NYTimes: Gaddafi Predicted Chaos and Terrorism Will Overtake North Africa In His Stead


Jan. 21, 2013


WASHINGTON — As the uprising closed in around him, the Libyan dictator Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi warned that if he fell, chaos and holy war would overtake North Africa. “Bin Laden’s people would come to impose ransoms by land and sea,” he told reporters. “We will go back to the time of Redbeard, of pirates, of Ottomans imposing ransoms on boats.”

In recent days, that unhinged prophecy has acquired a grim new currency. In Mali, French paratroopers arrived this month to battle an advancing force of jihadi fighters who already control an area twice the size of Germany. In Algeria, a one-eyed Islamist bandit organized the brazen takeover of an international gas facility, taking hostages that included more than 40 Americans and Europeans.

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Coming just four months after an American ambassador was killed by jihadists in Libya, those assaults have contributed to a sense that North Africa — long a dormant backwater for Al Qaeda — is turning into another zone of dangerous instability, much like Syria, site of an increasingly bloody civil war. The mayhem in this vast desert region has many roots, but it is also a sobering reminder that the euphoric toppling of dictators in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt has come at a price.

terror wave“It’s one of the darker sides of the Arab uprisings,” said Robert Malley, the Middle East and North Africa director at the International Crisis Group. “Their peaceful nature may have damaged Al Qaeda and its allies ideologically, but logistically, in terms of the new porousness of borders, the expansion of ungoverned areas, the proliferation of weapons, the disorganization of police and security services in all these countries — it’s been a real boon to jihadists.”

The crisis in Mali is not likely to end soon, with the militants ensconcing themselves among local people and digging fortifications. It could also test the fragile new governments of Libya and its neighbors, in a region where any Western military intervention arouses bitter colonial memories and provides a rallying cry for Islamists.

And it comes as world powers struggle with civil war in Syria, where another Arab autocrat is warning about the furies that could be unleashed if he falls.

Even as Obama administration officials vowed to hunt down the hostage-takers in Algeria, they faced the added challenge of a dauntingly complex jihadist landscape across North Africa that belies the easy label of “Al Qaeda,” with multiple factions operating among overlapping ethnic groups, clans and criminal networks. Read all

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    Supo Adedokun 22 January, 2013 at 22:51 Reply

    The FUKUS Frankenstein axis is just beginning to have pains of Gaddafi bones they swallowed. It will never allow them to stand or sit. One wonders if this world axis dictators ever understands the consequences of their actions.

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    Olatunde Aroloye 1 February, 2013 at 19:36 Reply

    Why did we never hear about this before?

    Gaddafi was killed because he demanded that America pay for his Oil in Gold.
    He exposed the fact that they don’t have any any more, that their Economy and
    their Currency are backed by nothing but bluff.

    That is why they loosed the Jackals on him.

    The person who reputedly captured Gaddafi is now dead- so the truth about what really happened cannot be further learned from that avenue.

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    Buba 21 July, 2013 at 04:02 Reply

    U.S.A is full of thieves and bunch idiotic minded peoples trying to enforce law on every countries in the world,but so bad Nigeria governments are self centered,they have eyes they cant see,they have nose but they can not perceive,they hand to steal money,and legs to run with it and hide in a place where the money is not useful for them and the citizen,we need war in Nigeria,take it or you live it guys.

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