Three questions to Magdi Cristiano Allam: Libya, "no chance for al-Sarraj"

(To Francesco Bergamo)

Venice - On the margins of the presentation of his latest literary work, "Io e Oriana", Magdi Cristiano Allam has kindly granted a brief interview to Defense Online. Allam, a well-known scholar of Islam and the related terrorist phenomenon, has been under guard for years because he is at risk of life.

Dr. Allam, between the government of Tripoli and that of Tobruk which would you think would be more suited to Italian interests?

Italy needs to interface with lay interlocutors, because lay interlocutors are those who put reason and heart before Allah and Mohammed. The management of affairs between states is based on a secular conception of life. Undoubtedly, the government of Tobruk, which for years was the only internationally recognized one before a coup by the Obama administration to which Europe followed and which wanted to oppose it with another regime, has never succeeded. in reality to control the territory and now finds itself besieged by the Muslim Brotherhood militias. I hope that the new American administration of Donald Trump will put an end to this situation and do so in Libya but also in Syria and Iraq, affirming a context where secularism prevails over Islam.

How many chances does al-Sarraj have of unifying Libya?

None. Absolutely no. Al-Sarraj is a puppet in the hands of Europe and in the hands of the previous American administration, but enjoys no credit within Libya. If he had not somehow fallen from above, he would have had no chance of being considered. I expect a reshuffling of the cards, considering that the Tobruk government has always enjoyed Egypt's support, just as it enjoys the support of Putin's Russia and France itself. The latter, despite what it has combined since the 2011 with the unleashed war to kill Gaddafi, in fact distances itself from al-Sarraj.

Why do Italian analysts - especially when they have never traveled there - simplify the reasons for crisis among certain countries and in certain countries, such as Syria, reducing everything to mere religious issues?

We must distinguish between the level of puppets and the level of puppeteers. The puppeteers operate in a context where political power and economic power prevail, where surely the salient datum is constituted by the economy, by finance, by the arms trade, by the oil business. We are in a war that unequivocally has a religious connotation in manipulating puppets. Those who flocked to tens of thousands from various parts of the world to carry out their Islamic Holy War in Syria and Iraq are people who have been brainwashed in the name of Islam and who aspire to Islamic martyrdom. Therefore, they are two intersecting dimensions that are present in the two levels I have indicated and that cannot be split.