PEOPLES EMPOWERMENT PARTY
OUR POSITION ON
Last week, Mr Bobby Clarke, Vice-President of the Peoples Empowerment Party (PEP), sent a letter to Mr Ban-Ki-Moon, General Secretary of the United Nations, denouncing the UN Security Council’s recent resolution on Libya and the neo-imperialist agenda of the United States and Europe that underpins the said resolution.
Needless-to-say, the PEP is extremely concerned about the violent, orchestrated campaign that has been launched in Libya to bring down the Libyan government and its de facto leader, Colonel.
It is clear to us that the situation in Libya is not akin to the scenarios that unfolded in Egypt and Tunisia! This is not a case of unarmed civilians peacefully protesting! Rather, what we are witnessing in Libya is heavily armed and organised militias making a naked and violent bid for power, and being egged on and supported by Libya’s traditional enemies - the United States, Britain and other Western European states, Al Qaeda, and the old traditional Arab establishment - all of whom feel threatened by the agenda of Qaddafi’s Libya.
It is important that Third World people bear in mind that Colonel Qaddafi and the Libyan government have been two of the most dynamic forces in the progressive revolution that has unfolded in the Third World over the past forty years.
When, for example, Nelson Mandela gained his freedom and became , he almost immediately visited Libya, in order to personally thank and honour Qaddafi for the invaluable support he had given to the anti-apartheid struggle. Indeed, it is an open secret that it was Qaddafi and Libya that provided much of the resources that kept African liberation movements such as SWAPO, ANC, and the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army going during the difficult decades of struggle.
Furthermore, over the past decade, Muammar Qaddafi has been the single most important champion of continental African Unity. It is he who advanced the idea of establishing the continent of Africa economically and politically. And significantly, Qaddafi’s Pan-African orientation did not stop at the boundaries of the African continent, as evidenced by his inviting Caribbean Prime-Ministers to attend and address AU Summits, and his on-going project to establish in St Lucia a Libyan funded development bank for the Caribbean.(AU), and who has fuelled the now decade-long relentless push to unify the
Indeed, all African or black people need to be made aware that one of the major sources of the internal Libyan opposition to Qaddafi stems from racist, Arabic factions within Libya who strongly object to Qaddafi’s embrace of Africa and his identification of Libya as an inherently African country. There are racist elements who consider this to be anathema, and who are determined to scuttle Qaddafi’s Pan-African visions, and to redirect Libya towards Arabia and Europe.
The Barbadian and Caribbean people should also note that Qaddafi’s Libya has provided a home for literally millions of African and other Third World migrants who have gone there seeking better lives. To his credit, Qaddafi played a critical role in the campaign of Third World oil producing countries to take greater control of their petroleum resources. And having done so, Qaddafi went on to radically uplift living standards in Libya, resulting in Libyans enjoying the highest standard of living on the African continent.
No doubt there have been some negatives associated with Mr Qaddafi’s regime, but clearly, the positives, far outweigh the negatives. And for this reason, Third World organisations such as the AU, CARICOM, ALBA, and the Non-Aligned Movement must not stand idly by and allow the wanton destruction of Libya!
These organisations must speak out forcefully on this issue; their member countries must caucus together at the U.N and use their collective power to ensure that there is no United Nations, United States or NATO military invasion of Libya; and they must also assist the African Union to assume its rightful role in mediating the conflict in Libya.
DAVID A. COMISSIONG
Great position, right thoughts, great letter to the UN.
THANKS FOR SHARING!