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Gaddafi, Settler Occupation and Sitting BullDr. Anthony J. Hall for Salem-News.com
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.
(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.
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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