“Obama’s Mediaeval Call for Jehad into Libya” … Putin

    General Mirza Aslam Beg
    Former Chief of Army Staff     


    The Nobel Peace prize winner, Obama now has a war of his own making in Libya, because he was not at all satisfied with the wars he inherited from Bush. Now from his imperial presidency, he is hell-bent on taking this war to greater heights than even Bush could do in Afghanistan and Iraq. From the Eastern Room of the White House, he gave his toughest speech saying: “Libya was central to the whole wave of challenges in the Middle East and now is the opportunity to realign our interests, in pursuit of the UN resolution and all steps will be taken, short of the boots, to get Gaddafi.”

    It appears Obama is looking for another Kosovo or Kuwait, although Libya is altogether a different ballgame. In such great haste, the Operation Odessy Dawn was launched, killing hundreds of civilians, damaging Gaddafi’s air defense and military command and control systems. Hundreds of targets have been engaged by Tomahawk missiles, while the allied air forces of Great Britain, France, Italy and Canada, have engaged military targets around Benghazi and Tripoli. In fact a massive air attack has been launched without a clear-cut strategy, trying to restrain the “murderous madness of Gaddafi, and if necessary targeted actions will be taken,” (meaning assassination) as Sarkozy, the French President has declared. The Prime Minster of Great Britain, has warned “Gaddafi has lied to the international community. He must go, by whatever means possible.” Thus Gaddafi has become an end in itself for the West, making the war personal and that is where, this war launched in such haste, by this ‘Unholy Alliance,’ is likely to go haywire. Let us count the pit-falls:

    The war has no clear-cut objective. Is it to get Gaddafi dead or alive; or protect the civilians being killed by Gaddafi; or despite such display of ‘Shock and Awe’ can the airpower alone eliminate Gaddafi? The NATO airpower bombed Serbia for 78 days to get Milosevic, how many days the coalition air power will take to get Gaddafi? And suppose, Gaddafi gets eliminated, who can stop his son or some one else to carry the banner forward? And if the main objective is to gain control over the strategic oil producing regions of the country, that would be possible only by physically invading the land. Who amongst the allies would be willing to land troops and bell the cat? The air operations “would fast be sliding down the slippery slope into a full blown campaign of regime-change” and that won’t be fine with the State Department, without the troops on land.

    The air assault is not likely to produce even short-term gains. The conflict will prolong, with serious consequences. The Arab World opinion in particular and the Muslim World in general, will turn against the invasion of a Muslim country, which posed no threat to any of the countries of the ‘Unholy Alliance’. For sure, Gaddafi would emerge as the champion of the Arab cause. And the worst that will happen is that, very soon the Jehadis from Iraq, Afghanistan and the neighbouring countries, particularly the Takfeeris from Iraq will start pouring-in to liberate the Muslim land, as it happened in Afghanistan in 2001. The rebels in Libya are joining Gaddafi’s loyalists, to face the external threat, the same as the armed forces of Shah of Iran, joined the Islamic revolutionaries, to defeat the Iraqi invaders, in 1980-88. The powerful Salafi leader, Abu Masab, now has joined the Jehad against the ‘Crusaders’. In 1996, the CIA had bribed Abu Masab to assassinate Gaddafi, but failed. Now, he is getting arms and ammunition from Gaddafi. In fact, Libya is another Afghanistan in the making.

    Obama ignored Pentagon advice and also failed to consult the Congress for waging the war. Reportedly, in taking this decision, “Obama bowed to pressure from a triumvirate of women in his administration – Hillary Clinton, Samantha Power and Susan Rice.” In fact Obama acted Pervez Musharraf, who in 2001, agreed to all the ‘Seven Conditionalities of Pentagon’ without consulting his cabinet or the military command and joined the immoral American war on Afghanistan – a neighbourly Muslim country, that had done no harm to Pakistan. Pakistan continues to suffer the consequences of this fatal decision. The Arab League and the OIC feel cheated, because the UN resolution was to impose a no-fly-zone over Libya, followed by sanctions, but it turned into a full-fledged attack by the Western Alliance. The distrust so created, will have serious consequences. The Invasion will also arouse Arab nationalism, that will assert itself, despite the divisions and dissentions within. The war by the international coalition will also dampen the democratic awakening in the Middle East and particularly risks changing that narrative in Libya.

    By accepting the demand of the UN resolution, for a ceasefire, Gaddafi “in one move has reversed the most powerful argument behind the UN revolution,” and has prevented the massacre in Benghazi. Gaddafi would thus retain control over most of the land, and the rebels will lose popular support. The Russians and the Chinese did not veto the UN resolution, because they wanted the West to be militarily drawn into Libya, the same as in 2001, the Americans blundered into Afghanistan, with Russia and China supporting the UN resolution. The West expects to win the war quickly, but that is a pipe-dream and no victory is in sight and the expected military glory in Libya, is elusive as in Iraq and Afghanistan. No doubt, this war is Obama’s Kargil into Libya.

    The fact of the matter is that, another Muslim country has been invaded with such arrogance of power, which is seen as continuation of the last thirty years of state-sponsored terrorism against the World of Islam: such as, the occupation of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union in 1978-80; the eight years war of liberation by the Afghans, from 1980 to 88; the eight years Iran-Iraq war from 1980-88); the first Gulf War of 1991; the nine years civil war in Afghanistan from 1992-2001; invasion and occupation of Afghanistan by USA and the allies, 2001; invasion and occupation of Iraq by USA since 2003; Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006 and the on-going brutal wars in Palestine and Kashmir, together have caused the death of over six million Muslims and many more seriously wounded and maimed. And the crime continues, with new ferocity. What will be the outcome of this war on Libya – the “mediaeval call for crusades” as described by the Russian Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin, explains the very hollowness of the civilized behaviour of the very civilized world. It is the Muslim World that would suffer with more death and destruction and pillage of yet another country, while, Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Palestine and Kashmir, continue to burn and bleed.

    The oppressors of the world have to give a chance to peace but that is not to be, because the New Great Game has just begun – the Saudi and GCC armed forces have entered Bahrain, under the watchful eyes of the West. The fire so lit, will spread far and beyond.


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  • Haroon Wasti  On March 26, 2011 at 5:30 am

    This war is nothing but another piece of Jigsaw puzzle that the west is fitting to gradually complete the picture of muslim demolition. The whole plan was ready and publically being discussed on TV talk shows in USA in

    The target date of elimination of all Muslim resistance in the world is 2020. The Pattern being used is the same that was adopted long time back when the Muslims were thrown out of Spain. The same pattern was specially investigated by India after 1965 war when a most senior and reknowned bureaucrate D.P.Dher was deputed to go and stay in spain for as long as it takes to study the ouster of Muslim from Spain. The strategy based on that study of DPDher was adopted by India in 1971 with positive results for them.

    The show will continue ,without any intermission.

    Syed Haroon Wasti

  • Faisal Malik  On March 26, 2011 at 5:31 am

    As most times, well written.

    the comparisons drawn between Obama and Musharraf are quite interesting.

    same is the case with the comparisons between Afghanistan and Libya once the invaders try to “settle in”.

    i think even if the land forces do not take part in the invasion, the role of private militias cannot be ignored once again.

    wars today are waged to get hands on natural resources, and provide handsome deals to private militias of U.S and its Western allies.

    Who cares if thousands or more of innocent civilians die. Its all in the interest of “saving” innocent lives after all.

  • S U Turkman  On March 26, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Gen. Baig’s brain has been seriously damaged. This happened to Gen. Baig after he was refused US Visa. As long as USA had kept granting him Visa, he had never said anything against USA.

  • Ahmed  On March 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

    This crusade was necessary evil for Muslim awakening all around world.People who were impressed with Western civilisation even though they hav emurdered and looted colonies will find it difficult t play the role of hired intellictual.If there is any murder of non muslim in Pakistan,these very agents of darkness call US to protect civilians by putting pressure on govt.While they know that ourrulers are agents like them but just to get more concessions fo master.When thousands of muslims are killed no cry is heard.There is no demand of war reparations on account of unjustified Afghan-Iraq war.there is no call for war crimes for both war criminas but it i true for Libya.Christain ruler of Ivory caost is killing Muslims but no such action will be taken.It is time to rise and unite against crusaders.

  • MQM Karachi  On March 26, 2011 at 11:04 am

    We like this call because aslam mirza is also mohajir

  • GRK  On March 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    general saheb you speak good words and that too nicely .what you have thought about this rascal qadhafi who has got hundreds of innocent libyans killed in his 40 years rule.why we as pakistan never raised our voice against this unjust behaviour of him and other dictators.it is a fashion to speak against america.why your boss zia ul haq licked the ass of americans in 1979,and made pakistanis and its forces fight in afghanistan against russians.they would have never could occupy pakistan for so called warm waters of arabian gulf.living in style in a lavish house in islamabad and talking of glory of islam.sir just leave us alone.we had enough of you and other so called intellectuals grk

    • ID  On March 27, 2011 at 2:32 am

      Remember prejudice or bias only hurts the truth. Libyan matter, like all other matters, was one of OIC/ African Union/Arab world and then the UN. This issue has not been treated properly. By no means nor by any stretch of imagination, Qaddafi was another Saddam. He had no dispute with his neighbours nor has he attacked anyone. USA and others had no fear from him. And he is just being bullied. Yes, he may have done much harm to some of his countrymen but then that is no reason to interfere. These rascals Obama, Sarkozy, and D Cameron are playing a fascist capitalist game that’s all. They have no sympathy with the Libyan people. Any fool they get hold of like in Iraq, they will make his subservient and extract concessions from him and really make Libyans poor. Any blind man can see that. So please let Libyans sort themselves out or accept and confirm that India exercised an equal lawful right to dismember Pakistan in 1971. Thanks, and this is no debate. Americans are liars of the first order. Man, ab samajh main aya why FOOLS & LIARS occupy the white House.

      • S U Turkman  On March 27, 2011 at 2:54 am

        I agree, UN should have intervened as a Negotiator to resolve this issue with Tribes of Eastern Libya instead of authorizing attack on Libya but I do not agree with Anti USA comments of you because you are lying.
        * USA has not gotten any ‘Concessions’ from Kuwait for freeing Kuwait.
        * USA has not gotten any ‘Concessions’ from Afghanistan.
        * USA had not gotten any ‘Concessions’ from Bosnia for freeing Bosnians.
        * USA had not gotten any ‘Concessions’ from Mosovo for freeing Kosovar Moslims.
        * USA had not gotten any ‘Concessions’ from any countries east of India to Japan and East Indies for freeing them from Japan’s Occupation after dropping Atomic Bombs.
        * USA had not gotten any ‘Concessions’ from any European countries for freeing them from Hitler’s Occupation after WW II.
        * Pakistan had gotten ‘Concessions’ from her Stooge Mollaa Omar after helping him take over Afghanistan and this is why Pak Army wants Taliban installed back in power in Afghanistan through lying, cheating and keep backstabbing USA despite receiving billions in Charity of Aid and Loans.

    • Owais Saadat  On March 27, 2011 at 11:04 am


      Imagine a scenario where Pakistan was co-hosting the World Cup. The venue would have been the “Qadaffi Stadium”, how embarrsing, right??

      Let our Nation vow not to name streets and buildings after “living heroes”, their fates can change overnight as we witnessed in the case of our most beloved Reza Shah Pahlvi…by the way, has the name of the Shahrah in Islamabad been changed.

      Humbly, Owaise

      • Haroon Wasti  On March 27, 2011 at 11:04 am

        Shouldn’t we first bring the Senior and Junior Bush to the “TRIBUNAL of CRIMES” and only then think about M.Gaddafi who has been friend ( not a strategic Partner ) of Pakistan for so long ?

  • Rafiq Mian  On March 26, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Rwanda happened.

    Bosnia happened.

    Tunis, Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and sort of on and on.

    Libya by grasps (40+ years) of tyranny – you condone it – Baig Sahib.

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. ~ C.S. Lewis

    Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God. ~ Thomas Jefferson.

    Somebody, anybody is doing something. You could do something too. You could not. So, aaha, it is America, so you hate it. Your hate sensors are pre-set.

    Now, I am going to make you a modest request. Engineers, doctors, lawyers on and on, retire, they drop their robes.

    Why do you guys – the Pakistani military, display your uniform today as you speak to me – and even on your tomb stones. Come on. In no other country, it happens.

    I would like that there be an injunction against it in our charter.

    I want you to spear head it.

  • Rafiq Mian  On March 26, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    Continuation of my thought:

    “I believe in using words, not fists… I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex.” Bertrand Russell

    What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune” Mahatma Gandhi

  • S U Turkman  On March 26, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    Please try to understand No Fly Zone is being implemented by shooting Missiles from Air on Libyan Army Jeeps, Trucks, Tanks, Buildings and Qaddafi’s House because all of them were flying and attacking the Rebels.
    This was not happening in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Morocco, Oman, Yemen, Egypt and Tunisia. Only Police was killing the Rebels or Protesters.

  • GRK  On March 27, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Haroon Ji
    sir let us clean our own home and islamic countries than only talk of the world.i am unable to understand how a ruthless beast can be a freind.even if he has contributed any thing financially than even that is haram.let us all go back to visit the life of our muhammad rasullalah saw

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