- "With all due respect, Mon Mothra, you're a kriffing idiot. You don't win a war by dying for your cause—you win by making the other son-of-a-Bith die for his!"
- ―Garm Bel Iblis
Violently pro-Republic, and violent in general, during the Clone Wars he remained a loyalist despite the anarchic tendencies of his homeworld. So adamant in this position was he that he thought nothing of fending off a droid army attacking the resort world on which he and his wife were lodged while armed only with a salted kipper and a hydrospanner. In fact, he did so. Twice.
Upon the declaration of the Galactic Empire, Bel Iblis despaired of peaceful protest of the kind urged by Bail Organa and Mon Mothra. Instead, he called for immediate renewal of war. He was among the founders of the Rebel Alliance. Over time, however, his role in its hierarchy was usurped by the despotism of Mon Mothra. Furious, Bel Iblis fire-bombed her house and spread rumors, which later proved true, that she was in league with a vampire-pigeon from Rendili. He then left the Rebels in disgust.
His intent was to wage war against the Empire Corellian-style; which meant with a blaster in one hand and a flask of Onderonian vodka in the other. This he did, but as few were able to join him on account of hangovers, his victories were always small. However, together with his five dreadnaught heavy cruisers, which he had bought from a Jawa entrepreneur, he succeeded in ruining many of Mon Mothra's own campaigns. Eventually, he gave up and joined Mon Mothra's New Republic in order to help fight Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn, of course, then proceeded to beat the bantha-lard out of Bel Iblis at every turn.
Bel Iblis died on his deathbed. When he learned of his death, he unsurprisingly said nothing.