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Monday, October 24, 2011
Ethos of hegemony
By Carolyn Bennett
News clip edited from “Mixed Messages on Qaddafi — Nothing from NATO, political capitals, puppet TNC [current de-facto government of Libya, the Transitional National Council] officials, and major media scoundrels is credible. …”
As questions persist about U.S. foreign policy, its actions in Libya and what really happened and continues to happen in that country and throughout East Africa and the Middle East, Chicagoan Stephen Lendman writes, “Mass graves cannot suppress a crime too great to conceal.
“Depleted uranium, thermobaric fuel-air bombs, white phosphorous (able to burn flesh to the bone), and other terror weapons were used to commit mass slaughter.
“Throughout the conflict, ‘rebels’ committed gruesome atrocities against suspected Qaddafi loyalists, including summary executions, lynching, beheadings, and desecration of corpses. Led by United States, United Kingdom, French and other NATO Special Forces, they took full advantage if a license to loot.”
[Libya’s state system of the masses] loyalists will neither forgive nor forget. “Neither will the global millions raging against America’s imperial monster.”
“… Libyan loyalists vow to continue their liberating struggle and resist occupation, colonization and exploitation. Western capitals know it and they are not celebrating.
“America, Britain and France plan puppet rule. They will not tolerate free elections and democracy — as they have none in their own countries in which duopoly power [preponderant influence or control by two political powers] serving privileged not popular interests dominates.
“Democratic freedom is nonexistent in U.S. vocabulary. The Middle East project planed by the United States is “regional dominance across North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia to the borders of the Russian Federation.
“… Under Qaddafi, Libyans had Africa’s highest standard of living because oil wealth created economic growth and provided generous social benefits. Under his Decision No. 111, everyone got free healthcare, education, training, rehabilitation, housing assistance, disability and elder benefits, interest-free loans from Libya’s public bank, subsidies to study abroad, free electricity and water, generous stipends for newlyweds, and practically free gasoline.
“All of these are gone — replaced by impoverishment, destitution, depravation, homelessness, hunger, disease, fear, insecurity, and despair.
“Qaddafi’s Libya no longer exists. Jamahiriya loyalists want it back and they will not quit until they get it. Like Iraqis, Afghans, Palestinians, and other oppressed people, Libyans know they are in for a long liberation struggle. The courageous and committed will not quit until they are free.”
In the United States, the people will never enjoy liberty, even as it was narrowly and inadequately envisioned by leaders of the independence from Britain, until they rid the country — including its governors and governing domestic and international policies and practice — of and uproot and transform the entrenched ethos of violence and hegemony.
Sources and notes
“Mixed Messages on Qaddafi” (Stephen Lendman), Monday, October 24, 2011, http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/
Stephen Lendman also appeared today on Press TV. Lendman’s blog is sjlendman.blogspot.com . He also appears in with guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10 a.m. Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon, USA. All programs are archived for later listening
“GREAT JAMAHIRIYA: POWER, WEALTH and ARMS IN THE HANDS OF THE PEOPLE
“The administrative system in Libya is summed up in the word Jamahiriya, which literally means the state of the masses. The country is run by complete popular authority with no place for the traditional structures. Authority, wealth and the arms are all in the hands of the people.
“The Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya is situated in North Africa, stretching along the Mediterranean shoreline for nearly 2,000 kilometers. Its area is 1,775,500 square kilometers making it the fourth largest country in Africa. Egypt is on its eastern border; Sudan, Chad and Niger are to the south and Tunisia and Algeria lie to the west.
“The population of just over four million is concentrated in the cities, villages and farming areas along the coastal strip. Almost one million Libyans died during the Italian occupation from 1911 to 1944.”
MATHABA (Media Active To Help All Become Aware)
“MATHABA means a meeting place, platform, sanctuary.”
Founded in 1999 as the first stateless news organization in history, MATHABA describes itself at “the world’s leading independent news agency and a major online news network [with] the most advanced and effective news distribution.”
MATHABA’s mission: “Changing the world by broadcasting news and information that serves the public interest while also having over 50 different news categories, news feeds and distribution across multiple platforms for almost any type of news and information, www.mathaba.net/info/
Wikipedia note on thermobaric and NTC
A thermobaric weapon (including the type known as a ‘fuel-air bomb) is an explosive weapon that produces a blast wave of a significantly longer duration than those produced by condensed explosives. The longer duration increases human casualties and causes more damage to structures.
Thermobaric explosives [easily used inside confined environments such as tunnels, caves, and bunkers, unsuitable for use underwater, at high altitude or in adverse weather] rely on oxygen from the surrounding air, whereas most conventional explosives consist of a fuel-oxidizer premix (e.g., gunpowder contains 25 percent fuel and 75 percent oxidizer).
The National Transitional Council of Libya (sometimes known as the Transitional National Council, the Interim National Council, or the Libyan National Council) is the current de-facto government of Libya, established by anti-Qaddafi forces during the 2011 Libyan civil war, a war that pitted these forces against the regime of Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi. The NTC issued a ‘Constitutional Declaration’ in August 2011 in which it set up a road map for the transition of the country to a constitutional democracy with an elected government.
Maps from Britannica
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