Libya is a country that has made much progress under Gaddafi. Libya during gaddafi's peaked at a GDP of 93.2 Bn! There was an increase in adult literacy from 40% to 88% and GDP per capita is currently at 17,000.
So my question is, why were the people of Libya so dissatisfied? What made the population go from loving Gaddafi to hating him so much? Some say that the United States somehow changed the perceptions of the population, it seems that the second the US is not pleased with a dictator they dispose of the him. Libya was a state that safeguarded its oil reserves and kept it from the prying hands of the Us. Look at monarchy in Saudi, it seems that as soon as the Saudis decide to keep the oil for themselves the US may decide to dispose of the 'dictatorship' there too.
The people didn't turn against Gadaffi, the rebels did not have popular support. They only won through NATO support. Without NATO supporting them Gadaffi would have crushed the terrorist uprising quickly and efficiently.
Believe it or not but people don't like it when they can get locked up without a trial and be tortured, at any given moment, they also don't like their leaders stashing $200 billion in Swiss bank accounts and they don't like their leader being a senile madman who changes policy every other minute (for example: he once instated a law that said every tennant would suddenly become the owner of their dwelling, completely raping the economy, only to reverse it a couple of years later), finally they don't like their leader to continually bring their country into conflict with (potential) trading partners and suffer economocially for it. The successful revolutions in two neighboring countries finally lit the fuse.
THey didn't. Islamists based in the east of the country and some tribes in the westrn mountains managed to take control through NATO backing. Their little religious crusade was about to be stamped out before nato decided that regime change and a puppet state looked tempting. Sadly this is yet another regime the west won't control for very long, and the long term effect will be rather unfortunate indeed.
Obvious sign of military dependence on their puppet masters: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldne ... -year.html
During Gaddafi's dictatorship, there has been no progress whatsoever and if anything, he has brought the country back at least 100 years. The education system is poor as well as the health care. Even though Libya is rich in oil, the citizens greatly suffer economically and this is because Muammar Gaddafi was selfish enough to keep all the money to himself and stashing it away in banks.
I also understand that the Libyans never loved Gaddafi. From the very beginning of his brutal dictatorship, he threatened the Libyans not to turn against him by massacring and publicly hanging innocent people all because they protested against his regime. Therefore, the Libyans were afraid and didn't have the courage to stand up against him until the Arab uprising.
I would also like to say that yes, Nato did an excellent job and truly helped the Libyans. However, you must remember that it was the Libyans on the ground, they were the ones that fought and sacrificed their lives for the country. Their bravery and courage should be recognised, as without them also, the toppling of the regime would never have succeeded! They are Libya's heroes.
When one is being bombed for so many months, then I think it's kinda expected that people would cave in and give up.
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php? ... &aid=25317
Really? Literacy increased after almost half a century, stunning! I thought societies don't change and improve at all over half a century. I love it when people praise "great leaders" for positive developments over long periods of time, as if it wouldn't happen anyway under any other leader like in most of the world
Frequent public hangings of students deemed to be "politically active" up until the 90's, arbitrary imprisonment and torture, assassination of dissident Libyans abroad, shitty healthcare and education, neglect of the east of the country where he was never liked, killing of 1200 prisoners in Abu Salim, violent suppression of frequent protests in the east long before the 2011 uprising...
People don't like their children and siblings killed, imprisoned and tortured over someone's personality cult and political paranoia.
The population loved Gaddafi? How would you know that? He was never elected, his legitimacy stems from nothing.
Why would they "keep the oil for themselves"? The very reason why Saudi Arabia is so rich is because they sell oil to other countries. And their oil company is nationally owned, not sold out to the west. Saudi is a welfare state and economically speaking, a pretty decent place to live compared to the rest of the middle east.
Diversity within Oneness.
I think they disliked the colour green. The country is drab brown and yellow, so why would Kaddafi choose that flag? Also, there's the issue of his sons partying in Saint Barts' with all those naked ladies...it really bugs Muslims when they hear about those shenanigans
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/world ... ables.html
Also, there's this report about this humane and wonderful family, the Qaddafi clan, treatment of their servants:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/3 ... 42561.html
I think this qualifies the whole family as criminals and therefore, in spite of the wonderful things they did for the country, they all should be put on trial and then if they are found guilty they should be put in jail or executed, as may be indicated.
marx was wrong
The people never loved Khadafi.. The tribes never united behind him.
Libya was making huge and rapid gains in education and infrastructure BEFORE Kahdafi..During the period between 1951 and 1969 when King Idris was in power.. and they had an amazing Constitution based in Muslim and Italian law that guaranteed equal rights regardless of ethnicity, religion, tribal affiliation or economic status. Khadafi instantly threw out their constitution...
In 1969 Libya was producing about 5 million barrels a day.. When Khadafi took power, he hired Abdullah Tariki as oil minister.. Tariki hated the Americans and insisted that Khadafi nationalize the oil companies .. Libyan oil production fell to 1.6 million bpd..
You may recall that Saudi Arabia fired Tariki, but Khadafi was young and stupid so Libyan oil was nationalized prematurely.
Khadafi also kicked out the british base at Tobruk and the US base at Wheelus... both were rapidly bringing a certain cosmopolitan infuence to Libya.. particularly in the arts.
Khadafi was a bedouin boy.. uneducated, uncouth, delusional .. He hated all the other Arab leaders and frequently threw fits and threatened their lives.
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