The raid on the US consulate in Benghazi was an outrageous crime carried out by one of the militant groups . . .[restrict]which, according to a Gallup poll
conducted earlier this year, 95 percent of Libyans want disarmed immediately.
For me, it brings back memories of the events in Egypt on 5 August. Islamist militants ambushed a border post in the Sinai, killing 16 soldiers, and then fled across the Israeli border where they were killed by the Israel Defense Forces.
President Morsi subsequently blamed the military for failing to prevent this attack, and dismissed several high-ranking military officers, effectively ending the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces’ attempts to give the army a permanent role in the running of the country.
Could Prime Minister Abushagur do the same with the militias and the Supreme Security Committee in Libya? He has already reportedly ordered the closing of Ansar Al-Sharia, and the recent wave of anti-militia protests will provide him with the perfect evidence that the militias must be disarmed immediately; either through negotiations or otherwise.
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