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Another side of Muammar Gaddafi of Libya

Pravda offers a novel opinion about Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, different than Western spin:

The daily media attack on the leader Muammar Gaddafi is one more terrorist strategy of the government of the United States of America to recover influence in the Arab world. How can you call someone a dictator who overthrew a corrupt monarchy, modernized the country, won [for its citizens the highest quality of life] in Africa, and applied a direct democracy system of government?

After losing Egypt, the U.S. government tries to divide and weaken Libya, and this effort receives support from the thousands of Egyptian refugees that over the years have taken refuge in eastern Libya, fleeing the repression in Egypt.

Who is this Qaddafi that the media suddenly started to attack in all forms? Gaddafi led a revolution to overthrow a puppet of Italian and American interests in the region. In power, Gaddafi did not like the Arab monarchs, did not build palaces with gold, nor buy luxury yachts or collections of imported cars. He devoted himself to rebuilding the country, ensuring better living conditions for the people. Today Qaddafi is not president or prime minister of Libya, but the media wants him to resign a post which does not exist. Qaddafi does not seriously kneel down and cower in fear before the United States and is not intimidated to be demonized and disparaged by the mercenary media.

A fact that the media cannot falsify is the HDI (Human Development Index) measured by UN officials. Based on sub-indices such as income, longevity and education, Libya is the country with the highest HDI in Africa. Libya enjoys the best distribution of income, and health and public education are free. And almost 10% of Libyan students receive scholarships to study in foreign countries. So what kind of dictatorship is this? A dictatorship would never allow this kind of policy for the benefit of the people.

In a rare interview with Western journalists, Qaddafi spoke frankly about his life and how he had been misunderstood by the West. He told of how he admired former US Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln and of other world leaders he admires like Egypt’s late Gamal Abdul Nasser, India’s Mahatma Gandhi, Sun Yat-Sen of China and Italy’s Garibaldi and Mazzini. He spoke of his favourite book The Outsider by British author Colin Wilson and others he likes such as Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Roots. Throughout this interview the profound thinking and innate humanity of Muammar Qadhafi shone through.

How can you call someone a dictator leader who overthrew a corrupt monarchy, modernized the country, won the highest HDI in Africa, and applied a direct democracy system of government?

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12 Responses to “Another side of Muammar Gaddafi of Libya”

  1. More and more are claiming that American media, Britain’s state-controlled BBC, and other Western sources are spreading unverified or false reports on Libya’s uprising.

    Stephen Lendman offers the following opinion, citing a Middle East/Central Asian specialist, who wrote “Libya: Is Washington Pushing for Civil War to Justify a US-NATO Military Intervention?”

    The questions is posed that while popular anger is justified and real in Libya, at issue is whether it’s spontaneous or externally generated, and, if so, by whom and for what reasons.

    Western powers, especially America, gladly support despots. They only fall into disfavor by forgetting who’s boss. Mubarak forgot. So did Gaddafi, long targeted for removal despite rapprochement with America and Western nations.

    Consider that:
    – Unlike Tunisia, Egypt, and other regional allies, “upsetting (Libya’s) established order is a US and EU objective,” by replacing one despot with another.

    – The West “seeeks to capitalize on the revolt” for new leadership it controls.

    – Heavy weapons are coming in.

    – Destabilizing Libya affects its vast energy reserves and neighboring states, perhaps the entire region.

    – Major media reports, including Al Jazeera, speak “about Libyan jets firing on protesters in Tripoli and the major cities”. Such reports are unverified and questionable. “No visual evidence of the jet attacks has been shown.” Stories are invented to “justify no-fly zones,” perhaps heading for war led by America and NATO.

    – Washington wanted Gaddafi replaced for years. Former NATO commander General Wesley Clark once included Libya among future targeted countries besides Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. Divide, conquer and control, a game way pre-dating modern America.

  2. David Rothscum points out that Libya has the lowest infant mortality rate of all of Africa, and until the recent chaos the highest life expectancy of all of Africa.

    Additionally, 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.

    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. 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.

    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.

    Kadaffi is not the president of Libya. Media 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.

  3. […] was under Gaddafi, and with oil money, that Libya attained the highest per capita income among African states. His revolution nationalized the Libyan oil industry, and used the oil riches to uplift the social […]

  4. […] For decades the U.S. has looked upon the suffering of millions of Africans with indifference but now they are trying to convince us that it is a “moral imperative” that we intervene in the civil war in Libya. […]

  5. The western politicians(american ones are No.1 in this activities!) serve the regime of corporatocracy in their countries.They use demagogic slogans to cheat people and just pursue their mercenary interests.I express the feeling of disgust and contempt to hypocritical politics of the West.I support Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi and his people in resistance to neofascist activities of NATO.I do hope all those so called VIPs will nevertheless reach MORAL ENLIGHTMENT soon!!!!!
    Larisa Varfalvi,Ph.D,associate professor,Russia.

  6. […] HDI (Human Development Index) w Afryce, co oznacza najwyższy poziom rozwoju i poziom życia. Widać więc jak daleko posunięta jest dezinformacja, która dawno temu prześcignęła […]

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  8. Hello, very good piece, very interesting. In reply to your comment about unrest being externally generated but for what reason, I recently watched a news segment from RT about Gaddafi planning to ditch the dollar and start trading oil in Gold ‘dinbars’ (spelling?), + encouraging other African nations to join him. Hopefully this could be of use to you for another blog post, keep up the good work!

    • So he has no power and is just a ‘founding father’ but he would take his country out of using dollars for oil and use gold instead. That sounds like someone with a lot of local power to me. You guys are deluded. Noam Chomsky called him as a brutal kleptocrat with only nominal socialist virtues that many dictators are known to use to help them stay in power. Libyans did not live high on the hog. While Gaddafi raped the state treasury they had small wages and relatively poor lifestyles. Even tho the country could easily support a western lifestyle for its people. It doesnt mean that the west not helping elsewhere like Yemen and Syrian isnt hypocrisy tho.

  9. Gaddafi is gone now, but whatever else one may think of him, during his lifetime he definitely made his mark and definitely not all “bad”. Gaddafi demanded greater power for Africa and the African Union, as well as greater power for smaller countries in the United Nations. At the same time, he openly and pointedly criticized the U.N.’s structure. He told many uncomfortable truths. He raised many uncomfortable questions.

    He called for investigations of past wars. George Bush and Dick Cheney branded Gaddafi as a terrorist, but when they attack Iraq and kill far more people than Gaddafi has, the West mostly approves or looks the other way. Gaddafi is criticized for overseas assassinations, but Obama is lauded for his.

    Gaddafi also proposed to nationalize and distribute oil revenues directly to Libyans. Furthermore, Gaddafi had another bargaining chip, which was the prospect of utilizing Russian, Chinese and Indian oil companies instead of American and European ones.

    In Gaddafi’s extraordinary U.N. speech of Sept. 23, 2009, he stood up against the West. He openly challenged the American Empire, and the dominance of a few major powers. That marked his end.

    In short though, no world leader is purely evil or purely good.

  10. Dr Martin Luther King said, “In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

    Even in death, using language as their weapon, the corporate media framed Gaddafi as ‘filth’, initially claiming he was found hiding in a sewer begging not to be executed. The fact is that Gaddafi was in Sirte – the most dangerous place in the world. Not in hiding. Not fleeing the country. Gaddafi had vowed to fight until the bitter end for his country and his people earlier professing “I do not wish to die, but if it comes to that, to save this land, my people, all the thousands who are all my children, then so be it.”

    He did just that.

    Other facts about Libya under Gaddafi

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