An Unusual Tyrant

The following is from an article “6 Things Libya Will Never See Again” Posted by Saya on October 24, 2011 at

There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at zero percent interest by law.
Having a home considered a human right in Libya.
All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 dinar (U.S.$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. Today, the figure is 83 percent.
Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kickstart their farms are all for free.
If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need, the government funds them to go abroad, for it is not only paid for, but they get a U.S.$2,300/month for accommodation and car allowance.
If a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidizes 50 percent of the price.
The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
Libya has no external debt and its reserves amounting to $150 billion are now frozen globally.
If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession, as if he or she is employed, until employment is found.
A portion of every Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
A mother who gives birth to a child receive U.S.$5,000.
40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $0.15.
25 percent of Libyans have a university degree.
Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Manmade River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.


Gadhafi is painted as a brutal tyrant and the news is full of rejoicing Libyans celebrating his end. To doubt the story is to doubt a consensus that appears grounded in fact and yet it’s an unusual tyrant that has so much evidence of good work for his people thrown up in his defence; also it is an unusual tyrant who can count Nelson Mandela as a friend. On a visit to Libya Mandala said of Gadhafi:

Those who say I should not be here are without morals. This man helped us at a time when we were all alone, when those who say we should not come here were helping the enemy.

This is not to say that Gadhafi was not guilty of the crimes of which he is accused but there seems to be a deeper story an another side that is being wilfully ignored by the mainstream media.

The following report by RT questions the UK, US and French motivation for going into Libya suggesting that he was planning to use Libya’s gold to challenge the west’s financial domination.


The mainstream media consensus picturing Gadhafi as a monster hated by his people is shocking because there are so many facts that contradict this picture. It’s not necessary for people to agree with Gadhafi … it may be true that he committed atrocities, but it’s not the whole truth. Any questioning of the consensus picture seems to happen only on the internet where it is freely available but not unless you search for it.

Yvonne Di Vito, an Italian activist who visited Libya suggests that there was coordinated media manipulation to present a particular picture of a humanitarian mission supporting a popular uprising.


Whatever the abuses carried out by Gadhafi they appear to be at least matched by the abuses of the rebels. Susan Lindauer presents a horrific picture of who they are and what they do:


The brutal killing of Gadhafi is consistent with the pattern of abuses perpetrated by the rebel forces. The fact that their new government the ‘National Transitional Council’ has asked NATO to continue their bombing campaign indicates that there is still resistance and division in Libya and highlights the extent to which the NTC requires NATO’s support against significant numbers of their fellow citizens.


Despite the consensus of the mainstream media the evidence seems to be that the NATO mission was more directed at the slaughter of civilians that their salvation.

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