Back on September 13th, Senator John McCain appeared on Hannity, the television program of the popular conservative talk show host, to discuss the recent 9/11 attacks. When the topic turned to Libya, the Senator from Arizona was quick to accuse Sean of having been wrong about Islamists taking control of Libya. Hannity appeared to be slightly taken aback as McCain did everything but stick his tongue out at those (Hannity included) who had expressed concern that Libya had fallen into the hands of the Islamists, saying, “You were wrong about Libya… I know you were… you were wrong.”
Documents recently obtained and translated by Walid seem to demonstrate that McCain is the one who is wrong and Sean Hannity was the one who was right.
A common complaint of westerners who try to read about the Middle East is the sheer volume of Arabic names they must sift through to reach a modicum of understanding; they lose track and often move on. There’s one name that such westerners should grok and it is Abdel Hakim Belhaj. As we previously reported, Belhaj was officially put in charge of Tripoli from August 30, 2011 thru at least May of 2012. He is radical and has been identified as a ‘brother’ of al-Qaeda by Ayman al-Zawahiri.
In Walid’s most recent report, the evidence against Belhaj is even more damning:
Several documents officially tie Belhaj to the leadership in Libya, to the support of him by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to his funding of the rebels in Syria, and more. As we reported previously, Belhaj is a known terrorist who was also in U.S. custody at Guantanamo. The Obama administration allowed him into Libya during the war to oust Gaddafi. Obama seemed to have no objection to Belhaj’s leadership position after the revolution. The classified documents reveal that Belhaj actually controls most of the Libyan government, which are puppets under the control of the Islamists. The Obama administration is knowingly supporting Al-Qaeda control in Libya and North Africa.
When the Libyan elections took place last July, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate was a woman who aroused suspicion among the populous, according to the Boston Herald, via the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report:
Nijad Sharfeddin was the face of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya’s historic parliamentary elections. Featured prominently on campaign posters in her hijab and glasses, sans makeup, she was the image of both modernity in Arab politics and conservative Islamic values. But voters suspicious of the Brotherhood, which has no real history in Libya, often asked her to name a Libyan on her ticket whom they would have heard of. She couldn’t. Those suspicions and a lack of an identity in the Libyan street were some of the many factors that led to the Brotherhood slate’s distant second-place finish in Saturday’s vote, experts and everyday Libyans said.
So, the Muslim Brotherhood, which eschews the idea of placing women in power (unless in a support role such as the Muslim Sisterhood), decided to make a woman its face in Libya?!
As candidates like Sharfeddin were going down in flames, Islamists like Belhaj were rising from the ashes.
McCain remains indignantly ignorant.
The September 13th exchange between Hannity and McCain is below. If it seems that McCain had a ‘thou doth protest too much’ moment, it’s because he did.
Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the book, Unsung Davids, which features a chapter on Walid Shoebat