Thursday, January 3, 2013

On the wonderful "democracy" gifted to Libyans by NATO

Of course, criticizing the lack of "democracy" in Libya will get retorts like "decades of dictatorship cannot turn the country into a democracy with the waving of a wand",  "it will take time for Libyans to get used to their freedom" ... blah, blah, blah.

If Iraq is an example of doing away with a dictator and rewarding Iraqis with democracy ... we know what to expect  from Libya ... even a decade down the road. 

How Sarkozy  milked Gadhafi out of millions before betraying him.

John Lichfield writing at TheIndependent:
...Documentary proof exists that France’s former President Nicolas Sarkozy took more than €50m from the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, a French judge has been told.

The claim, leaked today, was made just before Christmas by a Lebanese-born businessman, Ziad Takieddine, who has been a fixer for legal - and allegedly illegal - dealings between France and the Middle East for 20 years.

Expanding on claims already made by one of Mr Gaddafi’s sons and a French investigative website, Mr Takieddine told an investigative judge that he could show him written proof that Mr Sarkozy’s first presidential campaign in 2006-7 was “abundantly” financed by Tripoli. The payments, he said, continued after Mr Sarkozy became President.

In total, he said, they exceeded the €50m in illegal payments to Mr Sarkozy claimed by Mr Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam just before the demise of the Libyan regime - thanks partly to French and British airstrikes - in 2011

Coptic Christians didn't live in fear under Gadhafi:
40 year old Wagdi Malak Hanna from the province of Al Minya and 26 year old Ashraf Samy Adly from the province of Alexandria were killed after an explosion at a Coptic Orthodox Church building in Libya on Saturday 29 December 2012. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack to date....

Tribal conflicts on the increase:
Fresh fighting between   two Libyan rival tribes in the southern oasis of Sabha has left two people dead, a local official says.
"Two people were killed in clashes today," said on Wednesday Ayub al-Zarroug president of the local council of Sabha.
Zarroug said that “the army is now in control of the situation” after the fighting broke out between the Gaddadfa and Awlad Suleiman tribesmen over “a personal problem.”
Tribal clashes claimed the lives of hundreds of people in southern Libya last year.

Bombs go off everywhere on almost a daily basis:
An improvised bomb exploded   outside the headquarters of the public prosecutor in the Libyan city of Benghazi causing material damage but no fatalities, a security source has said.
"Initial evidence suggests the device was a suitcase packed with high yield explosives (TNT)," an investigator at the scene said, adding that there were no casualties....

Security nonexistent:
...Courts in the Jebel Akhdar have temporarily suspended their work in the region until the security situation improves, a local judge told Libyan news agency LANA today....

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