I received the following commentary by Col. Mu'ummar Qaddafi, published in a Libyan newspaper, from a friend in Libya. I translated it, and offer it without comment, other than at least it's his side of the story...
name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful...
my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the African Union; I did all
I could to help people understand the concept of real democracy, where people's
committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even
people who had 10-room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied. As
selfish as they were they wanted more, and they told Americans and other
visitors they needed "democracy" and "freedom," never realizing it was a
cut-throat system, where the biggest dog eats the rest.
But they were enchanted
with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine,
no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except
when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup.
No, no matter what I
did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of
Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we've had since
Salah'a'Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya,
for my people. It was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free
from colonial domination -- from thieves who would steal from us...
But all of us in
the Third World know what that means, it means corporations run the countries,
run the world, and the people suffer. So, there is no alternative for me, I must
make my stand, and if Allah wishes, I shall die by following his path, the path
that has made our country rich with farmland, with food and health, and even
allowed us to help our African and Arab brothers and sisters to work here with
us, in the Libyan Jammohouriyah,
I do not wish to die, but if it comes to that, to save this land, my people, all the thousands who are all my children, then so be it.
Let this testament be my voice to the world, that I stood up to crusader attacks of NATO, stood up to cruelty, stood up to betrayal, stood up the West and its colonialist ambitions, and that I stood with my African brothers, my true Arab and Muslim brothers, as a beacon of light. When others were building castles, I lived in a modest house, and in a tent. I never forgot my youth in Sirte, I did not spend our national treasury foolishly, and like Salah'a'deen, our great Muslim leader, who rescued Jerusalem for Islam, I took little for myself"
In the West, some have called me "mad," "crazy," but they know the truth and continue to lie. They know that our land is independent and free, not in the colonial grip, that my vision, my path, is, and has been clear and for my people and that I will fight to my last breath to keep us free. May Allah almighty help us to remain faithful and free.