It’s almost 2015, and every single year more and more people are starting to question the information presented to them from mainstream western media outlets, and for good reason.
What we are often presented with by corporate media, especially when it comes to political issues and war overseas is a twist of what’s really happening and sometimes even a fabrication of the story.
By Arjun Walia — One great example is the “terrorist” group Al-Qaeda, it’s well documented that this group was supported and possibly created by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Not long ago an FBI whistleblower expressed her belief that the United States is reviving the terror scare with ISIS to promote and revive the terror war industry.
Here is a video of US four-star General Wesley Clark pretty much alluding to the same thing. One of the best examples to date were the tragic events that took place on 9/11. Other great examples are the acquisitions and territory take-overs for ulterior motives. The list goes on and on.
Gaddafi commonly stated that western powers were interested in taking over countries, specifically Libya, for their oil. Jacob Rothschild and Rupert Murdoch (who owns a large portion of western media) were recently granted oil territory by Israel in Syria (Golan Heights source). It’s stuff like this that makes it clear to many that something fishy is going on, and has always been going on.
He had great relationships with Hugo Chavez (who claimed the US caused the earthquake in Haiti via HAARP), Nelson Mandela and many more. At the same time, it has been reported that he has done some awful things, with the evidence of this out there, it’s hard to deny what he has done. But are we only to focus on the downsides? What about all the good he did?
He was often demonised and portrayed as a mad man and a fool by western media, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any good in his heart. I am not saying that the terrible things he was reported to do are not real, I am simply presenting a different perspective, one that we never hear about. The same way we don’t hear about the atrocities committed by the western powers.
Based on my research, the Bush and Obama administrations seem to be very real war mongering radical regimes, puppeteered, controlled and influenced by a higher power. Bottom line, the way western media has depicted various Middle Eastern figures over the past decade is partially twisted. We are and have been, I believe, spoon fed lies on a daily basis when it comes to this topic.
I am not going to get into the politics as to why he has been praised and hated by many from various parts of the world, as this would require a very long article. I will instead stick to this short list of 10 things about Gaddafi that “they” don’t want you to know.
“They want to do to Libya what they did to Iraq and what they are itching to do to Iran. They want to take back the oil, which was nationalized by these country’s revolutions. They want to re-establish military bases that were shut down by the revolutions and to install client regimes that will subordinate the country’s wealth and labor to imperialist corporate interests. All else is lies and deception.” — see source. (He also expressed these feelings in many of his speeches)
“Bad” human, “good” human, it doesn’t matter. All humans have held light in their heart, no matter what they have done, no matter how much “evil” they have shown, and no matter how much we judge them. There are thing that they have shared that we can learn from, regardless of actions that are considered to be radical and extreme. It would be foolish of us to ignore these other sides.
- Much of this information was obtained through Gaddafi’s Green Book, a document that outlines his political philosophy. You can access it here.
- There are also articles floating around on the internet like this that claim some of these “facts” are lies. That could be the case, it’s hard to know what to believe and that’s why I encourage more to focus on the video below and take a look at some of Gaddafi’s interviews as well as read his political philosophy that’s linked in the sources.
1. In Libya, a home is considered a natural human right.
In Gaddafi’s Green Book it states:
- “Whoever possesses the house in which you dwell, the vehicle in which you ride or the income on which you live, possesses your freedom, or part of it. Freedom is indivisible. For people to be happy, they must be free, and to be free, they must possess the possibility of satisfying their own needs. Whoever possesses the means of fulfilling your needs controls or exploits you, and may enslave you despite any legislation to the contrary.
The material needs of people that are basic and personal start with food, housing, clothing and transport and must be regulated as private and sacred and their satisfaction should not depend on hire. To satisfy these material needs through rent, gives the original owner the right to interfere in your personal life and to control your imperative needs, even if the original owner be the society in general. The original owner can usurp your freedom and take away your happiness. The interference of the original owner may include repossessing your clothes, even leaving you naked on the street. Likewise, the owner of your means of transportation may leave you stranded on the sidewalk, and the owner of your house may make you homeless.
People’s imperative needs cannot be regulated by legal or administrative procedures. They must be fundamentally implanted into the society in accordance with natural rules.”
2. Education was free
Gaddafi’s view on education is something that seems to resonate with many. He believed that education had nothing to do with a routinized curriculum. He pointed to the fact that the western world has forced their youth to learn during specified hours while sitting in rows of desks, and that this type of education now prevails all over the world and goes against human freedom.
“State controlled education, which governments boast of whenever they are able to force it on their youths, is a method of suppressing freedom. It is a compulsory obliteration of a human being’s talent, as well as a coercive directing of a human being’s choices. It is an act of dictatorship destructive of freedom because it deprives people of their free choice, creativity and brilliance. To force a human being to learn according to a set curriculum is a dictatorial act. To impose certain subjects upon people is also a dictatorial act.
He strongly believed that state controlled/standardized education is again, a “forced stultification” of the masses. He believed that all governments who set courses of education in terms of a formal curriculum and force people to learn them are coercing and manipulating their citizens.
“All methods of education prevailing in the world should be destroyed through a universal cultural evolution that frees the human mind from curricula of fanaticism which dictate a process of deliberate distortion of man’s tastes, conceptual ability and mentality.”
He did not mean that schools should be closed, in fact he believed that education was important and that society should provide all types of education that gives the individual the chance to choose freely.
“Knowledge is a natural right of every human being of which no one has the right to deprive him or her under any pretext, except in a case where a person does something which deprives him or her of that right.”
3. Medical treatment was free
It’s beyond me as to why medical care is not free in all countries. This should be basic human right and we’ve drifted far from it. Are we not capable of creating something better as to where medical treatment could be free for everyone in all countries? Gaddafi strongly believed in this, and created it for his people.
4. There were no electricity bills in Libya, electricity was free
The western world wants to put a meter on everything. It’s just another way, out of many, to enslave us. Basic human rights are not met in the western world, and what’s even more discouraging is the fact that most of us sit back and accept it, or don’t even realize it.
5. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great ManMade River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country
6. All newlyweds in Libya would receive 60,000 Dinar ($50,000 USD) by the government to buy their first apartment to help start a family.
7. A portion of Libyan oil sales is or was credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens
8. Libya had it’s own state bank
Libya had its own State bank, which provided loans to citizens at zero percent interest by law and they had no external debt.
9. A bursary was given to mothers with newborn babies
When a Libyan woman gave birth she was given the equivalent to $5000 USD for herself and the child.
10. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government would fund them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US $2,300/month accommodation and car allowance
Was Gaddafi a terrorist? It doesn’t really seem like it, does it? Below is a compilation of clips from around the world that might give you a different perspective.
For more information about Gaddafi and his thoughts, besides the video, you can read his Green Book outlining his political philosophy HERE.
Arjun Walia, joined the CE team in 2010 and have been doing this ever since. There are many things happening on the planet that don’t resonate with him, however, Arjun wanted to do what he could to play a role in creating change. “It’s been great making changes in my own life and creating awareness and I look forward to more projects that move beyond awareness and into action and implementation” he said. So stay tuned with him and his stories.