Monday, November 14, 2011

Gadaffi: Africa's Che Guevara?

Now that Libya's firebrand leader, Gaddafi, has been murdered with NATO's help, the corporate media are spreading ever wilder stories about him. The lastest stories focus largely on his sex life, primarily claiming he abused women.

Gaddafi and Che GuevaraCould Africa's greatest freedom fighter achieve cult status, similar to Latin American revolutionary Che Guevara?

Condoleeza Rice - who was widely hated around the world when she served as Secretary of State under George W. Bush - is even claiming Gaddafi had a crush on her. Why did she wait until after he was murdered before she went public with this "news"?

She even discussed her fantasy with media whore Jon Stewart - here's a video. Stewart, who pretends to be liberal, has previously bashed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, arguably the greatest living hero.

If you can find a video of the Condoleeza Rice interview, note that Rice dismisses complaints that no weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. She says that Saddam Hussein would have obtained weapons of mass destruction anyway, so he had to be stopped.

Stewart appears to agree with her and doesn't even mention the thousands of civilian casualties, widespread torture and other war crimes. But let's get back to Gaddafi, Libya and Africa.

Why are the corporate media still bashing Gaddafi? Why are they making up ever wilder stories, even claiming he was addicted to Viagra?

Obviously, they want to demonize Gaddafi in order to stifle criticism of the illegal invasion of Libya, resulting in the deaths of thousands of civilians and continuing guerilla warfare. But there may be another reason.

I thought of Gaddafi as Africa's nearest counterpart to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who has done so much to advance Latin American freedom from U.S. imperialism. But there's another Latin American revolutionary who can be compared with Gaddafi.

Che Guevara is another freedom fighter who was murdered with the help of the CIA. But Che is still fighting back; his likeness has become a virtual logo for freedom fighters around the world. Che Guevara is a hero to millions, something that must drive the U.S. government insane. Could Gaddafi also achieve cult status?

The problem is that it's so hard to find reliable information about Gaddafi. Is it possible that claims that he was a brutal dictator might be partly true? Ironically, the same media lies that make it hard to prove Gaddafi is blameless also make it hard to believe claims that he was corrupt or evil. And there's abundant - and growing - evidence that he was as big a hero as Che Guevara.

Probably no other person in modern times tried harder to unify Africa than Gaddafi. Of course, Gaddafi was a Muslim, which further endears him to millions of people in the Middle East and beyond.

As the U.S. escalates its military assault on Africa, more people will likely open their eyes and understand the significance of Gaddafi. They'll open their eyes even wider as Monsanto turns Africa into a vast corporate agricultural collective, addicted to the genetically modified food that Bill Gates promotes so passionately.

These are dark days for Africa. If Africans look at Latin America and ask why it's moving ahead while Africa is being effectively recolonized, they may start to question the United States' phony war against terrorism and Bill Gates' phony philanthropy. And as Gadaffi's legend continues to spread, anti-Gaddafi propaganda will only make people hate the corporate media more.

By murdering Gaddafi, Obama may have transformed him into Africa's greatest hero.

Viva la revolucion!

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