By Gerald A. Perreira
argument in Libya has been won by the Al Fateh revolution. There is now
a glaring truth confronting the North Atlantic Terrorist Organization
(NATO) – Muammar Qaddafi has handed out over one million kalashnikovs to
the Libyan people. If he was the brutal dictator that NATO would have
us believe him to be, then the armed population could have turned their
guns on him and the revolutionary armed forces by now, especially as
they would have NATO’s full backing if they did so.
on July 1st, over a million Libyans, around one third of the Libyan
population, were in Green Square and the surrounding streets, to hear
Muammar Qaddafi speak and to rally against NATO.
media put the number at 1.7 million and Intifada – Voice of Palestine
website called it ‘the largest demonstration ever in world history’. The
crowd chanted over and over again ‘We want Qaddafi’ while unveiling a
green flag 6 kilometers long [in total, one being 4.5km long, the other 1.5km long].
Al Fateh revolution has given the Libyan people a taste of the dignity
that comes with true independence and real sovereignty.
so many ‘Third World’ nation-states, Libya, under the leadership of
Muammar Qaddafi, has been a surrogate of neither the East nor the West.
The first thing that hits you when you step off the plane at Tripoli
International Airport is that Libyans are firmly in control of their
country. Libya is a power unto herself and Libyans are not taking kindly
to NATO’s attempts at re-colonization.
has developed in Libya is a conundrum for NATO. They may have imagined
that with such vicious ongoing bombing raids, Qaddafi’s forces would
they have witnessed the opposite. In the face of this all out
aggression, over 10,000 bombing raids and into its fifth month, the
Libyan patriotic and revolutionary armed forces and the vast majority of
Libyans have remained steadfast and loyal, defending their revolution
and its leader.
are even pro-Qaddafi rallies in Benghazi, and constant gun battles
between pro-Qaddafi forces and the rebels in Benghazi and Misurata. In
villages and towns, reportedly under rebel control, the green flag of
the Al Fateh revolution can be seen flying from homes and public
buildings. One thing is clear, if Qaddafi did not have mass support he
could not be resisting this barbaric onslaught so effectively.
day the rebels reveal themselves to be mere surrogates of an
imperialist plot to overthrow the Libyan revolution. They cannot call
for health-care, housing, free education, subsidized food and a share in
the oil wealth because they have all of that.
in areas where the NATO backed rebels are in control, have reported
that the rebels are looting stores and removing goods and food at
gunpoint. There are also numerous reports of torture, rape and execution
of captured pro-Qaddafi soldiers, Black Libyans and migrant workers
from neighboring African countries.
nature of the Benghazi rebels is best illustrated by events that
occurred after rebels took control of the mountain village of Qawalish
in Western Libya. Many of the villagers were forced to evacuate the area
since, according to a report carried on July 10th, in the New York
of the shops in the town had been ransacked, several homes were burned,
and the town’s gas station, in fine condition when Qawalish fell, had
been vandalized to the point of being dismantled. In building after
building furniture was flipped over, dishes and mirrors shattered, and
everything torn apart. Except for a few rebels roaming the streets in
cars and trucks, the town was deserted – a shattered, emptied ghost town
decorated with broken glass.”
is no doubt that ‘the Coalition of Demons’, as Minister Louis Farrakhan
has called them, has realized their grave mistake – if not out in the
open, certainly behind closed doors. Having finally understood that the
Benghazi rebels are not now, nor would they ever be in a position to
take power in Libya, the ‘Coalition of Demons’ is crumbling, with major
differences surfacing amongst members on how to proceed with this
ill-fated mission impossible.
spending billions of dollars at a time when their economies are in deep
crisis and reeling from the cost of years of war in Iraq and
Afghanistan, Europe and the US are now scrambling for a solution which
will allow them to save face.
French, who were the driving force behind the invasion of Libya, are
now pressing for dialogue with Tripoli. On July 11th, in a report
carried in Flash News Today, French Defense Minister, Gerard Longuet
stated: “We’ll stop the bombing when the Libyans talk to each other and
the military forces on all sides return to their barracks. They can talk
to each other because we provide the proof that there is no solution by
wonder sometimes if these people actually hear themselves. No matter
what disdainful spin Gerard Longuet tries to put on the situation, he
can never convince us that the purpose of this mission was an exercise
to prove that this conflict could not be resolved by force.
truth is that the French, British and Americans, in their arrogance and
ignorance, believed that toppling Qaddafi and rolling back the Libyan
revolution would be a push over and now they are trying everything to
avoid admitting an all out defeat.
addition to the death and destruction caused by this French, British
and US barbaric adventurism, an estimated 150,000 people have been
forced to flee Libya, many of them African migrant workers. These
refugees, who were working in Libya and supporting their families in
other parts of Africa, now find themselves sleeping in parks in Italy
an estimated 23 million men and women unemployed in Europe, a figure
that is expected to increase in the coming months as the capitalist
crisis deepens, the situation for these refugees is disastrous.
picked on a country that has experienced a profound political and
social revolution for the past 40 plus years. The majority of Libyans
only know life in the Jamahiriya and have lived in its dignity, comfort
and calm all their lives, causing many of them to perhaps become
complacent, taking much of what they had for granted.
there is no doubt that their revolutionary spirit has been reignited by
NATO’s bombs and they are standing behind the Al Fateh revolution. As
one female student from Al Fateh University put it, “Libya is our mother
and Qaddafi is our father.”
NATO – North Atlantic Terrorist Organization
is a terrorist organization. Originally created to check the spread of
Soviet Communism into Western Europe, this European organization has now
reinvented itself as an enforcer and defender of White supremacy. On a
global crusade, NATO brutally enforces neo-colonialism worldwide under
the guise of ‘spreading democracy’ and ‘humanitarian intervention’.
the onset of colonialism, hundreds of years ago, West Europeans have
carried out a policy of genocide and plunder throughout the world. NATO
comprises these same old tribes of Europe organized under a modern day
number of Iraqis slaughtered in the ongoing US war and occupation of
Iraq – now in its ninth year, is estimated at 1,455,590, let alone the
numbers murdered in Afghanistan, Somalia, Cote d’Ivoire and conflicts
all over the world – set in motion either covertly or overtly by these
terrorists. No people in the entire history of humanity have made war on
all peoples and murdered more people than these North Atlantic Tribes.
This is an historical fact.
Qaddafi – African Hero
leaders who are determined to live for their people are prepared to die
for their people. Young Libyans from the Student Revolutionary
Committees in the streets of Tripoli chant ‘Allah, Qaddafi, Libya’. The
overwhelming majority of Libyans – young and old – love him. And then
there is the massive outpouring of love and support that has come from
every corner of the globe, where people, organizations and liberation
movements, all of whom have received assistance from him at one time or
other, have raised their voices against NATO’s unprovoked aggression.
nowhere is Qaddafi loved more than in Africa. His genuine commitment to
our liberation is known to all Africans. African youth support his
vision. Rappers have called him ‘African Hero’.
and freedom fighters from all over the continent have joined with the
Libyan people to defend Tripoli. The Pan-African movement has been
re-energized. It is no accident that it took an attack on the man who
said ‘The Black race shall prevail throughout the world’, to galvanize
the movement which is capable of bringing about the dream of Garvey and
Nkrumah, a dream which Muammar Qaddafi has pursued at his own peril.
Tingba Muhammad, in an excellent article in The Final Call, made the following indisputable points:
he came to leadership in that oil-rich nation in 1969, Col. Qaddafi has
amassed a record of accomplishment for Black Africa unmatched in modern
history. Using his nation’s oil revenues, he has set the exploited
former Italian colony firmly on the road to true independence… those who
take the time to look past the litany of white lies about Qaddafi will
be introduced to a man whose progressive record of accomplishments very
well may be unmatched by ANYONE who has ever led a nation in modern
times. And this is not hyperbole! We will take it further: If this
man—Muammar Qaddafi—ever ran for president of America with a résumé like
his, we dare say EVERY American would not only vote for him, but would
angrily trash the 22nd amendment to the Constitution to allow him to
‘Wathint Abafazi Wathint Imbokotho’ – ‘You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock’
women of Libya are taking a leading role in defending the gains of the
revolution. Under the leadership of Muammar Qaddafi they have been able
to realize their own emancipation, which is uniquely Libyan and not
based on the Eurocentric notions of Western feminism.
are amongst the most highly educated female population in Africa and
the Arab world. They are free to dress with or without the headscarf,
because Qaddafi understands that Islam cannot be enforced by a ‘moral
police force’, harassing and beating people in the streets for not
dressing in hijab and not praying on time.
to the edict articulated by Prophet Muhammad, stating that ‘there can
be no compulsion in religion’, Qaddafi knows that the only way forward
is to raise the consciousness of the people.
protects the Islamic tradition and way of life in Libya is that their
very liberation is derived from the true emancipatory spirit of Islam.
They have been able to hold onto their traditions, while shedding the
reactionary pre-Islamic residue that permeates so much of the Muslim
world. No one is clearer than the women of Libya about what to expect
from the backward, al-Qaeda inspired Benghazi counter-revolutionaries,
and they are having none of it.
Sarkozy – the Wicked Pied Piper
is arming and fighting alongside al Qaeda in Libya after telling the
world for years that al Qaeda is the single largest threat to their
the same time, they continue to claim that they are fighting al Qaeda
in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia. This might seem like a
contradictory and confused foreign policy however, it is classical
Machiavellian policy at play and nobody plays Machiavellian politics
better than Europeans.
criminal, Henry Kissinger, summed it up many years ago when he said:
“We do not have permanent friends or permanent enemies – we only have
Cameron, Berlusconi and other European leaders were led on a merry
dance by French president and white supremacist, Sarkozy.
real reason for France’s frantic move against Libya was his
government’s embarrassing failure to save their minion, Zinedine Ben Ali
in Tunisia, in an election year. We know this man Sarkozy by his
actions and his words. He is on record as saying, in true Hegelian
tragedy of Africa is that the African man has never really entered
history. The African peasant has known only the eternal renewal of time
via the endless repetition of the same actions and the same words. In
this mentality, where everything always starts over again, there is no
place for human adventure or for any idea of progress.” He added:
“Africa’s problem is that its present is permeated with nostalgia for
the paradise of its lost childhood….”
They call it Democracy – we know it as Hypocrisy
Qaddafi has handed out kalashnikovs to an entire people. Libya is one
of maybe only two countries in the world – the other being Cuba – that
could arm their people under these circumstances. Why?
Sarkozy, Cameron, Obama, or for that matter the Sheikdoms in the Arab
world who have lined up against Qaddafi, hand out kalashnikovs like
pancakes to their populace under the same circumstances? I think not.
fact, in Bahrain, Saudi Arabia was called on to invade and brutally
suppress the rebellion. The Bahraini ruling family is certainly not
arming the people.
the Saudis brutally suppressed the uprising in Bahrain, not a word was
uttered from the ‘international community’ – international community
being a euphemism for the US and Western Europe. And if a few words were
uttered by Hillary Clinton, it was done for the sake of protocol and
Kwame Ture Speaks
great Pan-African revolutionary, Kwame Ture, was a frequent visitor to
Libya. He was a member of the World Mathaba based in Tripoli and a vocal
supporter of the Al Fateh revolution. He led a worldwide campaign to
break the unjust sanctions placed on Libya in the 90s and worked
tirelessly to promote Nkrumah and Qaddafi’s vision of a united and truly
made an interesting point about the double standards that the West
applied when dealing with Africa, which is particularly relevant to what
is happening in Libya today.
observed that when sections of society in Europe or the United States
disagree, even violently disagree, it is called pluralism and this is
said to be a vital ingredient of their democracy.
is never said that the US is undemocratic because they disagree–on the
contrary it is, according to them, what makes it democratic. Our people
on the other hand are not allowed to have differences or disagreements.
When we do, it is called disunity and dissent, never pluralism.
revolutionary leaders defend their revolutions against
counter-revolutionary uprisings they are called brutal dictators. The
contradiction is that throughout the history of the United States, any
uprising against America’s injustice has always been suppressed
violently, and Kwame would remind us that he was one that knew this from
Libyan rebels make up an estimated 2 percent of the entire Libyan
population. What is the percentage of people who disagreed with George
W. Bush or who now disagree with Barak Obama? In fact, Bush only
received 50.7 percent of the US citizens’ vote and Obama only 52.9
percent. There is a great deal of dissent there.
In the Green Book, Muammar Qaddafi has this to say:
struggle which culminates in the victory of a candidate obtaining 51
percent of the total votes of the electorate, establishes a dictatorship
in the seat of power garbed in the guise of democracy. It is in fact, a
dictatorship because 49 percent of the electorate would then be
governed by an instrument of government they did not vote for, and which
has been imposed upon them. This is the essence of dictatorship…under
such systems the people are the victims whose votes are vied for by
exploitative competing factions, who dupe the people into political
circuses that are outwardly noisy and frantic, but inwardly powerless
us put one fallacy to rest forever – Europeans do not have a monopoly
on the theory and practice of democracy. It is not my intention here to
enter into what is a huge discussion of what constitutes democracy.
Suffice to say, that Western Europe and the US, which continue to this
day to brutally enforce their undemocratic systems of colonialism,
neo-colonialism and capitalism worldwide, are not in either a moral or
historical position to lecture the world on what is or is not
who promote democracy, European and US style, must be aware that the
Fathers of the American revolution excluded the indigenous peoples and
the captured Africans from their ‘democratic’ project. Same with the
French revolutionaries, who in 1789 were proclaiming ‘liberty, equality
and fraternity’, but were not prepared to extend these principles to the
captured Africans working their plantations in the Caribbean.
fallacious the Western notion of democracy may be, the only thing that
matters from an African perspective is that the West is prevented from
continuing to impose this fallacious notion on us. They can, as far as
we are concerned, have whatever political system they choose. The point
is, so can we as Africans. This is what we are fighting for – our
inalienable right to self-determination – to freely decide our own
is what it means to finally throw off the yoke of colonialism and
imperialism, and that is what Libya dared to do under the leadership of
Muammar Qaddafi. And Qaddafi dared to extend this vision to the entire
In the words of the Afrocentric intellectual warrior, Dr Molefi Kete Asante:
work of the Brother Leader, as he is sometimes called, has been to
raise African consciousness to the point that some of the nations on the
continent of Africa begin to reject the loyalty they hold for their
colonial masters…Qaddafi has proposed that Africa do away with travel
restrictions, create a common currency and ease trade tariffs and
barriers. This African solidarity is not only a threat to the West –
some who identify as Arabs have a difficult time accepting the
Africanity promoted by Qaddafi.”
battle for African self-determination did not start in Libya or with
Qaddafi – it is a very long battle stretching back to the earliest
incursions into Africa. And it is not the first time that Africans have
faced such a sophisticated and deadly European attack – we can look way
back at the battle of Isandlwana in 1879, where the arrogant British
army, one of the most technologically advanced in the world at that
time, was humbled by the Zulu fighters under the leadership of the great
African king, Cetshwayo.
this ‘Coalition of Demons’ currently attacking Libya, armed with the
most sophisticated weaponry known to humankind, is slowly coming to
realize, is that they could well be defeated by the will of the Libyan
people armed with their faith, revolutionary consciousness and
Fear of a Black Planet
‘Up you mighty race, you can accomplish what you will’ – Marcus Garvey
‘The Black race shall prevail throughout the world’ – Muammar Qaddafi
This is a defining moment for Africa and Africans all over the world. It is a moment in history that we must seize.
on the continent and throughout the Diaspora were recently given a tiny
glimpse of the kind of power that Africa can possess, when Jean Ping,
speaking on behalf of the African Union, directed all member states to
ignore the ICC’s (International Colonial Court) call for Qaddafi’s
arrest. Jean Ping stated that “the ICC is discriminatory because it only
pursues Africans. The Hague-based court ignores crimes committed by
Western powers in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan”. Thank you, Jean Ping.
it is the African youth on the continent and in the Diaspora that are
leading and inspiring us towards true independence. Tendai Wenyika,
Deputy General Secretary of the Pan-African Youth Union, addressing the
recent AU Heads of State summit in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea called on
African leaders to:
the arrest of the likes of Obama, Cameron and Sarkozy, who through
their unprovoked war have violated the supreme tenets of the Nuremburg
Principles and committed the crime of all crimes…We call for the
suspension of all engagements with NATO, and Africa must begin to
strengthen its internal ties, security and trade mechanisms in order for
us to prosper.”
I have stated in previous articles, there is nothing that White Power
fears more than a united Africa. They know that a united Africa would
completely alter the balance of power globally. The well-documented fact
is that if Africa stopped the flow of all resources and raw materials
to the Western nations for just one week, the United States and Europe
would grind to a halt.
In 2007, in Conakry Guinea, Qaddafi made a simple observation to a cheering crowd of thousands:
I ask people about Pepsi-Cola and Coca-Cola people immediately say it’s
an American or European drink. This is not true. The kola is African.
They have taken the cheap raw material from us, they’ve made it into a
drink, and they sell it back to us for a high price. We should be
producing it ourselves and selling it to them.”
only Africa could realize its immense power. Realizing this power is
primarily a psychological transition, since the material facts are
overwhelmingly clear. Almost every known natural resource needed to run
the contemporary industrial economies—such as uranium, gold, copper,
cobalt, coltan (for cell phones, video games, laptops), platinum,
diamonds, bauxite, and especially large reserves of oil are located in
Africa. Azania (South Africa) alone contains half the world’s gold
reserves. Democratic Republic of Congo contains half of the world’s
cobalt and 80 percent of the world’s known coltan reserves. One quarter
of the world’s aluminum ore is found in the coastal belt of West Africa
and the continent is awash in petroleum reserves.
Time for ‘us’ to put sanctions on ‘them’
is time to stop the flow of these strategic resources to the Western
capitals until they meet our demands. Yes, it is time for us to sanction
the Western capitals. The Global Pan-African Movement and the African
masses are crying out for it – the time is now. Africans everywhere must
exert maximum pressure on their leaders to realize this power, as
Muammar Qaddafi dared to, or move aside.
how would we survive if we were to sanction these Western capitals? I
can hear the detractors cry. Answer: there are huge emerging economies
such as China, India and Brazil who will be only too happy to pick up
this is the West’s greatest fear: In an article titled, ‘Wen calls for
more Access for Africa’, which appeared in 2007 in the Financial Times,
W. Wallis and G. Dyer, wrote:
powers real concern is that African States will opt for Chinese deals
to free themselves from the punitive conditions of IMF/ World Bank loans
and other forms of financial dependence on Europe and the Unites
States. As the second largest source of oil in Africa, Angola is now in
such a strong position that it is rejecting IMF loans completely. As one
consultant put it, with all their oil revenue, they don’t need the IMF
or the World Bank. They can play the Chinese off the Americans.”
another article, ‘China and the USA in a new cold war over Africa’s oil
riches: Darfur? It’s the oil, stupid…’ William Engdahl points out:
China draws an estimated 30% of its crude oil from Africa. That
explains an extraordinary series of diplomatic initiatives which have
left Washington furious. China is using no-strings-attached dollar
credits to gain access to Africa’s vast raw material wealth, leaving
Washington’s typical control game via the World Bank and IMF out in the
cold. Who needs the painful medicine of the IMF when China gives easy
terms and builds roads and schools to boot?”
does all this mean for Africa? Quite simply it means that we now have a
choice in trading partners, and although all trading partners drive a
hard bargain – some are giving better deals than others.
Black Power – African Power!
is the moment to put all our efforts into the realization of Nkrumah
and Qaddafi’s grand plan for a United States of Africa. A strong and
truly independent Africa, with one government, one defense force and one
currency based on our African gold standard as Qaddafi has proposed.
Only when we can achieve this level of unity and power, will we be able
to take our rightful place in the world. Only then can we say that the
time is finally over when Africa must run from one power broker to
another to do our bidding. At last we will be able to do our own bidding
on our own terms. Backed by a population of 1 billion people, Africa
will then be able to make demands that cannot be ignored.
2009, at a meeting of the AU in Addis Ababa, Qaddafi, commenting on
European and US attitudes to Africa, had this to say: ‘If they do not
want to live with us fairly, then they should know it is our planet and
they can go to another planet.’
Fair and just is all we are seeking – only the unfair and unjust have anything to fear from a Black planet.Gerald
A. Perreira is a founding member of the Guyanese organizations, Joint
Initiative for Human Advancement and Dignity and Black Consciousness
Movement Guyana (BCMG). He lived in Libya for many years, served in the
Green March, an international battalion for the defense of the Libyan
revolution and was an executive member of the World Mathaba based in