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Muammar Abu Minyar Al Gathafi – RIP? Updated on 1 May 2011

Who is interested in unrest in the Middle-East and North-Africa?

1 May 2011 3.05 Ynetnews: A NATO airstrike on Saturday night killed Al Gathafi’s youngest son Saif al-Arab and three of his grandchildren. Mussa Ibrahim said Saif al-Arab was a civilian and a student who had studied in Germany. He was 29 years old. 

Earlier posting (22 February 2011):

Did we really see Muammar Al Gathafi addressing the world last time today? 

Why doesn’t anyone suggest him to use tear gas instead of gunfire and bombs? Greece just used this method some hours ago! 

Because he is clearly provoked to commit crimes against humanity! 

As there is not much to do if even your deputy ambassador to the UN demands you to step down. If you know that US senator Kerry is interested in sanctions on Libya. If you know that if you resist, probably your civilians will be killed, but if you do not resist, foreign regime will be posed on your country. If the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, calls you to stop: „this unacceptable bloodshed“. If a provocative incident has been constructed – four US citizens shot dead at the coast of Somalia by the Somalis (paving the way for the US (NATO and UN) to react). If the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN human rights chief both demand the Libyan authorities to: „immediately end their violent crackdown on protesters“. If a group of UN human rights experts call on you to immediately cease targeting the very protesters, because they are people, you as a government have been mandated to serve … 

Which means that all the world is for some reason clearly and willingly interpreting everything against you.

At least the last argument is against the international law principle that a State must guarantee order in its territory, which principle applied, for example, during the Estonian Bronze Night. 

There are some events in the world that could support Gathafi, such as the Arab League meeting to discuss unrest in Libya, and the UN closed door meeting on Libya. But this time, also Ban Ki-moon has condemned Gathafi. And just about the time this posting was published, Gathafi’s website was suspended. 

I am not supporting crimes against humanity, but am observing the events and was today watching Muammar Al Gathafi’s speech from Al Jazeera live. And I got an impression that he may die as martyr in Libya. If this is the case, I will remember his words: „Damn those who try to spread unest in Libya!“ At the same time, he has clearly denied contacts with Al Quaeda. 

How do the World Media Companies address the situation?: 

Commenting on Gathafi’s speech, where he, inter alia, was warning from what would happen to Libya if ruled by outside, and asked whether the Libyan people would want America to come and occupy them – the world media considered these statements both scaring the Libyan people, as well as Americans.

The world media says that Gathafi has just illusions about some people still supporting him, while actually the Libyan people want him and his family out of the country. Gathafi is blamed for threatening the Libyan people by ethnic cleansing. (What he probably meant by that was that the Libyans have accepted marriage with other nations who now support outside regimes and spread unest from inside of Libya). Gathafi has also used the word „rats“ for many times – so he deserves the death penalty in the world media’s opinion. Gathafi is blamed for referring to the Libyan constitution in his speech, but the world media refers that actually Libya does not have constitution. The world press says – the man has total loss of reality! Those words would I qualify as: „eating people“. – Especially in the light of both the HIV trial in Libya (deliberate infect of over 400 Libyan children with HIV in 1998 – why did’t the press refer to innocent lives then?), and the US bombings in 1986. But somehow Gathafi’s strong leader position among his own people has already been severely undemined.

The events in Libya are part of the unrest-chain in Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Yemen, Iraq, Kuwait, Mauritania, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, and Syria, targeted by certain regimes to the local regime change. I usually do not read that type of articles, but I would quote Thomas. L. Friedman’s “If Not Now, When?” from today’s NYT: “For the last 50 years, America (and Europe and Asia) have treated the Middle East as if it were just a collection of big gas stations: Saudi station, Iran station, Kuwait station, Bahrain station, Egypt station, Libya station, Iraq station, United Arab Emirates station, etc.” – But I doubt whether the pattern will change with the change of the local leaders, I would rather see the new leaders, not the people, selling the oil to the world, because the world nevertheless remains dependent on the same oil.

And after all – what would have happened if Gathafi had used tear gas against the protesters instead of gunfire and bombs? As it was just used in Greece?

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