Libya Turmoil 4
When I arrived in Tripoli my friends drove me 6o km where I wanted. I crisscrossed Tripoli on the way to the hotel.
For a trip of 60 km I saw 5 traffic cops, no arms, no military.
There were a dozen traffic cops on Green Square where thousands of people just wandered around.
Yesterday Friday several things happened:
First Saif Gaddafi gave a very convincing interview to his enemies of Al Jazeerah TV, English language.
The female reporter tried her level best to make Saif stumble, to no avail. The points Saif made were:
- Show me the Gaddafi bank accounts!
- Show me the foreign mercenaries we so-called hired.
- Go in the streets and ask the common people what they want. You know you are free to go and ask them.
- He gave the Turkish prime minister, the islamist Erdogan, a piece of his mind when the reporter told Saif that Erdogan had condemned Gaddafi for his treatment of the Libyan population:
Saif answered that Mr. Erdogan should keep his mouth shut, the Turkish handling of their Kurdish population is much worse than the Gaddafi reaction to the uprising of the East.
Saif also said that it was the bearded islamists who created the turmoil and that the Western media started their own anti-Gaddafi attack.
What Saif didn’t say was that the money blocked in the US and Switzerland is plain theft of Libyan State money which was invested by the Libyan State following the requests by the US secretary of Treasury Mr. Gaithner and his merry banker thieves during Gaddafi’s last visit to the United Nations. They practically begged him for financial support and promised him the moon. Gaddafi at that time told his inner circle that the US would steal the money at the first opportunity but for reasons of appearing cooperative he agreed to invest some Libyan State money. I heard the figure of 32 billion dollars confiscated. Libya will have to wait decades to get this back, no matter who is in charge at that time.
Same thing with Switzerland which took revenge for the Hannibal story, but here again it’s not Gaddafi’s bank accounts but Libyan money. Gaddafi, father and son don’t have foreign accounts, none.
One word about the media:
This 5-star Rixos hotel is filled with Western media reporters, 9 to 5-vers for the most part, sitting in their rooms and watching the TV channels, which are all freely available here.
The very big exception, and I tip my hat to them, is the BBC. To their old warhorse John Simpson, who thinks he is bulletproof, and the 2 reporters who went to Tajoura on Friday and tasted some teargas, my respects gentlemen.
All the rest is absolutely disgustingly media fast food with no original ingredients.
To the “gentlemen” in Brussels and Washington, you are screwing up again, you are demolishing one more country which was on the road to prosperity for all its people. That’s a very bad thing of course, we cannot allow a successful formation of an African country in its own way, disgusting isn’t it?
The 9 to 5 media are now asking piously how Egypt and Yemen, Oman and Libya will come back on their feet, while they are showing one-sided support for tribal warfare under the name of democracy, a fake cover for grabbing of riches. Democracy for the people of Benghazi means: it’s time we retake control over the riches which we lost with the Gaddafi revolution against the Benghazi king Idriss. They forget conveniently that Idriss didn’t give them zilch of the oil-wealth and that the modernization plans by the Gaddafi administration would distribute the riches to ALL LIBYANS. The Gaddafi process of modernization was admittedly very slow, the Colonel and his people made many mistakes, after all they had no idea how to run a modern country, but the mistakes were realized and corrected and the Saif Gaddafi programs for the Libyan future are marvelous AND DEMOCRATIC, but that’s not allowed to happen, an African Muslim country which corrects its mistakes and goes its own way to prosperity, showing an example and actually helping the whole of Africa, oh no that’s unthinkable.
Meanwhile the situation on the ground is a momentarily stalemate.
There were 6,5 million Libyans and 4 million foreigners, mostly Africans. Now about 300.000 foreigners left, all the important Americans and Europeans, Koreans and Chinese included, without having worried about the livelihood of their workers, mostly African foreign workers.
This leaves Libya with an enormous burden for millions of foreign people without an income from their companies. I am sitting here in Tripoli and have absolutely no worry for my safety while all those highly paid oil people had to be “extracted” by their countries. Afriqiyah, the Libyan state airline, is flying every day nearly empty between Tripoli and Europe, why couldn’t those pampered oil people fly with Afriqiyah? Is it that important to show that Libya is not functioning? Is it that important to demolish that country?
The more I see and experience the more enraged I become with the Western politicians.
BACK OFF AND LET THE LIBYANS TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES. IF THEY DON”T LIKE GADDAFI, THEY HAVE A TRIBAL COUNCIL, LET THE TRIBES DECIDE ABOUT THE COMPLAINTS OF THEIR PEOPLE, PUSH FOR REFORM, BUT DON”T USE THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD FOR TAKING THE RICHES OF LIBYA FOR ONE TRIBE IN THE EAST.
In the beginning Benghazi told everybody they didn’t need foreign help because they had the “people” with them.
Today they are crying for foreign help, what happened, the “people” didn’t follow the Benghazi and Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood lies quick enough???
Today I saw the images of the new Egyptian prime minister with a smiling Muslim Brotherhood leader next to him on Tahrir Square.
Congratulations Washington and Brussels, you are nearly there, you are not only destroying Libya, you are destroying Europe and the US.