Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi overthrew the repressive Libyan monarchy of King Idris in 1969, nationalised the oil and banking industry and with the profits oversaw Africa’s first communication satellite in 2007, free health care and education for the Libyan people, he was working towards the unification of Africa to create a single African trading bloc and a single African currency based on gold and dinar, along with a united African military force. All this contributed to why the West wanted Gadaffi out.
The mainstream Western media has been portraying Libyan leader Colonel Gadaffi as a cruel tyrant, a dictator and a mass killer of civilians, repeating the same methodical headlines and reports which led up to the Iraq war and the eventual execution of Saddam Hussein.
However, again lies and deceit are the order of the day in the Western media in order to cover up another naked imperialist ambition by America and its allies to control Africa’s resources.
Gaddafi has a long history of resisting Western aggression. He overthrew the repressive Libyan monarchy of King Idris in 1969. King Idris’s regime was installed by America and Britain in the 1950’s in order to manage North African resources in the interests of these powers. Under this regime Libyans had among lowest living standards in the world. (Exiled Libyan monarchy’s Role in Fomenting Libyan War: Global Research: August 28, 2011)
When Gaddafi took power he closed down the American Wheelus Air Base and nationalised the Western oil companies. America and Britain had effectively lost control of Libya.
Former US congresswoman, Cynthia McKinney, opposes the US-NATO war in Libya and led a delegation to that country in May-June to witness the damage caused by these forces. (Cynthia McKinney: WAR KILLS: Global Research: by Ron Ridenour: August 28, 2011)
She learned that Gaddafi had shared the oil profits of Libya with Libyans and Africa. Gadaffi closed down private banks and nationalised the banking industry so that normal Libyans could benefit from projects without interest charges. One of the projects led to the creation of Africa’s first communication satellite in 2007. According to Ron Ridenour in the article above, “45 African nations have saved an annual total of $500 million in interest which was previously pocketed by European communication companies. Telephones and other communications are much cheaper now across Africa.”
Gaddafi also commissioned the building of the Great-Man-Made-River, a 4,000 kilometres, $33 billion project, supplying 70% of Libyans with clean water, irrigation water, gas and oil. McKinney says that this river is now polluted after being bombed by NATO.
She said, “Moreover, everyone has free access to education and health care. Students studying abroad have their expenses paid by the state, something the new regime–if successful–will certainly stop. That will affect Libyans studying in the United States. There are no mortgages, no landlords, no threat of eviction like here.”
Gaddafi had greater aspirations however, he was working towards uniting African countries, and creating a single African currency based on gold and dinar, a single African trading bloc and a united African military force. According to McKinney, France’s President Nickolas Sarkozy, referred to Gaddafi’s ideals as “a threat for the financial security of mankind.” She said, “Much of France’s wealth–more than any other colonial-imperialist power–comes from Africa.”
Gaddafi dared to try what other leaders in the Middle East and Africa tried before him; leaders like Egyptian president Nasser, a nationalist who was seen as a threat to British economic interests and targeted by MI6 for assassination. Indonesian president Sukarno in the 1950s and Ugandan president Milton Obote in 1969, who were both targeted for assassination by the British Secret Services for merely trying to develop their own country for their own people. (Read Dizzee Rascal would be bonkers to play Bond)
According to Global Research, the symbols of the Libyan rebels, the tri-coloured flag is actually the flag of the old repressive Idris monarchy. In other words NATO has managed to restore the previous colonial relationship it once had with Libya.
Imperialism and colonialism never ended, it merely took on a deceptive form, now referred to as ‘humanitarian intervention’, ‘the war on terrorism’, and ‘a threat to world peace or order’.
Amengeo Amengeo, an author and a specialist in Spanish, Latin American, Caribbean as well as African history, (Libya’s forced collapse: What does it portend for Africa?: August 27, 2011) said, “What happens in Libya is a harbinger of what the West has in store for Africa. True independence and African unity will not be tolerated. Africa is too rich in resources that the world needs to be allowed to control its own destiny. This war is not just about Gaddafi. It is an opening salvo in a war to reclaim the continent for foreign interests, just as it was in 1896 in the Scramble for Africa.”
The new scramble for Africa to save the Western economy and once again impoverish Africans must be met with resistance from activists, writers, musicians and every single individual who opposes imperialism and colonialism. The fight for African independence continues.
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