass rejection of them by the Egyptian people has meant that for the forseeable future they are totally finished, and now can only but lash out and join in terrorism and give excuses and cover for it.
Part of this historic push back against the nato counter revolution which is the Arab Sting is Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and a few others containing the death squad fall out from a major launch pad and operating base which Libya has become. The limited air strikes by Egypt against the death squads in Libya is a sad and tragic development, but is a partial and inadequate response to a strategy of containment that the region desperately sees lest the fall out continues to ravage the region in a neo-colonial designed divide and ruin and traumatising fall out which is impacting the whole North African, Sahel and Sub Saharan regions.
Egypt will not be able to contain or defeat Isis and other death squads by air strikes, what is needed is a relatively massive coordinated campaign by the anti death squad forces which might and does include alliances with General Haftar who is in the coalition against the Misrata and allied death squads, the most sectarian and depraved of them all in Libya, along with those Libyan forces in the camp of those who built a relatively (and compared to today an incomparably wonderful country!) functional Libya in the form of the Jamahirya and other more honest Libyan forces which seek to unite and stabilise the country. This coordinated effort must mean serious military assistance in Libya, which must include serious special forces support to the allied forces in Libya and even Egyptian and other 'boots on the ground' in some considerable numbers.
Of course, Egypt has a recent history of giving direct troops to those fighting the nato agenda in the region, most notably Egypt's support to the revolutionaries in Yemen against a similar coalition of nato and Gulfie forces in the late 1960s. Ideally, Iran would join in this Egyptian and allied effort in Libya, however, Iran are still at least in public keeping up media and political hostilities as they are not over the fact that Morsi and the Ikhwan are historically finished, and anyway, Iran have major headaches at the very least in Iraq and Syria to deal with. However, considering Ayotollah Khamenei recently opened denounced the death squads in Libya (the closest thus far Iran has come to distancing itself from the very forces it is now criticising that it supported in 2011), it is in the direct interests of Iran and Syria to defeat the menace in Libya and elsewhere. Indeed, one is reminded of Muammar Gaddafi's comments in the summer of 2011 that his resistance against nato and their death squads is a direct defence of Syria and Iran. It seems that Iran, however excruciatingly slowly, are coming to realise the validity of Gaddafi's work, struggle and sacrifice.
Whatever will transpire in the region in relation to the death squads, it is clear that Libya has since the destruction of the country in through 2011 has become a major asset to the leading nato countries, it is serving way too much of an advantage in being the launch pad for the british, yanks and french and their Guld allies in laying to waste whole regions which could otherwise see stability and prosperity as they increasingly ally with China and Russia in a win-win partnership. Egypt and the countries, government and peoples of the whole region will be and are facing the full might and slyness or nato, and to defeat such a force Egypt needs a tight unity with all leading Global South forces regionally and globally. In this sense, the recent development of strategic unity between Egypt and Russia is of major importance.
Egypt retaliates with air strikes after ISIS marches 21 Coptic Christians along a lonely Libyan beach and beheads them en masse for their faith
* Egyptian warplanes struck at least Islamic State targets near the Islamist-held city of Derna in eastern Libya today
* Strikes come after ISIS-affiliated militants beheaded 21 Egyptians Coptic Christians in a sickening filmed massacre
* Men were paraded by their masked killers before being savagely beheaded on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea
* The Egyptian government last night vowed to 'avenge the bloodshed and to seek retribution from the killers'
Pope Francis expressed 'profound sadness' over the slayings, saying the victims were 'murdered for their faith'
Egypt launched airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Libya this morning as it 'seeks retribution' for the barbaric filmed beheading of 21 Coptic Christians.
There were at least seven strikes in Derna in the east of the country, which has become a hotbed of Islamic extremism since Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.
It is the first time Egypt has announced military action against Islamist targets in its western neighbour, having previously denied it targeted militants there, and the first time militants connected with the Islamic State terror group have been hit with airstrikes outside Syria and Iraq.
The strikes are in response to a gruesome video, released last night, showing a group of orange jumpsuit-clad Coptic Christians being marched to the shores of the Mediterranean Sea by masked, knife-wielding militants.
The 21 men, who were Egyptian migrant workers kidnapped last month, are then seen being forced onto their knees before they are beheaded simultaneously by the militants standing behind them.
A statement released by the Egyptian military this morning said: 'Your armed forces on Monday carried out focused air strikes in Libya against Daesh camps, places of gathering and training, and weapons depots'.
Daesh is a a derogatory Arabic acronym for the Islamic State terror group, commonly referred to as ISIS or ISIL in the West.
Egyptian state television followed up the military statement by showing footage of warplanes it said were taking off to conduct the strikes.
'Avenging Egyptian blood and retaliating against criminals and killers is a duty we must carry out,' the military said.
The air strikes came hours after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi threatened a 'suitable response' to the killings of the Christians who had travelled to Libya seeking work.
Sisi, a former army chief who overthrew the Islamist president and then won elections touting his firm hand, faced a chorus of demands to retaliate after the beheadings.
Libya's air force meanwhile announced it had launched strikes in the eastern city of Darna, which was taken over by an IS affiliate last year.
Egyptian television has repeatedly played the sickening five-minute video since its release, albeit without the beheadings actually being shown.
The footage shows black-clad militants leading their captives in orange jumpsuits along a beach before forcing them to kneel
Before the killings, one of the militants stood with a knife in his hand and said: 'Safety for you crusaders is something you can only wish for.'
A caption on the five-minute video reads: 'The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian Church.'
Images taken from the video of waves breaking on the beach turning red from the blood of the victims spread among Egyptians on social media, enraging many.
The White House led condemnation of the apparent beheadings, describing the killers as 'despicable' and adding that the brutality shown 'further galvanises the international community to unite against ISIL,' an alternative acronym for the group.
Pope Francis also expressed 'profound sadness' over the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya, saying they had been killed for their faith.
'They were executed for nothing more than the fact that they were Christians,' Francis said in unscheduled remarks in his native Spanish following a meeting with John Chalmers, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.
'The blood of our Christian sisters and brothers is testimony that cries out (to us),' the pontiff added.
'Be they Catholics, Orthodox, Copts, Lutherans, it does not matter. They are Christians, their blood is the same, their blood confesses (their faith in) Christ.'
French President Francois Hollande, whose government is poised to sign a deal selling Egypt advanced Rafale fighter jets on Monday, expressed his 'concern at the expansion of Daesh in Libya,' using another name for ISIS.
Libya's embattled parliament, which is locked in a conflict with Islamists, expressed condolences in a statement and called on the world to 'show solidarity with Libya' against militants.
IS militants have been hammered by US-led air strikes in Iraq and Syria after taking over swathes of the two countries and the group has active affiliates in Egypt and Libya.
In recent months Libya has seen the worst unrest since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi, which will complicate any efforts to combat the country's many Islamic extremist groups.
The internationally recognized government has been confined to the country's far east since Islamist-allied militias seized the capital Tripoli last year, and Islamist politicians have reconstituted a previous government and parliament.
Egypt has strongly backed the internationally recognized government, and U.S. officials have said both Egypt and the United Arab Emirates took part in a series of mysterious airstrikes targeting Islamist-allied forces last year.
The Egyptian government declared a seven-day mourning period after the release of the video and President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi addressed the nation late Sunday night.
'These cowardly actions will not undermine our determination' said el-Sissi, who also banned all travel to Libya by Egyptian citizens.
'Egypt and the whole world are in a fierce battle with extremist groups carrying extremist ideology and SHARING the same goals,' he added.
The Coptic Church issued a statement saying it was 'confident' the Christians' killers would be brought to justice, as it confirmed those beheaded were Egyptian Copts.
Al-Azhar, the prestigious Cairo-based seat of Islamic learning, denounced the killings as 'barbaric'.
The video, entitled 'A message signed with blood to the nation of the cross', has a scrolling caption in the first few seconds referring to the hostages as 'people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian Church'.
The makers of the video identify themselves as the Tripoli Province of the Islamic State group and had claimed in January to have abducted 21 Christians.
The video makes reference to Egyptian woman Camilia Shehata, the wife of a Coptic priest whose alleged conversion to Islam sparked a sectarian dispute in Egypt in 2010.
It says the beheadings were revenge for the treatment of Shehata, who they claim was held against her will by the Church post-conversion.
The latest ISIS video comes after the jihadis released footage earlier this month showing the gruesome burning alive of Jordanian pilot Moath al-Kasasbeh, who the group captured after his F-16 came down in Syria in December.
Militants in Libya had been holding the 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians hostage for weeks, all laborers rounded up from the city of Sirte in December and January.
The makers of the video identify themselves as the Tripoli Province of the Islamic State group.
Tens of thousands of Egyptians work in Libya, mainly in the construction sector, and they have been targeted as the country has descended into chaos.
The killings raise the possibility that the Islamic militant group - which controls about a third of Syria and Iraq in a self-declared caliphate - has established a direct affiliate less than 500 miles from the southern tip of Italy.
One of the militants in the video, speaking English, makes direct reference to that possibility, saying the group now plans to 'conquer Rome.'
Yesterday, images emerged of ISIS militants publicly executing two alleged spies and mercilessly crucifying another to a road sign in the Syrian city of Al-Bab.
On Thursday, the extremist group announced it was holding an Israeli-Arab who posed as foreign a fighter to spy for the country's intelligence agency, Mossad.