The World Cheers as the CIA Plunges Libya Into Chaos
tony at cultureshop.org.uk
Thu Mar 3 22:18:10 GMT 2011
The World Cheers as the CIA Plunges Libya Into Chaos
by David Rothscum
Global Research, March 2, 2011
How was Libya doing under the rule of Gadaffi? How bad did the people
have it? Were they oppressed as we now commonly accept as fact? Let
us look at the facts for a moment.
Before the chaos erupted, Libya had a lower incarceration rate than
the Czech republic. It ranked 61st. Libya had the lowest infant
mortality rate of all of Africa. Libya had the highest life
expectancy of all of Africa. Less than 5% of the population was
undernourished. In response to the rising food prices around the
world, the government of Libya abolished ALL taxes on food.
People in Libya were rich. Libya had the highest gross domestic
product (GDP) at purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita of all of
Africa. The government took care to ensure that everyone in the
country shared in the wealth. Libya had the highest Human Development
Index of any country on the continent. The wealth was distributed
equally. In Libya, a lower percentage of people lived below the
poverty line than in the Netherlands.
How does Libya get so rich? The answer is oil. The country has a lot
of oil, and does not allow foreign corporations to steal the
resources while the population starves, unlike countries like
Nigeria, a country that is basically run by Shell.
Like any country, Libya suffers from a government with corrupt
bureaucrats that try to gain a bigger portion of the pie at the cost
of everyone else. In response to this, Kadaffi called for the oil
revenue to be distributed directly to the people, because in his
opinion, the government was failing the people. However, unlike the
article claims, Kadaffi is not the president of Libya. In fact he
holds no official position in the government. This is the big mistake
that people make. They claim that Kadaffi rules over Libya when in
fact he doesn't, his position is more or less ceremonial. He should
be compared to a founding father.
The true leader of Libya is an indirectly elected prime-minister. The
current prime-minister is Baghdadi Mahmudi. Calling Khadaffi the
leader of Libya is comparable to calling Akihito the leader of Japan.
Contrary to what your media is sketching, opinions in Libya vary.
Some people support Gadaffi but want Mahmudi out. Others want both
out. Many just want to live their life in peace. However, effort is
taken to sketch the appearance of a popular revolt against the
supposed leader of Libya, Gadaffi, when in fact he is just the
architect of Libya's current political system, a mixture of
pan-Arabism, socialism, and Islamic government.
Videos of Pro-Gaddafi protests are disappearing from Youtube as we
speak. "Pro Gaddafi Anti Baghdadi Mahmudi demonstrations in"
youtube.com/watch?v=Ce5fLGNg0sk is gone. "Pro Gaddafi protests in
front of Libyan embassy London" youtube.com/watch?v=pRwv0Ac8qbc Is
gone. Youtube deletes any video containing gore normally, except when
it's from Libya. Apparently more traumatizing to it's viewers than
chopped up bodies are Libyans who do not jump on the bandwagon and
enter the streets to force Gadaffi out.
Are the protesters in Libya comparable to the protesters in Egypt and
Tunisia? Not at all. The governments reaction is more violent, and
obviously excessive violence is being used. However let us look for a
moment at the actions of the protesters. The building of the the
general people's congress, the parliament of Libya, was put on fire
by angry protestors. This is comparable to protesters putting the
United States Capitol on fire. Do you think that for even a moment
the US government would sit idly by as protesters put the US capitol on fire?
The riots erupting now are not secular youth desiring change, or
anything like we saw in Egypt and Tunisia. A group calling itself
"Islamic Emirate of Barka", the former name of the North-Western part
of Libya, has taken numerous hostages, and killed two policemen. This
is not a recent development. On Friday, the 18th of February, the
group stole 70 military vehicles after attacking a port and killing
four soldiers. Unfortunately, a military colonel has joined the group
and provided them with further weapons. The uprising started in the
eastern city of Benghazi. The Italian foreign minister has raised his
fears of an Islamic Emirate of Benghazi declaring itself independent.
So where does this sudden uprising come from? The answer is that the
same groups the US has been funding for decades are now taking their
chance to gain control over the nation. A group recently arrested in
Libya consisted of dozens of foreign nationals that were involved in
numerous acts of looting and sabotage. The Libyan government could
not rule out links to Israel.
Great Britain funded an Al Qaeda cell in Libya, in an attempt to
assassinate Gadaffi. The main opposition group in Libya now is the
National Front for the Salvation of Libya. This opposition group is
being funded by Saudi Arabia, the CIA, and French Intelligence. This
group unified itself with other opposition groups, to become the
National Conference for the Libyan Opposition. It was this
organization that called for the "Day of Rage" that plunged Libya
into chaos on February 17 of this year.
It did this in Benghazi, a conservative city that has always been
opposed to Gadaffi's rule. It should be noted that the National Front
for the Salvation of Libya is well armed. In 1996 the group tried to
unleash a revolution in the eastern part of Libya before. It used the
Libyan National Army, the armed division of the NFSL to begin this
Why is the United States so opposed to Gadaffi? He is the main threat
to US hegemony in Africa, because he attempts to unite the continent
against the United States. This concept is called the United States
of Africa. In fact, Gadaffi holds all sorts of ideas that are
contrary to US interests. The man blames the United States government
for the creation of HIV. He claims that Israel is behind the
assasination of Martin Luther King and president John. F. Kennedy. He
says that the 9/11 hijackers were trained in the US. He also urged
Libyans to donate blood to Americans after 9/11. Khadaffi is also the
last of a generation of moderate socialist pan-Arab revolutionaries
that is still in power, after Nasser and Hussein have been
eliminated, and Syria has aligned itself with Iran.
The United States and Israel however have no interest in a strong
Arab world. In fact it seems that elementary to the plan is bringing
Libya to its knees through chaos and anarchy. In late 2010, the
United Kingdom was still propping up the Libyan government through
lucrative arms sales. Nothing is a better guarantee to destroy Libya
than a bloody civil war. The tribal system that is still strong in
Libya is useful to exploit to generate such a war since Libya has
historically been divided into various tribal groups.
This is also why the Libyan government responds by importing
mercenaries. Tribal allegiances go before allegiance to the
government, especially in Benghazi, and thus the central government
has no control over the eastern part of the country anymore. The
alternative to mercenaries is a conflict between the various ethnic
groups. Gadaffi has tried for 41 years to make the country more
homogeneous, but opposition groups funded by outside forced will take
little more than a few days to put the country back into the 19th
century, before the region was conquered and unified by Europeans.
The violence is indeed excessive, but everyone seems to forget that
the situation is not the same as in Tunis and Egypt. Tribal ties play
a far greater role, and thus the conflict will unfortunately be bloodier.
Please remember at all times that the violent Libyan civil war
unfolding now is not comparable to the revolutions seen in Tunisia
and Egypt. Both of these revolutions involved peaceful protesters
suffering from poverty, in opposition to their corrupt governments.
The chaos in Libyan consists of a mixture of tribal conflicts,
conflict over oil revenue (since most oil is in the east of the
country), radical islamists opposed to Gadaffi's system of
government, and outside destabilization by Western funded exile groups.
Gadaffi took control in a bloodless coup from a sick monarch away for
medical treatment 41 years ago. His ideology is based on unification
and he attempted to peacefully merge his country with Egypt and
Syria. It would take a miracle for the violence unfolding now to lead
to a single stable democratic government in Libya, with full control
over the entire country. The country is more than twice the size of
Pakistan, but with 6 million inhabitants. Endless deserts divide many
of the cities in the nation. If anything we should ask ourselves how
many more nations will be shattered into pieces in the coming months,
as the world cheers.
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