Pic of the Day: Battlefield Hookah

Here’s a great picture of a Libyan rebel straight chillin and smoking a hookah while a truck-mounted anti-aircraft gun roars away behind him. Sometimes you just gotta smoke some shisha.

Congrats to the rebels on winning the fight against Gadhafi. Let’s hope Libyan can now become a stable, functioning country that respects human rights.

  • aubrey

    Well, allowing polygamy and banning bank interest was not a good first step

    • Adam

      I’ll go ahead and disagree, while to our culture those may be far-flung values, they don’t necessarily disrespect human rights or contribute to the instability of the country.

    • Adam

      also: speaking specifically to those two points, not sharia in general.

      • blight

        Sharia’s a little messy. It shares analogues to the evangelicals.

        The ultra-orthodox believe nothing can deviate from the Qu’ran. Similar to how evangelicals today will stone whoever has clothing of mixed fibers, and does not sacrifice doves at temple for any number of sins in Leveticus.

        Then there’s another degree, where a religious body (a conclave for Christian groups, or the ulema for Muslims) can issue religious decrees (fatwas for the latter) specifying X. Both major sects have varying ideas on how sharia can move beyond literal interpretation of The Word (unlike the literalist Salafis).

        Their religious debates closely mirror our own, and the recent revival of ultra-orthodox Salafism is also paralleled by the rise of conservative religious groups here in the United States. However, we have powerful constitutional protections that were inserted by our foresighted forefathers to prevent the potential demagoguery from their successors.

        Our ability to influence their religious debates will be challenging. Our best hope is to be available to provide soft power to push an inclusive religious debate. Our dependent relationship on the Middle East gives us mistrust of the Middle East (especially after Arab Oil Crisis). Arabs are equally wary of the fact that they are only on good terms because they have oil.

        It’s a dysfunctional relationship, and without the issue of Israel you can see how difficult it is to form /trust/.

        • Fred

          @Blight – “Similar to how evangelicals today will stone whoever has clothing of mixed fibers, and does not sacrifice doves at temple for any number of sins in Leveticus.”

          Name one place where this is happening today?? Evangelicals don’t follow Leviticus, and never had. That’s the “Law” or “Old Testament”, those evil evangelicals you talk about follow the New Testament – which would be Jesus.

          No-one was stoned for mixing fibers or sacrificed doves at the temple since ancient times. Islam following nations are stuck in the middle ages and follow the Quran which adds much worse things to the old testament.

          Your theology is a little off…

    • blight

      Under Islamic rules, men are only allowed to have as many wives as they can provide for. For instance, Bin Laden senior had up to his maximum of four, plus mistresses because he was stinking rich. Most Muslims have one wife, even when the rules allow for more.

      Banning bank interest is unsurprising. Just like the bible has rules about usury and scorn of moneychangers, Islam has some of those same rules.

    • Mister Rose

      Polygamy is it’s own punishment. Multiple mother-in-laws.

    • Buzz

      No interest bank loans is pure BS. They rename it users fees or rent. Sharia is also very convenient for men who have no morals or conscience. Love the concept of temperary marriages. We sully the concept by calling it prostitution.

  • Guest A

    He’s on his union break…

  • juan

    Is the last line of the article a joke?

    The new Libya is started by sodomizing the leader of the old Libya with a knife.
    Stability and human rights aren’t on the table. They aren’t even in the room.

    • jmd123

      Uh, like this is ANY WORSE than what Gadhafi ordered done to his opposition? You know what they say, “Live by the sword, die by the sword”? How about, “Live as a torturer, DIE by TORTURE”??? Do you REALLY FEEL SORRY for Gadhafi???? If so, I feel sorry for you.

    • MadMarine

      Is the last line of the article a joke?

      NO, but the guy who wrote the last line is….lol..

  • Jayson

    They already call for Shia law – making it the old boys club all over again. We sure didn’t assist them to form a leadership that reverts back to the stone age idealisms. We’ll end up going back there and clearing them up again within 5 years.

    • fullspec

      Ya but… Cameron, Sarkozy, and Obama already knew that… there are numerous “undemocratic” states in the middle east and Africa. Dig deeper and maybe you will realize we don’t give a darn about the country’s people. After all, they are not our citizens. Why aren’t we speaking out against these other counties in the region (rhetorical!)

  • dddd

    uhhh, what is that guy shooting at?

  • paperpushermj

    “Congrats to the rebels on winning the fight against Gadhafi. Let’s hope Libyan can now become a stable, functioning country that respects human rights”.

    • Musson1

      rimshot! Budump dump!

  • RCDC

    I hope they are now more democratic and converted to Christianity.

  • Hunter78

    Bring back the porn.

  • Sev

    Why would ANYONE want a democracy? Its MOB rule. You want a REPUBLIC if you want any hope for human rights and protection of the minority (christians)

  • DSlo

    “The new Libya is started by sodomizing the leader of the old Libya with a knife.”

    Milspec- we are speaking out against plenty of other countries in the region, particularly Syria. There just isn’t the breadth of support to do anything more robust in those countries.

    As for the bill – we’ll get more secure oil flow again, and I’m sure the new government will send favourable contracts our way. Quid pro quo. A great success all round – we could have turned a blind eye and let Gaddafi kill his own people. The new country won’t be perfect, but it looks like it will be better than the last lot.

    And as for the guy with the AAA gun – clearly just blasting at nothing, like most of the rebels for most of the war. Frightening – the government will have a job getting all these weapons out of play and ensuring stability. Still, at least he’s not blasting a crowd of civilians (hopefully)…

  • Michael Gene

    The muslim idea of human rights are very different from ours, expect the beheadings and mutilations to start very soon. My advise to what remains of the Christians in Libya is beat a hasty exit ASAP.

    • So?

      The beheadings and mutilations were there from the beginning. This is pretty much all that the “rebels” are capable of sans NATO air support.

      Black Africa *imports* mercenaries. Who in their right mind would hire a black African mercenary, unless he happens to be an American as well? Libya used to import a lot of black African labor, though.

  • Chris Shaffer

    The new regime will no doubt not conform to international norms that we expect it too, but who cares as long as Gadhafi is dead and we dont have to live with the embarrassment of Tony Blair appeasing him anymore. Check this blog with similar stories. http://coldwarcontinues.blogspot.com/

  • oxide

    “Congrats to the rebels on winning the fight against Gadhafi. Let’s hope Libyan can now become a stable, functioning country that respects human rights”

    By far the most ignorant and stupid quote I have ever heard on this website.!!

  • ahmad

    1-There are no Christians or Shia in Libya Only Sunni Muslims such as Saudi Arabia and We respect all religions Libyans are not like Gaddafi or bin Laden, we hate them .

    2-sodomizing the leader Was done with a stick not a knife The young man who did it Because his sister was raped by the son of Gaddafi When his troops were besieging Misurata Yes it is wrong, but the young man thought he could take revenge in this way.

    3-I did not know Americans hate Arabs and Libyans remember, we are human beings like you in the eyes of God. Thank you for your help.

    ahmad – libya

  • William C.

    Looking at these rebels… how the hell did they win, even with NATO air support bombing all of Gaddafi’s tanks?

  • ahmad libya

    I told you before you do not know Libya

    This picture is Tripoli Street in Misurata, Gaddafi forces Bombed the street with Grad rockets and artillery for three months NATO aircraft did not intervene in the street, I am sure of this I have relatives who live in this street .

    You say that Libya was stable How Libya was stable Through mass executions Execution of 1200 in two hours and broadcast on state television In order to scare all the people I hope that Gaddafi is burning in hell you do not know Libya
    Look for Tripoli Street in Google

  • Greed

    I’ll go with the man who knows the street, and has relatives that lives there. It’s a crap shoot at best, as to how this will all end, and I’m sure the US has it’s own ideas about how Libya should proceed.
    Besides the oil, which is the main interst; lets see how much new military hardware the US and other countries will try to sell Libya.

  • Daedalus

    As if we were there to promote democracy or a benign government.
    We were there for only one reason, to stop the possibility of gold-backed currency affecting the oil markets.

  • wyhunter11

    What is that weapon? I was thinking 23mm like off a ZSU23-4.

  • Jim

    Just because there is a war on there is no need to forego the creature comforts.

  • Lance

    Hay even Al Qaeda terrorist like the Libyan rebels must chill every once in a while too bad Obama supported one bad guy against another bad guy in the end US loses every time.

  • paperpushermj

    You made some provocative points that if you could clarify it would be nice?
    a) Didn’t know the flow of oil was unsecured until NATO (US) got involved in their Civil Insurrection.
    b) A Countries gratitude stops at the Bank Door. Saying thank You cost nothing.
    c) Please save the “We did it to Protect the Libyan people” from the bad dictator for the nieve.
    d) How does this Administration choose sides without know anything, nada, zip nothing about who represents our “quote” SIDE
    e) Could the reason for the intervention and subsequent Butchering of Gaddafi and Sons be tied to the $33 to $200 Billion that the Gaddafi Family is reported to have squirreled away. With the connection of the Gaddafis to the $$$ dead( literally) how much will simply go POOF

    • blight

      If the money is well-hidden, the Swiss will never “find” it and it’ll just sit there, making interest for them.

    • HiPowerGuy

      $33 to $200 Billion…..wow……almost like the Palestininies ( spelling ?? ) money that went POOF when Arafat died…..WHO is benefiting from the INTEREST on all that money!! Jeeeessshhhh….life REALLY IS UNFAIR sometimes :-)

  • J Weich

    Hopefully, they got the 140 billion in Libyan gold down to friendly countries further south. That way the western “bankers” (you know who I mean) won’t get ahold of it, and it will be of use to a future, less naive and hopefully less externally manipulated Libyan population.

  • RIpete

    Celebrate and congratulate? Now women have no rights under Islamic law _ who’s writing your script Obama or H.Clinton?

  • Infidel4LIFE

    religion and government don’t mix well. Ahmad US warplanes and personnel helped you gain ur freedom. Its up to you and ur ppl to determine wat direction ur country takes. Also, we intervened in Bosnia, Kosovo, saving thousands of moslems. In return, those same ppl were turning up dead and captured in Iraq. How short moslem memories are, wen its convienient for THEM.

  • Fred

    Libya already declared that their government would be based on Sharia law and at least one government building is flying an Al-Queda’s flag.

    Persecution of non-muslims in Egypt started right after their dictator was ousted, expect this soon in Libya. Congrats Obama and NATO, you just created another Somalia…

  • Steve

    Congrats to the rebels on winning the fight against Gadhafi. Let’s hope Libyan can now become a stable, functioning country that [b]sells us their oil[/b].


  • That GUY

    o sorry i think that was my hookah i left the last rammadan

  • Mike

    A little “hubbly-bubbly” sure does make his day a little smoother…