Libya Rebel Commander Killed by Fellow Comrades

The Libyan rebels’ military commander, Abdel-Fattah Younis, was murdered by his rebel comrades while in custody after being arrested on suspicion of having remaining ties to Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. Initial reports shifting blame for the killing onto pro-Gadhafi loyalists have been dismissed.

The incident is the last in a line of many drawing the rebel group into disrepute. An accumulating record of extrajudicial executions, suppression of free speech, beatings, and thievery is rendering initial qualms about supporting the rebel group (with reported ties to al Qaeda) inescapable. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has even scolded the rebels, warning that they risk an end of US support.

But the US has fought an expensive and illegal war in their name, recently recognizing the rebels as the legitimate governing authorities and promising up to $30 billion in support. For the Obama administration, it’s becoming rather uncomfortably apparent that the opposition on whose behalf this war was fought may not be markedly different than Gadhafi.

The rebels who shot and killed General Younis have reportedly been detained and have confessed to the murder. As a funeral was carried out for him in Benghazi, the de facto rebel capital, the episode is a setback for the rebels and the moral legitimacy of the war.

  1. #1 by Ingrid B. on 07/30/2011 - 9:34

    “Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has even scolded the rebels,” : Dad, and his naughty children..

    “the opposition on whose behalf this war was fought may not be markedly different than Gadhafi.” : in my opinion, for what it`s worth, Gadaffi is way above these guys..

  2. #2 by John Chrchilly on 07/30/2011 - 9:34

    Libya is heading to the same fate of Iraq…This incident has been repeated million times in the US-Iraq because of the conflicts that appears when chopping the booty. They are all thieves and thugs with some theocratic individuals wearing halo Holloween customs…Bye bye Libya you population will scavenge on trashes of the invaders.

  3. #3 by Mark Propheter on 07/31/2011 - 9:34

    I hope Gaddafi kicks all there asses! After murdering his youngest son and 2 grand children. Bombing that modest house in a modest neighborhood that was a “legitimate military target.”Oh and for good measure! Bombed a school for children with Down Syndrome! Luckily there was no one in it. The best thing to happen is for rebel forces to divide. Then sub divide and start fighting amongst themselves before they come to power. So Gaddafi has the only stable military in Libya to crush this needless revolt! I separate with Galloway on this one! Gaddafi has my support!

  4. #4 by michael mazur on 07/31/2011 - 9:34

    The US, having expended itself in the past decade on Afghanistan and Iraq, can’t now overcome a lesser country than either was.
    Expressed differently, the US assault on Libya has failed miserably, even with NATO help.

    Had it all been wrapped up in weeks in accordance with schedule, US/Israel would have felt empowered to mount the long planned nuclear assault on Iran using the ongoing massed demonstrations in Syria as a pretext for intervention there on the side of `democracy and freedom`.

    As Iran and Syria have a long standing, many times affirmed, mutual defence pact which could be invoked upon the entry of the US into Syria, it is probable that were the US to enter Syria, the Syrians would unite to repel the common enemy, as they all have closely watched the appalling US behaviour towards civilians in Iraq these last 20yrs and in Afghanistan these last 10yrs, all in the name of `democracy and freedom`.

    Since the US has failed in the very small country of Libya, it is clear that on their own the Syrians would be able to thwart the US/Israel plan of drawing Iran in on the side of Syria as Syria would, with discreet Iranian assistance, stall the US invader.

    In sum, it is the failure in Libya which is giving the Tel Aviv/Washington axis serious pause in the long planned nuclear assault on Iran.

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