Guest Post: The Destruction of Libya and the Murder of Muammar Gaddafi

I get terribly affected by the kind of things that are happening today, and confess to not being able to be dispassionate.

But some important facts we should keep in view if we want to remain sane and work out a saving response to European and American criminal aggression against us are the following.

Muammar Gaddafi came from an Arab tribe living in Libya. He belonged to a culture completely different from American and European culture. He therefore did not—and never pretended to—champion Western values of so-called “democracy” and “freedom”. This, however, did not prevent him from being a force for good for his people and for some other African peoples. When 42 years ago he took over power through a BLOODLESS coup—mark this: he did not have to slaughter his own people to overthrow King Idriss’s government (a lethargic government that allowed the Libyan people to live in poverty and underdevelopment—he took measures to ensure that Libya’s oil wealth was used for the benefit of the Libyan people. Over the decades he created a genuine welfare state with state-of the-art medical facilities accessible to all Libyans, with state funded educational facilities, initiated afforestation of large areas of Libya, and lifted the status of Libya to a middle-income economy. Non-Libyan black Africans flocked to Libya to seek employment. One Kenyan who was working in a Libya-based company when the Europeans started the troubles in March this year was distraught: he spoke of the high standards of living in Libya and his comfortable life, where you’d buy petrol for 10 Kenya Shillings a litre!

Gaddafi was not a modern European or American to believe arrogantly and foolishly that good governance consists only in regular elections and the limited term of a ruler. Like a Ghanaian commentator wrote the other day, Gaddafi believed he had devoted those 42 years of his rule taking care of the welfare of his people.The ridiculous thing is that Westerners believe only systems of governance developed by themselves are to be adopted. People forget that there are good alternative systems indigenously developed by others. For example, the Agikuyu practised democracy before they had the misfortune of being conquered by the white predators, and had 35-year cycles of ruling generations handing over power peacefully to another generation.

Gaddafi assisted freedom movements in other countries of Africa, notably South Africa. He armed and financed the African National Congress of Nelson Mandela when the western powers were doing normal business with the white-dominated apartheid (race-separation) regime. When Bill Clinton visited newly independent South Africa and criticized Libya under Gaddafi, Nelson Mandela rebuked him using the following words: “We cannot join you in criticizing the people who helped us in our darkest hour.”

It is an absolute shame to see the mainstream media, including the Kenyan media, join in mouthing cliches about “dictator Gaddafi”, “despot Gaddafi”, and the “tyranny” suffered under Gaddafi. The other day a local newspaper published a tasteless, highly offensive cartoon about Gaddafi. This is all due to ignorance and brainwashing by the Western Media Juggernaut. We have many Africans who are quite incapable of thinking as themselves and for themselves. You can call such people mental and spiritual slaves. These people miss one aspect of Gaddafi’s character and ideals. Gaddafi believed that the Arabs were the descendants of Black Africans and taught his people that they owed special respect to blacks. (One of his sons, Hannibal, was named after a famous black African general who used elephant-mounted soldiers to fight the Roman army around the time of Christ; Hannibal served the state of Carthage which was geographically situated in Libya.) And Gaddafi put in place a policy where black Africans were welcomed into Libya as employees and even members of the Libyan army. Gaddafi further championed the idea of the African Union, housing the Arabs of his country and the vast black population of sub-Saharan Africa. It is said that by the time he died, he had conceived the idea of an African Bank which would compete against the white-dominated World Bank.

Of course the so-called mainstream media wouldn’t appreciate such things; and neither would they be horrified by what the “revolutionaries” have been doing—including the rounding up and massacring of black people while putting others in concentration camps.

Neither are these mental slaves capable of grasping the enormous shame, horror and deceit of the campaign of the West against Gaddafi. The Great Lie is that there was a popular uprising against Gaddafi. Rather it was an armed rebellion, engineered in Paris and other western capitals, and its success guaranteed by the use of the most sophisticated weapons of mass destruction by America, France and Britain. ONE THING IS CLEAR: GADDAFI HAD MASSIVE POPULAR AND LOCAL ARMED SUPPORT and would have defeated the rebels if massive missile rocket and air bombardment had not been used by the American, French and British murderers. He lasted more than six months, a man leading a country of only 6.5 million people against an alliance of countries housing close to 500 million people. To my mind Gaddafi was a lion-like figure fighting against shameless bullies, men absolutely devoid of honour: Barrack Obama, David Cameron, and Nicholas Sarkozy. These assassins have entered the pages of history for their brutal and ignominious acts.

The lesson for us self-respecting Africans? We can expect more horrors from these people who wield enormous military power. But we have a mighty weapon against them: building awareness about their intentions, crying out loudly against their grotesqueness and unfitness to claim the right to lead the world. We can call them their real names: bullies, greedy predators, robbers of other people’s resources, deceivers and tellers of great lies. And, of course, I can see the rest of the world grouping together for mutual self defence: Africa, India, Brazil and other South American countries, Russia and China. The days of these mis-rulers are numbered.

Yeah, I just said that!

P. Ngigi Njoroge
[Lecturer at a Local University]

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  1. This is a very insightful point of view. The Western media machine truly has had our eyes blindfolded for a very long while.

    • ivanna
    • October 24th, 2011

    we dont need to know what you do for a living…great post though 🙂

    • malkia
    • October 24th, 2011

    I agree with everything you say 100%.

    What can we as Africans do though, we are overwhelmed sometimes by the might of those outside our continent who want to pillage and rape us as they have for centuries.

    What can we do? I really wish i had an answer.

    Thanks for the post!

    • Charles
    • October 24th, 2011

    I couldn’t have said it any better. The real despots are the powers that be in the western world. Who appointed them as gods of the world? Let them take out the logs in their eyes before venturing across borders.

      • Karuu
      • October 24th, 2011

      I agree a hundred percent with your statement above

    • Swalz07
    • October 24th, 2011

    I totally agree with you. We Africans have been brain washed by the mainstream Western media. We always tend to see the negatives that they show us instead of finding facts.

    Gaddafi was truely a man of his people and gave them all they needed but Western countries were afraid coz he gvae them what the Swahili would say ‘mbivu na mbichi ya mambo’

    Great post this is, and will definately want to read more from you. 🙂

  2. so who will stand against the real tyrants of this world? the USA & their puppets the europeans?
    Gadhafi tried, he didn’t last.

    • stevoppl
    • October 24th, 2011

    Not only are you right but there is no room anymore in the world for sane minds…We need only seek what no man can steal from Us and that is God’s Grace….many a time we think we may have what it takes especially now that we do not have Military prowess…Gaddafi was executed for Opening the eyes of Africans..we are deemed blind but someday He who is the creator will open our eyes and we’ll see if they can bomb heaven too….Be impartial since he had his flaws too as a man..mention these as well but they never and i repeat NEVER called for execution….Keep on Teaching truth..that is what Africans truly need..not consolation since we have not the power to change what has happened only that we will to change and ought to…BRAVO for this piece

  3. Now this is just it. Someone shares my views 100%. Nice post-insightful

  4. I am interested in 2 points that you make…one, that the Agikuyu ruled in 35-year cycles and two, the statement made by Mandela. Is there a way I can get a hold of the sources of this information? That said, this was an excellent piece. Gadhafi has been demonized yet the development in his country is top-notch and his stance, truly one of the last Africans to face up to the West.

    • Godfrey Muriuki. A History of the Kikuyu 1500 – 1900. Oxford University Press, 1974. Pages 14 – 24. And Jomo Kenyatta. Facing Mount Kenya, 1938. Mandela’s remark was in the local press. – PNN.

  5. This is so true. I read wicked intentions in the Wests motives. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s noticed that these massive millitary campaigns are only in oil rich countries, Iraq, Libya but we’re forced to move in ourselves on Sudan!! I’m disgusted.

  6. wow!…eye-opening article right there..

  7. To be quite honest , the west has always been looking for Libya but all we can do is keep his vision alive i for one would like to have the dollar removed as the international currency of doing business and as much as i don’t want a united Africa (since our leaders will literally sell Kenya ) we can have An African front e.g. African Bank instead of world bank ideally to work like our local chamas and bail out a country (Kenya right now could use a chama) and a pool of experts appointed by whoever will have the leadership we can have experts looking into food security, Industrial/nuclear development (chama money can be used to put up a few of these in promising countries e.g. Kenya ) and as a continental unit we wont have to compete among ourselves e.g. Egypt should pay all countries which it doesnt want to use the Nile water …we all know if each country used it will be baseless and after a few decades gone….. just my thought

  8. it’s been a raging debate on the interwebs. el-Qhaddafi’s good deeds vs. bad deeds but bad deeds seem to out-weight the good deeds. It’s sad it had to end the way it has ended but I think that was the best option to preserve his legacy and dignity. el-Qhaddafi was the only African leader who stood firm against Terrorism (Well he funded some terrorist-like activities but…) and Terrorist-like American Military outfit AFRICOM, Men and Women of Libya had equal opportunities, something that is a rumor in the entire Arab world, Qhaddafi brought Satellite to Africa so we could connect to the world for cheap. Let’s not forget the oil negotiations so African Oil producing countries could benefit just like the greedy westerners. He did a lot and people just need to switch off CNN and al-Jazeera to find out for themselves.
    Having said that, He was an animal.. Killing your own people whether brainwashed or not was not the best idea. However much he was against imperialism, he should have been smart enough to play around with these changing times. I’m not saying submit to capitalistic ideals but tweak his leadership a little bit to fit in these interesting times. This is my only issue with him. He was too arrogant and that clouded his leadership vision.
    A lot of people have talked about freedom of expression and detaining political rivals but I dismiss such sentiments not because I support these kind of activities but even in America, Land of Freedom and all of that, People get detained for divergent political views, C.I.A the greatest terrorist network in the world constantly spying on their citizens. So what’s freedom? And if these were the actual reasons, then why has America and buddies not attacked China or Russia? Instead with their freedom ideals, they have supported racism in Libya. Calling black Libyans mercenaries while even the Rebels themselves had Black People in their camps.
    America’s intentions in Libya has however been communicated well. Sen. John McCain, was quoted saying, Libya will have to pay back the amount of money used by NATO during the assault on Qhaddafi.. Same sentiments were echoed by American ambassador to Libya when they re-opened the embassy in Tripoli. It’s that opened, All in their faces and I hope to see how they’ll deal with America’s thirst for Oil. I’m really looking forward to it. I’m really looking forward to how Mustafa Abdul Jalil will balance his Islamic ideals and America’s capitalistic ideals.. Will Libya become and Islamic state like Iran? – Not likely because America is already on the ground but should it happen, is Freedom possible in such an environment? I doubt Iranians enjoy the myopic Libertarian ideals being championed by the west. What of capitalism and the Social Welfare structures Qhaddafi had in place? Will the two systems co-exist? I know Libyans will have access to Hollywood, uncensored Internet (On paper), I mean, they’ll have such nonsensical freedoms which even the poor homeless people in America, Britain and France enjoy but is that what they seek to achieve?
    All in all, Libyans knew exactly what they signed up for. All we can do is not condemn them because seriously, power to the people (It should be so) but wish them the best of luck as they enter this new phase. Same to goes to Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Syria and I wish the al-Saud dynasty can be shaken too. LOL!!

    • Erick
    • October 24th, 2011

    true

  9. This clearly captures my sentiments on the whole affair regarding Libya. Qaddafi was trying to lead the best way he knew how, it might not have been what pleased many people. This reminds of others like Patrice Lumumba et al

    • Kipsang
    • October 24th, 2011

    Very insightful piece!

    • Aziz
    • October 24th, 2011

    united Africa with a united currency…that was his dream and he had laid out the groundwork until the West came to ‘aid’ in ‘ensuring a proper democracy for the Libyan people’…is Britain a proper democracy?????

  10. Insightful and candid. It’s easy to forget what he did for his people. The flip side is what happens when one stays in power too long. Absolute power corrupts absolutely – in Gaddafi’s case, to the point where he was willing to turn the gun to the same people he liberated, just as is happening in Zimbabwe.

    Nonetheless, I echo your sentiments on the West’s savage brain-washing antics to paint him in poor light while forgetting his earlier noble deeds. And the sad thing is, people are buying it.

  11. What I still cannot reconcile with is this…if indeed Gaddafi was doing good for his people, why the sudden pervading sense of victory and accomplishment upon his death by the Libyans? He died in the hands of his countrymen remember! In death, he was treated like a common criminal by his compatriot. True, Gaddafi did all that you have enumerated – and may I rush to add that I really did use to adore this guy by a measured degree – but still you must agree that the fact that millions and millions of Libyans lining the streets of Miserata to photograph his body as it lay in a commercial meat locker does debunk some of the things we knew about Gaddafi and his relation with Libyans.

    True, the western powers and their image of being paragons of moral rectitude does reeks of contempt and blatant hypocrisy. But still imagine a world where the powers at be were impotent. There presence alone serves to bring some semblance of global order. And as mush as you dear author have gone along way to try to vilify their system of governance, what would you have offered as a substitution? An authority that does not treat its populace as humans but just mere subjects is bound to fail…..no matter whatever the value of the bribe it offers to its subject. You can provide your populace with just about everything..but as long as you deny them their basic rights…that regime is simply standing on sand in a valley and is bound to fail.

    So if it is true that Gaddafi was a hero to his people, I would not have expected such an ignominious end for him! I would not have expected such an insurrection with a wild grass root support base. I would have expected the Libyans to stand behind him even when NATO was raining its destructive payloads in Libya. I would have expected the nation – or atleast part of it – to be in a state of mourning. Not the kind of frenzied celebrations as depicted by the videos shot by the militiamen who captured him.

    So, was Gaddafi a hero? That is debatable! Did the Libyans want him? Not if you go by the state of euphoria expressed by common populace in Libya. Was he a victim of western powers at be? That too is debatable. My take on this, he is dead, Libyans need to move on. As for the rest of us outside Libya, I think this is matter best addressed by the Libyans themselves and let as desist from pandering to some conspiratorial hypothesis that serves no one!

    I rest

    • I’ve had a nagging thought about the pictures brought to us by the media via the various channels. As a journalist, you are taught to always sensationalise a story, with the right angles and movements, a crowd of 10 can be made to look like a hundred.
      Where am I going with this? Never trust what you see. The sentiments on the ground might much differ from those broadcast on main stream media. Especially with the majority of the world’s media houses being commercial.

  12. RIP Muammar Gaddafi. This piece is amazing.

    • nikittacole
    • October 24th, 2011

    Bob Marley couldn’t have put it any better: “Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind …”

    The whole Libya revolution saga could have been very noble indeed if only it had come from the people of Libya themselves. We all know it didn’t.

    • Contessa
    • October 24th, 2011

    Our Media isn’t the only one that is dirty, world over the media is used to control the thoughts and minds of the masses. If you believe what you are told, how will you know when it’s a lie?

    We never really believe people who say they have our interests at heart because unless they have proven that they are often they just want what they can get from us.

    Why do we naively believe the US, NATO or IMF, they continue to make money off our poverty and inability to help ourselves. Even the Bible says a borrower is the lender’s slave…. That is what we have become slaves of an ideology that is not ours neither is it suitable for us.

    Until we take control- of our minds first we cannot make a difference where needed. See what is also happening to Kagame who is no longer a darling of the West because, quite rightly so he has empowered his nation and continues to do so. They are lucky they do not have oil so there will be some interference but nothing Gaddaffi like.

    When will we stand up? Who will help us stand up? Will we be willing to bear the consequences of standing up and walking our own path?

    • Berna
    • October 24th, 2011

    Thats why I stopped buying Kenyan Newspapers on a daily basis. One notorious ‘leading’ daily is dominated by French owned AFP Syndicated News group. I’ve concluded am better of reading independent news from the net.

    • sheldon
    • October 24th, 2011

    it’s a shame how many Africans don’t get the point. What we have in Libya today is a bunch of trigger happy western puppets, remember when they killed General Abdel Fattah Younes that was a clear indicator of what was to come. Qaddafi was most certainly going to be killed. Colonel had the right idea it’s how he set about to accomplish his goals that was not agreeable. Wetangula (kenya’s foreign minister) says he saw Gaddhafi slap his foreign minister. Though this may seem contradictory, Gaddafi came to power a revolutionary he died a dictator, tyrant and despot. He bombed his people, he airlifted mercenaries that is not western propaganda.

    • Kathy
    • October 24th, 2011

    Dear Mr. Njoroge,

    I am extremely proud to see this wonderful article written by a Kenyan – especially after seeing the terrible headline and cartoon that you’ve mentioned in the Kenyan newspapers. Thank you very much. Is there any way I can contact you?

    • Felicity Arbuthnot
    • October 24th, 2011

    I am white, western and supposedly middle class – this is the first sane, humanity orientated, actually perfect, I believe, analysis of this disgraceful, illegal, disgusting, shameful assassination for Libya’s assets I have seen.

    I write in shame – and in awe at what you have written. Thank you.

  13. There are dictators all over the world and he was one but of all the Arab nations which have had uprisings this year why is it only Libya that was invaded? If the others were killing their own citizens what made Gaddafi’s evils greater?
    There’s two sides to this coin. I was in school with some Libyans last year but never asked them how they felt about him because they were pretty close to the regime. However now I hear they were anti Gaddafi… The only way to know is to ask the citizens themselves just the way we in Kenya knew all about the Moi dictatorship first hand…

    • El-torros
    • October 24th, 2011

    We should honour our leaders, the west killed our cultures n shoved theirs down our throats

    • Sammy
    • October 25th, 2011

    Shekyn,

    Very eloquently and truthfully said. I am not sure how you have gathered this information but what you have said is uncannily accurate. I worked there from the seventies and have seen how Muammar Gaddafi brought his and his surrounding African people to a high position in terms of education, self confidence, independent thinking, etc,etc.

    Very sadly the ‘facebook’ and ‘twitter’ generations are going to find that economic stability, quality of daily life, etc takes a long long time to develop and secure but only takes a few weeks to destroy. By watching the glossy western media, one gets brainwashed into thinking that life will be back to normal and all Libyan people will be financially secure in a few weeks time. The brutal reality will be like Iraq, which now has been returned to the stone age – except for the oil giants, who will be extracting whatever they want, at will.

    May gaddafi rest in peace and pray that the Libyan people not fall into the evil traps being set for them.

    • ray
    • October 25th, 2011

    Very enlightening comments. My question is if the majority of the country was supporting him, how was it so easy for him to be captured and killed. The 500 million people you spoke of in your commentary were not in Libya in rebellion. Then they’re Libyans in U.S.A. claiming he was a tyrant. There are no amount of bullets can overthrow a leader of a country who supports them, especially that quick. I’m not quite sure who to believe in a world full of lies. In addition, why did the rebels chased the Blacks in the North out? Is that a lie to?

    • something
    • October 26th, 2011

    I can finally have a trifle of hope for human kind after reading your article, I could never find it in myself to feel this deliriously happy for such an inhuman, repulsive murder -be it in the hands of Libyans or an outside force that had no business meddling in a country’s CIVIL war to begin with- even if the one killed is not the world’s most favorite person. If nothing else, it was a crime against humanity.
    I searched for days for any resemblance of shame or at least condemnation in the press for the way this situation was handled. Nothing so far apart from some half-hearted ‘suggestions’ to investigate the murder perhapsmaybeinthefuture.
    I was never one to support despotism and am sure not everything were picture perfect and working under Gaddafi’s regime. If it were, it would not be this easy for the country to burst in flames this quickly. But democracy (if it is meant to be executed properly) requires at least a somewhat stable environment and clear minded people. No good will come from a democracy emerged from pure hatred and intense fury. It already appears that the NTC is leaning towards adopting Sharia laws. I do not know what purpose it will serve to better the lives of the libyans, especially women.
    I hope for the sake of all that is good, that this heart-breaking, morally exhausting war will not take more from what little humanity is left in this world. And I wish the Libyan people (the innocent ones that are suffering even as we speak) can start piecing back their lives together after all of this.
    Some continents got the rivers and forests and romantically beautiful cities and the Middle East got miles and miles of deserts -unfortunately for them- bearing the oil. One would think it was a fair deal.
    Oh, well.

  14. I European women, I’m white and I agree too!
    Greetings from Slovakia.

    • Kande
    • October 27th, 2011

    Many of the comment above just show how powerful the media in the U.S. are with their lies, evasions, distortions and the like. And most people in the West–the U.S. especially–are so mentally lazy and dull that they naively swallow anything FOX, CNN or Obama throws at them.

    Libya was number 1 in Africa on the HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX. Free housing, free education, free medical care, zero % loans to buy a house, scholarships galore, etc. Now only wicked racists and throat slitters would want to change.

    This trash talk about Gaddafi “killing his own people” is just like Saddam had WMD, ready to attack in 15 minutes. All total bull biscuits, but the naive crowds loafing on their sofas while guzzling cheap beer just swallowed it all up. That just gave the genocidal NATO with killers Obama, Sarkozy and Cameron the carte blanche to kill Africans at will. Just so despicable and wicked.

    And the silly racist media comes up with Gaddafi being a “tyrant”. If he was–and not true–them so was Bush. And so is Obama, who has his own secret list of people he just murders when he feels like it. He just swerved past Congress in his mad murderous rush to bomb Libya. Aren’t those the marks of a tyrant and dictator?

    Maybe Gaddafi had to be a dictator always on the lookout. After all, the human vermin–the RATS–who joined up with the fascist NATO to destroy Libya justify his vigilance. In this wicked world where the powerful in arms are always waiting to bomb and kill, any leader who wants to do well by the people has to run a tight ship.

    This brave desert Berber–he was not a settler Arab vermin from Arabia–friend of the Touaregs deserves a solemn RIP.

    • Menelik
    • October 28th, 2011

    You have the courage to speak truth.

    • Véritéoblige
    • October 28th, 2011

    After the brainwashing through the medias which was absolutely
    disgusting I am glad to read this text.
    We know why NATO – north atlantic terrorist organisation –
    attacked Lybia and it is surely not to bring this people freedom and
    so-called democraty.
    I live in Europe and find the whole story terrible.
    I feel so sorry for the lybian population. They are facing very
    bad times.

  15. Editor’s note. Hi Cassius. We removed the links that you posted, kindly do not post links to the dead body because they require viewer discretion.

      • Cassius~
      • November 4th, 2011

      In that case could you remove the complete ‘strange fruit’ post.
      thxs
      Cassius~

  16. you have made ur stand in a manner that no self respecting intellectual can ignore, its time Africans sought African based solutions to African problems.

  17. Dear friends, you all speak of Africans who must open the eyes, but in Europe is the same (may be in America even worse). We were brainwashed to approve all wars they decide to do. Who is still capable of thinking lives very badly in his own country and feels guilty for all the deaths and destruction that causes his Government.

  18. preety much sad

    • ali
    • May 14th, 2012

    what i understand from the powerfull argument of the writer, is that, to stand strictly against the western imperailism, we should also re-consider what democracy and human right is… Know, we are on defence, not attack, when western media plays the democracy card. We lost our ability to question promoted versions of democracy. Yeah, do we know western democracies are the democracies for riches? Do we know, it its temple, USA; a candidate has to have millions of dollars for to be president… Are they giving poors chance to express themselves? Simply, not.

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