- Published on Monday, 01 April 2013 11:29
For as long as I can remember, Muammar Gaddafi was vilified in the west, characterised as volatile, ruthless and possibly even a little crazy. Much like all the other lies we hear, the lies about Gaddafi were repeated for decades; they became a certainty, a default position which shaped our responses to the events leading to his downfall and murder. For example, relatives of the victims of the Lockerbie PanAm flight bombing know that the "official story" is flawed and the conviction of the Libyan, Abdel Basset Ali Megrahi, was unsafe, ie. not supported by evidence, yet the myth of Gaddafi's culpability continues unquestioned.
Someone sent this video a while back and I've only just got around to watching it, not least because the title belies its seriousness and validity. Structures and organisations are tangible and visible making analysis possible (even if verifiable information is hard to come by). Delving into the mysteries of cults and secret societies is much more difficult and dangerous but more importantly, risks alienating many people who may be open to learning about fundamental flaws in our political economy but much less inclined to "believe in conspiracy theories". That said, there is undoubtedly some validity in many claims which are dismissed thus. The film contains hard evidence, much of it verifiable, about the distortions in the media which led the UK, US and France to destroy another country and eliminate a relatively successful, alternative style of government.
One reason I was keen to watch this film is I'd read the transcript of Gaddafi's speech to the UN in 2009 which contrary to the assertions in the western media, wasn't a raving diatribe against the big Satan (the US) but a cogent analysis of the flawed power structures within the UN.
Gaddafi's Green Book is similarly dismissed but given the parlous state of our representative democracy, Gaddafi may have some ideas which could help us develop a better alternative. After all he housed and lifted all his people out of poverty, provided free health care, education and infrastructure. Women enjoyed equal rights and Libya was one of the most successful countries in the region (the other was Syria). He worked co-operatively with African nations, attempting to build a bulwark to US led imperial ambition. All that has now been swept away and replaced by chaos and expanding imperial aggression (in Mali, Niger, Algeria and spreading across the African continent).
The film contrasts Gaddafi's freedom to move among his people without the shield of G-men and bullet proof cars etc., with that needed by the US President who lives in fear of his life. Just who is the paranoid delusionist?