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Muammar al-Gaddafi : Bad Policy decisions by US and UK


Over the past 20 years Muammar al-Gaddafi has not changed. The only thing that has changed is how he plays the international political game. George Bush and Tony Blair have very bad reputations in their own countries and they are just about to get worse. In the recent uprising in Libya, all the skeletons that George Bush and Tony Blair put into the Libyan closet are now coming out. The stream of horrible decisions to forgive past offenses of Muammar al-Gaddafi and to grant him membership in the interntational community of trading nations is now making its way to global nightly newscasts.

To learn just how bad these decisions were, first take a look at the resume of Muammar al-Gaddafi concerning terrorism and International crimes.

Muammar al-Gaddafi overthrew the monarchy in Libya in 1969

In 1970, he threw the U.S. and U.K. military out of the nation and confiscated all Jewish and Italian owned property in the nation. (unlawful seizure of privately owned property)

1972 Muammar al-Gaddafi financed “Black September” that massacred athletes at the Munich Olympics.

1984 Had mercinaries fire machine guns into anti Muammar al-Gaddafi demonstration in U.K. (outside of the Libya Embassy) killing a police officer and wounding others

1986 Had direct hand in Berlin Discotheque bombing that killed and wounded many US armed forces.

1987 a merchant vessel, the MV Eksund, was intercepted carrying a load of weapons that Libya had given to the IRA proving that Gaddafi was funding and supplying international terrorism.

1988 Libyan agents detonated a bomb on Pan Am flight 103 killing 270 people.

NOW, move forward the George Bush, Tony Blair era. It is becoming evident that their entire agenda was to gain control of as much global oil as possible during their time in office. After the terrorist attacks on the US and UK, (Which still have a cloud of mystery hanging over them since both events happened at the same time as a “mock exercise” for the same event was being staged.), the US and UK easily gained public acceptance of attacking and taking control of Iraq’s oil supply and were threatening to do the same to Gaddafi. Gaddafi was suffering greatly from the UN, UK and US sanctions against him and was worried about Al Qaeda pushing for revolution in Libya. This is when George Bush and Tony Blair opened the door for Gaddafi to surrender his oil diplomatically rather than lose his dictatorship hold on his country.

In 2003 Gaddafi admitted WMD’s and allowed UN inspectors to come in and dismantle them (All but about 10 tons of mustard gas that he still owns.) At that time Gaddafi also denounced terrorism and the terrorist attacks on the US and UK.

In March 2004, Tony Blair visited Gaddafi personally in Libya and cut the deal that would give Bush and Blair total access to Libya’s oil wealth and bring Libya back into International trade. Mr. Blair received the first cash flow from Libya oil. In this agreement, Libya could sell trillions of dollars worth of oil, but had to pay damages for the Pan Am flight 103 act of terrorism. Gaddafi paid 270 Billion Dollars to settle the claim. (Note: Only 80% of that was paid. Gaddafi withheld 40% until the US removed sanctions and withheld the final 20% because the US would not remove them from the terrorist nations list) The same month, Britain and Bulgaria co-sponsored a U.N. resolution which removed the suspended sanctions.

On May 15, 2006, the US State Department announced that it would restore full diplomatic relations with Libya, once Gaddafi declared he was abandoning Libya’s weapons of mass destruction program.

In July 2007, French president Nicolas Sarkozy visited Libya and signed a number of bilateral and multilateral (EU) agreements with Gaddafi

The “makeover” of Libya was complete. Gaddafi had not changed. Gaddafi was still the criminal that committed all the acts of terrorism above. All that had happened was that he paid damages for one act and agreed to sell oil to the UK and US through companies associated with Blair and Bush.

In other words, Blair and Bush gave Gaddafi the ability to buy his way out of his crimes and into the wealth of the international oil groups. With the recent uprising in Libya in an attempt to overthrow Gaddafi, all of these facts are coming to light and the roles of George Bush and Tony Blair in pardoning a world renowned terrorist in exchange for commerce and financial gain is being questioned.

One of the biggest issues that is just coming back into the limelight is the official “Pardon” that George Bush gave Gaddafi in his “Executive Waiver” that prohibited law suits against Gaddafi or Libya concerning any past terrorist activities. Evidence of the effect of this waiver is the complete absence of Libya or Gaddafi in the 2008 CRS Report to the US Congress of “Suits Against Terrorist States by
Victims of Terrorism

When crimes against humanity are filed against Gaddafi for his recent acts of violence and murder against his own people, the “pardon” by the former US President will be brought into the courtroom. The question of consequences for pardoning a criminal that goes out and murders again and again has to be addressed. The question will be simple and straightforward. How could Bush and Blair possibly believe in good intentions by a man who committed all the acts above.

It seems that no matter how hard we try to forget the bad leadership of Bush and Blair, we are frequently and forcefully reminded due to the ongoing implications of their bad decisions.

Itia (Abroad)

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  1. March 23, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    long live gaddafi……….

    • March 25, 2011 at 8:04 am

      Really? Is he really that good of a leader (in your opinion) to warrant a “long live” statement? I cannot think of a President of the United States over the past 40 years that warrants such a claim. You think Col. Gaddafi has earned it?

      Sorry, I will have to disagree with that one.

  2. JSF
    March 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/august/5/newsid_4533000/4533763.stm

    In 1973, he paid Black September to attack Athens airport. Three people died, one of whom was Jeannie Liverakos Salandri of New Jersey. I await news that Gaddafi has also had a bullet put in his head.

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