LIBYA IS NOW FREE – ruled by a temporary National Council pledged to bring democracy to the country. This may not be democracy as we know it, but ours is not much to write home about. It may be Islamic, but so what? Most of the people are Muslims. An “Islamic” government does not have to be like Iran, which is primarily fascist. Most governments in Europe were either Catholic or Protestant for over a thousand years.
“There are human rights abuses in the post-revolutionary era.” WOW! WHAT A SURPRISE. Tell you what, have a read up on the French, Russian and just about every other revolution. Read up on the aftermath of WWII. The idea that there would be NO human rights abuses after such an event is one that only cretins could harbour, but then there are plenty of cretins about.
This is what dictators DO; brutalise their countries, kidnap, torture, murder anyone in the populace that dares to rebel. This is how their achieve “STABILITY”, a condition that seems to impress the feeble-minded. In Libya, this went on for FORTY-TWO YEARS. Hundreds of thousands of people had their loved ones brutalised, maimed, scarred for life – in the indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas people saw their loved ones blown into thousands of unrecognizable pieces, legs and arms blown off, be made brain-damaged and/or paraplegic for life. And you want NO REPRISALS? Which planet do you live on? The ONLY test will be to see what emerges after a period of recovery; three, six months ……
The “abuses” are regrettable, but inevitable, one of the prices that has to be paid for liberation. The FAULT is in the regime that gave itself the undemocratic right to have the rule of life or death over millions of people.
No, Libya is FREE. They may fuck up their freedom, but they won’t be the only ones. At least they have some CHOICE.
Freedom? Always under-appreciated by those who have it. Indeed, there are those who sit well-off and comfortably in free countries who rant on about the wonderful life in dictatorships. One is always astonished that more of these people suffering under the yolk of freedom in capitalist countries don’t take themselves off to enjoy the wonders of life under a dictatorship, where indeed everyone is happy.
The nasty Americans? “It’s a funny old world,” would say Greavsie. Thanks to the Yanks – and some others, the following countries are free:
Libya, Iraq, Kosovo, (a Muslim country with no oil – funny thing that), South Korea, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Holland, Denmark, the UK, Belgium, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czeck Republic, Greece, Japan, Singapore, the Phillippines and indeed most of South-East Asia
We’re left with a few rather nasty unfree countries, including China, Iran, Syria and Cuba plus a variety of stans east of Poland. Still, the last few years have seen the end of Sadaam Hussein, Gaddafi, Ben Ali and Mubarak, so we can’t complain. In the meantime, Cuba, Iran, China and South Africa among the unfree joining together to refrain from condemning the despotic family kleptocracy of Syria for its indiscriminate murder of its citizens. Funny how these countries claim to represent the common man, but that making a stand against oppression doesn’t seem to be in the manual.
WELL DONE SARKO, CAMERON, OBAMA, QATAR, the UAE and others for liberating Libya, and if you really want to know about Gaddafi having “more support than we realize”, go and ask the Libyans how they feel about their freedom, and then what they think about the scummy, fascist dictatorships that constantly denigrated their revolution. You’d think the Cubans would welcome a people rising up against fascism – this is after all what THEY did. Unfortunately, as George Orwell made so brilliantly clear in “Animal Farm”, the revolting pigs soon take on the mantle of their oppressors.
Meanwhile, anyone who truly appreciates freedom will have nothing but contempt for those who both support dictatorships AND sneered at the Libyan people’s revolution. These scum did not include the governments of Britain, France and the USA, of which we can be proud.