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I am an international leader, the dean of the Arab rulers, the king of kings of Africa and the imam of Muslims, and my international status does not allow me to descend to a lower level. Muammar Gaddafi
I will die a martyr at the end. Muammar Gaddafi, 23rd February 2011
There are no demonstrations at all in the streets! No, no-one is against us. They all love me; all my people love me. My people would die to protect me. Muammar Gaddafi, February 2011
The times of Arab nationalism and unity are gone forever. These ideas which mobilized the masses are only a worthless currency. Libya has had to put up with too much from the Arabs for whom it has poured forth both blood and money. Muammar Gaddafi
Libya is not yours. Libya is for the Libyans. The Security Council resolution is invalid because it does not follow the charter regarding the internal affairs of any country. This is terrible oppression, crude aggression.
You never have the right to intervene in our internal affairs. Who gave you this right? You will regret it if you dare to intervene in our country. Our country is not your country. We cannot fire a single bullet at our people. Muammar Gaddafi, letter to Sarkozy & Cameron & Ban ki-Moon
America is having a war with Libya and needs a local base. James Burke, Connections s3e1: Feedback, BBC 1997
One of the conspiracy theories about Libya was that Gaddafi had been deposed because of his plan to introduce the gold dinar and sell oil in gold dinar. Which of course is absolutely correct. On the Edge with Ian R Crane: Iran
Pillage and rape by Gaddafi troops. The Sunday Telegraph 3rd April 2011
Revealed: Blair’s Secret Calls to Gaddafi. Independent on Sunday headline February 2011
Libya is a civil war. Professor Noam Chomsky, interview BBC March 2011
What’s important in Libya is, first of all, it has a good deal of oil. A lot of the country is unexplored; there may be a lot more. And it’s very high-quality oil, so very valuable. Noam Chomsky
Libyan rebels fear slaughter as Gaddafi’s forces attack. The Observer article Chris McGreal 13th March 2011
I went public in conjunction with my partner ... David was briefed officially by MI5 officers on their attempt to assassinate Colonel Gaddafi by funding Al Qaeda in Libya. Annie Machon, former MI5 agent & partner of David Shayler
Battles were fought between the Africa Corps and the British army. The Germans under Rommel had pushed the British back and laid siege to the port of Tobruk. The Battle for Tobruk was an essential one for Rommel to win. World War II: The Complete History: The Day of Infamy, Discovery 2000
Tobruk’s fall yielded the Germans 35,000 prisoners. World War II: The Complete History: Six Months to Run Wild
The money came from oil. A trillion dollars by the time he died – on a billion a week. He believed in aliens and blew up planes. His vast oil reserves made the West forgive him. Storyville: Mad Dog: Gaddafi’s Secret World, BBC 2014
Especially about his sexual abuse of teenagers. ibid.
Gaddafi was acutely jealous of other people’s bombs. ibid.
Gaddafi banned political parties and threw their leaders in jail. ibid.
Virtually every bomb made by the Provisional IRA is thought to have contained Semtex shipped from a Libyan port. ibid.
He wanted to be king of somewhere else. ibid.
He’d given in to the West and wanted his reward. ibid.
CIA headquarters Langley, Virginia: the North Africa desk is buzzing. They are monitoring secret communications coming in from Libya ... it appears to be a direct threat. CIA Declassified s1e1: Killing Mad Dog Gaddafi, Yesterday 2014
He allows dozens of terrorist groups to run training camps in Libya. ibid.
Who are the targets and where are they? ibid.
The first F1-11 jets strike. ibid.
The rebels turn into a baying Mob. They unleash a murderous revenge upon Gaddafi for four decades of oppression. ibid.
In the months leading up to the military intervention he [Gaddafi] called on African and Muslim nations to join together to create this new currency … [A] country’s wealth would depend on how much gold they have, not how many dollars they trade. NWO 2016: The Final Warning, Youtube
Faced with the humiliating defeat in the Lebanon, President Reagan’s government was desperate to shore up the vision of a moral world where a good America struggled against evil. And to do this, they were going to create a simple villain, an imaginary villain … and the perfect candidate was waiting in the wings: Colonel Gaddafi, the ruler of Libya. The Americans were going to ruthlessly use Colonel Gaddafi to create a fake terrorist mastermind. And Gaddafi was going to happily play along because it would turn him into a famous global figure. Adam Curtis, HyperNormalisation
In December 1985 terrorists attacked Rome and Vienna airport simultaneously killing 19 people, including 5 Americans. There was growing pressure on President Reagan to retaliate. President Reagan immediately announced that Colonel Gaddafi was definitely behind the attacks. But the European Security Services who investigated the attacks were convinced that Libya was not involved at all. And that the mastermind behind the attacks was in fact Syria. ibid.
He [Gaddafi] promoted himself as an international revolutionary who would help liberate the repressed peoples around the world. Even the blacks in America. ibid.
The Americans and Gaddafi now became locked together in a cycle of mutual reinforcement … The Americans and Gaddafi were creating a fictional world. ibid.
Interviewer: So you agree with President Obama on Libya or not?
Herman Cain: OK, Libya … erm … no, that’s a different one … cited How to Lose the Presidency, History 2016
Fanatical civilians, highly trained crack civilians, trained to speak Libyan fluently and utterly dedicated to opposing all forms of American military action on their houses … people single-mindedly dedicated to not being killed. Spitting Image s3e9, US army press conference, ITV 1986
I’ve been speaking to some of the happy smiling grateful casualties of the bombing. Spitting Image s3e17, Norman Tebbit dressed as Kate Adie
I remember the good times we had together. Do you remember Libya? Spitting Image s5e3, Thatcher to Reagan on dancefloor
This is the most dangerous migrant journey in the world. This year Libya has become the major departure point for migrants crossing into Europe. It’s estimated there are around 3,000 make it across the Mediterranean to Italy every week and around 12 die trying every day. But before they reach the coast they have to cross 1,000 miles of desert, a journey even more deadly than the sea. Ross Kemp: Libya’s Migrant Hell, 2017
Such determination and desperation in that vehicle for those people are prepared to probably go through anything to get what they keep saying is a better life. The journey to Europe can cost up to $5,000. ibid.
This broken country has become a modern-day slave market. ibid.
After he [Gaddafi] was overthrown in a western-back revolution in 2011 civil war tore Libya apart. ibid.
More guns than any other country on the planet per head of population. ibid.
This oil-rich and once-wealthy country. ibid.
Libya 1969: a young colonel leads a bloodless and popular coup to overthrow the king … Gaddafi appeared keen to share the wealth … but there were also early signs of psychopathic traits … Gaddafi had an extreme sense of self-importance … Gaddafi had become a devotee of botox and plastic surgery. Meet the Psychopaths s1e2, Power Psychopaths, Channel 5 2015