Libya – Post Muammar Gaddafi
Friday, 21 October 2011
The so-called “Arab Spring” has claimed its third victim or so we are expected to believe. In Bahrain, Syria and Yemen the struggle to depose their respective despots continue. Thus far these dictators have survived with the assistance of their western “benefactors”.
NATO and the USA invaded Libya with UN approval, under the pretext that thousands of civilian lives were being threatened by Qaddafi’s forces. They promised democracy to the Libyans.
“Democracy” was the reason for invading Afghanistan, Iraq, break away of South Sudan, regime change in Somalia, Rwanda and now Libya. Do we see any signs of democracy in these countries? Will Libya be any different?
Post Qaddafi Libya already owes NATO Countries and the USA billions in war debt. Major western oil companies have signed long term contracts with the National Transitional Council (NTC) to ensure supply of oil to western capitals. This will guarantee the sustenance of the high life style of the capitalist mafia around the so-called developed world. France has been promised 35% of Libya’s oil production for permanent support of the NTC. This means permanent French military presence in Libya.
As much as we may resent and abhor the Chinese human rights record, we cannot deny the fact that they brought roads, bridges and dams to Africa. Unlike the US and her international “friends” and “partners” who brought guns, tanks, drones, famine and instability.
The role of Africom on the African Continent becomes more crucial in this context. The push for natural resources will mean a greater influence of the military presence and hence Africom’s position and task becomes increasingly significant.
Many of the problems afflicting Central Asia, South and East Asia, Africa and Latin America are as a result of the triggering of the tensions by external forces. Sectarian divisions, cultural, religious and clannish differences have been exploited by USA, Britain, France and Israel to “divide and conquer” and bring nations to their knees.
Libya will be no different.
Death is inevitable. Gaddafi’s brutal end and the applause for it in board rooms of western co-operative entities raises alarm bells for the future of a free and independent Libya.
Moammar Gadhafi, the former leader of Libya, was executed after being captured alive near his hometown of Sirte. Video footage shows a bloodied Qaddafi pleading for his life before asking the fighters who captured him, “Do you know what’s right or wrong?”
Press reports indicate that he was targeted by French and U.S. aircraft and drones shortly before being captured. Why was Gadhafi summarily executed? Who wanted him dead before he could be put on trial? What does this say about NATO and the people who will take control of Libya?
What the world does not know about Qaddafi
The media has successfully painted Gaddafi as a hard-core dictator, tyrant whatever you want to call him. However, the media as usual has also failed to show the kind, giving Gaddafi we never heard of. Gaddafi unlike most dictators I will refrain from naming them has managed to show his humane side, the very side we dream of seeing in other dictators who just talk and talk.
I consider Libyans lucky to a certain extent and one wonders with the new democratic rule they cry for will it improve or worsen life for them. Yes, Gaddafi has spent millions of Libya`s money on personal ventures but is the average Libyan poor? We know others who take a country and destroy it until you feel like there is no hope of restoring this country… looting some prefer to call it. Did Gaddafi loot Libya in any way?
Now let us get to the unknown facts about the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi:
1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms – all for free.
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.
8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
Great Man-Made River project in Libya… $27 billion
11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US$5,000
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree
16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.
Which other dictator has done so much good for his people?