Nearly two years after Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed in an humiliating manner, Libya, the Oil rich North African kingdom remains in a chaos with daily blood-bath.
The fall of Muammar Qaddafi, engineered by US President Barack Obama and spearheaded by defeated French President Nicolai Sarkozy left a powervacuum which was filled by militias known as citizen soldiers. Prior to Gaddafi revolutionary re-making, Libya was a large US military base used for bombing trainings. Libya was home to the largest US military base in North Africa.
Though demonized and ostracized by the US and Europe now, Gaddafi made significant positive contributions. The government of Muammar brought the Libyan government from poverty and debt, to prosperity and debt-free status in 41 years. Before Gaddafi, literacy in Libya was only 10%. Since Gaddafi’s leadership, literacy has risen to 90%. Undernourishment in Libya is at 2% – a figure lower than that of the world center of democracy, the United States of America. Education from grade school through to college is free in Libya. Healthcare is free and Libyan pharmacies and hospitals are comparable to high- quality European facilities.
Libya ranked No. 53 on the United Nations Index of Human Development. Libya has the highest standard of living in Africa. In 1969 before Gaddafi it was the lowest in the world at just $60 per year income Libya gives free land and seeds to anyone who wants to farm that land. There is virtually no homelessness in Libya as everyone is given a home. Women in Libya have equal rights, not only as a philosophy, but in practice. Under Gaddafi’s oil-revenue-sharing program, each Libyan gets $500 (Dollars) deposited into his or her bank account each month.
However after the fall of Gaddafi, some libyans say “nothing has changed” since the revolution. Instead things are worse. There is chaos and lawlessness everywhere. There is no central control or direction and the people don’t know who is leading them and where to turn to.
The United Nations which remains a party to this disaster by allowing itself to be used as a tool by US and Europe and other members of the Security Council to legitimize their military designs on Libya has painted a disturbing picture of the situation. In a report to the UN Security Council Navi Pillay, the UN Human Rights chief, said Libya’s revolutionary forces were holding more than 8,000 prisoners in about 60 secret detention centers most of them accused of being loyal to Gaddafi. Abdurrahman Shalgham, the Libyan ambassador to the UN, has acknowledged the existence of such detention centers, and that they are not under government control. So who actually controls Libya? And the question is whether the ruling NTC capable of holding the country?
Today Libyans are killings Libyans. The same US- European game under their global conspiracy to destroy Muslim countries under the guise of fighting what they describe as “war on terrorism”.
This was the strategy of the US-European war mongers in other oil rich and strategically important other Muslim countries. They invaded Afghanistan and got Afghans to kill Afghans- a strategy which continues unabated to date. They invaded Iraq and put the Iraqis against Iraqis and turned this country into a killing field. Iraq remains a fractured country. Shiites control the south, Sunnis in the central areas and the Kurds in the north operating on their own with a so called central government in Baghdad serving their US masters. They had done this in Libya too. Now this strategy is underway in Syria where Syrian dictator Bashar Al Assad has turned his country into a slaughter house.
Indeed, the Libyan state has become extremely segmented. Each province has its own local leaders who possess real power and armaments to protect it. Since the beginning of the Libyan revolution in 2011, Libya does not exist as a united country and currently the situation is escalating. The situation is aggravated by the fact that the country is facing a fight for redistribution of natural resources. Tribes and military groups that control oil-producing areas refuse to share it with Tripoli and Benghazi. They actively seek opportunities for oil exports. All the conditions for the formation of virtually independent states have been created in Libya and these virtually independent states are just waiting for a break-up with the national government.
If the situation in Libya develops in such a way, then the state may easily follow the path of Somalia and become an almost unmanageable The US and Europe together with Gaddafi remain responsible for this disaster. The western leaders simply used Gaddafi and slaughtered him to hide their sins. For example, According to The Telegraph Nicolas Sarkozy received £42 million from Muammar Gaddafi in funding for his 2007 presidential election campaign.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair accused of war crimes in Iraq maintained close relationship with Muammar Gaddafi and had six private meetings with the dictator in the three years after he left Downing Street. It will be harder to “get to the truth” about Tony Blair’s dealings with Gaddafi’s regime following the Libyan tyrant’s death.
The question is whether the remaining tyrants in the Middle East learnt any lesson from the fate of Gaddafi and the treachery of US and Europe?