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Gaddafi, Settler Occupation and Sitting Bull

Gaddafi died much like Sitting Bull died in the era after the Seventh Cavalry got their revenge at Wounded Knee for its defeat at Little Big Horn.

Israeli Jewish settler and Libyan Col. Muammar Gaddafi
Israeli Jewish settler and Libyan Col. Muammar Gaddafi

(LETHBRIDGE, Alberta) - As I see it the failure of most US citizens to come to terms with their own country's origins holds the key to their ongoing collective inability to appreciate the full horror of the oppressive dynamics governing their formal and informal empires. It holds an important key to their conceptual limitations in understanding their own extended worldwide system of "reservations" where the wretched of the earth are caged in captive penury through brutal proxy regimes of indirect rule.

This system of indirect rule starts with optimism of John Collier in bring about the Indian New Deal under Roosevelt and then extends to the brutality of Mobutu, Suharto, Pinochet, Mubarak and their like. Gaddafi was set up to be one of these CIA-installed henchmen, a fate he attempted to evade with mixed success in the tradition of Manuel Noriega and Saddam Hussein.

As Mahmood Mamdani has illustrated, the myopic quality of American self-awareness goes back to the failure to make a reckoning with the founding of the United States on the basis of a primal genocide, a genocide that continues yet by rendering Indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere ghost peoples-- peoples without any direct representation whatsoever in the international "system" which has the degraded and disgraced UN at its rotting, ethnocentric banker-dominated core.

A longtime subscriber to The Indian Historian journal based in San Francisco, Gaddafi well understood the hidden crimes that remain largely invisible to expansionary settler societies, whether those on West Bank of Palestine or those in the North American heartland that acquired an ill-gotten title to the occupied territories outside the enclaved reservations. Gaddafi died much like Sitting Bull died in the era after the Seventh Cavalry got their revenge at Wounded Knee for its defeat at Little Big Horn.

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Anthony J. Hall is a Professor of Globalization Studies at the University of Lethbridge, a public university in the liberal arts tradition, located in Alberta, Canada.

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Anonymous October 25, 2011 11:03 am (Pacific time)

A few things the citizens in Libya will never see again after the U.S. humanitarian intervention..and if you think its not coming to america...you are wrong.
1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. 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.
3. Having a home considered a human right in Libya.
4. 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.
5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25 percent of Libyans were literate. Today, the figure is 83 percent.
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. If a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidizes 50 percent of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amounting to $150 billion are now frozen globally.
11. 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.
12. A portion of every Libyan oil sale is credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gives birth to a child receive U.S.$5,000.
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $0.15.
15. 25 percent of Libyans have a university degree.
16. 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.

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