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Angry Libyan mobs assault… Islamist militia bases in Benghazi.
Apparently the population of Benghazi isn’t very happy with the Ansar Al-Sharia militia right now.
Witnesses say supporters of Ansar al-Sharia lined up outside its headquarters, in front of the crowd, waving black and white banners.
They fired into the air to try to disperse the protesters, but fled with their weapons after the base was surrounded by waves of people shouting “no to militias”.
(Via World Affairs, via Instapundit) Three people were killed elsewhere: this seems to be also tied up with a general desire of Libyans to get rid of the militia groups in general. The military itself seems to be kind of split, with some elements of it assisting the mobs and some elements protecting select militia groups. And that’s about all that I really know about the situation itself. Not that I’m unhappy to see an Islamist terrorist group cut and run, of course.
But I’m going to be honest, here: it bothers me mightily that a Benghazi street mob has provided us so far with the most tangible sort of retribution against the terrorist scum that murdered Ambassador Chris Stevens and his staff. Not that the aforementioned mob stepped up, but that it had to… and I had a rant here about the way that the Obama administration has been pretty much criminally negligent at best – and just plain criminal at worst – in the way that they’ve mishandled this situation from start to finish, but everyone reading this doesn’t have to be told it. Suffice it to say that this is why we shouldn’t let the Democrats handle foreign policy: even when they’ve been given a good set of rules they’ll just muck it up somehow.
God, I miss George W. Bush.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
PS: You should read streiff’s piece on how “the far left and wildly misnamed Center For Constitutional Rights” in general (and Obama donor Michael Ratner in particular) apparently helped get our diplomats killed, thanks to their stellar work in getting attack mastermind Abu Sufian bin Qumu sprung from Gitmo. If only so that you know whom to coldly despise.