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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Libya and the silence in US and Europe

There are report of horrendous atrocities being committed against the Libyan people by Gaddafi and his agents. While the reports make me sick it is the near-silence coming from Europe and America that rattles me. I must say without hesitation that I am deeply and horror-struck at the silent in Washington and Europe regarding the atrocities being carried out by the Libyan regime against the innocent and good people of Libya. The silence is another proof of the corrupt relationship between Gaddafi and European and American leadership. We are witnessing another Rwanda in Libya yet because of oil the US, Europe and Security Council in which they control are quiet.

The African Union has not said anything. The US is only rambling. The European Union has proven once again how irrelevant and ineffective it has become in shaping global events. The Arab League is as useless as it has ever been.  

This is why Europe and America won't take action against Gaddafi. 79% of Libya's oil goes to Europe. Out of the 79% Italy gets 32%; Germany 14%; France 10% and the rest of Europe 23%. US also get about 5% of her oil from Libya. Oil is the key factor here. For US and Europe oil is important than democracy, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and freedom to choose ones leader. Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi is known to be a close friend and a key ally of Gaddafi. In August 2009, because of a 500 million dollar oil contract between Gaddafi and British Petroleum, Britain released from prison Mr. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, the Libyan Lockerbie bomber who blew Pan Am aircraft Flight PA 103  over Scotland  in 1988 that killed 270 people most of them Americans. Former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair was instrumental in ending Libya's international isolation. It is because of oil that Europe and America do not want to antagonise Gaddafi.

That is the world in which we live in.But like Rwanda the remnants of the Libyan atrocities will rebuild the country after the people have prevailed.

By Lord Adusei

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