The Desert Mystic
Libya is a country of approximately six million people, having a huge geographical area but low population density. Claims that Gaddafi has uplifted his people over the course of his 40- year dictatorship are questionable. Supporters claim that poverty is low and enemies claim that poverty is high throughout the country. However, in Tripoli in September 2009 there were the obvious signs of capitalism: overcrowding, traffic, poverty, pollution and destruction of nature. There was also an element of fear visible in people's faces.
It is completely hypocritical of citizens of the United States to speak of the outrage of 'poverty' abroad when that poverty is so often the result of US militarization, unjust trade, and plundering entities like the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Further, some of the worst poverty in the world can be found in US cities like Gary, Indiana and on Native American reservations like Pine Ridge. Hillary Clinton's complaints about Muammar Gaddafi are really just a projection of her shadow -- a long, dark shadow steeped in bloodshed and deception -- and another example of the hypocrisy on Libya.
Gaddafi's Green Book
and the 'Third Universal Theory' it propounds are worth reading. Had it been written by most anyone else who is opposed to the expansion of western empire with all its horrors, it would be more widely appreciated. The book addresses the falsification of democracy
and the proliferation of organized criminal gangs -- like the Republicans and Democrats that call themselves parties of and for the US people.
Gaddafi has funded Pan-African organizations and individuals, some of whom have very noble missions and serve to challenge the downtrodden, while he has also funded some armed factions involved in unjust wars or destabilizations. Gaddafi also supports one state in Palestine with equal rights for
everyone, and he has spoken forcefully about the unjust war against the
Palestinians by Israel. Gaddafi has funded Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam (this is a value neutral
comment by this [white] author).
Gaddafi also funded Jean Pierre Bemba
and the euphemistically-named Movement for the Liberation of Congo
(MLC), the 'rebellion' [sic] that was also backed by Yoweri Museveni and allied with Rwandan 'rebel' forces (Congolese Rally for Democracy
) backed by Paul Kagame, and these forces were responsible for a very definite genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo-Zaire). Bemba is on trial at the International Criminal Court for war crimes committed in the Central African Republic.
Human Rights Watch has reported that international arms dealer Victor Bout illegally shipped weapons into Congo-Zaire, picking them up in Libya and delivering them to Rwandan Hutu forces. However, Human Rights Watch is deeply compromised when it comes to reporting and not reporting the facts -- or selectively reporting them -- on Central Africa. If Gaddafi did supply or facilitate the provision of arms to Rwandan Hutu insurgents in Congo-Zaire, it may be one of the more reasonable actions he took: e.g. the Forces for the Democratic Liberation of Rwanda
(FDLR) are forever maligned by the Pentagon and its propaganda minions precisely because they fought against the illegal invasion of Rwanda by Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni and their Pentagon backers. Meanwhile, it is Rwanda, Uganda and their foreign multinational corporate allies that are responsible for the preponderance of killing in Central Africa, not the FDLR.
According to Amnesty International, another selective human rights organ serving western interests, Gaddafi also reportedly armed Sudanese in Darfur -- long before the current conflict began in 2003 -- to fight against western backed interventions in Chad and Sudan.
Gaddafi reportedly owns land in Zimbabwe and may flee there or to other countries where repressive control is maintained in service to western interests.
Street hawker selling wares on the streets of Tripoli, September 2009.
Muammar Gaddafi is/was the most recent chairman of the African Union (AU), another elite organization designed to serve western exploitation -- or run by a cabal of thieves, at the very least, who all have the goods on each other, and so none will ever challenge the way things are -- while the people, the masses of Africa, everywhere suffer.
The AU signed on with Washington for the devastating neo-liberal trade and tariffs agreement known euphemistically as the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). The AU special report on genocide in Rwanda was a complete whitewash serving US/UK interests and protecting dictators Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni. The AU has also been slammed by African leaders
for inaction and silence in various developments on the continent.
Former AU chairmen have included some of Africa's most criminal dictators, such as Dennis Sassou-Nguesso, who has reigned with absolute military brutality in the Republic of Congo for some 20 years (with a gap from 1992-1997). Gabon's present ruler Albert-Bernard Bongo is the son-in-law of Dennis Sassou-Nguesso, and both have been
sustained with millions of Elf petrol dollars (see, e.g., keith harmon snow: The Crimes of Bongo
). Sassou-Nguesso's elite
Cobra militia was also trained by French advisers and, like Colonel Joseph Mobutu,
Sassou-Nguesso relied on Israeli security and intelligence for
The AU's alliance with NATO began long ago, and it saw expanded joint military operations in Sudan, where the AU served as NATO's 'African face' for US/UK and Israeli military interventions in the war for Darfur. For example, forces fighting for the NATO interests, commanded and commandeered under an AU banner, came from Paul Kagame's Rwanda Defense Forces
(formerly called Rwandan Patriotic Front/Army
) responsible for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Uganda, Rwanda, Congo-Zaire and, then, Darfur. Rather than condemning western military expansion and different forms of AFRICOM or CIA-backed terrorism, for example, the AU backs the western war of annihilation in Somalia, involving Ugandan troops trained by US Special forces, and the Pentagon's expansion in Ethiopia, and support for dictator Meles Zenawi there. Ethiopia is the site of an ongoing genocide against the Annuak, Omo and Orono people -- and no one has reported the atrocities in the blood drenched oil-rich Ogaden basin there. What say the AU? What say those who complain about Gaddafi committing genocide against his own people?
In AFRICA: Global NATO Seeks to Recruit 50 New Military Partners, journalist Rick Rozoff reports: "A recent article in Kenya's Africa Review cited
sources in the African Union (AU) disclosing that the 28-member North
Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] is preparing to sign a military partnership
treaty with the 53-nation AU." Rozoff explains that this is a likely maneuver against the spread of Chinese interests in the continent.
According to Black Agenda Report
editor Glen Ford, who also traveled to
Tripoli in 2008, Gaddafi is on the outs
: the man who ruled this not-so-little North African dictatorship is about finished. Whatever the truth about Muammar Gaddafi, at least one thing is certain: he was not the big bad bogeyman now under attack by the West.
And Now, the Gaddafi Genocide
On February 22, 2011, the Libyan deputy ambassador to the United Nations called on Muammar Gaddafi to step down and face trial over "war crimes and genocide
The charge has now been widely repeated in other news venues. "European diplomats are meeting around the clock to minimise risks for
their nationals after a speech by Libya's Muammar Gaddafi yesterday (22
February) was interpreted as "code to start genocide
declared one CNN news pundit. A Stop Gaddafi Genocide!
page was created on Facebook.
Such claims made by Libyan 'opposition' and reported in the western press that Gaddafi is committing genocide or about to commence genocide against his own people represent the height of arrogance and hypocrisy.
If there are acts of genocide being committed in Libya, they are not
being committed by Gaddafi or those fighting for Gaddafi. Reports are
emerging that indicate that black Africans are being targeted by
ANTI-government forces -- these would be the western media's precious
'rebels' -- for their perceived involvement as mercenaries for Gaddafi. Those being unjustly targeted include black
Africans from Sudan, Chad, or Egypt, many of which are apparently
laborers who have been working the service and lower menial jobs in
Libya. However, this report seeks to remind people that there is a
political economy of genocide, just as there is a political economy of
human rights (and it is imperative that any sincere and comprehensive
discussion or application of the term 'genocide' be informed by an
agreement or understanding of what we do and don't mean by such
The disinformation frenzy and hysteria knows no bounds. A web site dedicated to English language reporting on human rights in Cuba had this headline: Human Rights in Cuba: Is Castro Supporting Gaddafi's Genocide?
"Are Cuban pilots flying Gaddafi's military jets, which are being deployed to attack peaceful Libyan protesters?" the article begins. Interestingly, Fidel Castro was the first international leader to publicly assert that Washington was about to invade Libya
: Castro was right.
At this very moment the wars being prosecuted by the USA and its allies, including Japan, Europe, Israel, South Africa, Canada and Australia, far dwarf the 'atrocities' committed in Libya. While we have no credible reporting about who is killing, who is opposition, how many dead, etc., out of Libya, we have credible report after credible report establishing that the US and its allies have perpetrated massacres, tortures, and other atrocities, including genocide, in the millions of people, in Congo-Zaire, Rwanda, Uganda, Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan - for a short list.
The claims of genocide here, akin to the one-sided charges against former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, or against Sudan's Omar al-Bashir, offer further examples of the Politics of Genocide
delineated in great detail by this writer and others. Reports in western media -- provided, again, by the FNSL and other western intelligence, covert operations or psychological operations flak organizations -- are filled with harsh condemnatory language and characterizations not seen in reporting on or by western military campaigns. For example, in many western reports we can find, such as Gruesome Footage Proves Libya Using Heavy Arms
, there are claims that "newspapers obtained shocking footage of corpses with bodies blasted off and several torsos in Libyan hospitals."
So there are several torsos. That is not quite genocide. Where are the images? If such images of death and destruction do appear it will be in sharp contrast to the complete whiteout on dead bodies in the Pentagon's other theaters of war, in the eastern Congo-Zaire or Somalia, or in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, some videos purporting to be 'violence in Libya' have disappeared from the web.
Images of dead bodies can be produced and published but these are easily stripped of context. How do western audiences and propaganda consumers know that these are authentic and not recycled images of protests from Yemen or Bahrain dumped into the western press (with their willing acknowledgment) by Britain's MI-6, as has been alleged? Al-Jezeera shows its true western colors by not reporting much of anything, and that certainly not critical of western manipulation or involvement.
dictator Yoweri Museveni greets the entourage of foreign mercenaries
Tony Buckingham and others as part of the Heritage Oil & Gas /
Sandline International meetings to secure oil concessions in the bloody
Semliki basin bordering eastern Congo-Zaire & northern Uganda: both sites of actual genocides.
We saw the tactic of collecting dead bodies and skeletons used in Rwanda by the Pentagon's agents of the Rwandan Patriotic Front, and in Darfur and South Sudan, where journalist Nicholas Kristof produced some dead shriveled bodies from some desert somewhere and claimed these were from the New York Times' Secret Genocide Archives
. The atrocities were committed, we are told, by President Omar al-Bashir and the government of Sudan.
However, there is never any mention of US military involvement, mercenaries (Pacific Architects and Engineers, Dyncorp, others) on the ground in Sudan. Dead men tell no tales, or dead women: these dead bodies are as likely dead from US or Israeli backed 'rebels' -- the Justice and Equality Movement or Sudan Liberation Army backed by the US, NATO, Israel and our puppet dictator in Uganda.
Kristof & New York Times' "Secret genocide Archive" February 23, 2005
The double-standards and outright lies can be seen quickly, if one knows there are deeper truths, by examining propaganda produced by the International Crisis Group, or such propaganda tracts as Smith College English teacher Eric Reeves' A Long Day's Dying: Critical Moments in the Darfur Genocide
-- where there is not one reference to Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni and his backing of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) in South Sudan -- a US military covert operation -- and the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) in Darfur, in all of the 386 pages.
Western mercenaries that have been deeply involved, and remain so, in some of the world's bloodiest conflicts, in coup d'etats
, in massacres and other atrocities, include British mercenary Tony Buckingham -- whose mercenary past
is legendary -- founder of Heritage Oil & Gas, a petroleum company linked by Buckingham to mercenary firms Branch Energy and Sandline International. Buckingham was also a partner in the infamous Executive Outcomes, with former British Special Air Services (SAS) soldier-of-misfortune Tim Spicer -- the recipient of massive Pentagon contracts in Iraq. Heritage director General Sir Michael Wilkes retired from the British Army in 1995 and is a former Middle East adviser to the British government and a member of the Army Board. Wilkes commanded Britain's SAS regiment and was director of Special Forces. Heritage Oil has exploited opportunities in Mali, Uganda, Republic of Congo, Oman and Iraq.
Heritage Oil & Gas map of operations in Iraq.
Similarly, there was no public outcry about the use of mercenaries to shore up a dictator when Central African Republic dictator Ange Felix Patasse called in Libyan troops and commanders to protect his private diamond republic. No one said a word when Ethiopian troops joined the Pentagon's efforts to overthrow Col. Joseph Mobutu and reorganize capitalist interests in Congo-Zaire (1996). What, in reality, is the purpose of the UN troops from Pakistan, Guatemala, India or Bangledesh deployed in Congo or Sudan or Haiti? Paid to carry a gun and use it if necessary in support of protecting capitalist interests, these are Mercenaries
"The conflict in Libya is not a revolution, but a counter-revolution," writes long-time Libya resident Gerald Perreira in Libya, Getting it Right: A Revolutionary Pan-African Perspective.
struggle is fundamentally a battle between Pan-African forces on the
one hand, who are dedicated to the realization of Qaddafi's vision of a
united Africa, and reactionary racist Libyan Arab forces who reject
Qaddafi's vision of Libya as part of a United Africa."
"For those of us who have lived and worked in Libya," Perreira points out, "there are many complexities to the current situation that have been completely overlooked by the Western media and 'Westoxicated' analysts. who have nothing other than a Eurocentric perspective to draw on. Let us be clear -- there is no possibility of understanding what is happening in Libya within a Eurocentric framework. Westerners are incapable of understanding a system unless the system emanates from or is attached in some way to the West. Libya's system and the battle now taking place on its soil, stands completely outside of the Western imagination."
However, the piece above has major problems. For starters, the author claims that Gaddafi supported the Sudan People's Liberation Army against an Arab regime in the North of Sudan. However, he doesn't say when this was supposed to have occurred. Prior to 1990, the SPLA was a sort of liberation kind of movement, but John Garang, SPLA leader, soon sold out and became a U.S. client warlord and was even trained at the School of the Americas. Also, the author does not disclose the huge sums of money that Gaddafi has funded 'pan-African' and African-American groups with, such as Louis Farrakan or many, many others. The article appears to be a one-sided apology for Gaddafi, who is described by many Libyans as a brutal dictator who maintained a 40-year reign. [The author of the above story did not respond to questions about the SPLA or others.] Gaddafi is also reported to have backed Yoweri Museveni when he came to power in his guerrilla war from 1980-1985 -- there's nothing 'pan-African' or 'liberationist' about that.
In short, almost everything in the western press on the crises in Libya is slanted by some faction, or interest, or it is tainted by western arrogance, or by anti-imperialist ideology (of 'solidarity'), even in the case of what is perceived to be the 'alternative' media. There is very little accurate reporting of any kind (but some good work linked or cited herein).
Muammar Gaddafi is often portrayed as a champion for people of color -- providing funding, hope and solidarity where none existed -- and this correspondent is aware that this [white] correspondent's writing herein is deficient in presenting all the positive aspects of his collaboration with people of color.
"The lies of the media cannot hide the fact that Gaddafi has supported
the struggles of peoples for liberation in Nicaragua, Cuba, Angola,
Mozambique, South Africa and many other countries, specifically
concretely helping the people who fought for liberation," writes Antonio Cesar Oliviera, in Who Is Muammar Gaddafi?
Gaddafi has always been a benefactor of mankind," Oliviera continues, "but for the mercenary
[western] media, a benefactor is one who creates wars in search of profits for the
arms industry or to dominate the world, as were the wars created by the
U.S. in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, El Salvador,
Nicaragua and many other countries."
Gaddafi's alliance with Islam and his support for truly revolutionary
movements must be understood for what the capitalist
system sees them as: slaps in the face of power and threats to that power. This is
one of the biggest reasons that Gaddafi, throughout his tenure as leader
of the Libyan Revolution, has been considered the devil incarnate by
Washington and London et al. Perhaps there is more truth to this than his supporters would like to believe.
This report [herein] is just another incomplete picture of an incomplete puzzle
-- but it seeks to penetrate through and expose the ongoing western
media campaign for what it is: a psychological operation against the
masses of earth's people who have not and do not benefit from the nasty
policies and actions implemented to serve a very small and elite group
My criticisms of Gadaffi are reserved for those involved in the unjust and illegitimate invasions and wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Rwanda, Congo-Zaire, Somalia and now Libya. Gaddafi has opposed the unjust International Criminal Court, and so do I.
People wishing to support the legitimate grievances and actions for freedom and truth in Libya should challenge the western terrorist apparatus out of Washington, DC, Tel Aviv, Brussels, London and Toronto.
Prayers for the true innocent civilians in Libya, and across the region.
* keith harmon snow traveled to Tripoli, Libya in 2009 and stayed about 3 days while attending the
"2009 International Conference of the Green Book Supporters" as a member of the US Delegation invited by former U.S. Congresswoman Cynthia Mckinney (D-GA).** Maps are from a petroleum
industry map of all Africa produced in 1996: much has changed since then, only for the worse, in terms of oil and gas expansions.