By Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. June 4, 2017
In March 2011, around seven months before the brutal and sadistic murder of Brother Leader of Libya (that is what he preferred to be called), Moammar Gadhafi, I had written an article, “Gadhafi, Libya, counter-revolution, and the imperialist pack of hyenas”, which was first posted on http://dandelionsalad.wordpress.com and later posted on my own web site https://imperialismandthethirdworld.wordpress.com (1) . That article had briefly described the great accomplishments of the 1969 Libyan Revolution, which was brought about under the leadership of Gadhafi. It also analyzed the nature and causes of some radical changes and contradictions in the Libyan policies and actions, in the aftermath of the Grand Betrayal of Socialism in the former USSR and China. Another article also included relevant information about some of these matters (2).
Gadhafi was forced to bend over backwards all the way, in order to adjust to the new international situation and balance of forces and to try to save Libya from the same kind of devastation, as was inflicted on Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yugoslavia. However, none of his compromises and adjustments were enough to prevent the American and NATO aggression against him, his country, and his people. In retrospect, it would have been far better if he had stuck to his revolutionary principles, and policies based upon them. He was a strong supporter of many national liberation movements, and had extended crucial economic and military assistance to them in their struggle against imperialism, colonialism, and neo-colonialism. However, in face of US and NATO imperialist aggression against him and Libya, no one came to his aid. Everyone betrayed him, including the African Union, in the establishment and development of which, he had played a crucial role. Even Russia and China, with whom Libya had important political and economic relations, did nothing to counteract the imperialist aggression. The UN allowed itself to be used as a cover and tool for that aggression. Just like in Afghanistan and Iraq, most of the NATO and other European countries either participated in that imperialist war or condoned it. Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich monarchies were always against the progressive, socialist, and democratic ideas, policies, and actions of Gadhafi, and were happy to see him and Libya destroyed by imperialism. Continue reading