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
The first picture shows some of the more than a hundred Palestinian children killed by the Israelis in Gaza. The second picture shows adult and children IDPs from North Waziristan waiting for rations in the sizzling heat, far away from their homes.
Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. July 23, 2014
The 21st Century started with the massive US state and NATO terrorism in Afghanistan and later in Iraq, which has been covered extensively by numerous publications and other media, including this writer’s (1, 2). There is no need to go into the most sinister horrors of those here. Later, US and NATO also devastated Libya, causing the murder of its leader Muammar Gaddafi and some of his sons, and throwing the country into destructive anarchy. Their financial, intelligence, training, and armaments support of the anti-government forces in Syria continues to wreak havoc in that country. Russia continued its state terror in Chechnya from the two invasions during 1990s, first between 1994 and 1996, and the second starting in 1999. In 2002, after inflicting great destruction and losses of lives, it claimed that the war was over and Chechnya was pacified. However, the Chechen national liberationists continue their guerrilla warfare in various forms. Western devastations of Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria were incomparably greater than that of Russia in Chechnya. The Indian state terrorism of many decades continues unabated in Kashmir in this century. So does the Israeli state terrorism against the Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere. Multiple state terrorisms and terrorisms continue in Syria, on the one hand, that of the Syrian government, and on the other, those of the Western powers, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and other oil-rich countries of the Middle East, and various rebel groups, which are being financed, trained, and armed by them. Pakistan also unleashed its massive state terrorism several times in Swat, South and North Waziristan, and other areas of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), which is continuing (3). Most contemporary imperialist states and their Third World clients have become incomparably bigger and more powerful organized crime organizations than Mafia. This is no exaggeration, as they feed on the misery, impoverishment, and exploitation of billions of people. Mafia cannot even come close to them in the types and levels of crimes and sins they commit against humanity, human nature, other forms of life, and nature. Continue reading
Posted in Gaza, Imperialism, Israel, Zionism
Tagged Afghanistan, Benjamin Netanyahu, FATA, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., Gaza, Hamas, imperialism, Iraq, Israel, Jews, Libya, Nazi Jews, North Waziristan, Pakistan, Palestine, Palestinians, state terrorism, Syria, Zionism
Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. September 28, 2013
In the Syrian crisis, like those of Afghanistan, Iraq, Yugoslavia, Iran, and Libya, Russia and China have again caved in to the Western and US imperialism by imposing a unilateral Syrian chemical weapons removal or destruction, without a shred of evidence that the Syrian government had used chemical weapons during the civil war. All the circumstantial logical and factual evidence indicates that it was the anti-government forces that used these weapons to provoke the Western military strikes against the government forces, strikes that have been threatened in such a scenario for a long time now. Continue reading
Posted in China, Imperialism, Russia
Tagged Afghanistan, capitalism, chemical weapons, China, Colombia, ELN, FARC, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., Hugo Chavez, imperialism, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nicolas Maduro, Russia, Syria, Venezuela, Yugoslavia
Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. Completed on June 13, 2011
First posted on Modern Ghana and 4th Media of Beijing, China
The US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is now competing successfully with President Barack Obama in grotesque and mind-traumatizing utterings that are so diametrically the opposite of historical facts and truth that even the most shameless con men and con women would find their tongues tied up and voices dried up in excreting these. Recently in Zambia and Tanzania, she exhibited remarkable courage by engaging in some of these, warning Africans about the dangers of Chinese colonialism, in relation to Chinese investments in Africa. She also claimed that Chinese investments were benefitting the elites, while American investments benefit the people! All this at a time when the US is engaged in three big wars of aggression, occupation, colonialism, neo-colonialism, and plunder and robbery of energy and other resources in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya, the latter being a part of Africa and African Union! Continue reading
Posted in Africa, China, Colonialism, Imperialism
Tagged Africa, China, colonialism, fazal rahman, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., Hillary Clinton, history, imperialism, Libya, neocolonialism
Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. Completed on March 25, 2011
First posted on Dandelion Salad, from where it was copied and posted on numerous sites in many countries. This version is in British English.
Guarantee 10 percent and capital will do anything, guarantee 20 percent and it really comes to life, at 50 percent, it is ready to cut off its own head, at 100 percent, it will trample every human law, and at 300 percent, there is no crime it will not risk, even if it means the hangman’s noose. English publicist T. J. Dunning, quoted by Marx and cited by Gromyko in his book, Memories: From Stalin to Gorbachev. P. 186, 1989.
The invasion and destruction of Afghanistan and Iraq, by the forces of imperialism, have been thoroughly analyzed, documented, and publicized by numerous authors, including this one (1). Numerous publications have also already appeared on the recent uprisings in the Middle East and their connections to imperialism, including this author’s (2), in which he stressed the ongoing and developing nature of these uprisings, their continuity with previous historical developments, and their potential for developing into genuine and profound social and politico-economic revolutions. Within that general context, the Libyan situation and uprisings represent particularly complex and contradictory issues and problems for all the progressive and anti-imperialist writers and analysts. As these contradictions are real, it is important to identify and explain them accurately, truthfully, and dialectically, and not to gloss over them for the sake of developing and maintaining a straight-line and contradiction-free position. Continue reading
Posted in Gadhafi, Imperialism, Libya
Tagged capitalism, fazal rahman, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., gadhafi, Green Revolution, history, imperialism, Iran, Libya, marcuse, Massadegh, NATO, political economy
Fazal Rahman, Ph.D. Completed on June 16, 2011
First posted on Dandelion Salad
The recent article of General Leonid Ivashov (1) deals with BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) group of countries and its current and future potentials for changing the nature of civilization and the world balance of forces. In doing so, Ivashov has touched on some of the underlying macro-level historical-intellectual foundations of the developmental historical process. He cites the famous British philosophical historian, Arnold Toynbee, N.Ya. Danilevsky, and O. Spengler, and attributes to them the theory that distinct civilizations overshadow countries and ethnic groups as the actual players in global politics. He uses that theory in support of his own conclusions and projections about BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization. While that theory itself is accurate and is supported by historical and empirical facts, his application of it to BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization is totally erroneous. Continue reading
Posted in BRICS, Civilization, Imperialism
Tagged Arnold Toynbee, BRICS, civilization, Communist Civilization, dialectical theories, fazal rahman, Fazal Rahman Ph.D., Iraq, Lenin, Leonid Ivashov, Libya, Marx, political economy, positivism, Shanghai Cooperation Organization, technocracy, UNSC Resolution 1973, Western Capitalist Civilization