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The lies behind the West's war on Libya

Jean-Paul Pougala

2011-04-14, Issue 525

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Africans should think about the real reasons why western countries are waging war on Libya, writes Jean-Paul Pougala, in an analysis that traces the country’s role in shaping the African Union and the development of the continent.

It was Gaddafi’s Libya that offered all of Africa its first revolution in modern times – connecting the entire continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting and several other technological applications such as telemedicine and distance teaching. And thanks to the WMAX radio bridge, a low cost connection was made available across the continent, including in rural areas.

It began in 1992, when 45 African nations established RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Communication Organization) so that Africa would have its own satellite and slash communication costs in the continent. This was a time when phone calls to and from Africa were the most expensive in the world because of the annual US$500 million fee pocketed by Europe for the use of its satellites like Intelsat for phone conversations, including those within the same country.

An African satellite only cost a onetime payment of US$400 million and the continent no longer had to pay a US$500 million annual lease. Which banker wouldn’t finance such a project? But the problem remained – how can slaves, seeking to free themselves from their master’s exploitation ask the master’s help to achieve that freedom? Not surprisingly, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the USA, Europe only made vague promises for 14 years. Gaddafi put an end to these futile pleas to the western ‘benefactors’ with their exorbitant interest rates. The Libyan guide put US$300 million on the table; the African Development Bank added US$50 million more and the West African Development Bank a further US$27 million – and that’s how Africa got its first communications satellite on 26 December 2007.

China and Russia followed suit and shared their technology and helped launch satellites for South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Algeria and a second African satellite was launched in July 2010. The first totally indigenously built satellite and manufactured on African soil, in Algeria, is set for 2020. This satellite is aimed at competing with the best in the world, but at ten times less the cost, a real challenge.

This is how a symbolic gesture of a mere US$300 million changed the life of an entire continent. Gaddafi’s Libya cost the West, not just depriving it of US$500 million per year but the billions of dollars in debt and interest that the initial loan would generate for years to come and in an exponential manner, thereby helping maintain an occult system in order to plunder the continent.

AFRICAN MONETARY FUND, AFRICAN CENTRAL BANK, AFRICAN INVESTMENT BANK

The US$30 billion frozen by Mr Obama belong to the Libyan Central Bank and had been earmarked as the Libyan contribution to three key projects which would add the finishing touches to the African federation – the African Investment Bank in Syrte, Libya, the establishment in 2011 of the African Monetary Fund to be based in Yaounde with a US$42 billion capital fund and the Abuja-based African Central Bank in Nigeria which when it starts printing African money will ring the death knell for the CFA franc through which Paris has been able to maintain its hold on some African countries for the last fifty years. It is easy to understand the French wrath against Gaddafi.

The African Monetary Fund is expected to totally supplant the African activities of the International Monetary Fund which, with only US$25 billion, was able to bring an entire continent to its knees and make it swallow questionable privatisation like forcing African countries to move from public to private monopolies. No surprise then that on 16-17December 2010, the Africans unanimously rejected attempts by Western countries to join the African Monetary Fund, saying it was open only to African nations.

It is increasingly obvious that after Libya, the western coalition will go after Algeria, because apart from its huge energy resources, the country has cash reserves of around €150 billion. This is what lures the countries that are bombing Libya and they all have one thing in common – they are practically bankrupt. The USA alone, has a staggering debt of $US14,000 billion, France, Great Britain and Italy each have a US$2,000 billion public deficit compared to less than US$400 billion in public debt for 46 African countries combined.

Inciting spurious wars in Africa in the hope that this will revitalise their economies which are sinking ever more into the doldrums will ultimately hasten the western decline which actually began in 1884 during the notorious Berlin Conference. As the American economist Adam Smith predicted in 1865 when he publicly backed Abraham Lincoln for the abolition of slavery, ‘the economy of any country which relies on the slavery of blacks is destined to descend into hell the day those countries awaken’.

REGIONAL UNITY AS AN OBSTABLE TO THE CREATION OF A UNITED STATES OF AFRICA

To destabilise and destroy the African union which was veering dangerously (for the West) towards a United States of Africa under the guiding hand of Gaddafi, the European Union first tried, unsuccessfully, to create the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM). North Africa somehow had to be cut off from the rest of Africa, using the old tired racist clichés of the 18th and 19th centuries ,which claimed that Africans of Arab origin were more evolved and civilised than the rest of the continent. This failed because Gaddafi refused to buy into it. He soon understood what game was being played when only a handful of African countries were invited to join the Mediterranean grouping without informing the African Union but inviting all 27 members of the European Union.

Without the driving force behind the African Federation, the UPM failed even before it began, still-born with Sarkozy as president and Mubarak as vice president. The French foreign minister, Alain Juppe is now attempting to re-launch the idea, banking no doubt on the fall of Gaddafi. What African leaders fail to understand is that as long as the European Union continues to finance the African Union, the status quo will remain, because no real independence. This is why the European Union has encouraged and financed regional groupings in Africa.

It is obvious that the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS), which has an embassy in Brussels and depends for the bulk of its funding on the European Union, is a vociferous opponent to the African federation. That’s why Lincoln fought in the US war of secession because the moment a group of countries come together in a regional political organisation, it weakens the main group. That is what Europe wanted and the Africans have never understood the game plan, creating a plethora of regional groupings, COMESA, UDEAC, SADC, and the Great Maghreb which never saw the light of day thanks to Gaddafi who understood what was happening.

GADDAFI, THE AFRICAN WHO CLEANSED THE CONTINENT FROM THE HUMILIATION OF APARTHEID

For most Africans, Gaddafi is a generous man, a humanist, known for his unselfish support for the struggle against the racist regime in South Africa. If he had been an egotist, he wouldn’t have risked the wrath of the West to help the ANC both militarily and financially in the fight against apartheid. This was why Mandela, soon after his release from 27 years in jail, decided to break the UN embargo and travel to Libya on 23 October 1997. For five long years, no plane could touch down in Libya because of the embargo. One needed to take a plane to the Tunisian city of Jerba and continue by road for five hours to reach Ben Gardane, cross the border and continue on a desert road for three hours before reaching Tripoli. The other solution was to go through Malta, and take a night ferry on ill-maintained boats to the Libyan coast. A hellish journey for a whole people, simply to punish one man.

Mandela didn’t mince his words when the former US president Bill Clinton said the visit was an ‘unwelcome’ one – ‘No country can claim to be the policeman of the world and no state can dictate to another what it should do’. He added – ‘Those that yesterday were friends of our enemies have the gall today to tell me not to visit my brother Gaddafi, they are advising us to be ungrateful and forget our friends of the past.’

Indeed, the West still considered the South African racists to be their brothers who needed to be protected. That’s why the members of the ANC, including Nelson Mandela, were considered to be dangerous terrorists. It was only on 2 July 2008, that the US Congress finally voted a law to remove the name of Nelson Mandela and his ANC comrades from their black list, not because they realised how stupid that list was but because they wanted to mark Mandela’s 90th birthday. If the West was truly sorry for its past support for Mandela’s enemies and really sincere when they name streets and places after him, how can they continue to wage war against someone who helped Mandela and his people to be victorious, Gaddafi?

ARE THOSE WHO WANT TO EXPORT DEMOCRACY THEMSELVES DEMOCRATS?

And what if Gaddafi’s Libya were more democratic than the USA, France, Britain and other countries waging war to export democracy to Libya? On 19 March 2003, President George Bush began bombing Iraq under the pretext of bringing democracy. On 19 March 2011, exactly eight years later to the day, it was the French president’s turn to rain down bombs over Libya, once again claiming it was to bring democracy. Nobel peace prize-winner and US President Obama says unleashing cruise missiles from submarines is to oust the dictator and introduce democracy.

The question that anyone with even minimum intelligence cannot help asking is the following: Are countries like France, England, the USA, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Poland who defend their right to bomb Libya on the strength of their self proclaimed democratic status really democratic? If yes, are they more democratic than Gaddafi’s Libya? The answer in fact is a resounding NO, for the plain and simple reason that democracy doesn’t exist. This isn’t a personal opinion, but a quote from someone whose native town Geneva, hosts the bulk of UN institutions. The quote is from Jean Jacques Rousseau, born in Geneva in 1712 and who writes in chapter four of the third book of the famous ‘Social Contract’ that ‘there never was a true democracy and there never will be.’

Rousseau sets out the following four conditions for a country to be labelled a democracy and according to these Gaddafi’s Libya is far more democratic than the USA, France and the others claiming to export democracy:

1. The State: The bigger a country, the less democratic it can be. According to Rousseau, the state has to be extremely small so that people can come together and know each other. Before asking people to vote, one must ensure that everybody knows everyone else, otherwise voting will be an act without any democratic basis, a simulacrum of democracy to elect a dictator.

The Libyan state is based on a system of tribal allegiances, which by definition group people together in small entities. The democratic spirit is much more present in a tribe, a village than in a big country, simply because people know each other, share a common life rhythm which involves a kind of self-regulation or even self-censorship in that the reactions and counter reactions of other members impacts on the group.

From this perspective, it would appear that Libya fits Rousseau’s conditions better than the USA, France and Great Britain, all highly urbanised societies where most neighbours don’t even say hello to each other and therefore don’t know each other even if they have lived side by side for twenty years. These countries leapfrogged leaped into the next stage – ‘the vote’ – which has been cleverly sanctified to obfuscate the fact that voting on the future of the country is useless if the voter doesn’t know the other citizens. This has been pushed to ridiculous limits with voting rights being given to people living abroad. Communicating with and amongst each other is a precondition for any democratic debate before an election.

2. Simplicity in customs and behavioural patterns are also essential if one is to avoid spending the bulk of the time debating legal and judicial procedures in order to deal with the multitude of conflicts of interest inevitable in a large and complex society. Western countries define themselves as civilised nations with a more complex social structure whereas Libya is described as a primitive country with a simple set of customs. This aspect too indicates that Libya responds better to Rousseau’s democratic criteria than all those trying to give lessons in democracy. Conflicts in complex societies are most often won by those with more power, which is why the rich manage to avoid prison because they can afford to hire top lawyers and instead arrange for state repression to be directed against someone one who stole a banana in a supermarket rather than a financial criminal who ruined a bank. In the city of New York for example where 75 per cent of the population is white, 80 per cent of management posts are occupied by whites who make up only 20 per cent of incarcerated people.

3. Equality in status and wealth: A look at the Forbes 2010 list shows who the richest people in each of the countries currently bombing Libya are and the difference between them and those who earn the lowest salaries in those nations; a similar exercise on Libya will reveal that in terms of wealth distribution, Libya has much more to teach than those fighting it now, and not the contrary. So here too, using Rousseau’s criteria, Libya is more democratic than the nations pompously pretending to bring democracy. In the USA, 5 per cent of the population owns 60 per cent of the national wealth, making it the most unequal and unbalanced society in the world.

4. No luxuries: according to Rousseau there can’t be any luxury if there is to be democracy. Luxury, he says, makes wealth a necessity which then becomes a virtue in itself, it, and not the welfare of the people becomes the goal to be reached at all cost, ‘Luxury corrupts both the rich and the poor, the one through possession and the other through envy; it makes the nation soft and prey to vanity; it distances people from the State and enslaves them, making them a slave to opinion.’

Is there more luxury in France than in Libya? The reports on employees committing suicide because of stressful working conditions even in public or semi-public companies, all in the name of maximising profit for a minority and keeping them in luxury, happen in the West, not in Libya.

The American sociologist C. Wright Mills wrote in 1956 that American democracy was a ‘dictatorship of the elite’. According to Mills, the USA is not a democracy because it is money that talks during elections and not the people. The results of each election are the expression of the voice of money and not the voice of the people. After Bush senior and Bush junior, they are already talking about a younger Bush for the 2012 Republican primaries. Moreover, as Max Weber pointed out, since political power is dependent on the bureaucracy, the US has 43 million bureaucrats and military personnel who effectively rule the country but without being elected and are not accountable to the people for their actions. One person (a rich one) is elected, but the real power lies with the caste of the wealthy who then get nominated to be ambassadors, generals, etc.

How many people in these self-proclaimed democracies know that Peru’s constitution prohibits an outgoing president from seeking a second consecutive mandate? How many know that in Guatemala, not only can an outgoing president not seek re-election to the same post, no one from that person’s family can aspire to the top job either? Or that Rwanda is the only country in the world that has 56 per cent female parliamentarians? How many people know that in the 2007 CIA index, four of the world’s best-governed countries are African? That the top prize goes to Equatorial Guinea whose public debt represents only 1.14 per cent of GDP?

Rousseau maintains that civil wars, revolts and rebellions are the ingredients of the beginning of democracy. Because democracy is not an end, but a permanent process of the reaffirmation of the natural rights of human beings which in countries all over the world (without exception) are trampled upon by a handful of men and women who have hijacked the power of the people to perpetuate their supremacy. There are here and there groups of people who have usurped the term ‘democracy’ – instead of it being an ideal towards which one strives it has become a label to be appropriated or a slogan which is used by people who can shout louder than others. If a country is calm, like France or the USA, that is to say without any rebellions, it only means, from Rousseau’s perspective, that the dictatorial system is sufficiently repressive to pre-empt any revolt.

It wouldn’t be a bad thing if the Libyans revolted. What is bad is to affirm that people stoically accept a system that represses them all over the world without reacting. And Rousseau concludes: ‘Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium – translation – If gods were people, they would govern themselves democratically. Such a perfect government is not applicable to human beings.’ To claim that one is killing Libyans for their own good is a hoax.

WHAT LESSONS FOR AFRICA?

After 500 years of a profoundly unequal relationship with the West, it is clear that we don’t have the same criteria of what is good and bad. We have deeply divergent interests. How can one not deplore the ‘yes’ votes from three sub-Saharan countries (Nigeria, South Africa and Gabon) for resolution 1973 that inaugurated the latest form of colonisation baptised ‘the protection of peoples’, which legitimises the racist theories that have informed Europeans since the 18th century and according to which North Africa has nothing to do with sub-Saharan Africa, that North Africa is more evolved, cultivated and civilised than the rest of Africa?

It is as if Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Algeria were not part of Africa, Even the United Nations seems to ignore the role of the African Union in the affairs of member states. The aim is to isolate sub Saharan African countries to better isolate and control them. Indeed, Algeria (US$16 billion) and Libya (US$10 billion ) together contribute 62 per cent of the US$42 billion which constitute the capital of the African Monetary Fund (AMF). The biggest and most populous country in sub Saharan Africa, Nigeria, followed by South Africa are far behind with only 3 billion dollars each.

It is disconcerting to say the least that for the first time in the history of the United Nations, war has been declared against a people without having explored the slightest possibility of a peaceful solution to the crisis. Does Africa really belong anymore to this organisation? Nigeria and South Africa are prepared to vote ‘Yes’ to everything the West asks because they naively believe the vague promises of a permanent seat at the Security Council with similar veto rights. They both forget that France has no power to offer anything. If it did, Mitterand would have long done the needful for Helmut Kohl’s Germany.

A reform of the United Nations is not on the agenda. The only way to make a point is to use the Chinese method – all 50 African nations should quit the United Nations and only return if their longstanding demand is finally met, a seat for the entire African federation or nothing. This non-violent method is the only weapon of justice available to the poor and weak that we are. We should simply quit the United Nations because this organisation, by its very structure and hierarchy, is at the service of the most powerful.

We should leave the United Nations to register our rejection of a worldview based on the annihilation of those who are weaker. They are free to continue as before but at least we will not be party to it and say we agree when we were never asked for our opinion. And even when we expressed our point of view, like we did on Saturday 19 March in Nouakchott, when we opposed the military action, our opinion was simply ignored and the bombs started falling on the African people.

Today’s events are reminiscent of what happened with China in the past. Today, one recognises the Ouattara government, the rebel government in Libya, like one did at the end of the Second World War with China. The so-called international community chose Taiwan to be the sole representative of the Chinese people instead of Mao’s China. It took 26 years when on 25 October 1971, for the UN to pass resolution 2758 which all Africans should read to put an end to human folly. China was admitted and on its terms – it refused to be a member if it didn’t have a veto right. When the demand was met and the resolution tabled, it still took a year for the Chinese foreign minister to respond in writing to the UN Secretary General on 29 September 1972, a letter which didn’t say yes or thank you but spelt out guarantees required for China’s dignity to be respected.

What does Africa hope to achieve from the United Nations without playing hard ball? We saw how in Cote d’Ivoire a UN bureaucrat considers himself to be above the constitution of the country. We entered this organisation by agreeing to be slaves and to believe that we will be invited to dine at the same table and eat from plates we ourselves washed is not just credulous, it is stupid.

When the African Union endorsed Ouattara’s victory and glossed over contrary reports from its own electoral observers simply to please our former masters, how can we expect to be respected? When South African president Zuma declares that Ouattara hasn’t won the elections and then says the exact opposite during a trip to Paris, one is entitled to question the credibility of these leaders who claim to represent and speak on behalf of a billion Africans.

Africa’s strength and real freedom will only come if it can take properly thought out actions and assume the consequences. Dignity and respect come with a price tag. Are we prepared to pay it? Otherwise, our place is in the kitchen and in the toilets in order to make others comfortable.

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* Jean-Paul Pougala is a Cameroonian writer.
* Translated from the French by Sputnik Kilambi.
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Let your voice be heard. Comment on this article.

Thank you very much for the good analysis. I dont know why we always relay on the west to solve our internal problems- they will always use our weaknesses to achieve their goals.

The war and death of Col. Muamar Ghadhafi in Libya is the most recent example of extra judicial killing by operatives; it was more of a planned mob justice than a coincident. The current authorities (NTC and NATO) should come out clearly on this matter and prosecute the man who were involved in the killing. To me I thought before anybody could sentence Gadhafi, his family, clan and supporters to death, there ought to be a neutral prosecution before a well defined judicial system. It would also be very important to understand Gadhafi in his different spheres, for instance 1) Gadhafi and his leadership in Libya, 2) Gadhafi and Islam, 3) Gadhafi and Pan Africanism/ African Union, 4) Gadhafi and the new world order (globalization).

We Africans should learn how to treat our ex- leader; we can borrow something from the United States of America. This incident portrays a very bad example and will jeopardize the struggles of other Africans against dictatorship and tyranny.

T Mohammed Yusuf

Great,great article.It must be the history.
Thanks for that.

Kamran

While this article cites lots of truths about Gaddafi's achievements, it is deficient of the voice of Libyans. Gaddafi was the goodand concerned neighbour who in public smiled with his wife and kids, but behind closed doors, was a brute to those he claimed he loved; and the neighbours would either never suspect a thing or would turn a blind eye. I think only Libyans know who the real Gaddafi was behind the United Nations of Africa facade. And it is only Libyans who will have to figure out Libya without Gaddafi. I agree with the writer, and it is a cliche now, that NATO and the west have absolutely no altruistic motives toward Libya. It is therefore incumbent upon the NTC and the Misrata group, in the interests of Libya and the Libya people to avert the disaster that is Iraq.

Nyokabi Kimari

This is complete nonsense and not worth reading.
You don't have to support a paranoid dectator who prospers at the cost of the poor African people only because you hate Western states.
The world is changing and Africans know whom they want to be led by. Accept change you the so called 'African elites'!

momo

The piece articulates your ideas intelligently and coherently.I very much want to take this revealing piece as one with compelling facts.But certain concerns militates against your stand.
The Libyan crisis is said to be homegrown and escalated as a result of Gaddafi's incessant use of coercion,Rebel and NATO's response.
Championing the cause of Africa does not justify the support of insurgencies in Liberia,Sierra Leone,Chad and the reign of terror in some parts of Libya.
The 'responsibility to protect'gives the international community the legitimacy to intervene in sovereign countries internal crisis.International intervention is often the only lifeline available to the oppressed.{George Soros}
I caution against 'far from equilibrium' situations.
Equally,the nature of the threat emanates from our Leaders who abuse our conscience n strip us from our dignity.Consequently,'interest seekers'exploit these prevailing conditions through legality and legitimacy,the true currency of military intervention/power.
I am yet to understand the inner workings of the West in the 'War on Libya'.
That said,i remain an advocate of the project that seeks to assert and reposition Africa.

Blaise Tirla Fonye,Student Journalist

This great article is also available on YouTube.com in 3 parts:
1- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoH0qLUPd2A&feature=related
2- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KMU9oT1qjXs
3- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxpiiTtfkOA&feature=related

This article must be broadcast and published everywhere.

Also, I would like to invite you to read a number of related articles that I have published on my GhanaWeb Blog "TarigAnter".

You can find them at: http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/blogs/blog.php?blog=4487

Tarig Anter

This is a great article.

Thanks for the author

and thanks for the publisher

This article must be broadcast and published everywhere.

Tarig Anter, civil engineer

I'm proud of you Paul. Let us keep on voicing these facts and one day, our people will be courageous enough to stand for what is right.

There was an article written by President Museveni of Uganda; it is also a great piece. It can be found at http://www.wavuti.com/4/post/2011/3/president-yoweri-k-musevenis-article-on-libya.html#axzz1WBxpptiq

Kwaku

I wopuldlike to comment on the comment by Derick the SouthAfrican. Derick, you are absolutely right. Africa must wake up and beat back this aggression. We in Africa must all come together whether black, white, green,yellow,blue and indigo. We must all look forward. If anything,South Africa must take the lead in forcing NATO and its Western Allies out of Libya.This is as a token of appreciation for Gadaffi,s role in the fight against Apartheid. Now that Apartheid is gone,I cal upon all South Africans, blackand white,to unite and contonue building the country. It is wonderful to see a rainbow nation like South Africa. Apartheid was the worse form of human degradation but black and coloured South Africans should not hate the white South Africans becasue of Apartheid. Racism and hatred wil never ever take us forward. People like Derick are the new generation of South Africans who will push the country and continent forward.Derick,I salute you for your mature comment about Africa as a whole.

Godfrey

There was a time when I thought Gaddafi was a monster. Those were the days when I believed all the rubbish that was purveyed by the main line media of the West. A research project that I started two years ago had actually opened my eyes. The West under leadership of the Zionists of the UK and the US has become the worst robbers the world has ever seen. The Libyan people may have been bored, but certainly not unhappy. They lived better than most anybody else in Africa. Now the West has gone and stolen Libya's money. The people of Libya will probably never see that money again. Maybe Gaddafi's crime was that he wanted to give Africa some hope for the future. I am white, living in South Africa and am a Afrikaner. However what is right is right and Gaddafi did no harm to any body.

Derick

Dear Pambazuk,

Please e-mail this article urgently to the following:

1. All African News papers and request them to publish it in their national news papers.

2.All African presidents and leaders.

This article is something that should not be kept secret. It should be read by all Africans both at home inAfrica and in the diaspora.

Africans and their leaders should not keep quite this time.

Goddy

Dear everyone,
Let me take this opportunity to air out the anger, frustrations and opinions stirring within me about the NATO -Led Western invasion of Libya.
We and the world can now clearly see that, this invasion is a double standard based on selfish interest to have total control over Libyas oil and gas. The speed at which France and Britain rushed to start bombing Libya without any attempt to a diplomatic solution clearly shows that, there is a very secret reason why these two countries have takenit so much upon themselves to remove Gadaffi from power. The reason is clear: Gadaffi blocked their way to freely exploit Libya,s oil and gas. Unfortunately economic interests are the reasons motivating the UK and France to interevene in the mineral-rich countries of Africa. The French and UK economies have done so badly in the past 4-6 years that, they need a very cheap source of oil and Libya seem to offer this because it is located very near France, UK and Italy that the cost of transportation and access to to the nearby Libyan oil will save their economies billions of dollars every year.
Why did the peaceful demonstrators take up arms against the legitimate government of Libya? They were obviously decieved by France and th UK. The protection of civilians in Benghazi is now being used as a pretext to justify the bombing of Libya. How can legitimate western governments go ahead to recognise a one week old rebellion in Libya? The Western media(CNN, BBC, Sky News, even the now western-modelled Al Jaazeera) only show the uprising in Benghazi. Other Libyan cities are not being shown because Gadaffi has alot of support among these cities population? Is th epopulation of Benghazi more than half the size of the populaiton of the whole of Libya. The answer is no. The Libyan government has 60% of support of the Libyan people. If there is to be a democratic elections in Libya today, the rebels will not win.
This is a double standard because the UK, France, Italy, the USA and their allies have not intervened in Syria and Yemeni in the same way they have intervened in Libya.1. They intentionally supported the uprising with the hope that, this would bring down the government of Libya.2. As the minority rebellion proved very ineffective, they manipulated and imposed a no fly zone over Libya and went further and abused the UN principle of No Fly Zone by bombing Libya jsut few hours after the implementation of the No Fly Zone. This shows a total luck of respect of the sovereignity of the state of Libya.3. As the No Fly Zone is proving ineffective, they now want to use the International Criminal Court to arrest President Muammar Gaddaffi.African Union has to intervene and give an ultimatum to UK, France, Italy, the USA and their allies to stop the bombing of Libya and leave Libya immediately. African Union can resolve this. African Union should show that they have a voice and control over Africa as a continent.Tell me what would happen if African Union soldires invade any European or Western country for refusing to cancel their debts?
Please watch the interview of Professor Francis Boyle of the University of Illionis in the USA, on Al Jazeera on you tube. He clearly and openly spelt out why the UK, France, Italy and the USA want President Muammar Gaddaffi forcefully removed from power. It is not about human rights abuse. It is about the massive Libyan OIL and GAS over which President Muammar Gaddaffi and the Libyan government have total grip and control. if it is a question of human rights, they should have intervened in and bombed Syria and Yemeni as well and give the respective leaders to step down and leave theri respective countires?
UK, France, Italy, the USA and their allies have abused the principles of the UN. They are using the UN to meet their own secret needs and this is dangerous as it will make the world very insecure for all of us.If anything, the UN has not and is not and will never help Africa when it comes to security issues because no African country is a permanent member of the UN Security Council. African countires should withdraw their membership from the IUnited Nations and Common Wealth because they are not gaining anytihning. The membership fee being paid to the UN and the Common Wealth could be used to start and finance prodcúctive projects such as roads and hospitals.African Union and governments must intervene now and save Libya and thus Africa before the continent is turned into another Iraq. Look at Iraq today: It has been totally bombed and destroyed. The USA and Uk cannot even rebuild Iraq.
It is very important and urgent that African leaders, politicians and military leaders meet twice every week to discuss the Libyan crisis and even intervene in Libya as discussion alone will not save Libya. NATO and its western allies meet secretly everyday to discuss ways of removing Gadaffi by force. So why cant African leaders, politicians and military leaders also meet everyday to discuss about defending Libya and Africa. If African Union and African leaders, politicians and military leaders dont give NATO and its Western allies an ultimatum to leave Libya immediately, then they do not have the voice and control over Africa at all. This is shameful and disgraceful. So far only President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has condemned and criticised NATO and its Western allies for their role in bombing Libya. The rest should do likewise. Condemn, criticise and give an ultimatum to NATO and its Western allies to leave Libya immediately. This is because, NATO and its Western allies have also given Gadaffi an ultimatum to leave Libya immediately. For how long will western intervention in Africa continue? For how long shall the people of Africa suffer from western intervention?These are my views and the views of many but voiceless citizens of Africa.Act to save Africa now or never.
Best Regards.
Worried and proud African
Goddy

Goddy

One might take this issue simple but it is a very big issue for the whole of the Africans. Again the Africans need to wake up.The arguments in this article reflects the true reality.The Western countries are not here for any freedom or democracy-but to exploit our continent and leave us with nothing. Why did they start bombings when it was not agreed? They pretend to be democratic. AFRICANS, WE NEED TO REALLY WAKE UP BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE!!!

Mtho

What a great article. Westerners always think west is best and whites are always right.When Sadam Hussein of Iraq started to trade in Euros instead of US$ they invaded Iraq by the name of democracy. Now western petroleum companies have democracy in Iraq not the ordinary civilians. When colonel Gaddafi planed to have African Gold Dinnar instead of U.S$ whole western world invaded Libya. This shows world is ruled by American, NATO consortium.Are they think that we still their occupied countries. If this is the mentality of west what is the purpose of having an U.N.O. U.N.O is almost acts like uni-levers or east indian trading company nowadays. U.N.O is none otherthan U(S)N(ato)O(rganization)

Tikiri

Africans have the potential to stand strong and be a force to reckon with in the world of today. No people in life have it all, one might be good in one thing and bad in another. I strongly believe, leaders of africa especially those of decades ago were far too ignorant to steer africa towards to right path of development and evolution. The world is evolving fast, and today our resources in africa constitute a big attraction for wolves in the name of western powers who want to exploit them and leave us with nothing. All africans need to unite and be able to talk with one voice, saying NO TO SLAVERY AND EXPLOITATION; and YES TO DEVELOPMENT; PROGRESS AND SOCIAL EQUALITY.

Jeffy

Excellent analysis. Sarko is a chance for Africa as he will open the eyes of African to free themselves.
Out of this global crisis Africa will emerge as a Global Decision Center on Ressources with a natural sector that will be essential to relaunch global economic growth with food and nutritional security and sustainable development. Acess to Africa's natural wealth will not be as before as this will result in threat to economic security, capital security, financial security and human and social security especially kidnapping and killing of staff of multinationals accessing Africa's investment opportunities. No more exclusion of Africa's private entrepreneurs and investors in joint ventures on the contrary they would request and obtain to be majority shareholders and accumulate more of the wealth accumulated.
Let us make globalization works for each household.

The Niang Abdoulaye Foundation

I agree with the arguemetns that this is a war of interest for crude oil and other benefits for the West but this is no excuse for african leaders who spent their time abusing the people until the people can take it no more. call the West all the names you like but the blame lies on all african leaders who are interested in nothing esle execept maintaining themselves and entourage in power and pludering their countries wealth for their personal interest. Well the wing of change is blowing, this time democracy has come to stay whether it pleases the tyrants or not. come to think of it you said kadaffi has done this and that for Africa but for whose glory i wonder and by the way if he claims he loves africa he wouldn't be allowing lybians treat them as less than dogs during his 42 years reign. If at all he had any concern for the people of lybia he would not be calling and killing them like rats. The truth bitter but simple for the so call pan africains, African leaders care less about africa all they want is to subject the people and rule them in ignorance. You talk only of the good he has done ,open your eyes and look the other way, you will see that his evil side far outweights his pretentous goodness not to talk of his personal riches and those of his sons that is the only motivation to continue clinging to power even if all lybians must died. you can continue to blame the West and put forth all theories why they are the devils but i maintain that the true enemy is the African leaders themselves, look at what they did in ivory coast all the blood shared, to think that Gbagbo spent ten years in power and did not execute even one developemt project but had the billions of cFAFs to purchase weapons to destroy his own people. let us stop fooling ourselves that the west is the problem,our leaders are always selling after the market because they have nothing to offer. They are the source of all the woes of our continent and the very ones who create conditions such that the west can always profit. At least the westerns France, Britian and America and others do not only expliot, they are doing something good, saving the lives of thousands of innocent citizens that would have been massacre with no shame by their own leaders. i say again if that is the price to pay and the only way till africans make up thier mind to take responsiblity for their own destiny, then let it be.

rose takou

I agree with these views expressed.

What is happening now in Libya concerns many. It cannot be explained in any legal or humanitarian as per resolution 1973 of no fly zones and protection of civilians. The hard questions are not been answered.

The none intervention and interference of state's internal disturbances or civil war for other countries is now a mockery. The Resolution could have been forthright and said Operation Gaddafi Out for this is now the mission, overthrawal Moammar Gaddafi rather than the lame excuses being used, which are leading to suffering, deaths of many civilians, maiming and destruction of the economy of the country.

The African Union needs to assert itself MORE.....and the writer rightly puts it, what is the place of the AU in UN Security Council?

The African members to the UN Security Council( Nigeria, South Africa and Gabon) needs to account. For the consequences of what is happening in Libya would be far fetched and the future of the country, that was doing so well economically, would be dim.

While Moammar Gaddafi had his inadequencies, just like any other leader in the world. There were many ways of removing him from power, peacefully and democratically.

The UN Charter ought to give hope to the world. It could have played a better role through peaceful settlement of the conflict, which have been proposed and ignored by the big powers. So whats the meaning of negotiations, mediation, conciliation, etc in the Charter?

With the African leadership and AU being silenced through divide and rule, the African people should come out and start a No War, None Interventionists, None Interference Campaigns!!!

We need to read more on what happened in Iraq, Kosovo, Afghanistan and now Libya

Keeping quiet on Libya is inviting more troubles for Africa and also condoning impunity, in my view!

It is time Africans Unite; the South, the East, the Central, the West, the North... This is the time to show our unity of purpose, for Gaddafi will be gone and Africa will remain, with all the debris around us.

For the World to have peace and security, all states must restore and abide by the RULE OF LAW, including those in the UN Charter and the procedures therein.

Stephen Musau

A fantastic article! I'm so glad it was brought to my attention.

Mary Hartman

Lets make this article read by every African. If every body list this to all friends contact in facebook, with few days millions will read it. Lest post this to all African American organizations, to all african organizations....

Dani

I haven't long-long time ago read such a good, exhausting and consolidatived article
The true words are nowadays not invited. In this articlke I got the better summar of information about Afrika (but not only Afrika) as I have ever had from any other article. I do not believe to UN, USA and EU companies who instead of solving of situation in Libya on the way of peaceful deliberations an not the way they do it all.
I thind also that it is finally the time change the ruls of UN, bocouse they not serve to all people on the Earth. I would like to express my appreciation to author of this artickle which I would like to translate to my Slovak language and share him between people in my network.
I wish all the best, Peace to all Afrika continent.

Maria Shipka

Wonderful column. It amazes me how the American people especially "African" Americans people sit quietly while the government continue to perpetuate crime after crime against the peoles of the world. ie Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia and Libya just to name a few.

I believe it is because of our desire for financial wealth which in the west represents success.

We seem to think that only American lives are valuable.

We African Americans are drunk off of an illusion

Tc2ewra

I read this with great interest. I believe it gives information that most people do not have; however the masses will never see this article. The more one reads and researches into this issue, the more comes to light. I'm sure there are many lies in the West's war on Libya; or war on anywhere else.There are also some patches of truth, which are enough to keep the war drums beating.

Malcolm Bush, human rights and ethics campaigner




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