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1. the Great Man Made River project, in Libya which is probably the largest and most complex engineering project in the world was invested by Gadaffi, which is taking over 20 years to build and costing over 30 billion dollars to make it happen, ALL of the money used to help this project was purely from Libya, not a single dollar was borrowed from the outside world. This project is a great investment. , a huge complex irrigation system, it has also been dubbed the 8th wonder of the world.
This will help farmers cultivate land and provide fresh water to the masses the ability to grow crops with sustainability and able to produce enough crops that it will have to bring in migrant workers from overpopulated Egypt which will benefit Egypt and export crops which will stimulate its economy further. A long term sustainable project, which is criticized and envied by the west. A country that can provide for itself without the need to import anything and in debt to no country is frowned upon by America
2. Libya has probably the best health care system in the whole of Africa, whereby infant deaths per 1000 is decreasing year on year, This currently stands at about 18/1000 which is better than most African countries. Figures from WHO shows that 71% have good access to clean water (2000), 97% access to good sanitation (2006)
3. Compulsory Education: In the Libyan Jamahiriya education is free to everyone from elementary school right up to university and post-graduate education, both in Libya and abroad. Pre-university education is divided into primary, preparatory, and secondary education. Schools are everywhere. For nomads, there are mobile classrooms and teachers. Educations is compulsory between 6 and 15 yrs old.
In the 1990 Libya was put under US sanctions which restricted the amount of oil it was allowed to export and limit the amount of imports it was allowed to receive, including medical supplies and bare necessities such as foods.
This is a control which America has put in place in over 40% of the entire world, it wants to control the economy of the world. In 2001, the Act is amended to allow the US president to punish non-US firms investing more than $20 million annually in the energy sectors in Libya or Iran.
4. Gadaffi asked for having a United States of Africa, who was the 2009 chair person for the Arab union he stated this in June 2007 in guinea and again in February 2999 in Ethiopia. He said "I shall continue to insist that our sovereign countries work to achieve the United States of Africa."
The BBC reported that Gaddafi had proposed "a single African military force, a single currency and a single passport for Africans to move freely around the continent".
This would make it the 3rd most populated state after china and India. From one body they would have more power in world influence, and will be at less risk to threats, don't forget much of Africa was one body, but was split up by Britain and France.
Seems strange that a dictator would want to educate his people. Don't dictators want an uneducated, easily controllable population? Even if the education is biased toward Gaddafi's regime, offering free abroad education?? This contradicts the West's allegation that Gaddafi does not allow his citizens to leave the country.
Originally posted by stumason
reply to post by thereisnotry
I will point out that while the Libyan Government did finance the Great Man Made River itself, it has done so in conjuction with US company KBR, a UK company called Al Nahr Company Ltd and with technical support from UNESCO. This doesn't even cover the fact that the actual resources used to construct the project have come from Germany, Japan, Korea, Spain and Italy. It's hardly a lone venture on the back of hard-working Libyans alone and it makes no sense that this would be a cause of friction with the West, as we've done quite well out of it.
Education and housing wise, well, Saddam did the same in Iraq. Prior to the 1991 war, Iraq had the best Health and Education systems outside of the Western world. This is not really here nor there in the grand scheme of things. However, what it does show is that megolomaniac dictators with dreams of grandeur (Saddam and gaddafi both dreamed of pan-regional blocks with them at the helm) know they would need a well developed country to realise their ambitions.
As for Gaddafi and his talk of a United States of Africa, well, guess who he envisaged as the leader of this Union?
Give you three quesses....
I have no idea how it works for Australia, but I can imagine they are depending on asia and oceania for a lot of stuff...
Originally posted by ToneDeaf
That was reason enough for the american lead invasion.
Originally posted by ToneDeaf
Same old, same old, . . . so much for 'change'
. . . give Obama another peace prize ?
Least Gadaffi was protecting jobs for his people,
cant say the same thing for Obama.