Luke Browne defends the Gaddafi regime!

Luke Browne

 There’s not only a struggle in Libya. There is a struggle for Libya and the control of its natural resources. War came when final arrangements for the establishment of a Libya-financed holding company and commercial bank in the OECS were being made; and after Libya agreed to set up an embassy in the Eastern Caribbean. We were about to deepen ties with the motherland and benefit from the wealth of Africa. Plans are on hold.

Why is there war? They say they want to protect Libyan citizens who decided to protest against their government. How many more would die because of NATO intervention? We are told that recent protests mean the government of Libya has lost its legitimacy; but the ½ million people protesting against a coalition government in the United Kingdom could be brushed aside.

 We condemn the use of excess force against humanity in no uncertain terms. We denounce the 1988 Lockerbie bombing for which Libya has paid compensation, and the 1976 Cubana Airlines bombing for which no one is apparently guilty. We have no tolerance for terrorism of any kind, including the terrorism of the IRA which was supported by both Libyans and Americans.

 Does Britain use UN Security Council Resolution 1973 (2011) on Libya as a pretext for a revenge campaign? Do we attempt to discredit a political system just because it is different? Even amid the suggestion that Colonel Gadaffi is comparable to Queen Elizabeth II?

 Let’s recognize that Democracy is not a political system; it is an ideal. Gadaffi’s Green Book, in which he sets out his political ideas, reflects a search for a more meaningful democracy of the masses that is not dominated by parliaments or political parties. We are reminded that the most tyrannical dictatorships the world has known have existed under the aegis of parliaments. Democracy is served by a political system where there are no representatives; people speak in their own name. The Brother Leader says that “True democracy has but one method and one theory. The dissimilarity and diversity of the systems claiming to be democratic do, in fact, provide evidence that they are not so.” So there is no “Democracy” that money could buy. It remains clear, though, that Libya itself has fallen well short of the ideal. Still, it is interesting that even the Rebels resent any encroachment on the sovereignty of Libya.

 Important questions remain unanswered. Does Gadaffi have majority support in Libya and Africa? Has he possibly done any good for his country that enjoys the highest ranking by the Human Development Index on the continent?

We have the example of the 1979-1983 Grenada Revolution, which was led by Maurice Bishop and toppled by Imperialism, before us. Bishop knew that the real reason for the attacks on the Revolution was not human rights, but the thinking that it was laying the “basis for a new socio-economic and political path to development” with, according to the CIA, a dangerous appeal to English-speaking African Americans. The American idea, or the American way, was defended by the force of arms and certainly not by the force of truth.

Did NATO allies take advantage of a genuine internal conflict to block Libya’s penetration into the African Diaspora which includes the OECS? Woe be onto a young man who had the benefit of a straightforward handshake? While Nicolas Sarkozy, the President of NATO ally France, is said to have betrayed Gadaffi after a different—and somewhat golden—handshake, I value even simple kindness and believe in a different approach whatever the consequences. We know that Gadaffi, at least of late, was inclined to international cooperation. Couldn’t we make peace and not war? What about the Peace Proposal from Hugo Chavez?

I am yet to make a definitive historical judgment of Muammar Gadaffi, but I know that, whatever the outcome in Libya, you can’t kill his ideas nor deny his leadership significance.

R. T. Luke V. Browne is a West Indian politician and writer based in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Send reviews to lukebrowne@yahoo.com.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by L. Sutton on December 1, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Luke takes after his Daddy. He has all the characteristics of that thing.

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  2. Posted by simple on December 1, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    I think luke should remember that vincentian were part of that NATO and for he to support this just goes to show what they really are.

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  3. Posted by Peter on July 18, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Ralph said he was brightest of the bunch, tells you what total idiots the rest are.

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  4. Posted by no nonsense on April 30, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    NATO – Murderers, killed Gadaffi’s son and three grand children….

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  5. Posted by AR on April 28, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    I actually share a lot of the analysis and conclusion made by Luke. The west and its allies aren’t really interesting in the human rights of the Libyan people, however, that’s the tag line they will always use to move into any sovereign nation to enforce their own agenda. Anytime they are looking to start a war or invade a nation, they use their media machines to send out their pretentious message along the lines of wanting to protect Freedom, Human Rights and Dignity, which is just their way of saying; ‘our way or the highway’, to any nation who dear challenge their belief system of greed, war, and raping of natural resources of other nations. If the west and its allies cared about human rights and dignity why did it took them so long to intervene in Ivory Coast, why is there a battle over whether or not health care should be accessible and affordable for all people. It is very hard for any rational person who aren’t programmed by the garbage fed to us by the western media machines not to believe the west is hypocritical in many of its actions and none actions. Would the West and its Allies intervened if there were no OIL in Libya….

    However, no one should support or turn a blind eye to the abuse of any government or political system that seek to abuse their power, kill the innocent, ignore the poor while they fill their pockets and that of their comrades. However, I am confident that the Gadaffi issue could have been resolved without the west and its allies bombing and destroying the infrastructure of the that nation and also adding to the shedding of blood. It’s time for the west to stop the bully approach and their hypocritical polices.

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  6. Posted by no nonsense on April 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    This was Luke’s topic “The Libya War:Is NATO Fighting Against
    the Interests of the OECS?” Why then do you guys try to put ah spin on things? Since the war began No Nonsense always had problems with The Americans and NATO for attacking the Gadaffi regime. I believe that the Americans always respond negatively about any regime that does not support them. We never get the absolute truth from them. I will still ask President Obama and other member nations of NATO the same question Gadaffi asked- “What would you do if some ‘rebel group’ rise up in one of your cities? Wouldn’t you send your army to take control? Around the initial stages of the war there was a protest outside the gates of the White House, what did President Obama do? He sent his forces there to arrest peaceful protesters. Mind you, I am not saying that I support Gadaffi, I know he had done some heartless things in the past, but what if he has majority support in his country? What if Gadaffi manages to hold on to power? Or What if he is defeated but the people do not want the new regime? ONLY TIME WILL TELL!!!!

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  7. Posted by Observer on April 26, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Is Luke Browne really serious..that’s all i have to say.

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  8. Posted by VEXALWAYS on April 26, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Luke, I only want to ask you one thing, FOOL; Why don’t you try living under Muammar Gadaffi’s rule?

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