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Gadhafi faces the West - The other side of the coin

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The Christian Science Monitor, July 12, 2010 also showed a different side of Libya .
http://news.tfionline.com/post/806131720/libyas-path-from-desert-to-modern-country-complete
Libya 's path from desert to modern country-complete with ice rink by Sarah A. Topol.

"'[There's] now on the economic side a pretty unstoppable momentum". It's the place to be,' says Dalton , now an analyst at Chatham House in London .

"Libya 's nominal gross domestic product (GDP) rose from 16.7 billion dinars ($12.8 billion) in 1999 to 114 billion in 2008, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The year after the US lifted sanctions, the country's economy surged 10.3 percent in 2005. Foreign direct investment increased more than 50 percent from $1.5 billion in 2000 to $2.3 billion in 2007, according to the World Bank.

"In Tripoli , the capital, cement skeletons along the city's airport road will soon be sleek luxury high-rises as Libya tackles a 500,000 unit housing shortage. Known as the Bab Tripoli complex, the government-funded plush Turkish development is valued at some $1.3 billion and is set to be completed in November 2011. It boasts 115 buildings with 2,018 apartments as well as office spaces, and a giant mall complete with a 22-lane bowling alley, a movie theater, a five-star hotel.The changes aren't just limited to Tripoli . In Benghazi , Libya 's second-largest city, two government-funded housing projects consisting of 20,000 units, costing approximately $4.8 billion, are half way to completion.
To combat income disparity and alleviate the growing pains of privatization, the Libyan government has set up social fund to provide 222,000 families approximately $377 dollars per month from investment funds financed by oil profits."

In every respect, politically, economically and morally, the Libyan leader is the other side of the international coin that guides the world's populations.
The west offers a democratic and centralized political system; Gadhafi prefers a decentralized soviet type system of councils.
From his Green Book:: "The democratic system is a cohesive structure whose foundation stones are firmly laid one above the other, the Basic People's Conferences, the People's Conferences, and the People's Committees, which finally come together when the General People's Conference convenes. There is absolutely no conception of democratic society other than this."

The West encourages free enterprise systems. Gadhafi's Libya is the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (a state of the masses, governed by the populace through local councils.)
The West pursues policies of domination and control. Gadhafi pursues policies to counter the West's domination and control.
The West is brutal to its external opponents. Gadhafi is brutal to his internal opponents.

However, compare Gadhafi's brutality to Western nations' brutal actions and the intense focus on Gadhafi becomes suspect. Count in hundreds the deaths and maimed due to Gadhafi's actions (none of which can be excused) and count in millions the deaths and maimed caused by western nations in several aggressive wars since World War II.

None of the mayhem created by Gadhafi can be pardoned. Nevertheless, if the U.S. and European nations also recognized the horrors they have inflicted upon a helpless world, they would have a better case. Duality is also a psychological phenomenon.

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