The ICC has been holding hearings considering appeals for Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s defense, and ruled “The Appeals Chamber directs the Registry to transmit to the representatives of the State of Libya in the present appeal.”
It is about time. Eight years after the Libya 2011 war and years after the British Commons report 2016 showed that media lies permeated the pre-war info about Gaddafi “attacking his own people”, the ICC has still maintained its legal proceedings towards al-Islam Gaddafi. The more years that pass without the ICC dismissing the case, the more embarassing it gets.
Then President Obama admitted years ago that the Libya war was his biggest regret. The Libyan tragedy has to end. The UK House of Commons report 2016 revealed the high implications of exile-Libyans in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi.
Bad blood ran for many years against Gaddafi from the Al Qaida affiliated groups, out of the Benghazi area. They have had their turn trying to run the corrupted Libya – with devastating results.
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Libya before 2011, Africa’s richest welfare state
Libya enjoyed peace for more than 40 years. Gaddafi was a liberal supporter of women’s rights, and women participated in the military forces and were encouraged to pursue an education, among other things.
Many Libyans now reminisce the free health services for everyone and free education for both men and women, and the right to apply for education abroad if Libya did not provide the right institutions. It was paid for by the state. Gaddafi remaining opposed to the Al Qaida extremist view on women, which he stated was in-Islamic.
The Central Bank and the Libyan Investment Fund was completely and entirely independent, with no loans from the IMF, the World Bank or other Western institutions.
Peter Hoekstra gives a good account of this in his book titled Architects of Disaster: The Destruction of Libya. And the country of Libya had Africa’s longest average life expectancy at 78 years of age, and an infant mortality rate as low as 20 in 1000 births.
The country had zero foreign debt as of 2011, while Egypt’s foreign debt-to-GDP ratio was as high as 72%. 7% of the population lived below the poverty line as of 2011, in contrast to Algeria with 22% and Egypt with 20%.
One survey reports that as many as 82% of Libyans could read and write, compared with 52% literacy in Morocco and 69% in Algeria. According to the CIA World Factbook, the national literacy rate was as high as 94%.
Long before 2011, Libya worked closely with the CIA and Western intelligence to take control over Sunni Muslim terrorist groups in the region such as al-Qaeda. Lawrence Wright gives a good account of this in The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.
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Gaddafi was known for being al-Qaeda’s arch enemy; they had attempted to take his life on multiple occasions. (1) Through their cooperation, the United States and Libya created stability in the region and controlled the flow of refugees to Europe, which was a major issue at that time.
Gaddafi had an agreement with Italy to take control of the illegal activities that to a great extent were led by gangs of human smugglers.
Muammar Gaddafi, however, led an typical Middle Eastern autocratic state with a strong centralized organization. He was known for imprisoning people without charge or trial, supporting guerrilla movements and leading a complex country with diverse African ethnic minorities that had historically been at each other’s throats.
Libya since 2011
The country has been ridden with a bloody and ruthless civil war since the Al Qaida affiliated groups came to power in 2011, post the NATO attack.
Following the remarkably public and brutal killing of its leader, Muammar Gaddafi, who at the time was demonized beyond recognizability in the Western press, Libya plunged into a horrific civil war that lasts to this day.
The UK House of Commons report 2016 revealed the high implications of exile-Libyans in the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi. Bad blood ran for many years against Gaddafi from the Al Qaida affiliated groups, out of the Benghazi area. It was here that the uprising first started in 2011, the very military assault that Gaddafi sought to target when Western media made it sound like he was dispatching his army on the civilian population.
The Syria war later demonstrated to the whole Western public that precisely under the cover of being “civilian”, has rebel groups with funding from Western as well as Arab countries engaged in the now mercenary-style, covert operations world wide that characterize the new Western world warfare.
It has been remarkable that then US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to this day ridden with scandal, did not put up any effort to halt the atrocities against black Libyans, nor stop the civil war that came as a direct result of failed American foreign policy for which Clinton under the Obama administration was responsible. The current head of NATO, former Norwegian prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, has asserted the very opposite than Obama – that he would gladly go to war on Libya again. It seems like the Clinton crew has loyal vassals still.
The Libyan tragedy has to end. The total failure of NATO to bring about some peace has to face consequences. Libya must again be governed by Libyans, not foreign militia.