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Libyan Aspirations

It looks like the “protesters” are getting the upper hand in Libya, as I write this. I’m not sure when a “protester” becomes a “revolutionary” but they seem to have passed that line, wherever it is. Knowing nothing about Libyan politics, I looked up the primary opposition organisation on Wikipedia, The National Front for the Salvation of Libya. They appear to have been around for a while, and probably have CIA backing, which may or may not be a good thing. But I was interested to read that they want

Democratic government with constitutional guarantees, free elections, a free press, and separation of powers among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.

I hope they can get all of those things. I hope also that one day so will we.


  1. Sam Duncan says:

    I read this morning – and I can’t find where now – that some of the protesters are tearing down the green flag of Ghadaffi’s Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya*, and raising that of the old United Kingdom of Libya. Which is interesting, considering what’s going on in Bahrain.

    *In the original Arabic, the longest name of any country in the world, fact fans.

  2. NickM says:

    Also unique. There are kingdoms, republics, federal republics, people’s republics, people’s democratic republics but only on jamahiriya.

    “There’s only one jamahiriya, only one jamahiriya!”

    I think he plays for Chelsea.

    Also in ~Latin letters the name of it’s soon (we hope) to be ex- (preferably) late- president has more spelling than any. There is no standard transliteration.

  3. Paul H says:

    Reuters is reporting that the old tyrant is on a plane to Venezuela.

    Another one bites the dust.

    Gotta love 24 hr rolling news.

    And so the rolling party moves to Yemen. Man, this is fun!

  4. JuliaM says:

    It’s not over yet. Reports of military aircraft bombing and strafing crowds of protesters…

  5. Surreptitious Evil says:

    According to some of the tweets, they are being fired on by “Apache” helicopters. I treat this with as much “recognition” as the BBC’s earlier insistance that “snipers” were using “machine guns”.

  6. Peter Risdon says:

    “I hope also that one day so will we.”

    Yes, I’ve been thinking along those lines too.

  7. Paul Marks says:

    The “mainstream” media seem to be ignoring the fact that the Libyan dictator is more than tyrant and supporter of international terrorism.

    He is also one of the main developers of the ideology of “Islamic Socialism” – a doctrine that he (and others) developed as a rival for Arab Socialism, which they opposed on three grounds.

    That is was “Arab” (i.e. confined to a certain ethnic group).

    That it was basically secular (i.e. it did not really try and coopt Islam for the socialist cause).

    And that it was not socialist enough – with regimes such as that of Syria and Iraq (or even Egypt under Nasser – although he was better according to the Libyan dictator) not going far enough on the socialist road.

    In fact the media do not seem to want to mention Islamic Socialism at all – or the Red/Green alliance.

    Although I suspect that this is because the left establishment do not want the Hyde Park area of Chicago comming under inspection – specifically the various dealings of certain people who used to live there.

    As for the CIA…………….

    Spilt into factions, Ian – split into factions.

    It is, perhaps, the most divided intelligence organization in the world.

    So we do not know whether CIA support is a good or bad thing – as we do not know which people in the CIA.

  8. RAB says:

    I’ve been watching most of the feeds on Al Jazeera, much more informative than the cockwaffle from the BBC on Middle Eastern affairs.

    So has Fartyblastfest fled to Venezualia? No idea, but I hope so. Gathering all the bastards in one place makes them easier to find, doesn’t it?

    Two warplanes land in Malta and the pilots claim asylum. There has always been a strange symbiotic relationship between Libya and Malta. When I was there a couple of years ago, a fellow guest at our hotel, an Australian mining engineer, wasn’t on holiday but hanging out trying to get a visa to Libya, cos it was the best place you had a chance of success.

    Well watch and see folks, watch and see. One thing’s for sure, assholes like Barry and iDave braying that the violence against protesters is “Unacceptable” just shows them up for the worthless ineffectual cunts they are!

  9. Paddy says:

    Good. These countries have been utterly useless for too long. The disgusting deals brokered by the evil LabGov were a complete disgrace.

    Britain is one of the largest foreign investors in the Middle East. Up until now this has rested upon keeping quiet and dealing with gangster regimes. We would so patently be better off trading with developed versions of these countries that we should welcome these revolutions as a step forward.

  10. Bod says:

    Assuming of course, that they develop governments with which it is possible to do business.

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