I wrote this letter to all the political candidates in my riding and many others this past election. I don't touch reasons why we're doing it just
explains why it's illegal. Other than oil and gold, look into the Nubian Sandstone project...man-made freshwater reserve in the middle of the desert
valued at over 70 billion. Go figure Gaddhafi didn't loan from IMF to build it.
I am a Canadian citizen writing to you with great concern for the current state of my country.
A week before our Parliament was dissolved for the upcoming federal election; our Government committed itself militarily to enforce a No-Fly Zone in
the North African state of Libya on the basis of humanitarian intervention. As this is an incredibly important issue of Canadian foreign policy; it is
the responsibility every single political party that is participating in the current federal election to clearly state their stance on this issue.
If, in fact, your political party is intending to support the military intervention in Libya, the following is a list of information on this conflict
that - as my potential political representative to the Canadian Federal Government - you should seriously consider informing your party with.
- Colonel Muammar al-Qaddafi is being demonized as a dictator, a tyrant, and a mass murderer. Canadians are being told that it is for the sake of
protecting innocent civilians from the Qaddafi government that we are involved in enforcing a no-fly zone over Libya. A brief historical background on
Libyan government - and the rebels we are supporting - clearly demonstrates how flawed this argument is.
- In 1969, Muammar al-Qaddafi led a bloodless coup to overthrow King Idris I, a monarch imposed by the British after WWII. At the time, Libya was the
poorest country in the entire world; with a literacy rate below 10%.
Since then, the Libyan government has improved all aspects of their society.
Firstly, Libya now has a literacy rate above 90%.
Libya has the lowest infant mortality rate of all of Africa.
Libya also has the highest life expectancy of all of Africa.
Less than 5% of the population was undernourished.
In response to the rising food prices around the world, the government of Libya abolished ALL taxes on food.
Libya has the highest gross domestic product (GDP) at purchasing power parity (PPP) per capita of all of Africa.
Libya has the highest Human Development Index of any country on the continent.
In Libya, a lower percentage of people lived below the poverty line than in the Netherlands, and again, far lower than that of the United States.
They have free health care and treatment, and education is free of charge. Talented youth have an opportunity to study abroad at the expense of the
Libyan government. After getting married, a couple can get more than 60 thousands dinar (50 thousand dollars) of financial help. State credits are
non-interest-bearing, and often the principal is written off as well. Automobile’s prices are considerably lower than in Europe and affordable for
everyone. Before the chaos erupted, Libya had a lower incarceration rate than the Czech Republic, and far lower than the United States.
- The core legal obligation expressed in article 2(7) of the UN Charter prohibits member states from any use of force unless it can be justified as
self-defence after a cross-border armed attack; unless expressly authorised by the Security Council as essential for the sake of international peace
and security. With respect to Libya, we need to take account of the fact that the Qaddafi government remains the lawful diplomatic representative of a
sovereign state, and any international use of force even by the UN, much less a state or group of states, would constitute an unlawful intervention in
the internal affairs of a sovereign state. This also implies that the Security Council’s decision - to allow foreign states to bomb Libya - is legal
if, and only if, the outcome of this conflict represents a serious threat to international peace. Also UN Resolution 1970 (2011) forbids the delivery
of weaponry of any sort to any citizen in Libya. UN Resolution 1973 (2011) while allowing the use of force to protect "civilians" does not mention
attacking conventional ground forces not engaged in battle to help "rebels" nor does it bear any mention whatsoever of aiding rebellious forces to
- Libya is the only country currently experiencing civil unrest that our Government has deemed important enough to support militarily. The day after
the Security Council vote, March 18, armed forces of Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government in Yemen carried out a massacre. The massacre took place in
broad daylight at the central square in Sana'a, Yemen’s capital. At least 52 people were killed and more than 200 wounded, most by snipers firing
from atop government buildings. Hilary Clinton stated: “The U.S. government “is alarmed by today's violence in Sana'a against anti-government
protesters and is seeking to verify reports that this is the result of actions by security forces. We call on Yemeni security forces to exercise
maximum restraint, refrain from violence, and permit citizens to freely and peacefully express their views." No calls from Washington for a
U.N.-imposed “no-fly zone,” or the bombing of Saleh’s military. Not even a whisper from Washington about sanctions. On the contrary, U.S.
military and other aid has continued to flow unimpeded to Saleh and his army. On March 16, the government of Bahrain, with the assistance of 2,000
invading Saudi troops and hundreds of United Arab Emirates security forces, dispersed the mass protests in the capital Manama and elsewhere. As in the
case of Yemen, no threats of military intervention, sanctions or anything at all in the face of a blatant invasion and brutal repression. More than 20
Bahrainis have been killed and hundreds wounded, out of a total population of just over a million, over the past month.
- Another important aspect of this conflict often ignored in Canadian media is the role being played by the rebel groups of Eastern Libya. If the
conditions in Libya prior to this armed insurrection were so favorable, then where did this uprising coming from? The answer is that the same groups
the US and Great Britain have been funding for decades are now taking their chance to gain control over the nation.
- The rebels of Eastern Libya are represented by several different organizations: The National Front for the Salvation of Libya (NFSL); The Islamic
Emirate of Berka; The National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO); The Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya, or the Libyan Islamic
Fighting Group (LIFG); and the Transitional National Council (TNC). The first group calling itself “Islamic Emirate of Barka”, the former name of
the North-Western part of Libya, took numerous hostages, and killed two policemen as reported by numerous Western journalists a few days after
protests began. On Friday, the 18th of February, the group stole 70 military vehicles after attacking a port and killing four soldiers.
- The most organized opposition group happens to be the National Front for the Salvation of Libya - financed for years by the House of Saud, the CIA
and French intelligence. The key figure in the National Front for the Salvation of Libya is Ibrahim Sahad who conveniently enough lives in Washington.
According to the Library of Congress archives, Sahad is the same man the CIA used in their failed attempt at a Libyan coup of 1984. The Library of
Congress confirms that the CIA trained and supported the NFSL both before and after the failed coup. It was this organization that called for the
“Day of Rage” that plunged Libya into chaos on February 17th of this year. The rebel "Transitional National Council" is little else than the
National Front, plus a few military defectors. This is the elite of the "innocent civilians" the "coalition" is "protecting". The UK based
National Conference for the Libyan Opposition (NCLO) - is well known to be a CIA and MI5 supported and trained organization of anti-Qaddafi and
As several documents have discovered, by far the most violent of the opposition groups is the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group. The first is a secret
cable to the State Department from the US embassy in Tripoli in 2008, part of the WikiLeaks trove, entitled, “Extremism in Eastern Libya,” which
revealed that this area is rife with anti-American, pro-jihad sentiment.
The second document, or rather set of documents, are the so-called Sinjar Records, captured al-Qaeda documents that fell into American hands in 2007.
They were analyzed by the Combating Terrorism Center at the US Military Academy at West Point. Al-Qaeda is a bureaucratic outfit and the records
contain precise details on personnel, including those who came to Iraq to fight American and coalition forces and, when necessary, commit suicide. The
West Point analysts’ statistical study of the al-Qaeda personnel records concludes that one country provided “far more” foreign fighters in per
capita terms than any other: namely, Libya.”
The Libyan Islamic Fighting Group mounted a major challenge to the Qaddafi regime in the 1990s. The destabilizing impact of that challenge was a major
factor in the decision of the Qaddafi regime to abandon its traditional anti-imperialist rhetoric and seek an accommodation with Europe and the United
States. Anas al Liby is a notable member of the LIFG. He remains on the U.S. government’s most wanted list, with a reward of $5 million for his
capture, and is wanted for his involvement in the U.S. African embassy bombings. Al Liby was with bin Laden in Sudan before the al Qaeda leader
returned to Afghanistan in 1996. Despite being a high-level al Qaeda operative, al Liby was granted political asylum in Britain and lived in
Manchester until May of 2000. In 2009, to mark Qaddafi's 40 years in power, the LIFG apologized for trying to kill him and agreed to lay down its
arms. Six LIFG leaders, still in prison, disavowed their old ways and explained why fighting Gaddafi no longer constituted "legitimate" jihad. The
last 110 members of the LIFG were freed on 16 February; the day after the Libyan uprising began. One of those released, Abdul Wahab Mohammed Kayed, is
the brother of Abu Yahya Al Libi, one of al Qaeda's top propagandists
There is an abundance of evidence proving that our Government is supporting religious extremists including Al Qaeda, and other rebels who are fighting
against NATO troops in Afghanistan. In fact, Muammar Qaddafi and the Libyan revolutionary forces were the first to issue an arrest warrant for Osama
bin Laden after the attacks of 9/11 and urged all Libyans to donate blood for American victims. The Libyan government spent years warning the world
about the very serious threat posed by these Islamic deviants. According to former MI5 intelligence operative David Shayler, western intelligence
turned a deaf ear to Libya's warnings because they were actually working with the al-Qaeda groups inside Libya to bring down Qaddafi and the Libyan
"Uranium tipped missiles fit the description of a dirty bomb in every way. I would say that it is the perfect weapon for killing lots of people."
Marion Falk, retired chemical physicist at Lawrence Livermore Lab, California, USA.
- Since the March 18th, coalition forces have bombed Libya with at least 221 Tomahawk missiles killing at least 100 civilians. These massive bombs,
along with the Cruise missiles launched from both planes and ships, all contained depleted uranium (DU) warheads. DU is the waste product from the
process of enriching uranium ore. When a weapon made with a DU tip strikes a solid object like the side of a tank, it goes straight through it, and
then erupts in a burning cloud of vapor. The vapor settles as dust, which is not only poisonous, but also radioactive. Internalized DU can cause
kidney damage, cancers of the lung and bone, skin disorders, neuro-cognitive disorders, chromosome damage, immune deficiency syndromes and rare kidney
and bowel diseases. Pregnant women exposed to DU may give birth to infants with genetic defects. Once the dust has vaporized, its effects are very
long-term. As an alpha particle emitter, DU has a half life of 4.5 billion years.
There is overwhelming evidence proving Canada’s current military involvement in Libya is supportive of both the most radical elements of Al-Qaeda,
and the removal of a sovereign Government that is only legal according to International Law if it represents a legitimate threat to international
peace and security.
As such, Canadian citizens have been told since 9/11, that the enemies of peace and democracy are religious extremists who will stop at nothing to
destroy Western Civilization. The Canadian Government claims to be doing everything it can to protect us from external threats; yet they are
supporting the exact organizations in Libya that we are supposedly needed to be defended from. In this context, we are actually further endangering
Canadian lives by supporting a military intervention in Libya.
The Libyan Government is not a totalitarian dictatorship. If your political party supports the military intervention in Libya, you are supporting
illegal interference in the healthiest, richest, most egalitarian state in all of Africa.
By supporting the military intervention of Libya, your political party is claiming selectively that certain countries are more important than others
to receive Canada’s assistance. If Canada was truly concerned with saving civilian lives, our Government would press for resolutions protecting the
citizens of Iraq, Gaza, Afghanistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and elsewhere where peaceful protesters are being systematically murdered by their
If your political party supports the military intervention in Libya, you are supporting an act of war that is illegal according to international law.
You are therefore supporting the destabilization of the entire global order.
If your political party supports a Canadian military intervention in Libya, you are directly supporting Al-Qaeda and other extremist religious groups
that our Government claims to be protecting us from. You are NOT supporting a peaceful protest movement; you are supporting an illegal armed
As an informed citizen of Canada, I plead to you – and your political party – to strongly oppose any Canadian interference in a sovereign nation
that poses no threat to World peace.