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The rebels are definitely fighting for their own share of the resources. Any insurgence that allows

foreigners to attack one's country cannot come clean of doing it for the same people they kill.

How would they tell these nations to leave after they had helped them win the war? These

"hegemonic" nations have come to stay and position themselves for contracts.

 

 

Libya: The Return of Colonialist Bondage

By Hakeem Babalola

 

Libya’s destruction, a victory for the West; a defeat for ordinary Libyans

The suffering of Libyans has just begun. For there can never be true liberation when your oppressor is the one who defines what your freedom should be. The ousting of Colonel Gaddafi, Libyan leader for 42 years, by the rebels backed Western forces especially NATO is indeed a victory for the West whose fixation on Gaddafi’s Libya has become worrisome. It’s definitely not a victory for ordinary Libyans who would continue to suffer a lot of nervous strain and shock after the destruction. Neither is it a victory for the rebels who have been in excess jubilation since capturing Gaddafi’s official residence. “We are free,” they proclaimed in wild happiness. But they have forgotten one important thing: that they are now slaves to all the countries that helped them kick out Gaddafi. Apparently the rebels are not ordinary Libyan but a group of people who want the share of the oil with the help of foreign forces. Gaddafi’s main crime may be the fact that he refused to let the West control Libya’s resources, hence he must be eliminated by all possible means. In their euphoria and in their haste to get rid of him, they forgot that none of the countries that backed them has the interest of Libyans at heart. Let them for once re-visit Iraq.  

Gaddafi's mistake

As for Gaddafi, nothing lasts forever. The man should have known that 42 years of single-handedly ruling or administering a nation is more than too long. There is no doubting the fact that Gaddafi always meant well for Libya unlike America, Britain, France, NATO, UN and other bereaved organisations claiming to love Libya more than God loves the Israelites. I detest dynasty rule, and this seems to be Gaddafi`s undoing. A nation can never be the personal property of any man or group. He should have relinquished power at a point in time and become the Father of the Nation or something similar. At 70 and having ruled for 42 years, Gaddafi should have embraced the uprising tactically no matter how painful it might be—at least to prevent his own legacy which the West actually wants to destroy.

But then power corrupts absolute power corrupts absolutely. He should have known that America, Britain, France and others still consider themselves as the Alpha and Omega of this world—the owner of our earth. And so they cannot tolerate any opposition from an Arab-African in the spirit of Gaddafi. This man should have realised he was not fighting the "rats" within his own environment but "desperate and hungry lions" outside his environment who have surreptitiously waited to devour him. Perhaps Gaddafi should have been more careful, especially when his colleagues in the African Union (AU) do not like his gut. Gaddafi should have known that neither America nor its allies forget and forgive. He should have known that the oil in his background is enough to eliminate him by all means. He should have learnt a lesson from Iraq, a nation destroyed by Obama's predecessor on the pretence that the late Iraqi leader possessed Weapons of Mass Destruction, which turned out to be a ruse. It was simply a ploy by Mr. Bush to invade the oil rich nation. There is always an excuse to invade certain countries especially when the rulers of such countries refuse to be a stooge. 

Attacking a sovereign nation

I have stopped worrying each time the American or British or French government issues public propaganda justifying the need to attack Iraq or Afghanistan or Ivory Coast or Libya, etc. in order to protect the people. I have stopped worrying because it is now obvious to me that these so-called "developed nations" must use ideas or statements often exaggerated or false intended for a political cause. They need to sound as people oriented leaders to gain the much needed support, otherwise they become irrelevant. They must use the empty rhetoric of politicians as an excuse to justify the partial occupation—of less powerful nations—especially those nations of Africa. One wonders why the United Nations has not ordered the attack on North Korea! And why it is so easy to bombard Libya under the pretext of protecting the civilians in that region. Even though more than 20,000 have lost their lives in the civil war, what’s coming out of people like David Cameron of Britain, Hilary Clinton of America and others is disturbing.

“I pledge support for a new era,” says Mrs Clinton, US Secretary of State. In what I consider a sinister statement, Mr Cameron says we would like to see Gaddafi punished for his crimes, adding: “We need a swift transition to a democratic and inclusive Libya,” Inclusive Libya? Is it that necessary to include Libya in Libya’s affairs? Ah, to include the Libyan people is to further disrupt the agenda of a purpose. Let America, Britain and France take over Libya completely and divide it among themselves. For this would be the true picture of the main objective. Libyans and Africans in general aren’t capable of taking care of themselves hence the need to bombard every independent African State.

Rhapsody of Gaddafi's elimination

In February, the trouble barely started in Libya when America, France and Britain began to campaign for Gaddafi's exit. Their rhapsody of Gaddafi’s elimination was so soon then that it backfired; because discerning minds wanted to know why these three countries were so fixated on Libya. Is it because like Iraq, it is an oil producing nation? Why was it so easy for these three countries to back the rebels? Did they know before hand that Libya was to face uprising? What was behind their open support for the rebels? Why did they start freezing Libya's assets immediately when the trouble started? Can any African nation freeze British or US assets in any circumstance? What happened in Libya at that time was just unfolding but these nations had gone to town calling for the head of Gaddafi, saying he was killing his people. Will America or Britain or France fold its arm if a group of rebels come together to topple its government?

"Oyinbo" always right mentality

I suppose it is easy for the Western countries to attack or occupy African continent because they have mastered the art of colluding with African rulers. African people it seems hate their own image. Majority of them still probably believe that "Oyinbo" is always right. This mental slavery is reoccurring in different forms: it may be the process of "protecting the people of Africa" from their dictators (as if there are no dictators elsewhere) whenever it pleases the Western countries to destroy any African nation of their choice. Can't they leave African people to fight for ourselves? Or are we forever tied to their apron?  

Destroy & Build Doctrine

It is interesting how easy our so-called intellectuals often blame their own rulers without asking the occupiers to leave Africa alone. Sad as it is, it's amusing many African intellectuals are yet to understand the game—the game of destroy and build. Let them go read The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. Africa has to be destroyed to enrich the Western nations who are always the benefactor of such destruction. Thereafter they would send their businessmen to get the contracts to rebuild. The notorious International Monetary Fund (IMF) would offer to loan in order to further enslave the "protected civilians" even the country at large. Of course with the collaboration of the locals— governments included—whose thinking faculty is all about money. How long will it take Africans to realise that no other nation or continent—no matter how powerful or rich— would sincerely volunteer to help Africa develop, or help build Africa? Each man to his own problem! It’s only Africans that can genuinely build Africa if we want. I salute Germany, Russia, China and others who have been diplomatic cautious and not aggressive in this regard.

Probing NATO forces

There has always been a double standard policy by the international organisations. Why is NATO spear-heading the attack on Libya while creating the impression that the rebels are acting on their own in the attacks in Tripoli? I agree with South Africa's deputy president, Kgalema Motlanthe who has called for probe against possible human rights violations committed by NATO forces in Libya. Reports have it that NATO conducted 46 strikes sorties in areas around Tripoli. The question is whether the (court) will have the wherewithal to unearth that information and bring those who are responsible to book, including the NATO commanders on the ground. NATO says the target is not to kill Gaddafi and that it’s not coordinating with National Transitional Council. Oh, really? Did NATO back the rebels with intelligence, logistics, ammunitions, training and aerial cover or not? Is this a violation of the letter and spirit of the UN charter or not? NATO nations clearly contravened UN arms embargo on Libya

Disappointing United Nations

As for the United Nations, the organisation has achieved very little in terms of solving conflicts around the world. It is hard to see what is united in United Nations. Why is the organisation always sending what it calls “Humanitarian Aid” only after the damaged might have been done? I think the UN should cultivate the habit of preventing conflicts—by all means possible rather than sending aids. The United Nations seems to be failing in its responsibility to inspire peace among nations. The presence of UN since its inception in 1945 should have made the world a living place to live. Unfortunately, nations have been divided more than united. Perhaps this organisation needs to change tactics. The UN resolution should be to protect and not to take sides. On what principle did the UN back the rebels? Malam El-Rufai of Nigeria puts it succinctly: The swiftness at which the UN passes resolutions that water the grounds for the West's intervention in any country is directly proportional to the oil reserves in that country, as well as history of past grudges.

Where is the African Union & Arab League?

African Union ke? The AU is becoming an embarrassment. It’s supposed to be the mouth piece of Africa but has since become useless since the destruction started in Libya. The organisation is so much in slumber that foreign organisations like European Union had to take charge, dictating the pace of the uprising. AU has further tarnished its image and disgraced the whole of Africa by not being the one in charge of an affair concerning its member state. It doesn’t matter its tactical approach, saying it will not “explicitly recognised the rebels.”  Whatever that means! Arab League on the other hand is quick to say it is in “full solidarity with the rebels.” The position of these two important organisations added to the impunity with which the Western countries violate Libya’s sovereignty.

The Rebels as Stooge

My heartfelt sympathy goes to the Libyan people. Sure, people are always the victims in these circumstances. How can the rebels claim victory when it’s obvious the Western countries fought the war? The rebels should have done it alone without the help of outsiders. By so doing they committed the same crime they accused Gaddafi of. The rebels like their foreign counterparts are misleading the people by claiming they’re fighting the people's fight. I don't believe this. The rebels are definitely fighting for their own share of the resources. Any insurgence that allows foreigners to attack one's country cannot come clean of doing it for the same people they kill. How would they tell these nations to leave after they had helped them win the war? These "hegemonic" nations have come to stay and position themselves for contracts. Of course this is normal after spending a lot to help win the war. It’s the name of the game Period. Lindsay German says Libya won’t be able to get rid of pro-west government. Ms German, Convenor of the Stop the War Coalition, London, adds that “rebels will form western imposed government.” The rebels in their murky acceleration for revenge or getting rid of Gaddafi disregarded post war trauma on the people and therefore committed the same crimes they accused Gaddafi of. The rebels know quite alright that accepting the West to help fight Gaddafi’s forces would have adverse effect on Libya and its people. Yet no one cares.

Gaddafi & the Western Press

Gaddafi may not be as bad as being painted by the Western press whose bias reporting about the uprising is alarming. Accordingly, every atrocity committed during the uprising is done by Gaddafi’s forces while the rebels are considered innocent. It is Gaddafi and not the rebels that destroyed Libya. It is Gaddafi forces that killed civilians and not the rebels. Personally, despite Gaddafi’s shortcomings, I prefer him to other African rulers who often cringe before America and Britain. For instance, I would choose Gaddafi’s eccentric dictatorship over Hosni Mubarak and Olusegun Obasanjo’s conventional and “democratic” rule. When in a war, you report that one side is killing its people, then discerning minds of course would like to know what happens to the other side. Gaddafi is not as bad as is being painted by the West. He is much better than many African rulers who are in the good book of America and co. Mubarak who is now facing charges of corruption and murder in a country he once ruled for example enjoyed America’s backing and patronage for more that thirty years until the last moment. However, if there’s evidence that Gaddafi killed his own people randomly, then of course he will have to face the charges.

National Transitional Council

What is the principle behind the National Transitional Council when in fact many former aids of Gaddafi who had defected may constitute NTC? I predict that NTC will soon run into trouble. And I predict that whatever they do to Gaddafi is what they too will get. But before then, let them be cautious in dealing with the West. The West obviously is concerned with their own interest. For instance, they have started telling us that pro-revolt foreign states will get contracts to re-build Libya, meaning China, Germany and Russia will lose out because they did not support the revolt. We are told that NTC needs 300 billion euro to rebuild Libya. The money of course would go back the West whose citizens will get most of the contracts. Most importantly, the National Transitional Council should ask itself when last America or Britain or France invited African forces to help them deal with their internal problems!

True Liberation

True freedom will come only if each African country can confront its own tyrants without the help of outsiders whose aim would always to turn Africa into a “burning volcano and a fire under the feet of invaders”. For me, the rebels’ proclamation of freedom simply because the west helped them destroy their country is false freedom never to be celebrated. It is bondage in freedom. Libya will now be ruled by their oppressors pretending to be friends. Iraq and Afghanistan are two examples. 

In conclusion

Libya like Iraq will never be the same and that is the crux of the matter. Libya’s destruction is a victory for the west; a defeat for ordinary Libyans. Sure Gaddafi has made mistakes but neither a monster nor a mad dog as being painted by several American presidents. As for me even with his non-conformity, he is not as bad as most jejune African leaders who conform to code of conduct. Gaddafi usually speaks his mind at the UN General Assembly meeting unlike other African representatives who just nod their heads in agreement with the so-called superpowers. Such “being-my-self” attitude is enough to mark him out as the enemy. Attacking a sovereign nation is the hallmark of destroy and build principle employed by the West, especially America, to pave way for a stooge government. It is unfortunate that the international journalists allow themselves to be used in this regard. I consider NATO’s involvement; even UN as double standard. I believe passionately that the West cannot and will never give Africa and its people true freedom. It is Africans that can liberate themselves without outside help. How long will it take? That is what I don’t know.

Hakeem Babalola is the Managing Editor, African News Hungary / editorafricannews@yahoo.com

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One Hell of a Humanitarian Mission30,000 Bombs Over Libya

Thomas C. Mountain 2 September 2011After some 8,000 bombing raids, with estimates of 4 bombs used per attack NATO has already dropped over 30,000 bombs on Libya. That’s almost 200 bombs per day for 6 months, some tens of thousands of tons of high explosives. With an estimated 2 Libyans killed per bomb and without a single NATO casualty the Western regimes have massacred over 60,000 Libyans in the past half year with the rebels themselves having said there have been 50,000 Libyan deaths. One hell of a humanitarian intervention isn’t it? . . . A major problem for NATO and its  Libyan Quisling League a.k.a the National Transitional Council (NTC) is that most of rebel military is now under the leadership the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), a self described affiliate of Al Queda in the Maghreb (North Africa). The “general” in command of the mainly ethnic Berber rebel fighters that have captured the Libyan capital, known as the Tripoli Military Council, is the head of the LIFG. One of his top commanders is head of the Benghazi based rebel army.

With the recent murder of “General” Younnis, former head of the Libyan secret police and once considered the most feared man in the country, the LIFG has now taken over leadership of almost all of the most effective fighting forces of the Libyan rebellion. . . . South African President Jacob Zuma has condemned the NTC leaders as embezzlers and demanded they return the tens of millions of dollars the NTC top leaderships is charged with stealing during their days in office in the Libyan governmentCounterpunch

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The Rape of Libya

By Bill Van Auken

AP said that the grisly discovery raised “the disturbing specter of mass killings of noncombatants, detainees and the wounded.” Among the bodies of the executed the report added were several that “had been shot in the head, with their hands tied behind their backs. A body in a doctor’s green hospital gown was found in the canal. The bodies were bloated.”eporting from the same killing field, Reuters counted 30 bodies “riddled with bullets”. It noted that “Five of the dead were at a field hospital nearby, with one in an ambulance strapped to a gurney with an intravenous drip still in his arm.” Two of the bodies, it said, “were charred beyond recognition.”

Amnesty International has raised urgent concerns about the killing, torture and brutalization of people being rounded up by the “rebels,” particularly African migrant workers who have been singled out for retribution because of the color of their skin. In a report from a makeshift detention camp set up by the NATO-led forces in a Tripoli school, Amnesty stated:WSWS 

Gaddafi switching to guerrilla mode’  /  Before NATO intrusion, Libya was African Switzerland’

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