The Other Truth about Libya

Posted: April 1, 2011 in Uncategorized

The Truth About Libya
By Stephen Goodson

Colonel Muammar Gadaffi is frequently referred to in the media as a “mad dictator” and “bloody tyrant”, but do these allegations accord with the facts?

Libya consists of over 15O tribes, with the two main groups, the Meghabra living in Tripolitania in the west and the Wafallah living in Cyrenaica in the east. Previous attempts to unite these tribes by the Turkish (1855-1911) and ltalian {1911-43) colonial rulers failed and the country was split in two for administrative purposes.

Oil was discovered in Libya in 1959, but King ldris of the Senussi tribe allowed most of the oil profits to be siphoned into the coffers of the oil companies. The coup d’etat on 1 September 1969 led by Colonel Gadaffi had countrywide support. He subsequently married a woman from the royal Barqa tribe and adroitly unified the nation.

By retaining Libya’s oil wealth for the benefit of all its people, Gadaffi had created a socialist paradise. There is no unemployment, Libya has the highest GDP in .Africa, less than 5% of the population is classified as poor and it has fewer people living below the poverty datum line than for example in Holland. Life expectancy is 75 years and is the highest in Africa and I0% above the world average.

With the exception of the nomadic Bedouin and Tuareg tribes, most Libyan families possess a house and a car. There is free health care and education and not surprisingly Libya has a literacy rate of 82%. Last year Gadaffi distributed $500 to each man, woman and child (population 6.5 million).

Libya has a tolerable human rights record and stands at 61 on the International Incarceration Index, comparable with countries in central Europe (the lower the rating, the lower the standing – the USA occupies the no.1 spot!). There is hardly any crime and only rebels and traitors are dealt with harshly.

Anyone who has read Gadaffi’s little Green Book will realize that he is a thoughtful and enlightened leader. Libya has been accused of having committed numerous acts of terrorism in the past, but many of these have been perpetrated by foreign intelligence agencies as false flag operations – the Lockerbie bombing being a prime example.

The CIA and MI6 and their frontmen have been stoking up dissent in the east of the country for almost 30 years. Libya produces exceptionally high quality light crude oil and its production cost of $1 a barrel, compared to the current price of $115, is the lowest in the world.

Riba (usury) is not permitted. The Central bank of Libya is a wholly-owned by the Libyan Government and is run as a state bank, issuing all government loans free of interest. This is in contrast to the exploitative fractional reserve banking system of the West. The no-fly zone and the bombing of Libya have nothing to do with the protection of civilians. It is an act of war ­ a blatant and crude attempt by the oil corporations and international bankers to steal the wealth of Libya.

  1. […] a great post from Extreme Prejudice explaining some things about Libya that you won’t here in the Western […]

  2. if what is written by Mr. Stephen is correct then why even in the Muslim world Qaddafi is and his ‘good’ work is little known, one wonders! Qaddafi’s resistance against the uprising is perhaps to prove this point.

  3. Arab Man says:

    Libya was prospoerous comparatively. There was relative wellfare and some injustices such as suppression and lack of free expression. However, not there are massacres and untold atrocities. It is no conspiracy theory to say that what is happening is a US-led conspiracy against the PEOPLE of Libya. Qaddafi could have been easily ousted/removed but the target is the people themselves in their economy, defeneces and human resources. This is why the bloody farce is continuing. It is a link in the events sweeping across the Arab world starting from Tunisia going to Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Syria and others. None of them have resulted in changes that really benefit the people. Only superficially positive changes. The perpetrators are creating far reaching social changes deliberately, while telling the world that they are spontaneous changes. Let the World Know

  4. Arab Man says:

    Please post this comment:

    What is happening in Libya is a conspiracy by the US and NATO. Al-Qaddafi can be ousted and removed very easily but the western forces do not want to solve the problem of Libya. However, they are targeting the PEOPLE of Libya and perpetuating the conflict in order to destroy Libya in terms of human resources, economy, defences, etc. What is happening in Libya is just one link of the events sweeping across the Arab world which began in Tunisia and moved to Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, now Syria and others. They are shaping the Middle East and making, superficially positive, but far reaching detrimental and radical changes that serve the New World Order

    Let the World Know

    • Dear Friend, let me reassure you that I will keep writing about this tremendously important issue! Many in the West are waking up to this truth. We are deeply alarmed. And we are not fooled for a moment!

      If you would like to submit a guest article, I would be happy to publish it and distribute it for you.

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