Libyan militias melt into desert, wait for another day
The city of Derna, Libya
September 25th, 2012
01:50 PM ET

Libyan militias melt into desert, wait for another day

By Tim Lister and Suzanne Kelly

It might seem like Libya's Islamist militias are reeling in the face of the popular backlash that followed the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on September 11. But Libya analysts say these groups are well-entrenched and used to operating in hostile environments. They may have melted away for now - but maybe not for long.

Before the consulate attack, there was already growing resentment against these groups in Benghazi and places like Derna further east, as reported previously by CNN.

But their autonomy was protected by the weakness of Libya's new government, generally poor security and the absence of effective security forces and a functioning judiciary.

The backlash against them has included the sacking of the Benghazi office of Ansar al-Shariah on Friday by a large crowd, and attacks by crowds on the compounds of other militia in the city.

In Derna, a town long associated with Salafi-jihadi groups, several militia - including Ansar al-Shariah and the Abu Slim Brigade - abandoned their camps, possibly fearing popular protest or U.S. military action. And in the capital, Tripoli, the army issued an ultimatum giving unauthorized militias 48 hours to withdraw from military compounds, public buildings and other property.

But it's unlikely that this will be enough to uproot Salafi brigades and assert the authority of the state, according to Libya analysts.

"Violence in Libya is evolving from predictable militaristic violence characteristic of guerrilla warfare to include Salafi-jihadi terrorism," writes analyst Geoff Porter, a long-time watcher of Islamist trends in North Africa.

These are groups "that harbor deep hostility toward the United States," he says.

Writing in the latest edition of the CTC Sentinel, published by the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point, Porter perceives different goals among the different militia. Some have limited aims: they try to get a grievance addressed, get no response from the authorities, and sharply raise the stakes. One militia briefly seized Tripoli's airport in June; another attacked the prime minister's office in May.

Revenge attacks have mushroomed too - usually assassinations of former members of Moammar Gadhafi's security services. There have been about a dozen in Benghazi alone in recent months, according to local reports. Officials have also blamed Gadhafi loyalists for sabotage attacks aimed at destabilizing the new state.

The situation is aggravated by the huge pool of weapons that were once in Gadhafi's armories but which are now held by competing militia. Porter identifies the Misrata militia, connected to the current interior minister, and the Zintan Brigade, linked to the defense minister, as the most powerful.

Such violence is typical "as various factions seek to find their place in the emerging power structures," writes Porter. But the emergence of Salafi-jihadi groups is more worrisome.

Libya has history in this respect: one of the most capable jihadist groups of the 1990s was the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, which sought to overthrow Gadhafi and create an Islamic state. Most of its members were ultimately arrested or fled Libya - until the regime agreed to a deal with the LIFG members in 2009. They eschewed political violence and were freed, only to take up arms against Gadhafi when the revolt began early last year.

Salafist-jihadist ideology has especially found fertile ground in neglected eastern Libya, as U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens himself noted in a now-famous diplomatic cable written in 2008. Stevens was among four Americans killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi earlier this month. Porter describes the region as a "patchwork of cities and towns linked by potholed roads, dilapidated buildings and failing infrastructure."

Among the groups that have emerged in eastern Libya is the Imprisoned Omar Abdul Rahman Brigades - identified to CNN by Libyan sources last week as a "prime suspect" in the attack on the consulate. The Brigades claimed responsibility for a previous IED attack against the consulate in June.

Porter says the group's name - for the blind Egyptian sheikh currently serving a prison sentence in the United States for involvement in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center - is a clear al Qaeda reference. "But there may not be a direct affiliation with al Qaeda as of yet," he adds.

Ansar al-Shariah is also under scrutiny by U.S. intelligence officials in the wake of the consulate attack. The name translates as "Supporters of Islamic Law" but it's not an easy group to define - comprising an amorphous collection of branches and members who have multiple allegiances to various other organizations.

"Until recently there did not appear to be clear links between Ansar al-Shariah in Libya and al Qaeda," says Porter. But a Library of Congress report from August concluded that Ansar al-Shariah "has increasingly embodied al Qaeda's presence in Libya."

As for a broader al Qaeda link to the September 11 consulate attack, the jury is still out. Some U.S. officials and Western intelligence analysts suggest that al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) may have played a role in the attack, while others distance themselves from such assertions. AQIM has recently consolidated its position in northern Mali, after the central government lost control of an area the size of Spain.

The report from the Library of Congress said that al Qaeda central and AQIM "have sought to take advantage of the Libyan revolution to recruit militants and reinforce their operational capabilities... AQIM has reportedly formed sleeper cells that are probably connected to an al Qaeda network," it says.

U.S. officials are now focusing their investigative efforts on al Qaeda "sympathizers" who may have taken part in the attack. But again, loose affiliations and multiple allegiances make it difficult for investigators to piece together a list of suspects.

The larger question now may be whether the popular backlash against the militias can be sustained and exploited by the central government.

Porter is not optimistic. The GNC (General National Congress or government) "cannot reach a compromise with the perpetrators of the latest violence. Salafi-jihadis not only want to rid Libya of non-Muslim influence... but also refuse to recognize the very notion of a nation-state."

He concludes the new Libyan government has no choice but to confront this ideology - a near impossibility without a functioning military, according to other Libya-watchers and many Libyans themselves.

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soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. EatYouAlive

    Boy, the arabs sure have a cia fixation. a few million jews and few hundred cia agents (black helicopters) can raise such a tizzy for a billion muslims... insecure anyone? 🙂

    September 25, 2012 at 9:27 pm | Reply
    • huh

      Numbers don't matter, actions do.

      September 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
  2. George Patton

    I wonder just how much this so-called "backlash" was paid for by our government. After all, the overthrow of Mohammar Qaddaffy was only possible because of the timely intervention by the U.S. and it's so-called NATO "allies". Maybe one or more of these militias will one day take Libya back from the West or one can hope for such!!!

    September 25, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Reply
    • NOZOZO

      Our government has ordered these folks move to Syria to fight with Assad.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • EatYouAlive

      Silly taliban, democracy is for adults.

      September 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
    • conradca

      The terrorists pretended to attack the terrorists who murdered our ambassador so Obama could pretend that his middle eastern policy wasn't a disaster.

      September 26, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
  3. Country of Interest

    We continue to monitor the economic, political and cultural bubble burst/malaise in India and are very concerned with the continued state of deterioration. At this point, we restate our view that India is in a precarious situation and that a geo-political implosion is imminent (if not already in process) and the need of the hour. As you will recall, India has an unmanageable large population mired in poverty and we are spinning our wheels trying to prop it up. Additionally, it is also too big of a geographical unit to govern. Americans now need to focus on its own people and cannot afford to handout more financial and technological aid to India.

    September 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Reply
    • John

      What the heck does India have to do with this article? And it states like Egypt that get aid from military US not India...

      September 26, 2012 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • Alan

      India is one of those countries that has a very good rapport with most of the Arab countries and Israel. If balance of power in Asia needs to be maintained than India is very Important.

      September 26, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
    • Coqoui101

      We have invested a lot of resources in India over the past two decades and given a lot of aid to prop it up. There has been no investment on this return. Instead India has squandered all the resources in building nuclear weapons while poverty remains rampant in the country. We need to revisit our relationship with India. American taxpayers will not tolerate this anymore. We need to take care of our own populace going forward. We cannot be exporting jobs to India or giving it financial or technical handouts

      September 26, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
  4. clark1v

    this is why "simply implementing democracy" within a society doesn't necessarily yield good results. the people (a solid majority) need the right values ... and be willing to always tell the truth, and support those that do ... otherwise, the police, security, military, judiciary, etc will be corrupt or allow corruption to happen.

    September 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  5. ug

    No they are still there...cnn just doesn't want you to know the truth about the terrorists.

    September 25, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  6. rad666

    This is the same action by al Queada. Just take it easy until they feel like striking America again. Homeland security program did not do anything but upset Americans and take away some of their rights.

    September 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
    • Daniel Richards

      Looking at the wourld problems one can only see how bible proves to be true please read the book of Daniel chapter 11 , 40 through 43 where it said in The time of the end the king of the south would be at the steps of LIBYANS ,
      WOURLD EVENTS are pointing to Jehovahs kingdom , Is mans only hope ,Matt 24 speaks of a great tribulation as never befor , it speaks of a time when man could fly in to the heavens and under the see compair AMOS 9 ,2 and verce 3 compair DANIEL 2 ,verce 44 And in those days the god of the heavens' will set up a kingdomthat will never be brought to ruin'and kingdom itself will not be passedon to any other people' it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms,' and it will itself will stand to times indefinite , compair rev 21,1 through 4 All so ISAIAH 65 , 21 THROUGH VERCE 25 THE WOLF AND THE LAMB WILL FEED AS ONE ---–AND MORE AS Jehovah has said [ then read John 5 , 28 and 29 where all the dead will come back to life

      September 25, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Reply
      • stephen douglas

        There is a man who lives in the coulds, and he has ten things he doesn't want you to do. And if you do any of those ten things, you will die a horrible death and be cast into a pit of fire where you will suffer for all eternity.

        But, he loves you.

        He loves you and he needs your money. He always needs more of your money.

        He is the all knowing, all wise, omnipitant creator of the universe, but he can't manage money. And, he even set aside a special day to make it convenient for you to give it to him. You don't have to work, just go to meeting and give your money to him.

        Talk about a bs story.....

        September 25, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
  7. kwheel

    It is a marvel and a concern that those who "guard and watch over America" had no clue that a terrorist attack was planned against our Ambassador to Libya and the whole USA compound! Actually, the most basic common sense would deduct that it was not prudent to put any representative Americans in a country that just suffered violent revolution and was infested with terrorists. What the heck were they doing there under those conditions and in that climate. Hey, they were sitting ducks–and no one in Washington snapped to that fact? Is this the way USA is being protected?

    September 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  8. KWS

    Did someone throw water on them? Did the flying monkeys turn nice?

    September 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm | Reply
  9. DarthVader's Mentor

    This news shows that the Libyan's need and want clear, focused and strong support from the US. Clinton and Obama are failing to deliver it.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
    • chris

      Fighters exchange fire outside Libya congress
      Reuters | 25 September, 2012 20:34

      Former Libyan rebel fighters seeking more recognition from the North African country's new rulers briefly exchanged fire outside the national congress in Tripoli on Tuesday, members of the assembly said

      Tuesday's incident comes two days after Libya's head of congress pledged to dissolve rogue militias who have refused to lay down their arms since the civil war that ousted longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi last year.

      Libyan leaders are trying to impose order on post-revolutionary armed groups in the wake of a fatal assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11, in which the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

      Underlining Libya's precarious security, an argument during the demonstration outside the national congress boiled over into an exchange of gunfire.

      "They started fighting among each other, first just hitting each other and then exchanging fire," congress member Nizar Kawan said, adding that some protesters were carrying banners saying "do not sideline the revolutionaries".

      "Some of them were saying they should end the protest, others did not want to, and it escalated."

      A second congress member, who declined to be named, said that politicians were evacuated to a nearby hotel.

      "Security forces asked congress members to leave the building," he said. "Security forces closed off the area and started shooting in the air to stop the protesters."

      HERE COMES SOMALIA!!

      September 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
    • jqent

      So, you think Romney would do better? He'd have a hard time bankrupting the militias, selling off their assets and outsourcing their jobs.

      September 25, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Reply
  10. cpc65

    Well if they've "melted into the dessert" how about we actually melt the dessert, as in an atom bomb? Radioactive glass for miles! (No. I'm not being serious. But it would still be awesome.)

    September 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Jerry

      "Dessert"? What, they melted into the chocolate mousse?

      Hey, if we nuke 'em 'til they glow the electricity shortage won't be such a big problem at night.......

      September 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  11. SFRich

    Unfortunately, some of these thugs may end up in Mali. With it's weak government and dominance of Islam, it's fertile ground. Much if the recent instability there is the result of mercenaries who served in Khadafi's army.

    September 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
    • Edwin

      I don't know if the Islamic dominance is a significant factor, but the weak government IS an issue. Plus, isn't there civil unrest there? Or am I thinking of Algeria?

      September 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm | Reply
  12. saeed

    all this talk is meaningless lets nuke dublin belfast and london.

    September 25, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Reply
  13. Jesse Pinkman

    Muslims are barbarians... Islam is bad for planet Earth.

    September 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • KWS

      Now, now, THAT's not very tolerant.

      It might be completely true, but it's not very tolerant.

      September 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm | Reply
      • Jesse Pinkman

        I don't want to tolerate them. i want to spray them with a giant can of RAID.

        September 26, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  14. sdd8596

    I think Mike and Chris are very smart for second graders. They know how to spell a some big words but,they forgot every thing they learned in the first grade

    September 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • chris

      and I know that you are a hypocrite and a habitual liar who refuses to admit the truth on what america has done in libya! your insults will not bring back stevens who WAS killed by the same people who he lied for to prop into power in libya.

      your lies will not change the fact that al-qaeda now runs that country! your lies or insults will not change the fact that stevens got what he deserved because he knew that there was no arab spring,and he also knew from day one that the rebels were al-qaeda!

      IBRAHIM BIN QUMU was never fighting to remove gadagffi for so called wetsern democracy that he hates so much! and NOW Bin Qumu has been named as the leader of the group that attacked stevens! your lies nor insults mean nothing to me or the al-qaeda people who killed stevens!

      think about those facts the next time you waste time from your life posting insults at some one simply because they posted the truth! you are no better than obama is! at least he knows that he is lying!

      September 25, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Reply
      • EatYouAlive

        Ah chris, you seem to be very angry and remember, shiny side out!!

        September 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
      • Jim

        Well, you certainly sound deluded. Maybe you should expand somewhat on where you get your orders... I mean influences from....

        September 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
    • Hadenuffyet

      They said , he said , she said..... unless your directly involved your knowledge of "facts" are severely limited.

      September 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Reply
  15. chris

    US consulate attack in Benghazi 'disrupted major intelligence operation’
    The attack on the American consulate in Benghazi in which the ambassador to Libya was killed seriously disrupted a major intelligence operation based there, according to briefings by Washington officials.

    A large number of Americans whose existence was unknown to Libyan leaders were evacuated from Benghazi even as fighting around the compound continued.

    The new briefings admit they were involved in CIA or other intelligence operations targeting Islamist activity in the east of the country, as well as securing some of the more dangerous weapons with which the country is infested.

    The revelations are being used by Islamist leaders, currently on the defensive after the attack and a subsequent backlash by secular forces which saw some of their bases stormed over the weekend, as justification for their anti-American rhetoric.

    Ismail Sallabi, one of the most powerful Islamists in the country, told The Daily Telegraph on Monday he also objected to the American drones that have been circling Benghazi since the attack on the consulate.

    “If the CIA were really there I regard that as an invasion of Libyan sovereignty, like the aeroplanes,” he said.

    Of course it would be different if it had the agreement of the Libyan government and was declared – but we don’t want these agreements to be under the table.”

    As the attack on the consulate was under way, around 30 Americans were driven at high speed to an accommodation block – sometimes referred to as a “safe house” though it was no better protected than the consulate itself – but came under renewed attack there.

    They were then taken to the airport and flown directly to Tripoli and out of the country. According to the New York Times, they included at least 12 CIA agents who are now “scattered across Europe and the United States” – something which is hindering the FBI investigation into the killing of the ambassador, Chris Stevens, and three other staff.

    The size of the US presence has led to speculation that Islamists targeted by the operation, including Ansar al-Sharia, a militant group, and al-Qaeda, had staged a pre-emptive attack. Washington has backed away from its original insistence that the assault was a protest that got out of hand and now describes it as a terrorist incident...............

    as you folks can see,our govt is lying to us on libya!!

    September 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • Coflyboy

      I tink you're the one dong the lying. Where did you get this drivel? From your posterior?

      September 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
      • chris

        no,Ny times, London Telegraph.....pick one! anywhere except for CNN! jokes on you!!

        September 25, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
      • EatYouAlive

        lol. chris, can i have some of those shrooms too.

        September 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • Hadenuffyet

      invasion of Libyan sovereignty....well , I don't suppose he thinks storming an embassy compound and murdering is?

      September 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm | Reply
    • Dan, TX

      So what if we had CIA in Libya? I hope we have CIA in every country on the planet. What's your point? We should print a list of the locations of every CIA agent?

      September 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  16. Afghanistan

    This is the begining of a dangerous period. If the military and police become effective then the militias go. Failing this, you get Afghanistan. The first 18 or so months after the invasion were clam and relatively peaceful. The failure of the US and Karzai to get enough manpower on the street created opportunity. Let's hopethe Libyans have learned from this.

    September 25, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
    • Susan

      We HAD enough manpower on the streets, until Bush was sidetracked by the shiny object called Iraq.

      September 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
  17. souredgrapes

    I'd like to MELT some of those SOBS and OBAMA with NAPALM!

    September 25, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
    • Susan

      Nasty! Must be rethuglican.

      September 25, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Reply
      • Jerry

        'Tis far better than being a dummycrat, my dear.

        September 25, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
    • Andy

      You sound like a bona fide moron.

      September 25, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
      • Jesse Pinkman

        Napalm Death ROCKS!

        September 25, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  18. Laerrus

    Not surprising, the CIA prolly stopped paying them so they left.

    September 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Reply
  19. JOSH P.

    Sometimes when you pay mercenaries to kill a president of a country,they turn on you afterwards,I hope these guys go after the French,Italian,British,Spanish next,they are the ones who wanted that sweet Libyan oil,we only help because they are our fellow thieves buddies and we all know that international thieves always stick with one another.

    September 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • chris

      Josh,they already went after the british ambassador. one week after the FIRST ATTEMPT to kill stevens in June of this year,they hit the S.U.V that was carrying the british ambassador with a direct hit from an RPG! the only thing that saved his hide was the armor plated truck that he was riding in.

      immediately after that,the brits closed their embassy and kept it quite and recalled their ambassador! our govt is telling us one lie after anther on libya to save their own hides from impeachment and even treason charges. all CNN does is print what ever lie the obama admin tells them too!

      September 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  20. Mike

    Romney has been so quick to blame Obama for anti-American sentiment in Libya led by Islamic extremists. Will he also be quick to credit Obama with laying the groundwork for a democratic government in Libya that peacefully ejects militias, quickly arrests those with links to the Embassy attack, and declares its support and appreciation for the US?

    September 25, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • Afghanistan

      The Libyans have beatne the odds thus far. Probably because they never allowed the US or UN "Nation Builders" in the country.

      September 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • chris

      mike,THERE IS NO GOVT IN LIBYA!! our govt here is lying to us! there are still ENTIRE TOWNS AND CITIES that are still under (and I can show you this if you wantt o see it) GADAFFI SUPPORTERS CONTROL!!

      the MILITIAS and the GOVT in libya are al-qaeda!! obama is lying to us!

      September 25, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Reply
    • Pppa

      @ Mike Groundwork for democracy? We're only interested in Libya because we are supporting BP's grab for offshore Libyan oil reserves.

      BP pressured the Scottish government to release Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, allegedly dying of prostrate cancer, to get a better seat at the reservoir lease negotiations table. When that didn't work, well, the rest is history...

      September 25, 2012 at 5:23 pm | Reply
      • Pppa

        "On 16 July 2010, four United States senators made public their concerns over the release, stating they believed that the oil company BP pushed for his release to secure a deal with Libya. BP confirmed that it did press for a Prisoner Transfer Agreement as it was aware that a delay might have "negative consequences" for UK commercial interests..."

        – Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abdelbaset_al-Megrahi)

        September 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm |
  21. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    Where's a sunami when you need one?

    September 25, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • 2001 suzuki intruder 1400

      Tsunami ! 😀

      September 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Reply
  22. glenview0818

    Seems as though we have been through this many times, however I hate to give you this news flash, the militants melted back into the population not the desert. I would like to melt them into the desert. Were the authors born yesterday?

    September 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  23. TiredOfPaying

    Good Luck to the government of Lybia. Thank you to the people of Lybia who are standing up to the Islamists. This type of action is what is needed by the populace to end the scourge of militant islam.

    September 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • chris

      tired of paying,you have to be one of the dumdest people on this planet with that garbage that you posted if you believe one word from CNN? CNN has NOT reported on truth on libya since we illegally overthrew the gadaffi govt under the disguise of protecting its citizens.

      and CNN still continues to print one propoganda based lie after another even though that country is spiraling into a REAL all out civil war this time around! the events in libya are moving and shaping so fast that the lying OBAMA ADMIN cant even keep up with what lie to tell next!

      the abdel Rahman brigade had NOTHING to do with the kiling of stevens! it was IBRAHIM BIN QUMU the former number two man to OSAMA BIN LADEN whi is also a former GITMO DETAINEE,who is also the person and ring leader who LED THE REVOLT AGAINST GADAFFI! CNN and the american govt are lying simply to keep the american public from learning that OBAMA sided with al-qaeda from the very beginning.

      stevens also knew that the rebels were in fact al-qaeda all along because he is tghe person who sent the diplomatic cable to DC. informing our govt that al-qaeda was about to attempt to overthow the govt again as they had done in the year 2006! gadaffi then kicked stevens out of the country after wikileaks released the diplomatic cable that proved that he..stevens knew that america was lying on who the rebels were!

      obama knew all along that the rebels were al-qaeda! and they tried to kill stevens back in june of this year by bombing the same embassy. what did CNN print on that? NOTHING! they also tried to kill the british ambassador in june of this year. what did CNN report on that? NOTHING!

      At least the brits knew then that they had backed the wrong side in libya,because they recalled their ambassador and CLOSED THEIR EMBASSY FOR GOOD without ever mentioning it. there is not a lie that obama or CNN can print fast enough to keep the lid on libya! obama should be impeached and tried for treason or sent to the hague for the crimes that he and the UN has committed in that country.

      the people who killed stevens are all LIBYANS! CNN WILL NEVER PRINT THE TRUTH ON LIBYA! and nw the CNN has a problem witht he darnah Brigade? they didnt have a problem with them when they were fighting against gadaffi. led by the same IBRAHIM BIN QUMU who himself comes from darnah!

      September 25, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
      • JOSH P.

        You think the id–iots here would even know about all this they are all brainwashed.

        September 25, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • Charles

        Very soon you will blame Obama for eating your dinner late. Senseless idi.........

        September 25, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
      • Jerry

        Hey, chris, you wouldn't happen to be in the market for some nice swampland or, perhaps, the Brooklyn Bridge, would ya???

        September 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • JOSH P.

      You must be 12 or just ignorant to say the least.

      September 25, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
      • Charles

        You need to grow up and listen to news that makes sense.

        September 25, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • chris

        charles,if you dont have any evidence to refute me (which you dont have) why dont you keep your insults to your family members? they are the ones who have to listen to you lie,not me!

        September 25, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  24. PHILIP_GURRIERI

    Invading country's with no military is BULLYISM enhanced with Christianated venom upon inclusive huemanity in the name of the "Corporate_Citizen" as the PUBLIC of the conquered countries into RePublic's! And the PUBLIC of the RePublic's.have one absolute resolve:

    ORGANIC_MEALS affordable is the only ABSOLUTE RESOLVE to the 'normality' of physical sickness for the Prophets 0f Corporatism to reap their profits!

    September 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      Is that Vogon poetry ?

      September 25, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
      • Mortalc01l

        Bob... THANK YOU, THANK YOU for the Hitchhiker's Guide reference.. May your day be full of gruntbugglies and may you be lucky enough to find a lump of green putty in your armpit... 🙂

        September 25, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Winning

      What_The_Hell. ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT?

      September 25, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
      • Jerry

        I think he wants to turn all the Christians & capitalists into Soylent Green to feed the Muslims.........

        Hmmmm, I wonder if Soylent Green is halal.......?

        September 25, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • glenview0818

      I think Philip_Gurrieri is one of the authors of the article.

      September 25, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Reply

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