Silence gripped Libya for over two years. If prior to the murder of African leader Muammar Al Gaddafi the news about the country flooded the media, ended eight months of massive bombing of the Organization of the North Atlantic Treaty (NATO), media companies turned off their satellites that pointed to North Africa. But in Libya the silence was not such.
From the overthrow of Gaddafi, which occurred in October 2011, one of the countries with higher standards of living of the black continent entered a spiral of violence and lawlessness today prevails. Clashes between tribal militias-the same who worked with NATO to capture Gaddafi-regions taken by irregular forces or controlled by remnants of Al Qaeda attacks in diplomatic areas, and an interim government headed by Prime Minister Ali Zeidan , so far only managed the delivery of a European multinational oil reserves, are commonplace.
This synthesis was made days ago by a senior leader, who was with Gaddafi until his last days, and in Madrid agreed to be interviewed by journalist Carlos Aznárez, editor of Latin American Abstract. The interviewee, who requested anonymity, is described as “a true survivor of the campaign of mass murder that occurred the triumph of NATO military forces,” but that in turn is “well known in Libya and has not changed much his face or appearance. ”
“The situation in Libya is very hard, ‘said the leader, because it has developed with fire and sword the imperialist international project. What happens is that the United States with other Western allies decided to form a sort of reactionary religious movement, through this ‘unholy’ marriage alliance international imperialism and the reactionary religious movement, can serve their interests crushing left and revolutionary politics in the region. ”
Referring to Libyan territory and its present conformation of powers, Gaddafi’s former collaborator said that “if it were not for NATO, we could easily liberate Libya. We have the power, have the tribes on our side, we have the most people on our side but the Americans, the French, the English especially, supported in part by the Italians, the Germans, and some Spanish support, have their armies, their fleets in the Mediterranean Sea, have their satellites on Libya, its intelligence services and have warned us, in secret and in public, that any movement in Libya Green Resistance will be crushed. ”
In turn, the resistance groups have been formed under the name of the Libyan People’s National Movement (Mnpl), an organization outlawed by the current government, southern Libya remain “completely green”, as well as the center of the country, ” most of the west, (and) around Tripoli and in Tripoli. ” While this situation exists, “the people can not express because most sophisticated weapons in the hands of militias, the bands supported by NATO”. According to the leader, “there are between 1,000 and 3,000 military officers” of the Atlantic alliance in the country, “training the militia, giving weapons.” The resistance leader added that nationwide, 90 000 “fighters” still respond to the tenets of the Green Revolution which led Gaddafi in 1969.
On the current political map of Libya, said that “the enemy is divided into three fractions: the Islamists, the so-called ‘liberal’ and tribes. The Islamists are divided, although it is a false division between the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), which is supposedly more peaceful, political and Al Qaeda. But in fact they are one, but want to pretend to be two. The HM comes out in the media, speak kindly, has a political speech, but the real power is Al Qaeda. ”
In the case of tribal militias, who hold more firepower, the leader said they were “formed by some large families or a large clan or tribe who for some reason or another joined NATO. Not many but their alliance is based on tribes, not interested in politics, no ideology. For example, if we can convince the leader of the tribe to join us, come together, not against a Green Libya or in favor of anything. All they care about is finding a position of power to his tribe. They want power, they want money for their tribe and this is very sad, but Libya is a tribal society and tribes are important. That was one of our failures, that in forty years of revolution were not able to remove the tribes, but there are still weaken. Tribal militias are powerful, they are strong, they have guns and people. ”
The last days of Gaddafi
“The leader wanted to fight to the end. I was with the leader until three days before he died and then went to another city, Bani Walid, “recalled the Libyan leader. “People were crying, hundreds of men begged him to leave, tried to force him out of the country, spoke to him, put him in a car a couple of times. He completely refused to leave and said, ‘I will fight and I will die,’ “he said.
According to statements given, he witnessed Gaddafi holding a “weapon in one hand and a grenade in the other and said, ‘If you try to get me I will turn.’” Although his followers tried to convince him to leave the country, and keep it that way to protect the future, Gaddafi refused.
“I think he was angry because the Revolution came to this, I think I was really sad and very bitter, full of bitterness that after four decades of revolution had to admit that we failed. We had hit after hit, change the country, but something went wrong in the last ten years and we lost, we lost the battle because this should not have happened, “said his former aide, who acknowledges that in the last ten years of government” went something really severe in the country. We know what happened, but not the time to discuss it now. ”
Gaddafi “did not want a political solution in which he would live, where they go and become a president who resigned and then maybe again. He thought that was a bourgeois solution, wanted the glory of the fight and did what he wanted to do. I left three days before he died, I went to the town of Beni Walid and three days later I heard of his death. That was what he wanted, “admitted the leader.
Taken from: La Haine
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