September 4, 1996
The Wisdom Fund

Libya CW Factory(?) U.S. Threatened To Nuke Opens

by Enver Masud

WASHINGTON, DC, September 4 -- As part of the celebrations marking the 27th anniversary of Libya's September 1, 1969 Revolution, Colonel Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi inaugurated the second stage of the Great Man-Made River project which last April the U.S. threatened to attack with nuclear weapons.

Labelled by the international press as the 8th Wonder of The World, the project launched in 1984 and built with the help of Korean firms includes 4000 km of pipelines, and two aqueducts of 1000 km. When completed it will bring five million cubic meters per day of water from desert aquifers to Libya's coastal cities. It will eventually increase the size of Libya's arable land by over 70 percent. The total cost of the huge project is expected to exceed $25 billion.

Because the "Jabal Nefussa" mountainous formation blocks the flow of water from the aquifers to the coast, it was necessary to drill a tunnel through the mountains and to install a pumping station at Tarhunah. This pumping station was described, according to The Washington Post, as a chemical plant at a Defense Department briefing on April 23, 1996 where a senior defense official stated that the United States would not exclude the use of nuclear weapons to destroy it. This plant, said the official, "is not in the interest of peace, not in the interest of stability, and not in the interest of world order." U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry confirmed that the use of nuclear weapons to destroy this chemical weapons factory was not excluded.

Last Saturday, August 31, Presidents Alpha Omar Konare of Mali, Jerry Rawlings of Ghana, Lansana Conte of Guinea, Ibrahim Mainasara Bare of Niger and other guests including Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, joined Libyan leader Col. Mu'ammar al-Qadhafi to simultaneously push buttons which caused a barrier to open allowing the chemical compound H2O (aka water) to gush forth to fill the Garabouli dam, 60 km east of Tripoli, and to begin supplying water for drinking and irrigation to Libya's northwestern coastal plains.

Some intelligence services believe, however, that a chemical weapons factory does exist at Tarhunah. If so they should present their evidence to the relevant international organization for appropriate action. The Great Man-Made River project should not be threatened with nuclear strikes.

Eric Margolis, "Col. Khadaffi's Secret Tunnels of Death," Toronto Sun, December 8, 1997

[Mythological Israel's 700 irrigated acres in the Negev do not begin to compare with Libya's 400,000 acres irrigated or scheduled to be irrigated under the Great Man-Made River Project (GMR). . . .

The physical scale of the GMR is staggeringly large: enough aggregate to build 20 structures the size of Egypt's great Khufu pyramid at Giza; 1,300 water wells drilled; 7,000,000 miles of pre-stressed steel wire used to strengthen the 12-foot diameter water pipes; 3,500 kilometers of pipeline covering an area equal to West Europe; four pipelines - two toward the west, or Tunisian side of Libya, and two toward the east, or Egyptian, side of the country - with connecting links in the north; and thousands of miles of roads between and connecting the project's various lines and infrastructure.--Andrew I. Killgore, "Libya's Great Man-Made River Project,", March 2001]

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