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Making a Sense out of Crisis in Arab countries

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Suddenly the Arab world is in turmoil. The reason and the agitators are different in different places but a pattern is emerging. In Tunisia, Egypt, Oman, Yemen, the crowd wants reforms but not revolt. Most of them went home after achieving their initial victory when the existing dictators of Tunisia and Egypt departed to be replaced by new dictators but the systems stay as these are. Thus, the so-called revolution in those Arab countries looks like side shows to the impending disaster that is about to happen: NATO invasion of Libya.

The entire anti-Gaddafi campaign is organized from abroad, propagated by the Western media, with Western powers, NATO and its allies already preparing for an invasion. What is already destroyed is the respect for international law, which upholds the right of all countries to apply their Constitution in their own territory. When gangs of heavily armed protesters are committing arson, looting shops and homes, and murdering people, should we expect the authorities not to do anything because if they do, United Nations can impose sanctions and NATO will invade?

The London-based Libyan newspaper Libya Al-Youm has published an appeal to Libyans by Al-Ameen Balhajj, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya:

“My compatriots of august Libya, …. I greet each one of you with great pride for we Libyans have ignited the spark of freedom. …. We all now have but one path, one goal: that Libya, for whose freedom our forefathers fought, should become a state governed by the rule of law.” This law will be nothing but Shariat, which Taliban wants to impose on Afghanistan.

In the case of Libya, the rebels are forces trained by the US military, representatives of the armed faction of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya, flown in to Egypt and Tunisia to then infiltrate across the Libyan borders. This anti-Gaddafi group, sponsored and trained in terrorist activities by the CIA and Israelis and financed by Saudi Arabia for decades, has tried to kill Gaddafi on several occasions. The purpose is to control of “Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran”, as said by General Wesley Clark in an interview with ‘Democracy Now!’ March 2, 2007.

Crime of Gaddafi:

Gaddafi led a revolution to overthrow King Idris, a puppet of Italian and American interests in the region with the largest U.S. military base abroad in Libya. Gaddafi did not build palaces with gold, not buy luxury yachts or collections of imported cars. He devoted himself to rebuilding the country, ensuring better living conditions for the people in the style of Arab socialism, as imagined by Gamal Abdul Nasser before him.

Gaddafi has always supported revolutionary movements around the world. When the Western countries supported the racist apartheid regime South Africa, Gaddafi trained and equipped the freedom fighters of the African National Congress in Libya. Gaddafi has supported the freedom struggles and people’s effort to improve their lives in Nicaragua, Cuba, Angola, Mozambique, Palestine, El Salvador, and Vietnam.

The Green Book, written by Gaddafi, says that workers should be involved and self-employed, and that the land must be of those who work it and those who live in the house. Power shall be exercised by the people directly, without intermediaries, without politicians, through popular committees, where the whole population decides the fundamental issues of the district, city and country.

According to HDI (Human Development Index) devised by UN, Libya had in 1970 HDI of 0.541. In 2010, Libya has HDI of .755 similar to that of Saudi Arabia with .752 while India has only .519 and the Arab states as a whole has .588.  Libya has the highest HDI among the African countries. It has best distribution of income, and health and public education are free.

Western Revenge:

Western countries do not like a leader who is determined to uplift the fortune of his people. Shah of Iran, a staunch supporter of the West, and a progressive leader, had learned the lesson in a very hard way. While facing unrest in Iran in 1978-79, he was asked to step down by the President Jimmy Carter, as today Hillary Clinton is saying to Gaddafi. When the popular leader of Iran Bani Sadr tried to create a democratic system in Iran, France has sent in a special Air-France aircraft Ayatollah Khomeni, who was kept in the suburb of Paris in great luxury. The result was a blood bath in Iran, when all traces of civilized governance were wiped out by the fanatic Mullahs. A dictatorship much more worse than that of the regime of Shah was imposed upon Iran.

According the resolution 1970 against Libya, the UN Security Council wanted all member states to “freeze without delay all funds, other financial assets and economic resources which are on their territories, which are owned or controlled, directly or indirectly, by the individuals or entities” listed in the resolution. It imposed a travel ban on Gaddafi and other associates in his administration, including some members of his family and other relatives. In 1970, when Pakistan has finished off at least 3 million people in East Pakistan, it had received congratulatory message from President Nixon for stabilizing the unrest. There was no UN sanction against Pakistan. Only a few months ago when the Sri Lankan army killed at least 100,000 Tamils, violated equal number of Tamil women, and put the entire Tamil population in the north of Sri Lanka in the concentration camp, there was no outcry in the Western world or in the UN.

The U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is offering dissidents “any kind of assistance”. U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman compared the Libyan situation to the one in the Balkans in the 1990s when the U.S. invaded and destroyed Yugoslavia. That’s what I think we ought to do in Libya”. The US military deployed naval and air units near Libya. The NATO is sending its concrete aid to Libya’s rebellion in the east of the country, hoping to give it the momentum to oust Gaddafi, because most of Libya’s oil is actually closer to Benghazi, in the east. The Sirte Basin of eastern Libya is the world’s 13th most oil rich province.

Western Associations with the Terrorists:

The CIA and MI-6 (the British spy network) permitted control of training operations at Darunta, an “Arab Afghan” base located near the camp of Osama Bin Laden and used to manufacture explosives and chemical weapons and train in their use, to pass to the control of Ibn Sheikh, a Libyan leader of Al Qaeda.

The CIA and MI-6 were dealing with a Libyan Al Qaeda member at the same time Libyan leader Muammar el Qaddafi had declared war on Al Qaeda. Unlike the United States, Libya issued an Interpol arrest warrant for Bin Laden even in 1998. In a speech on Libyan state television recently, Gaddafi blamed al-Qaeda for the uprising.

When Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, accused foreigners and opposition groups of fomenting unrest within Libya, there are a lot of truth in it.

Ibrahim Sahad and his National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFLS) formed the National Conference of the Libyan Opposition (NCLO) in London in 2005, supported by the United States. Both the corporate owned Western news media, the US State Department, and the corporate funded Movements.org are getting their reports entirely from Sahad’s NCLO in Washington. These reports have become the basis for accusations of “genocide”, the convening of the UNSC, economic sanctions, threats directed toward Libyan security forces that attempt to quell protesters, and NATO enforced no-fly zones, as planned by David Cameron of Britain.

Ibrahim Sahad of the National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL) echoed the Soros-Brzezinski International Crisis Group calls for the UN Security Council to intervene in Libya. Zbigniew Brzezinski was the National Security Adviser to President Jimmy Carter and created Muzzahadins from the ranks of the Pakistani army to destabilize the socialist regime of Noor Mohammed Taraki of Afghanistan in 1978. He is now the main adviser to Hillary Clinton. He had always maintained close contacts with the Taliban and Muzzahadin, as he wants to use them to destroy the real enemy of The West, Russia.

After the occupation and destruction of Iraq, only three countries are still holding out in the Middle East against The West: Syria, Iran and Libya. They do not accept the concept of subordinating their people’s national interests to the Western political interest. Many times the security and intelligence services of The West tried to assassinate the leaders of these three countries to change their regimes. The U.S. Congress has authorized the White House to double the amount approved in the 2011 budget for expenses related to propaganda, disinformation and media against leaders who oppose U.S. interests worldwide, as is the case with Muammar Gaddafi, Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales, Rafael Correa, Raul Castro, Daniel Ortega, Cristina Kirchner, Fernando Lugo, Alexander Lukashenko and of course Vladimir Putin.

Resources would be used to buy space in the media of these countries ruled by these leaders in newspapers, radio, magazines and television networks. They should always refer to them as dictators. The total project budget is one billion dollars. Recently, The Central Intelligence Agency, State Department and Defense Department of USA agreed that millions of dollars would be transferred to opponents of the regimes of these leaders to allow them to organize demonstrations and start a world media campaign against them.

Analysis:

Oil revenues and a small population give Libya one of the highest GDPs per capita in Africa and have allowed the Libyan state to provide an extensive level of social programmes, particularly in the fields of housing and education. Health and education are things that Libyans can take for granted. The standard of living in Libya is higher than that of all the neighbouring countries. Women have equal rights with men. Illiteracy has greatly decreased under the leadership of Gaddafi. Humanitarian work and unity efforts for the African peoples have come from the leadership of Libya. Compared to neighbouring countries, Libyans enjoy a low level of poverty and have similar standard of living as that in Saudi Arabia.

The rioters are now reportedly attempting to take control of Libyan oil fields. Would it  create any benefit for the people of Libya or for the Anglo-American oil companies who have already taken over all oil fields of Iraq. It is more than obvious that the Libyan opposition has been organized by Washington DC, who is against any progressive government anywhere traditionally. The groundwork was being laid for the planned assault on Libya. They are invading Libya from Egypt. Bought and paid for mercenaries are posing as “Libyan protesters”, who are very similar to the thousands of Arab terrorists trained in Pakistan, sent to Yugoslavia by Benazir Bhutto to create communal riots between the Muslims and Christians eventually to destroy Yugoslavia, or to the thousands of Pakistani Muzzahadins sent to Kashmir by Zia Ul Haque to kill and expel every Hindus from Kashmir in 1992.  Libya is trying to defend itself, its territorial integrity and sovereignty. The West doing all in its power to counter it and destroy it, as The West has subverted countless governments in Asia, Africa and Latin America to put in place ruthless anti-people dictators. Libya is one more victim of that grand design.

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I am now Professor in International Economics in Nagasaki University Japan. I did my PhD on model building for development planning in the University of Birmingham, UK. I was then Research Officer in Department of Applied Economics in Cambridge University and Lecturer in the Institute of Agricultural Economics in Oxford University. I have published 8 books and more than 70 papers in academic journals on economics.


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