Aesma From Reunion, joined Nov 2009, 8256 posts, RR: 15 Posted (2 years 7 months 6 days ago) and read 2416 times:
The bomb exploded before opening hours fortunately, injuring only two French gendarmes assigned to its security, one seriously, and 3 local people living nearby, when windows shattered.
Quote: Tuesday's blast crushed the external walls surrounding the French compound and was powerful enough to destroy vehicles and shatter windows for several blocks. It occurred before normal office hours, around 7:30 a.m., according to neighbors and witnesses; a later explosion would have resulted in greater casualties, according to Libyan security officials and firefighters who rushed to the scene.
(from the WSJ)
Many Libyans are appalled by this considering what France has done to topple Gaddafi, and unlike Benghazi there are no parts of Tripoli controlled by islamist militia. We don't know at that point if islamists or Gaddafi supporters are to blame.
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mham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 4137 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2373 times:
Good thing we went in and stabilized Libya. A strategically brilliant move.
As for "many" Libyans, that is a definition in question. NYT says otherwise... "many Libyans suspected France and the other Western powers of intervening in order to seek oil or influence."
Your comment about no part of Tripoli is under government control may or may not be true, we do know that the central government controls little of the rest of the country. "The new Libyan government commands few disciplined police or military officers. Its forces often seemed outmatched by the freewheeling militias formed during and after the uprising against Colonel Qaddafi, and in fact it is sometimes hard to tell the difference between the autonomous militias and the loosely organized government fighters. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/wo...-attacked.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
This is likely a retaliation for the French invasion and occupation of Mali. It does underscore however the complete blunder that was the Nato Libyan attacks.
offloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 1134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2308 times:
Well as a former resident of Tripoli I can tell you that every single one of my Libyan friends is very happy that Gaddafi is gone. Of course there are going to be issues and divisions, what the heck does everyone expect after 40 years of dictatorship?
The French Embassy is rented off I guy I knew in school, and a few of my friends were commenting today on Facebook that they used to play football in the garden there back in the day. (80s)
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