Democracy is comparatively easy. Democracy, self-determination, having a say in the decisions which affect your life or whatever else you want to call it – can all be arranged comparatively easily. But there’s the much grander concept of freedom – for citizens of both sexes.
Freedom is NOT a “Pick and Mix”. You either embrace it or leave it alone.
Democratic, educational, secular, political, economic, entrepreneurial, medical, scientific, technological, environmental, artistic, philosophical are just SOME freedoms.
So, apart from being ruled by a self-obsessed maniac, what was wrong with Libya?
Libya used to have a higher GDP than Russia plus free education and healthcare. The oil was about to be nationalised so that the Libyan people rather than the West would profit. Their national central bank operated in such a way so that it could NOT be exploited by the West. As far as the West was concerned, those were all very worrying developments which needed to be controlled.
Yes, Gaddafi was a thug whose main purpose was to amass riches for his own family and yes, there is poverty in Libya. There are hungry dispossessed people who feel that they were being unfairly treated by their rich, privileged rulers. But those people exist all over the world. They still exist in Libya and will continue to exist long after Gaddafi becomes a mere memory.
Poverty, deprivation? Sometimes it would be a good idea for the USA, United Kingdom, France , Germany etc to have the mirror held up to themselves. Just before they lecture others on inequality and deprivation.
Some say that it was the CIA which started the Benghazi unrest as a result of Gaddafi’s proposed economic “adjustments”. Whoever was responsible is now an irrelevance. Suffice it to say that suddenly, Gaddafi went from being rewarded by the West for Libya’s “excellent human rights record” and being practically ravished by Tony Blair, to a despot who “slaughtered his own people”.
(That particular phrase was thrown at us so often that it became fact).
The West’s selective memory, illusion-mongering and propaganda are standard components used to excuse what has just been happening in Libya. It was always meant to be a war-by-proxy.
Gaddafi had to be deposed and no-one from the West needed to get their hands too dirty! (William Hague: “It’s up to the Libyan people”. Yeah. Right! What he meant was “We can get those Libyans in their Toyota pick-ups to do all the dirty work on our behalf”).
Gaddafi was right in one very important aspect of the whole sordid affair. It was all orchestrated for the sake of self-interested domination by others – both inside and outside of Libya.
(Make no mistake – it was right that Gaddafi should “retire” but the handling of the whole affair did not exactly cover the West in glory).
So here we are : 22nd August 2011 – The Libyan people are (hopefully) about to taste democratic freedom – just like ours. They will become proper free taxpayers and voters – just like us.
Eventually, they’ll become voters and taxpayers who pay to carry their economy to the point of mind-numbing distress – but that’s OUR kind of freedom.
When I say OUR kind of freedom, I am of course not referring to those really “free” people who have knowledge of subsidies, tax deferrals, loopholes and non-registered tax havens.
They already have those – just like us!
Usually, that sort of freedom takes a while to develop.
Proper freedom and democracy won’t come to our Libyan friends until their oil runs out.
So much to look forward to!