More On The Madness Of Muslim: Moammar Is Biting The Dust

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This is mixed news: it’s wonderful that the Libyans are finally (after all these decades) ousting that wretch Gaddafi from power, but it’s a heartbreak that so many lives are being shed like water.

Libya’s NTC troops enter pro-Gaddafi city of Sirte

Libya’s interim government forces have made major progress in their attack on Sirte, one of the last strongholds of Muammar Gaddafi’ loyalists.

Gunfire was heard and black smoke was seen rising as National Transitional Council (NTC) fighters moved to within 1km (0.5 miles) from the city centre.

The troops regrouped as night fell, preparing for a new assault in the morning, a BBC correspondent says.

Sirte is Col Gaddafi’s birthplace, but it is not known if he is in the city.

The city has always been a hugely symbolic target for the NTC, and it seems close to being won, reports the BBC’s Alastair Leithead, who is with anti-Gaddafi forces in Sirte.

Most of you are likely familiar with this maniac, but for those of you who have a cursory knowledge of this particular despot, Muammar Gaddaf  is:

commonly known as Muammar Gaddafi or Colonel Gaddafi, was the autocratic ruler of Libya from 1969, when he seized power in a military coup, to August 2011, when his regime collapsed. In August 2011, as a result of the 2011 Libyan civil war and the creation of the National Transitional Council, his government lost most of Libya by a NATO-backed opposition force. By the end of August 2011 Gaddafi had lost almost all domestic and international political recognition as well as the majority of Libyan territory. His 42-year rule prior to the Civil War makes him the fourth longest-ruling non-royal leader since 1900, as well as the longest-ruling Arab leader. He variously styled himself as ‘the Brother Leader’, ‘Guide of the Revolution’ and the ‘King of Kings’.

After seizing power in 1969, he abolished the Libyan Constitution of 1951 and imposed laws based on his political ideology. Gaddafi formulated an ideology, calling it the Third International Theory and publishing it in The Green Book. Gaddafi and his relatives took over much of the economy. Gaddafi started several wars, had a role in others, and acquired chemical weapons. The United Nations called Libya under Gaddafi a pariah state. In the 1980s, countries around the world imposed sanctions against Gaddafi. Six days after the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein by United States troops,[9] Gaddafi renounced Tripoli’s weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs and welcomed international inspections to verify that he would follow through on the commitment. A leading advocate for a United States of Africa, he served as Chairperson of the African Union (AU) from 2 February 2009 to 31 January 2010.

Like most of history’s villains, he did a little good here and there:

During Gaddafi’s period of rule many of Libya’s human development indicators improved significantly. By 2010, Libya had the highest GDP per capita, Education Index, and Human Development Index in Africa as well as some of the best health indicators in the continent.

But like most ham-fisted tyrants, he over-estimated himself and overreached, bringing him down to his current situation:

In February 2011, early in the Arab Spring, a protest movement spread across Libya. Gaddafi responded by dispatching military and plainclothes paramilitary to the streets to attack demonstrators. The unrest quickly spiraled out of control and deteriorated into a civil war. On 23 August 2011, Gaddafi lost control of Tripoli, and effective control of Libya with the rebels’ capture of the Bab al-Azizia compound.

The International Criminal Court issued arrest warrants on 27 June 2011 for Gaddafi, his son Saif al-Islam, and his brother-in-law Abdullah al-Senussi, concerning crimes against humanity. Interpol has also issued an arrest warrant for him for crimes against humanity. The United Kingdom, United States, Germany and France have recently unfrozen total amount of US$6.6 billion of his assets and assigned them in humanitarian aid for Libya.

Oh, how the mighty asshole is fallen!

His resume is a house of horrors, enough to gag the strong of stomach. Name a human right, he’s violated it. From quelling dissent to modern day ethnic cleansing. His imposition of Sharia law is not for the faint of heart:

Libya’s society became increasingly Islamic during Gaddafi’s rule. His “purification laws” were put into effect in 1994, punishing theft by the amputation of limbs, and fornication and adultery by flogging. Under the Libyan constitution, homosexual relations are punishable by up to 5 years in jail. A Westerner was shocked in 2005 to see Libyan society, saying it was:

… a country without alcohol, where the population abides by strict codes of male-female conduct that require both sexes to stay virgins until marriage—there are no dance clubs, no bars, no young couples strolling down the street, holding hands…I go in search of the town hotspot and discover it to be the local internet café, where crowds of young men play video games, enter English-language chat rooms, and examine—however surreptitiously—Western porn sites. It takes me a few minutes to notice that there’s not a single woman in the place. Away from the progressive cities of Tripoli and Benghazi, women stay largely in the home, out of sight. A local man, Mahmud, tells me that women here aren’t allowed to see or interact with males outside of their immediate family, including any would-be husband.”

And the usually milquetoast UN has actually issued a warrant for once:

The UN referred the massacres of unarmed civilians to the International Criminal Court. Among the crimes being investigated by the prosecution was whether Gaddafi purchased and authorized the use of Viagra-like drugs among soldiers for the purpose of raping women and instilling fear. His government’s heavy-handed approach to quelling the protests was characterized by the International Federation for Human Rights as a strategy of scorched earth. The acts of “indiscriminate killings of civilians” was charged as crimes against humanity, as defined in Article 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

This guy was simply everyone’s nightmare except his own:

On the Muslim prophet Muhammad‘s birthday in 1973, Gaddafi delivered his famous “Five-Point Address” which officially implemented Sharia. Gaddafi’s ideology was largely based on Nasserism, blending Arab nationalism,aspects of the welfare state, and what Gaddafi termed “popular democracy”, or more commonly “direct, popular democracy“. He called this system “Islamic socialism“, as he disfavored the atheistic quality of communism. While he permitted private control over small companies, the government controlled the larger ones. Welfare, “liberation” (or “emancipation” depending on the translation), and education was emphasized. He also imposed a system of Islamic morals and outlawed alcohol and gambling. School vacations were canceled to allow the teaching of Gaddafi’s ideology in the summer of 1973.

Would you be freaked out living there? I sure would. Here’s some more crazy shit:

Gaddafi is known for erratic statements, and commentators often express uncertainty about what is sarcasm and what is simply incoherent. Over the course of his four-decade rule, he accumulated a wide variety of eccentric and often contradictory statements. He once said that HIV was “a peace virus, not an aggressive virus” and assured attendees at the African Union that “if you are straight you have nothing to fear from AIDS”. He also said that the H1N1 virus was a biological weapon manufactured by a foreign military, and assured Africans that the tsetse fly and mosquito were “God’s armies which will protect us against colonialists”. Should these ‘enemies’ come to Africa, “they will get malaria and sleeping sickness”.

And just to emphasize how nuts this assclown is/was:

Gaddafi has been an unabashed supporter of Islam, often with blatant disregard for religious tolerance. He said that Islam is the one true faith and that those who do not follow Islam are “losers”. On another instance, he said that the Christian Bible was a “forgery” and that Jesus Christ was a messenger for the sons of Israel only. In 2006, he predicted Europe would become a Muslim continent within a few decades as a result of its growing Arab population. He endorsed the concept of a peaceful Muslim nation-state. Gaddafi expressed violent hostility towards Israel and the Jewish people throughout his career. At first, he expelled Jews from Libya and sided with Arab states for the elimination of the state of Israel. He funded and supported governments and paramilitary organizations that fought Israel. He said Arab nations that negotiate with Israel are “cowardly”, and on multiple occasions, he has encouraged Palestinians to rise up against Israel. He believes in conspiracy theories that Israeli agents had assassinated John F. Kennedy and that Barack Obama’s foreign policy was influenced by fears of being assassinated by Israel. Since 2007, he has suggested a single-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, at first saying “This is the fundamental solution, or else the Jews will be annihilated in the future, because the Palestinians have [strategic] depth”. In 2009, he moderated his proposal in a New York Times article, saying a single-state solution would “move beyond old conflicts and look to a unified future based on shared culture and respect.”

I don’t normally advocate harsh measures, but the sooner this asswipe is in the ground, the better off the world will be. Or, as old Billy Shakespeare put it, “nothing became his life like the leaving of it.”

Till the next post, then.

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8 Responses to More On The Madness Of Muslim: Moammar Is Biting The Dust

  1. jimmer54 says:

    For awhile back in the 80′s and 90′s I couldn’t gett enough of Moamars ramblings. They were always good for a laugh. However he is a real madman and laughing about his proclamations seems like I’ve been indifferent about real people having to comply with his madness. I have to step back and see the bigger picture today and realize that after George Walker Bush we may see a time in this country were the same thing could begin. Fortunately we still have a constitution to protect us.
    The current GOP A holes seem more closely related to Gadaffi than they do to any American president.

  2. Mark says:

    “The current GOP A holes seem more closely related to Gadaffi than they do to any American president.”
    How true, and we must discourage people who wish to combine Church and State from politics as this has proven to be dangerous.
    Thought it is easy to place all the blame on Gadaffi, he would have no power unless people supported him, as Hitler did. It is the people who follow their particular flavor of religion that creates such monsters. Until religion is taught for what it is…a con game. This will happen again, and again…and again.

  3. Sue Blue says:

    It’s the Day of Blasphemy today! Imagine the frothing reactions of Crazy Eyes Bachmann, Perfect Hair Perry, Newt the Grinch, and Chrust Chrustie et al. in your mind as you joyously blaspheme your way through the day with complete impunity. Let the fundies rage and whine while their absentee overlord does nothing to stop us. Mock them – why do we need human law to stop blasphemy? Shouldn’t their all-powerful God and the Baby Jesus be able to do that? Speaking of that, why doesn’t he strike down them evil Muslims who think Mohammed is better than Jesus? Conversely, why does Allah need crazy suicide bombers and wall-eyed megalomaniacs like Qadaffi to do his dirty work for him? Fuck God, Jesus, Allah and Mohammed. Fuck them all sideways.

  4. ChuckA says:

    Yeah Sue…blaspheme away!
    Of course, as to fucking gods, or whatever, in any direction, or position…I wouldn’t waste any actual energy on that obviously fictional notion.
    As I’ve joked many times (mainly to myself) about the made-up religious mythologies…
    “I don’t trust any religions, or especially fanatical religious people, as far as I could get SOMEONE ELSE to throw them!” :shock:

    OK…
    Here’s the YouTube link RE something of relevant interest from last night’s (Fri. 9/30/11) Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, for those who missed it:

    And, here’s my accompanying comment that I made on my facebook page RE the same:

    IMNSHO, the current GOP definitely ain’t your father’s (or even grandfather’s) Republican party; it’s been totally hijacked by the Right Wing extremist religious nutjobs.
    If you value TRUE, Constitutional-based, SECULAR, Jeffersonian style democracy…be sure to VOTE…and vote Democratic in 2012.

  5. KA says:

    Hey thanks Sue! I’ll have an extra special post today, for sure.

  6. Sally says:

    I tend to view atheism as part of a series of positions that go together — I am an atheist AND a feminist AND a gay woman AND a socialist. Hence I find it ‘odd’ that someone espouses atheism AND defends US imperialism.

    For this is what you are doing in your bullshit blog entry. Where shall I start?

    First of all, Muammar al-Qaddafi, like Saddam Hussein, was a *secular nationalist* whose ‘crime’ as far as the US and its allies were concerned was that he wanted to use the oil under his country’s soil for the benefit of Libyans, rather than simply handing it over to fuel US tanks, machines and automobiles. If this was not obvious from the front pages of the New York Times, it was definitely clear from the financial pages, which on 22 August announced that “The scramble for access to Libya’s oil wealth begins.” Eric Reguly, a business columnist with The Globe & Mail, the newspaper of Canada’s financial elite, echoed the point:

    “The oil industry’s biggest players, meanwhile, are salivating to reclaim their old concessions and nab new ones, all the more so since their own oil production has been in decline. The vast Ghadames and Sirte basins, largely off limits to foreign oil companies since Col. Gadhafi swept to power 42 years ago, are especially attractive. So is Libya’s offshore area.

    “Who will get the prizes? The (National Transitional Council) has already said it will reward the countries that bombed Col. Gadhafi’s forces. ‘We don’t have a problem with Western countries like Italians, French and U.K. companies,’ Abdeljalil Mayouf, a spokesman for the rebel oil company Agogco, was quoted by Reuters as saying. ‘But we may have some political issues with Russia, China and Brazil.’”

    To quote Stephen Gowans, of “what’s left,”

    “Billions of dollars are sucked out of taxpayers and into the pockets of arms manufacturers to build a war machine. The war machine is pressed into service against countries whose governments have denied or limited the profit-making opportunities of the imperialist country’s corporations, banks and major investors (many of whom have interests in arms manufacturing), causing significant damage to the victim countries’ infrastructure. Comprador regimes are installed, which throw their country’s doors wide open to the intervening country’s exports and investments and invite the intervening country to set up military bases on their territories. At the same time, the new regimes funnel reconstruction contracts to the intervening country to rebuild what its war machine has destroyed. So it is that the capitalist class of the intervening country profits in three ways — from defence contracts, new investment and export opportunities, and post-war rebuilding. A peaceful resolution of Libya’s civil war would have disrupted this charmed circle. Is it any wonder, then, that Washington, Paris, and London ignored all proposals for a negotiated settlement?

    An alternative explanation might be offered. While the major oil and engineering companies of the leading NATO countries will profit from Gaddafi’s downfall, the motivation to intervene was nevertheless independent of crass commercial concerns, and was humanitarian at its core.

    But if this were so you would have to explain how it was that NATO’s humanitarian concern was uniquely invested in a country in which there are still Western oil-industry-profit-making opportunities to be had, while NATO remained unmoved by humanitarian concern over the plight of Shi’ite Bahrainis whose peaceful protests were violently suppressed by an absolute monarchy — with the help of the tanks and troops of three other absolute monarchies, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.”

    Qaddafi’s other ‘crime’ in Western eyes was a proposal to create a common currency for Africa — in their trade with each other, African countries could then be free from the tyranny of the dollar.

    Uncle Sam and his crony imperialist mates do not let such insolent defiance go unpunished!

    I notice that you happily repeat the stories of ‘rape rooms,’ ‘torture rooms’ and ‘human rights abuses’ that help to push the ordinary USan, Briton and Australian into war with Saddam. Oh, and Qaddafi suppressed protestors too — no matter to you that these protestors were Libyan islamists, monarchists and CIA-backed exiles. Do you really think that Qaddafi’s attempts to crush an uprising are more barbaric than the US invasion of Iraq, which created a humanitarian disaster on a scale Gaddafi’s repressions could never match? How pathetic are you to believe that the United States and Britain, global murderers and plunderers, are (a) angelic and well-meaning, (b) motivated in their foreign policy by humanitarianism, and (c) are intent on playing a constructive role in Libya? And did you know that Qaddafi, like Saddam, was also once a US ally? Hmmmm, lessons to be learned here, girls ‘n’ boys…

    Nowhere is your post more hysterically stupid than when you claim that Qaddafi wanted to impose shari’a law on Libya. If this were so, why were elements of the ultra-islamic Muslim Brotherhood calling for his blood?

    Truth, reason and morality?

  7. KA says:

    Sally:

    Hence I find it ‘odd’ that someone espouses atheism AND defends US imperialism.

    I don’t recall defending any such thing, so you’re strawmanning the conversation from the get-go.

    For this is what you are doing in your bullshit blog entry. Where shall I start?

    Some homework would do for a start.

    First of all, Muammar al-Qaddafi, like Saddam Hussein, was a *secular nationalist*

    Nice of you to cite some sources…oh wait, you didn’t.

    whose ‘crime’ as far as the US and its allies were concerned was that he wanted to use the oil under his country’s soil for the benefit of Libyans, rather than simply handing it over to fuel US tanks, machines and automobiles.

    For which he was left to rule for…how long?

    Qaddafi’s other ‘crime’ in Western eyes was a proposal to create a common currency for Africa — in their trade with each other, African countries could then be free from the tyranny of the dollar.

    And again, he was the one Arab who ruled the longest. Hmmm….

    I notice that you happily repeat the stories of ‘rape rooms,’ ‘torture rooms’ and ‘human rights abuses’ that help to push the ordinary USan, Briton and Australian into war with Saddam.

    You have evidence to the contrary?
    I might add, I take no relish in repeating these things, so ‘happily’ is a pretty disgusting accusation.

    Oh, and Qaddafi suppressed protestors too — no matter to you that these protestors were Libyan islamists, monarchists and CIA-backed exiles.

    It shouldn’t matter, no. Suppression of dissent is wrong, regardless.

    Nowhere is your post more hysterically stupid than when you claim that Qaddafi wanted to impose shari’a law on Libya.

    Ah, he didn’t WANT to – he DID. It’s in the history books. Or are you just dashing off opinions out of thin air?

    If this were so, why were elements of the ultra-islamic Muslim Brotherhood calling for his blood?

    The mistaken assumption there is that they were in cahoots. Not all practitioners of a specific religion get along. Or did you neglect that in your history lessons? Did you even take history?

    Truth, reason and morality?

    Hey, the opinion of some drive-by bad-mouth poster isn’t going to keep me up nights, believe that.

  8. KA says:

    Here’s a few choice quotes from the “*secular nationalist*”:

    We have 50 million Muslims in Europe. There are signs that Allah will grant Islam victory in Europe—without swords, without guns, without conquest—will turn it into a Muslim continent within a few decades.
    Speech (10 April 2006), quoted in New York Sun (6 September 2009) “Terrorists Promise More Attacks Like 9/11″ by Steven Stalinsky
    There are serious mistakes, among them the one saying that Jesus came as a messenger for other people other than the sons of Israel.… Christianity is not a faith for people in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Other people who are not sons of Israel have nothing to do with that religion.… It is a mistake that another religion exists alongside Islam. There is only one religion which is Islam after Mohammed.… All those believers who do not follow Islam are losers.
    Sermon to a prayer meeting in Niger (30 March 2007), quoted in Reuters UK (30 March 2007) “Gaddafi says only Islam a universal religion” by Salah Sarrar
    What’s going on? … What you are doing is not allowed in Islamic law [halal]. What you are doing is forbidden in Islam [haraam]! … Do you know right from wrong?
    Remarks to captors minutes before death, quoted in msnbc.com (2011 October 21)
    So put that in your smoke and pipe it.

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