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LIBYA: Could Gaddafi’s Son Saif al-Islam Be the Key to Solving the Libyan Crisis?

21st Century Wire says…

With Libya still in tatters and emerging as a new ISIS haven, is there any hope for stability in Libya?

Saif al Islam, 44, is the former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi’s most prominent of his eight children. After NATO destruction of Libya, western-backed ‘rebels’ captured Saif and held him for 5 years before sentencing him to death in a Kangaroo trial.

This past summer, The Guardian reported that Saif’s lawyer says Libya’s new UN-backed government granted amnesty this year, but claim cannot be independently verified.

Certainly, the way in which the western media cruelly demonized Saif during the Libya war, insinuating that he was a ‘butcher’ and a ‘killer’ – giving Jihadists license to hunt him down – should give any pause to the idea that the West might somehow embrace him.

However, the fact that the West have allowed him to survive this long means that someone has plans laid for Saif.

Here is a provocative think piece about Saif’s potential future as a political force, published in Jeremy R. Hammond‘s website, Foreign Policy Journal…

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US President Donald Trump has a unique chance to fix the mess in Libya by backing Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam as head of state.

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Hanne Nabintu Herland
Foreign Policy Journal 

Libya remains a dysfunctional state largely due to failed American policy. The 2011 Obama/Clinton support to Al Qaida affiliated groups in order to oust Muammar Gaddafi heavily backfired, with ISIS now profiting from the massive wave of immigration, which also destabilizes Europe.

President Trump has a unique chance to fix this terrible mess by backing the appointment of the leader of the Libyan national reconciliation, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, as head of state, the only man able to reunite the tribal nightmare in Libya, and to form  a proper democracy, exterminate ISIS, and solve the immigrant crisis.

Millions marched in Libya July 1st, 2011 in support of the government of Muammar Gaddafi, and pleaded for NATO to stop the destruction of the country. At that time, the massive support for Gaddafi was not reported in the mainstream media, yet it was well known that Gaddafi had many supporters. Libya was Africa’s richest country, a socialist, welfare state with lavish benefits, free education, and good living standards. Since 2003, Libya had opened up towards the West in a liberalization process largely led by Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was instrumental in resolving the Lockerbie-bombing issue and paying damages to the victim’s families, deescalated the military, removing its nuclear arms and privatized the economy.

It was Saif al-Islam who freed the Bulgarian nurses in Benghazi, led the large scale Benghazi housing projects, created the Charity Gaddafi Association which helped poor countries in Africa, as well as worked diligently to democratize Libya. He called for a free press and hoped to issue a Constitution of the state. It was also Saif al-Islam who led the Reconciliation Project in 2006 between the government and the opposition, and the peaceful release of political prisoners, like Abdelhakim Belhadj and Khaled Sharef, most of whom joined the rebels and are controlling Tripoli now.

Libya was, prior to 2011, closely cooperating with the CIA and Western intelligence in order to eradicate the Sunni terrorist groups in the region. Gaddafi was an enemy of Al Qaida, which had tried to kill him several times. Under this cooperation, the US and Libya created stability in the region and controlled the immigration flow towards Europe.

Yet, by 2011, mainstream US news outlets and partisan NGOs were responsible for massively presenting misleading information that later turned out to be wrong, which served as a pretext for NATO’s support for armed rebels to overthrow the Libyan government. The basis was that Gaddafi “bombed his own people” in what was described as “a genocide”. But already in early March, US secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that no such attacks could be confirmed. The Russian military monitoring the situation via satellite said that no planes had been in the air at the time in question. In the hands of the very few, any war may easily be ignited by using mainstream propaganda tools. As we know, 90% of the American media is owned by 6 corporations and only  62 individuals now own more than 50% of world assets…

Continue this article at Foreign Policy Journal

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