[Marxism] Libya Re: "Lesser evil ideologues who used the same photographer?"
knhiebert at shaw.ca
Tue Feb 19 15:39:02 MST 2013
What was the threat against Benghazi? This excerpt is taken from an article by Gilbert Achcar, April 23/11
On 22 February, two days after his son Saif had warned the protesters that Libya is no Tunisia or Egypt -- meaning that the Gaddafi family would not relinquish power under political pressure -- and threatened them with civil war, Muammar al-Gaddafi himself gave one of the most dreadful speeches in recent historical memory, a speech whose tone and vocabulary (in particular the description of his opponents as rodents and insects) were reminiscent of the 1930s (only a partial and approximate translation of the speech is available in English). The Libyan despot evoked as precedents that he intended to imitate, among others, the 1989 massacre in Tiananmen and the 2004 one in Fallujah. He also evoked the 2008-9 Israeli onslaught on Gaza, an analogy that he reiterated on March 7 in an interview he gave to a French satellite channel. And in a further speech on March 17, the day resolution 1973 was to be adopted by the Security Council, he compared his assault on Benghazi to that of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco's attack on Madrid, stating that he relied on the emergence of a "fifth column" from among the city's population to help him "liberate" it. The regime forces had then started concentrating on the outskirts of Benghazi in order to launch their offensive on the city, which began on March 19.
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