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Gaddafi challenges the dominance of the American Empire and the West

The West wants to get rid of Muammar Gaddafi. The basic reason is simple. Gaddafi confronts their power. He confronts the status quo of the Empire. He demands greater power for Africa and the African Union. He demands greater power for smaller countries in the United Nations. Gaddafi calls for investigations of past wars. He is calling for a new way forward that reduces the powers of any one or a few countries to dominate the world.

For the sake of appearances, the Western allies are fighting the war in Libya within self-chosen limits. They need to maintain the facade of a legitimate and neutral NATO that is acting with UN approval. They calculate that they can get rid of Gaddafi within those limits, while still not appearing to be the aggressors against him that they are.

Gaddafi is a shrewd man of power, who has shown pragmatic flexibility in doing what it takes to stay in power. No man of power is purely good or evil. He is no exception. George Bush and Dick Cheney brand Gaddafi as a terrorist and the West accepts this as gospel, 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.

Before Gaddafi gave up his nuclear program and made amends for past terrorist activities, he wanted to be sure that the U.S. would keep its part of the bargain. He distrusted the U.S. He thought that the U.S. might stab him in the back after he gave up these valuable bargaining chips.

Why then has the West now done an about face after the period of good relations? Gaddafi proposed a radical form of social democracy that the Libyan government rejected. He 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. He could expand their interests in Libyan oil.

In Gaddafi’s extraordinary U.N. speech of Sept. 23, 2009, he stood up against the West. He openly and pointedly criticized the U.N.’s structure. He told many uncomfortable truths. He raised many uncomfortable questions. He proposed global political changes that reduce the powers of the big countries and raised the powers of smaller countries, African countries, and Islamic countries.

This speech challenges the American Empire. It challenges the West. It challenges the dominance of a few major powers. The West wants to suppress this kind of thinking. The West is suppressing this kind of thinking. The West is in the process of removing Gaddafi and replacing him with their puppets.

[Excerpt of article by Michael S. Rozeff, retired Professor of Finance]


3 Responses to “Gaddafi challenges the dominance of the American Empire and the West”

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