702 ABC Sydney reports that Libya’s interim leaders have rejected the idea of deploying any kind of international military force or observers. The UN’s special envoy for post-conflict planning for Libya, Ian Martin, says he drew up a contingency plan for the possibility of unarmed military observers in Libya. At the time he had been thinking in terms of monitoring a ceasefire.
But the situation has changed and, he told journalists, it was clear now the transitional leadership wanted to avoid the deployment of any international military force.
IfLizWereQueen: Not all of Africa disapprove of Gaddafi and many are suspicious of the West and their involvement in Libya–with good reasons.
The rebels are smart to turn down the deployment of any international military force–especially since some members of the UN have in the past two weeks suggested a type of coalition government between Gaddafi and the rebels. Appreciation lingers especially in South Africa for Muammar Gaddafi’s opposition to South Africa’s apartheid, explains David Smith in the Guardian. Gaddafi also gained influence by investing in projects throughout Africa. Just yesterday we heard that South Africa refused to release $1. 5 billion of Gaddafi’s assets and recognize the rebel authority.
Today, The Southern Times (the newspaper for Southern Africa) has a lengthy article titled Why the West Wants Gaddafi out. It is very interesting and plausible.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT THE SOUTHERN TIMES ARTICLE REPORTS THAT GADDAFI HAS DONE FOR AFRICA:
“It was Gaddafi’s Libya that offered all of Africa its first revolution in modern times – connecting the entire continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting and several other technological applications such as telemedicine and distance teaching. And thanks to the WMAX radio bridge, a low cost connection was made available across the continent, including in rural areas.
It began in 1992, when 45 African nations established RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Communication Organization) so that Africa would have its own satellite and slash communication costs in the continent.
This was a time when phone calls to and from Africa were the most expensive in the world because of the annual US$500 million fee pocketed by Europe for the use of its satellites like Intelsat for phone conversations, including those within the same country. An African satellite only cost a one-time payment of US$400 million and the continent no longer had to pay a US$500 million annual lease.
The first totally indigenously built satellite and manufactured on African soil, in Algeria, is set for 2020.
This satellite is aimed at competing with the best in the world, but at ten times less the cost, a real challenge.
This is how a symbolic gesture of a mere US$300 million changed the life of an entire continent.
Gaddafi’s Libya cost the West, not just depriving it of US$500 million per year but the billions of dollars in debt and interest that the initial loan would generate for years to come and in an exponential manner, thereby helping maintain a system that plundered the continent. “
AND THERE ARE MANY MORE REASONS WHY AFRICANS LIKE GADDAFI
If you are among those who wondered why the French led this attack, look no further than money.
You can count be among those who have been puzzling as to why France led the charge against Gaddafi. I can’t remember the last time, until now that the French led an international charge against anything so publicly.
According to this article, it is easy to understand the French wrath against Gaddafi: ”…The US$30 billion frozen by Mr Obama belongs to the Libyan Central Bank and had been earmarked as the Libyan contribution to three key projects which would add the finishing touches to the African federation – the African Investment Bank in Sirte, Libya; the establishment in 2011 of the African Monetary Fund to be based in Yaoundé, Cameroon with a US$42 billion capital fund; and the Abuja-based African Central Bank in Nigeria, which when it starts printing African money will ring the death knell for the CFA franc through which Paris has been able to maintain its hold on some African countries for the last 50 years. “
Note: The London Evening Post also has a great article on this topic: The lies behind the West’s War on Libya