Colonel Muammar Gadaffi is frequently referred to in the media as a "mad
dictator" and "bloody tyrant", but do these allegations accord with the
Libya consists of over 15O tribes, with the two main groups, the Meghabra
living in Tripolitania in the west and the Wafallah living in Cyrenaica in
the east. Previous attempts to unite these tribes by the Turkish (1855-1911)
and ltalian (1911-43) colonial rulers failed and the country was split in
two for administrative purposes.
Oil was discovered in Libya in 1959, but King ldris of the Senussi tribe
allowed most of the oil profits to be siphoned into the coffers of the oil
companies. The coup d'etat on 1 September 1969 led by Colonel Gadaffi had
countrywide support. He subsequently married a woman from the royal Barqa
tribe and adroitly unified the nation.
By retaining Libya's oil wealth for the benefit of all its people, Gadaffi
had created a socialist paradise. There is no unemployment, Libya has the
highest GDP in Africa, less than 5% of the population is classified as poor
and it has fewer people living below the poverty datum line than for example
in Holland. Life expectancy is 75 years and is the highest in Africa and 10%
above the world average.
With the exception of the nomadic Bedouin and Tuareg tribes, most Libyan
families possess a house and a car. There is free health care and education
and not surprisingly Libya has a literacy rate of 82%. Last year Gadaffi
distributed $500 to each man, woman and child (population 6.5 million).
Libya has a tolerable human rights record and stands at 61 on the
International Incarceration Index, comparable with countries in central
Europe (the lower the rating, the lower the standing - the USA occupies the
no.1 spot!). There is hardly any crime and only rebels and traitors are
dealt with harshly.
Anyone who has read Gadaffi's little Green Book will realize that he is a
thoughtful and enlightened leader. Libya has been accused of having
committed numerous acts of terrorism in the past, but many of these have
been perpetrated by foreign intelligence agencies as false flag operations -
the Lockerbie bombing being a
The CIA and MI6 and their frontmen have been stoking up dissent in the east
of the country for almost 30 years. Libya produces exceptionally high
quality light crude oil and its production cost of $1 a barrel, compared to
the current price of $115, is the lowest in the world.
Riba (usury) is not permitted. The Central bank of Libya is a wholly-owned
by the Libyan Government and is run as a state bank, issuing all government
loans free of interest. This is in contrast to the exploitative fractional
reserve banking system of the West. The no-fly zone and the bombing of Libya
have nothing to do with the protection of civilians. It is an act of war a
blatant and crude attempt by the oil corporations and international bankers
to steal the wealth of Libya. . . .
CAVEAT: Mr. Goodson's account needs verification. We believe this is the
same Stephen Goodson who is the leader of the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury
Party, and who "back in
2003 . . . unseated mining boss Brian Gilbertson from the Bank's board"
in South Africa.
[Col. Haftar is now reported to be the leader of a contra-style group based
in the U.S. called the Libyan National Army. This group is supported by the
U.S., and has been given training facilities in the U.S.--Enver Masud, "Libya: Who's Terrorizing Whom," The
Wisdom Fund, March 26, 1996]
2010 HDI Rankings: Norway 1, United States 4, France 14, Italy 23,
UAE 32, Bahrain 39, Libya 53, Saudi Arabi 55, Iran 70, South Africa
73, Jordan 82, Egypt 101, Indonesia 108, India 119, Afghanistan 155--"Human
Development Index," undp.org
[The conflict in Libya is not a revolution, but a counter-revolution. The
struggle "is fundamentally a battle between Pan-African forces on the one
hand, who are dedicated to the realization of Qaddafi's vision of a united
Africa, and reactionary racist Libyan Arab forces who reject Qaddafi's
vision of Libya as part of a united Africa." . . .
Thousands of Indians, Egyptians, Chinese, Filipinos, Turks, Germans,
English, Italians, Malaysians, Koreans and a host of other nationalities are
lining up at the borders and the airport to leave Libya. It begs the
question: What were they doing in Libya in the first place? Unemployment
figures, according to the Western media and Al Jazeera, are at 30%. If this
is so, then why all these foreign workers?
. . . Qaddafi committed some "cardinal sins." He dared to challenge their
reactionary and feudal notions of Islam. He has upheld the idea that every
Muslim is a ruler (Caliph) and does not need the Ulema to interpret the
Quran for them. He has questioned the Islam of the Muslim Brotherhood and Al
Qaeda from a Quranic/theological perspective and is one of the few political
leaders equipped to do so.--Gerald A. Perreira, "Libya, Getting it Right: A
Revolutionary Pan-African Perspective," blackagendareport.com, March
[ . . . impose as quickly as possible a no-fly zone for all Libyan
military aircraft over the full extent of northern Libyan airspace, and
implement such measures as may be required to render the Libyan air force
inoperable throughout the country.--"Letter to President
Obama about Libya," Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy, March
[This is not the first imperialist attempt to lynch Qaddafi and bring
Libya to its knees. In 1986, the US falsely accused Libya of the bombing of
a discotheque in Berlin and Reagan attempted to assassinate Qaddafi, by
bombing the Bab al-Azizia compound in Tripoli where he was housed, killing
Qaddafi's daughter and over one hundred Libyans. Next, Libya was falsely
accused of the 1988 Lockerbie
bombing as an excuse for initiating sanctions, in order to economically
cripple the revolution.
. . . Already an estimated 16,000 African freedom fighters (not mercenaries
as the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera would have us believe) have poured into Libya
from the Congo, Guinea, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Niger, Chad,
Mauritania, Southern Sudan, Kenya, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso to fight to the
death for the Libyan revolution and Brother Muammar Al Qaddafi.
[They are entitled to free treatment, and their hospitals provide the best
in the world of medical equipment.
Education in Libya is free, capable young people have the opportunity to
study abroad at government expense. When marrying, young couples receive
60,000 Libyan dinars (about 50,000 U.S. dollars) of financial assistance.
[Washington pursues world hegemony under the guises of selective
"humanitarian intervention" and "bringing freedom and democracy to oppressed
peoples." On an opportunistic basis, Washington targets countries for
intervention that are not its "international partners." Caught off guard,
perhaps, by popular revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, there are some indications
that Washington responded opportunistically and encouraged the uprising in
Libya. Khalifa Hifter, a suspected Libyan
CIA asset for the last 20 years, has gone back to Libya to head the rebel
Roberts, "The New
Colonialism: Occupying the World," counterpunch.org, April 1, 2011]
[Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the protesters' new National
Libyan Council, insisted that calls for foreign intervention were entirely
unwelcome, adding that the protesters have taken most of the nation and "the
rest of Libya will be liberated by the people."
[The 2010 UN Human Development Index - which is a composite measure of
health, education and income - ranked Libya 53rd in the world, and first in
In its first two decades, he wrote, the revolution brought many benefits to
ordinary Libyans: widespread literacy, free medical care, education, and
improvements in living conditions. Women in particular benefited, becoming
ministers, ambassadors, pilots, judges and doctors. The government got wide
support from the lower and middle classes.
The down side was a demagogic regime that revelled in rituals of hero
worship and cynically embraced violence.--Mahmood Mamdani, "Libya after the NATO invasion,"
aljazeera.net, April 9, 2011]
[Several writers have noted the odd fact that the Libyan rebels took time
out from their rebellion in March to create their own central bank - this
before they even had a government. . . .
According to a Russian article titled "Bombing of Libya - Punishment for
Ghaddafi for His Attempt to Refuse US Dollar", Gaddafi made a similarly bold
move: he initiated a movement to refuse the dollar and the euro, and called
on Arab and African nations to use a new currency instead, the gold dinar.
Gaddafi suggested establishing a united African continent, with its 200
million people using this single currency.
During the past year, the idea was approved by many Arab countries and most
African countries. The only opponents were the Republic of South Africa and
the head of the League of Arab States. The initiative was viewed negatively
by the USA and the European Union, with French President Nicolas Sarkozy
calling Libya a threat to the financial security of mankind; but Gaddafi was
not swayed and continued his push for the creation of a united Africa.--Ellen
Brown, "Libya all
about oil, or central banking?," atimes.com, April 14, 2011]
[Libyan rebels will be betrayed just as quickly as Qaddafi was.
. . . The oil money that once built water ways, public housing, and
farms from Benghazi to Tripoli, will be funneled directly out of the country
and into the corporate-financier's accounts.--Tony Cartalucci, "Libyan Rebels Fighting the Globalists' War,"
landdestroyer.blogspot.com, April 20, 2011]
[This operation was supported by the very representative of the Libyan
Investment Authority, Mohamed Layas: as revealed in a diplomatic cable
published by Wikileaks, on January 20 Layas informed the U.S. ambassador in
Tripoli that the LIA had filed $ 32 billion in U.S. banks. Five weeks later,
on February 28, the U.S. Treasury had "frozen" the assets. According to
official statements, is "the largest sum of money ever blocked in the
U.S.", money that Washington keeps "in trust for the future of Libya." It
could actually be an injection of capital into the ever more indebted U.S.
economy. A few days later, the EU had "frozen" around 45 billion euros of
Libyan funds.--Manlio Dinucci, "The plunder of the century: the assault of the
'volonteers' on Libyan SWFs," democrateafricain.blogspot.com, April 23,
[ . . . the future of Libya is decreasingly likely to be determined by
Libyans. Foreign intervention is turning into an old-style imperial venture.
Much the same thing happened in Iraq in 2003 and in Afghanistan in the past
few years. In Iraq, the US invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein, a ruler
detested by most Iraqis, soon turned into what many Iraqis saw as a foreign
occupation.--Patrick Cockburn, "What NATO is
Doing to Libya," counterpunch.org, May 23, 2011]
[When I first came to Libya in 1975, it was little more than a fuel and rest
stop on the road between Alexandria and Tunis. Only united in 1951, Libya
barely existed at the time. Its doddering king, Idris, was a British puppet.
The US has its largest overseas air base in Libya.
Gadaffi, for all his crazy antics, daffy outfits, spasmodic cruelty and
nutty "Green Revolution," managed to unite Libya, providing it with housing,
hospitals, roads, a thriving oil industry and the trappings of modern
civilization. But he also wasted billions on his madcap Great Manmade River
that brought ancient artesian water from the Sahara to the coast.--Eric
GADAFFI I KNEW," lewrockwell.com, October 22, 2011]
[Amnesty International has called for an independent inquiry into deaths
that occurred there in 1996, an incident which some have referred to as the
Abu Salim prison massacre. Human Rights Watch believes that 1,270 prisoners
were killed. However, its estimate is mostly based on the account of a
single former inmate.
. . . On 25 September 2011 the National Transitional Council (NTC) announced
that a mass grave had been discovered outside the prison.
. . . However, investigators from CNN and other organizations could find no
evidence of mass graves at the supposed site - only some animal bones.--"Abu Salim