[Marxism] Qaddafi nostalgia

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Nov 27 10:07:54 MST 2013

Mr. Murray Dobbin: I read your piece on Libya in today's Counterpunch 
that is filled with all the usual encomiums to Qaddafi. Whenever I read 
bullshit like this, I wonder whether people like you are kidding 
yourself or your readers.

Take for example your statement that "Gadhafi had been responsible more 
than any other African leader for creating independent institutions that 
challenged those of the West." I mean, really, don't they sell the N.Y. 
Times up in Canada? If you spent more time reading newspapers rather 
than trawling through Maximilian Forte's articles, you'd have been more 
careful about making such an obvious pro-Qaddafi talking point.

On February 22, 2011, the NY Times reported:

I.M.F. Reviews Praised Libya, Egypt and Other Nations

Less than two weeks ago, the International Monetary Fund’s executive 
board, its highest authority, assessed a North African country’s economy 
and commended its government for its “ambitious reform agenda.” The 
I.M.F. also welcomed its “strong macroeconomic performance and the 
progress on enhancing the role of the private sector,” and “encouraged” 
the authorities to continue on that promising path.

By unfortunate timing, that country was Libya. The fund’s mission to 
Tripoli had somehow omitted to check whether the “ambitious” reform 
agenda was based on any kind of popular support.

Libya is not an isolated case. And the I.M.F. doesn’t look good after it 
gave glowing reviews to many of the countries shaken by popular revolts 
in recent weeks. Tunisia was hailed last September for its “wide-ranging 
structural reforms” and “prudent macroeconomic management.”

You can read the whole article here: 
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/23/business/23views.html You would find 
it most edifying, I'm sure.

As I was reading your nonsense, I was surprised that you didn't defend 
Qaddafi as standing up to imperialist expansionism in Africa. I hope 
this is a function of having learned that your past utterance on such 
matters was completely foolish:

"Gadhafi was also instrumental in killing AFRICOM, a new U.S. military 
command and control base intended to add military intimidation to 
American economic domination. Look for that initiative to be revived."

full: http://murraydobbin.ca/2011/09/12/libya-the-lie/

Surely, if you had taken the trouble to go to the AFRICOM website and 
looked for material on Libya, you would have discovered how silly you 
sounded. On September 28, 2009, the AFRICOM Public Affairs Office issued 
a press release titled “Libyan Delegation Makes Historic Visit to Africa 
Command”. Here are a few excerpts from this most revealing item.


Sep 28, 2009 — A delegation of three senior Libyan military officers 
visited U.S. Africa Command headquarters as part of an orientation 
program to explain the command’s mission, Sept. 21-24, 2009, as the two 
countries continue to build their military relationship.

The officers held meetings with senior staff members to discuss the 
command’s programs and activities, met General William E. ward and his 
two deputies, and traveled to Ramstein Air Base to meet Major General 
Ron Ladnier, the U.S. Air Force Africa commander, and his staff.

The command hosts African military delegations frequently, but 
“certainly with regard to Libya, it is quite historic,” said Kenneth 
Fidler, Africa Command Public Affairs Office, which hosted the Libyan team.

Two of the officers in the delegation write for the official magazine of 
the Libyan armed forces, called Al-Musallh. Colonel Mohamed Algale is 
the chief editor, and Colonel Abdelgane Mohamed is the space and 
aviation editor. The third member of the party, Colonel Mustafa Washahi, 
represented the Libyan Ministry of Defense.

The officers also toured AFN-Europe studios in Mannheim, Germany, and 
met with editors of the European Stars and Stripes in Kaiserslautern, 

“They (Africa Command officials) clarified everything,” Abdelgane said 
in an interview with AFN-Europe. “And they are making our mission easier 
… to rise up the level of understanding between the militaries … and to 
move for further cooperation to the benefit of both countries.”

In January 2009, Libya and the United States signed a defense 
cooperation memorandum of understanding, which provides the framework 
for a military-to-military relationship and cooperation on programs of 
mutual interest.

After the signing of the MOU, a forum called the Council of Colonels met 
for the fourth time since 2007. These meetings set the tone for 
Libya-U.S. military relations and is the primary venue for discussing 
potential security cooperation opportunities, such as ship visits and 
information exchange program.


Have a nice day.

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