Libya Today, If Any Americans Remotely Care
It always resonates the pace of “Lucy and the chocolate factory” manic-ness, US-government, often with NATO, produced chaos and misery around the world, not to mention the chaos and misery from our own government on us domestically.
We collectively are easily numbed out by the "velocitization" of global and domestic tragedies our government is responsible for, though that responsibility rarely is dwelled upon if admitted to by a colluding and propagandizing mainstream media.
The US anti-international and anti-Constitutional law, whether Dem or Republican dominated (heads they win, tails US citizens and all of humanity lose) government and a slick and effective corporate media continue to treat us, their American citizen patsies and audience, respectively, like mushrooms, best kept in the dark.
Today I want to write about Libya, that fell off the metaphorical “I Love Lucy chocolate candy factory ramp” over three years ago in terms of media attention. Out of sight, out of mind? Actually, what was happening in Libya was always given short shrift by the amoral mainstream media and our ever-lying and craven US government.
Libya was Africa’s richest state under Gaddafi. It had been one of Africa’s greatest nations
After the NATO/US humanitarian intervention, it is a failed state.
A FAILED STATE.
Anybody care except the surviving and misery-imbued Libyans?
Garikai Chengu in “The Descent of Libya” reports on how Africa’s wealthiest nation in 2011 is now in shambles today in 2014, as well as a life-threatening environment for formerly economically and socially comfortable Libyan citizens, those still there and who have managed to survive thus far.
Today there are two warring factions in Libya. Both factions have their own Prime Minister, parliament and army. One side in the West is made up of Islamist militias who control the capital, Tripoli, and other cities and who chased out a parliament that had been elected over the summer.
In the East is the “legitimate” government that is run by anti-Islamist politicians.
The Western embassies in Libya have cleared out. Why not? Their dirty destructive work is done. Ambassador Stevens is dead.
South of Libya is a haven for terrorists.
The North coast Chengu describes as a “center of migrant trafficking.”
Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria have closed their borders to Libya.
Throughout all of Libya, however, there is widespread RAPE, ASSASSINATION AND TORTURE.
According to Chengu the US is “fed up” with the two “inept” governments in Libya and is supporting a third, long time CIA-asset (of course he is) General Khalifa Hifter. He is ready to become Libya’s new DICTATOR. In 1980 he broke with Gaddafi and moved to Langley, Virginia near CIA headquarters, where he underwent training. He was active in the regime change attempts on Gaddafi back in 1996.
Hifter is vying for control of Benghazi against Al Qaeda group Ansar al-Sharia.
Ansar al-Sharia was the group armed by America during the NATO campaign against Colonel Gaddafi.
Let's repeat that, ANSAR AL-SHARIA WAS THE GROUP ARMED BY AMERICA DURING THE NATO CAMPAIGN AGAINST COLONEL GADDAFI.
According to Chengu, ANSAR AL-SHARIA, TODAY, IS SAID TO HAVE BEEN THE GROUP THAT BRUTALLY ASSASSINATED US AMBASSADOR STEVENS.
That, apparently, is not considered a major story for the US propagandizing mainstream corporate media.
So at this very moment and of course again unreported by the penlight focused and craven US propaganda media Hifter is receiving “logistical and air support” from the US so that he can control Libya because Hifter will open Libya to “Western finaciers, speculators and capital.” ISN’T THAT SPECIAL? FUHGETTABOUT THE SURVIVORS IN LIBYA. Gotta take care of the needs of the western financial elites.
And once again, the US is opposing an Islamist extremist group it originally supported and weaponized. WTF????
So let's look back at the REAL Gaddafi SUPPOSED CRIMES. In the eyes of the US and NATO, the greatest one according to Chengu was Gaddafi’s desire to put the interests of the working people of Libya above the foreign capitalists. Gaddafi had been working for 40 years to promote ECONOMIC DEMOCRACY in Libya and to NATIONALIZE OIL WEALTH FOR LIBYA’S SOCIAL WELFARE!! Libyans enjoyed -- ARE YOU READY???? -- free health care, free education, free electricity and interest-free loans.
Thanks to the US/NATO destruction of Libya, those Libyans (also threatened with rape, assassination or torture as aforementioned) have a health care system on the verge of collapse, a higher education system shut down across the country and now endure frequent electrical blackouts.
Gaddafi had had the nerve to visualize a "United States of Africa" in which all the African nations did not have western imperialist boots on their necks.
GADDAFI HAD TO BE TAKEN OUT.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE LIBYAN PEOPLE IT WAS PRESENTED AS. GADDAFI WAS HANDING OUT VIAGARA (ACCORDING TO THE SAY-ANYTHING US GOVERNMENT AND MAINSTREAM MEDIA PROPAGANDA) SO HIS SOLDIERS COULD RAPE THE WOMEN OF LIBYA GADDAFI HAD SPENT 40 YEARS BRINGING WOMEN'S RIGHTS TO?
BULL SHIT. BULL SHIT. BULL SHIT.
In August of 2011, even before Gaddafi was brutally killed, President Obama confiscated $30 billion from Libya’s Central Bank because Gaddafi had intended to use that money to establish an African IMF and an African Central Bank.
A FOREIGN COUNTRY ACTING IN ITS OWN AND NOT AMERICAN (well, the mighty 0.1% elite's) INTERESTS???? IT MUST BE DESTROYED!!! REGIME CHANGE REGIME CHANGE REGIME CHANGE!!!!
Meanwhile, the Libyan people under Gaddafi had the highest standard of living in Africa.
Who cared? Not the US and NATO. The point was to replace Gaddafi with a western puppet so Libya’s natural resources, benefiting the citizens of Libya, would stop doing that and start benefiting the financial pirates.
The realpolitik, of course, didn't reach the American citizens. Well, it did some of us, who don't trust the US mainstream media propaganda machine.
Now let’s look in particular at one group in Libya -- THE WOMEN.
Under Gaddafi’s regime, unlike most other Arab nations, women had the right to education, to hold jobs, to divorce, to hold property, to have an income. Gaddafi had been praised by the UN Human Rights Council for his promotion of women’s rights. Gaddafi came to power in 1969. Few women at that time attended universities in Libya. Before Gaddafi’s assassination over half of all university students were women. One of Gaddafi’s first laws in 1970 was equal pay for equal work.
in fact not only Libya, but Iraq and Syria -- prior to western military supposed humanitarian interventions -- were the most modern secular states in the Middle East and North Africa with the highest regional women’s rights and standards of living.
Today in Libya (as well as Iraq and Syria) the story is the exact opposite for women.
THE NEW “DEMOCRATIC” (what a colossal joke) LIBYA CLAMPS DOWN ON WOMEN’S RIGHTS. THE RULING TRIBES ARE PATRIARCHAL. GENDER EQUALITY IS SEEN AS A WESTERN PERVERSION ACCORDING TO THE EXTREMIST MIGHT-MAKES-RIGHT ISLAMIST FORCES THERE WHO FILLED THE GOVERNMENT VACUUM CREATED BY US/NATO MASS DESTRUCTION.
So the Libyans are suffering from the destruction of their country and their culture by western imperialism. We US citizens had trillions of tax dollars robbed from our domestic needs to bring about their massive suffering, as well as the suffering in Syria, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries. The Military-Industrial-Complex of the US and western oil companies benefited big time from the disaster capitalism destruction.
AND THAT IS ALL THAT APPARENTLY MATTERS.
Destroying Gaddafi’s Libya was especially a big coup for sociopathic financial overlords, sociopathic US military strategists, and sociopathic puppet pols (like Obama, McCain, Hillary ... well, let’s list most all of them). Libya is the geographic intersection of Africa and the Middle East and Europe. WHAT A CHOICE CENTER OF CONTROL!!!
THE US and NATO HAD TO DESTROY IT.
As for US media, It wasn’t a really big story. It was a done -- gone state -- deal. Just one of many targets on the US/NATO imperialism clipboard.
WHO CARED? WHO CARES?
I mean, again, it was a country that used the profits of its own natural resources to benefit its own citizens. That is positively UN-AMERICAN and anything GLOBALLY that is UN-AMERICAN (that is, not for the top 0.1% financial elite) MUST BE DESTROYED.
[cross-posted on open salon]