NATO forces attacked Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s compound and killed his youngest son and three of his grand children who were all under the age of twelve. Within twenty-four hours US President Barak Obama announced the death of Al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in order to shift the spotlight away from the war crimes being committed by NATO forces in Libya.
The African media shouldn’t buy into that diversionary tactic. They should focus on covering the war crimes and the violation of international law. International law is a gimmick. It is used selectively to achieve the objectives of western imperialism.
More than twenty years ago when I wrote about the “new world order” and the west’s plan to recolonise Africa, many people perhaps thought I must have smoked something very strong. I recently wrote about two articles from Foreign Affairs, a publication of the Council on Foreign Relations and Canada’s Globe and Mail which published an article and editorial on the recolonisation of Africa.
Events in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Ivory Coast point to that direction and betray the west’s plan of establishing a “new world order”. Those who are old enough will remember the words of George Bush Senior in 1991 prior to the first invasion of Iraq when he spoke about a “new world order” which apparently the Ba’ath Party of Saddam Hussein wanted to derail. Research reveals that a “new world order” is the establishment of a one-world-dictatorial government.
The west forces doesn’t give a hoot about world opinion now that the Warsaw Pact no longer exists and we now live in a unipolar world where only one superpower dominates. And they become surprised when such hegemony breeds the likes of Bin Laden and others. By the way if Bin Laden has been killed that doesn’t wipe out the west’s headache because Bin Laden’s ideology, movement and objectives are going to remain with his followers.
As far as Afghanistan is concerned, the Taliban are fighting against foreign occupation which has nothing to do with the presence or absence of Bin Laden. Moreover, Israel is the common denominator and has escaped the glare of the media because of events in the Arab world. The Palestinian question is a unifying factor and still outstanding and will not go away until it is resolved.
The African media should also look at the story of Osama bin Laden from all sides and its own perspective. The former head of Pakistani intelligence agency, Inter-Services, Hamid Gul says he first heard about Osama bin Laden from the CIA and FBI in the 1980’s and met him in Sudan in 1997. He says Bin Laden was used by the Americans to fight against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The Iranian government says Bin Laden was used by the American government to carry out attacks on the twin towers in order to portray Islam as a violent religion and he could have been killed because he had classified information on the US. Bin Laden could have been killed many years ago. The timing of announcing his death now has to do with Barak Obama’s electioneering to clinch a second term in office. The villagers of Abbottabad, where Bin Laded is said to have been killed, say they never saw US fighter helicopters at the house in which the US claims to have killed Bin Laden; that they know each other very well because they are related and never saw Bin Laden in their village.
Various reasons have been advanced why there is sustained millitary intervention in Libya. They range from protecting civilians to interest in that country’s oil. But some people believe the intervention in Libya is all about Muamar Gaddafi’s plan to introduce the Gold Dinar, a single African currency made from gold. Reports point out that Gaddafi planned two conferences on that issue in 1986 and 2000 and most countries in Africa were warm to the idea.
In the months leading up to the military intervention, Gaddafi called African and Muslim nations to join together to create this new currency that would rival the Dollar and Euro. They would sell oil and other resources around the world only for Gold Dinars. It is believed that would be an idea that would shift the economic balance of the world. A country’s wealth would depend on how much gold it had and not how many dollars it traded. Libya is reported to have a hundred-and forty-four tons of gold. The UK has twice as much, but ten times the population.
If Gaddafi tried to re-price oil or any other resource his country was selling to the global market and accepted something else as a currency or maybe launch a Gold Dinar currency, any such move would certainly not be welcomed by the power elite today who control the world’s central banks. In 2000 Saddam Hussein announced he would trade Iraqi oil for Euros, not Dollars. Sanctions and invasion followed because the Americans were desperate to prevent OPEC from transferring oil trading in all its member countries to the Euro. We are seeing the same invasion in Libya eleven years later. A Gold Dinar would have had serious consequences for the world financial system but would have empowered the people of Africa.
Those who have followed my past writings about twenty years ago or so and interviews on Motsweding FM about two years ago will remember that I mentioned three critical instruments which the world’s rulers, some of whom are bankers, control and want to control. They are the currency, energy and food production. One of them Mayer Amschel Rothschild’s infamous quote reads: “Give me control over a nation’s currency and I care not who makes its laws”. The former governor of the bank of England Josiah Stam once said: “Banking was conceived in iniquity and was born in sin”. He continued to speak about the power of the bankers to create money and turned the people into slaves who in turn paid for their slavery. These say a lot about the invasion of Libya and the imperialists’ nefarious plans of wanting to subjugate Africa and the developing world for keeps. The UN and ICC (International Criminal Court) are used to achieve the imperialists’ objectives and the African people must resist the criminalisation of resistance to imperialism.
By Sam Ditshego