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Gaddafi’s bloodied body will haunt imperialists! – by Shiraz Paracha


A dear friend of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and a supporter of the people of Pakistan, Muammar Gaddafi of Libya was killed in the most violent way by NATO and its Al-Qaeda mercenaries.

The U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed their satisfaction after the murder of Colonel Gaddafi. Reaction of Obama and Hillary was disgusting and disgraceful particularly after watching what their allies did to the dead body of the slain Libyan leader. But what else can be expected from ruling elites who are actually murderers and thieves in suits. They hide their crimes behind false smiles and polite manners.

The Western media, especially the BBC, Euro News, CNN and others misled and misinformed the audience about the nature and real aims of the NATO aggression against Libya.

State owned Qatari TV channel Al-Jazeera, too, became a mouthpiece of invaders as rulers of Qatar and several other Arab Gulf states never liked bold and outspoken Colonel Gaddafi.

Colonel Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi was among that group of Muslim leaders who had challenged Western domination and sought real independence for their nations.

In the early 1970s Pakistan’s Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto inspired Arab and African leaders who wanted true liberation from their former and new colonial masters. Colonel Gaddafi was one such Arab leader.

Palestinian leader Yasser Arfat, Saudi King Fasil, Colonel Gaddafi, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and others blended national and  modern Islamic identities with socialist political and economic ideas. They condemned discriminatory and hypocritical Western policies. The West could not allow such radical leadership in strategically sensitive Middle East and West Asia.

Western intelligence agencies and ruling elites got new strong-headed Muslim leaders one after another. When Bhutto of Pakistan was removed from power in a U.S sponsored military coup, Gaddafi asked the Pakistani military dictator General Zia-ul-Haq to send Bhutto to Libya but General Zia and the United States could not risk allowing Bhutto to leave.

After Bhutto’s assassination, Gaddafi opened his country’s doors for Pakistani dissidents and opponents of the American-sponsored Pakistani dictatorship. Hundreds of political refugees from Pakistan were offered asylum in Libya.

Throughout the 1970s and 80s, Gaddafi supported resistance movements and freedom fighters around the world. He was one of the main sponsors of the Irish liberation movement, which was fighting for the liberation of Northern Ireland from Britain. The British were furious and saw Gaddafi as an enemy of the British state. The Libyan leader also provided financial and logistical support to the Palestinian resistance movement. He stood by the oppressed.

Gaddafi’s war on the Capitalist World won him enemies and the U.S. President Ronald Regan called Gaddafi a ‘mad dog’. Gaddafi was accused of sponsoring terrorism. In 1986, the U.S. bombed Gaddafi’s home that killed a child of the Libyan leader but to the U.S. it wasn’t a terrorist act.

The U.S. imposed sanctions against Libya. However, despite Western sanctions, under Gaddafi Libya became one of the wealthiest countries in the Arab world. It maintained highest GDP in Africa. Gaddafi established a remarkable welfare system where state provided free education, health and highly subsidised housing. His administration also established modern infrastructure and communication networks. His water distribution system is a wonder. Even before the NATO attack on Libya in 2011, the country had the highest GDP in Africa and diversification of economy has positive effects on the country’s economic health.

Following the end of the Cold War and after Western aggression against Yugoslavia and Iraq, Gaddafi realised that the world around him had changed. He tried to change himself by courting his enemies.

In the late 1990s, he established friendly relations with the West. He was successful in his overtures because by 2003 ice had started melting. In 2006, the United States had accepted Libya as a ‘friend’.

Gaddafi seemed very excited with his newly formed friendships with Tony Blair, Silvio Berlusconi and Nicolas Sarkozy. He signed deals with the U.S and allowed direct Western investment in Libya. But Gaddafi miscalculated and misunderstood Western mindset and intention in the same way as the Palestinian leaders Yasser Arfat did before him.

Since the split of the Soviet Union, military interventions in domestic affairs of sovereign states have been a new method that powerful countries use to achieve their goals. The U.N Security Council, NATO, the International Court of Justice, NGOs and the media are new tools of Neo-Colonialism.

Most western countries are no longer world’s economic powerhouses but are desperate to maintain their dominance. One way to do so is attacking weak but resource rich or strategically important states. Superiority in military and media technologies help the U.S. and its some Western allies to take control of others’ resources usually in the name of defending freedoms, human rights and democracy.

Nevertheless despite their military might and media campaigns, Western countries could not destroy Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya if these countries were not weak from within. Leaders of Iraq, Afghanistan, Yugoslavia and Libya did not bring reforms into their societies. They didn’t allow reasonable freedoms in their societies and didn’t tolerate dissent. They were afraid of change. Under Saddam Hussein Iraq developed economically, the standard of life was high in Gaddafi’s Libya. Iraq and Libya were peaceful societies. But Saddam and Gaddafi both restricted freedoms and tried to unite people by force.

Frustrated young generations and minority groups in traditional societies can be easily manipulated. Often young people want freedoms and opportunities. The West exploits such conditions by highlighting through media and public diplomacy channels that Western societies are free and fair.

In the 1980s, the West used satellite TV to encourage discontent in Eastern Europe and later in the Soviet Union. With the development in technology, propaganda techniques have also become more sophisticated. Developing countries cannot match Western sophistication in this field.

Since the 1990s, a pattern has been emerging where before a military intervention in a state NGOs, rights groups, think tanks and the media launch a concentrated propaganda campaign targeting a particular country. Stories of human rights violations, state oppression and police atrocities are speared in a calculated way. Video images and cyber space are used to build public opinion. Think tanks and research organizations issue reports and analysis that give credibility to charges against the targeted state.

A context is manufactured and provided to audience, particularly to the Western public who are forced to understand complex issues in few second video clips. That is how villains and monster are created, and then defeated by good guys of NATO or paid mercenaries.

Gaddafi is the latest victim of this cruel game. There will be more staged wars and military operations and intervention in the future. Evil minds will continue using latest killing machines and propaganda techniques to re-colonize the world nonetheless latest media technologies are double edged swards, which can be used to hide facts and manipulate minds, but the internet and mobile phone images can unmask evil designs and dirty wars.

People around the world have not forgotten images from Iraqi prisons as well as Saddam Hussein’s hanging. Gaddafi’s bloodied body will haunt the imperialists for a long time to come.

Shiraz Paracha is a journalist and analyst. His email address is: shiraz_paracha@hotmail.com

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About the author

Shiraz Paracha

Mr. Paracha has worked as a journalist, with newspapers, television, radio and online companies in Britain, Central Asia and Pakistan. Between 1995 and1996, hosted and presented very popular television programs (Awami Forum and Awami Jirga) in Pakistan. His former employers include the BBC and Press TV among other notable names. Mr. Paracha is also a journalism professor and has taught journalism and communication courses at international universities outside Pakistan.


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  • HUNT IMPERIALIST! I cannot believe this article- is it a parody? If so, it is a not funny.

    Qaddafi high-jacked the country and the wealth. ‘Where is the Proof of Gaddafi’s excesses?” Some news agencies ask :
    look on the multiple sites exposing him on the Internet; the extravagant beach side homes with their pools and golden sea serpent chairs…endless women, on and on.

    A leader should have some wealth, certainly but, Where are the oil rich distribution of revenue to the people of Lybia, a country so small with such high income coul have had extraordinary infrastructure of commerce trade and development? -where are the oil billions that a country of the population of less than New York could have made everyone wealthy? Lybia took in so much revenue, with its small population they could all be upper middle class.

    Qaddafi was a fake, him out of the way will give the next government the chance to conctruct a secular democracy for equality and plurality, maybe build schools, hospitals, create jobs, or- or, a Theocratic Khomeni style oppressive closed society, or worse, al Qaeda, and wreck the country as Hamas is doing to Gaza, and Assad oppression in Syria. It is up to the Arabs.

    This isn’t about the endless historical colonial spin tales about the terribel West- the West was begged to help the rebels, so stop the narratives from stale cliches- get that out of your myopic vision.
    ? It wasn’t the West to blame for his take down, it is his own people.

  • The above post is published somewhere else as well. Rehman has sent the following comment on the post.

    On October 22, 2011 at 23:24. Rehman says:

    here are some facts about Libya under Libyan “dictator” Muammar Gaddafi:

    1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free
    for all its citizens.

    2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are
    state-owned and loans given
    to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.

    3. Home considered a human right in Libya –
    Gaddafi vowed that his parents
    would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a
    home. Gaddafi’s father has
    died while him, his wife and his mother are still living
    in a tent.

    4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$
    50,000 ) by the government
    to buy their first apartment so to help start up the

    5. Education and medical treatments are free in
    Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25%
    of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.

    6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career,
    they would receive farming
    land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and
    livestock to kick- start their farms
    – all for free.

    7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical
    facilities they need in Libya,
    the government funds them to go abroad for it –
    not only free but they get US
    $2, 300/mth accommodation and car allowance.

    8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government
    subsidized 50% of the price.

    9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0. 14 per liter.

    10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves
    amount to $150 billion – now
    frozen globally.

    11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after
    graduation the state would
    pay the average salary of the profession as if he or
    she is employed until
    employment is found.

    12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to
    the bank accounts of all
    Libyan citizens.

    13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US
    $5 ,000

    14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15

    15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree

    16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation
    project, known as the Great
    Man-Made River project, to make water readily
    available throughout the desert

  • Shiraz Bhai,
    It is difficult to substantiate the points Dr. Rehman has mentioned. Gaddafi may have been a great man and he may have prophecised the arrival of Al Qaeda as a threat to the world, but ruling a place for 40 years that too close to the outside world is bound to give rise to frustration and hatred towards a person. We have seen the same thing happen in all the Spring nations. Zineabedin Ali for 24 years in Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak for 30 years in Egypt, Abdullah Saleh for 30 years in Yemen, Bashar Al Assad and before him his father for a cumulative time of 40 years etc, this hatred is bound to grow.
    Had Libya been an open economy and less stifling as it had been, trust me, no one would have wanted Gaddafi to go.
    His past of supporting movements like PLO and other organizations would also have haunted him.
    The way he was killed was wrong. No doubts about it, but the fact remains, that the party had to end and it unfortunately did on 20th October. One must give credit to Gaddafi, he promised to live and die in his Libya and he did.

  • Qadaffi death is tragic but the fact that people of Libiya hated him is beyond doubt and must be kept in mind.
    The fact that he was collaborating with imperialists himself is very clear from evidence which has emerged from his security archieves. for the last 10 years he was close of USA and West and was aopening up his country to them, giving in to there demands and was not the revolutionary which he posed to be
    The lesson here is that beware of imperialists and their friendships. In Pakistan the heirs of ZAB who are relying on USA too much must see these footage very closely . Sarkosy was welcoming Qadfafi in Paris and now his planes were firing on his motorcade. Those who think that coorporating with USA on war on terror and other liberal policies make them frends are living in fools paradise. This is a lesson from Qaafi death. PPP must look into it as though these days they enjoy usa support USA has not forgotten that ZAB led greatestanti imperialist movment in south Asia just as they never forgot Qadafi revolutionary past. Even though he gave in to all there demands and was practically workin with them.
    And those who think Islamists are anti imperialists should also look at Libiya how they are working hand in hand with USA.
    it has lot o lessons

  • آج پیپلز پارٹی والے کہاں ہیں؟ نہ دفتر خارجہ کا کوئی بیان آیا نہ سرکاری سطح پر کسی افسوس کا اظہار کیا گیا اور نہ ہی پیپلز پارٹی کے، بھٹو اور بے نظیر کے لئے قزافی کے کردار پر پیپلز پارٹی کے مفاد پرستوں نے کچھ بات کی۔ میں اسے پہپلز پارٹی کی ایک اور احسان فراموشی کہوں گا۔

    سوشلسٹ پیپلزپارٹی کو سرمایہ دار کھاچکے ہیں، بے نظیر بھٹو نے سب سے پہلے اور سب سے بڑا شب خون جو پیپلز پارٹی کے نظریہ پر مارا تھا، ایک “اسلام پسند سوشلسٹ” جماعت کو ایک “لبرل سرمایہ دار جماعت” میں تبدیل کرنے کا سہرا ضیاء کو نہیں “پنکی” کو جاتا ہے۔ بھٹو اگر امریکی سامراجیت کا جتنا بڑا نقاد تھا، اسکی پنکی اسی امریکی سامرجیت کی اتنی پی بڑی پٹھو۔ بھٹو نے نیشلائزیشن متعرف کرائی اور اس نیشلائزیشن کی واٹ لگائی پنکی نے۔ آج بھی پنکی اور اسکے شوہر مسٹر ٹین پرسن کی پیپلز پارٹی بھٹو کے دستور کو کھاجانا چاہتی ہے۔ ایک ویب سائٹ ہے “criticalppp.com” جس کو دیکھ کر پتا چلتا ہے کہ منافق پی پی پی کس حد تک خود بھٹو کے نظریات کی دشمن ہے۔

  • پاکستان ضرور رنجیدہ ہوگا لیکن پاکستان کی حکمران جماعت پیپلز پارٹی کیوں رنجیدہ نہیں ہے۔ قزافی نے بھٹو کے باغیوں کو کبھی قبول نہیں کیا لیکن بھٹو کے نام نہاد جانشینوں نے قزافی کی زندگی میں ہی عبوری کونسل کو قبولنے کی بات کردی تھی۔ احسان فراموشی، مفاد پرستی اور بے غیرتی کوئی پی پی پی سے سیکھے۔ قزافی کی موت سے پیپلز پارٹی کو عبرت پکڑنی چاہئے، قزافی نے پچھلے دس سالوں میں امریکہ دشمنی چھوڑ کر سر تسلیم خم کرلیا تھا، ایٹمی پروگرام بورے میں بند کرکے امریکہ بھیج دیا تھا لیکن آخر میں آمریکہ نے اسکے ساتھ کیا کیا۔ امریکہ یہی حشر زرداری، مشرف اور کرزئی کا کرنے میں کوئی خس و پیش کا مظاہرہ نہیں کرے گا۔

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