By Tebogo Brown
Today marks the 5th anniversary of the assassination of Brother Leader Muammar Al Gaddafi. Muammar Gaddafi was tortured and extrajudicially murdered in October 2011. NATO cleared the way for so-called rebels to lynch and assassinate Gaddafi. All these things were done through the blessings of the United Nations (UN). Gaddafi will forever be remembered as one of the few African leaders who took on the West, all by himself.
In 1969 through a coup détat he overthrew US puppet, King Idris Abdel Aziz El Shalhi. Muammar Gadaffi was ushered in as a leader of one of the most poorest countries in the world. However, in 44 years Gaddafi turned Libya into Africa’s richest country with the highest GDP per capita and life expectancy. Furthermore, before Gaddafi came to power, only 25 percent of Libyans were literate and by 2011 the figure was 83 percent. Almost the whole population in Libya could read and write.
Gaddafi’s worst crime in the eyes of the USA, Britain, France and Italy was his desire to unify Africa, bring about the long standing dream of a United States of Africa. As a matter of absolute fact, “President Obama confiscated $30 billion from Libya’s Central Bank, which Gaddafi had earmarked for the establishment of the African IMF and African Central Bank”. One of his major dreams was to establish a single African currency that was going to be a rival to the Dollar, Pound and Euro. Some African leaders were now warming up to these ideas and realising this, America and Britain concocted lies that Gaddafi was a dictator who had killed his own people. In their typical gullibility and credulity, Africans and the rest of the world bought into this Western media propaganda and believed the blatant lies.
America will never accept any currency as a standard currency. In his book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, John Perkins explains this fact further thus: “if another currency should come along to replace the dollar…the United States would suddenly find itself in a most precarious situation” hence something had to be done about Gaddafi to prevent such a thing from happening.
Its has been five full years since the assassination of Gaddafi and the destabilisation of Libya. And all the efforts by the West to establish a neocolonial state remains just a horrible nightmare. Some of the pro-Gaddafi forces are still fighting back and America has run out of patience with its allies in Libya. They are now making a full come back through a longtime CIA asset, General Khalifa Hifter.
Muammar Gadaffi taught us a lesson that we need to stand up against all odds in defense of our nations. Shortly before his death, Gadaffi left us a message, “choosing to protect the nation is an honour and selling it out is the greatest betrayal that history will
remember forever, despite the attempts of the others to tell you otherwise.”
To borrow from the words of Wendell Phillips, Gadaffi “is a star, a shining star that Africa has produced. This is one of the stars we have lent to the galaxy of history”.
Rest in Power Maummar Al Gaddafi.