In Libya, the rebels are asking for a ceasefire with Qaddafi as there are rumors that a number of other senior Libyan officials are about to defect. Michael Totten has interviewed Susanne Tarkowski Tempelhof of the Shabakat Group and she is in Benghazi. When asked about the rebels, she said they have a “powerful wish for democracy” and the Islamists, who she says are only a minority, are even grateful to the West.
“You would be amazed to see the number of people around here waving Western flags and thanking the West, especially France…They all say, “Allah saved us, he sent us French and British and American planes like angels, Alhamdulillah,” she said.
In Egypt, an Islamist-tied lawyer predicts that 3,000 members of Egyptian Islamic Jihad al-Gama’a al-Islamiya will come back over the next few days, including the brother of Anwar al-Sadat’s murderer and a participant in a plot to kill Mubarak in 1995.
In Bahrain, Ken Timmerman writes that Shiite opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman is opposing both Saudi and Iranian intervention and is asking the U.S. to demand the withdrawal of Saudi forces. A spokesman for al-Vefagh told him, “We have our own identity and we don’t want the Islamic Republic of Iran meddling in Bahrain. We don’t want the velayat-e-faqih in Bahrain” and amazingly, “Let the Palestinians solve their own problems.”
In Kuwait, the Emir has accepted the resignation of his cabinet to prevent the parliament from asking tough questions of three ministers.
In Lebanon, Israel has published a map showing that Hezbollah has 550 underground bunkers, 300 monitoring sites and 100 weapons depots in 270 villages, near hospitals, homes and schools.
In Saudi Arabia, members of the Coalition of Free Youth have called for a “Day of Rage” on April 22 to demand economic improvements, the release of political prisoners and more freedoms.
In Yemen, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has declared an Islamic Emirate encompassing Abyan Province where woman cannot go outside unnecessarily and must have ID and a male chaperone. Some believe that Saleh has purposely abandoned the area to Al-Qaeda in order to justify his rule. Others say the Saleh regime completely fabricated the declaration in a very clever staged event.