See the World Through My Eyes

The Truth About Libya

First of all I would like to say the views expressed in this post are not mine but I agree with the author that the truth has been skewed in Libya‘s case. Being a great subscriber to Pan-Africanism, I believe strongly that it is in our continent’s best interests for NATO’s involvement in Libya to cease. I don’t believe that NATO or any of the powerful western nations have the capacity to solve African problems. I would like you to take a moment and reflect on the events of the past two decades where ‘intervention’ has been employed. I’m talking about, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas. I am yet to see positive change. They will label bold leaders as dictators and will move in to ‘help’ nations in crisis. We should look past that and ask ourselves ‘What’s in it for them?‘.  Today, I stand my ground. African problems need African solutions. Let all put their cards on the table. We have Southern Sudan to show for our portfolio. What do they have to show? Enjoy this great read and comment. – Michael Ngigi

By Stephen Goodson

Colonel Muammar Gadaffi is frequently referred to in the media as a “mad dictator” and “bloody tyrant”, but do these allegations accord with the facts?

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 I0% 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 prime example.

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.

I have tried to search for the author but he still remains in the shadows. However I believe that Stephen Goodson is the leader of the Abolition of Income Tax and Usury Party of South Africa. If you have information as to how I can reach him, let me know.

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