Farrakhan In Scathing Speech, Denounces NATO's Libya War of Aggression
â€œLook at the arrogance of Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, speaking in Addis Ababa, the capitol of the African Union," he said. "That's some gall, to go right to us and tell us like children, what she wants us to do.â€
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Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan delivered a scathing indictment of the relentless bombing of Libya by NATO forces at a press conference held at United Nations Plaza, Hotel Millennium in New York on yesterday.
Farrrakhan's acute analysis of the situation in Libya and international politics was insightful and informative. The press conference had a live link to Libya and South Africa. It will be translated into Arabic for the Libyan people.
Brief statements were also given by Viola Plummer of the December 12th Movement, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney speaking from Libya via telephone, and former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark.
“I am here to discuss the current state of affairs in Libya, and the actions taken by the United Nations with respect to Security Council Resolution 1973, passed on the 17 of March 2011," Farrakhan said. "I am addressing my remarks to the United Nations and all of those who have joined to destroy Brother Leader Colonel Muhammar Gaddafi and the Libyan Jamahiriya.”
He named the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Italy, Germany; and China and Russia, who abstained from the vote on Resolution 1973. “If the Security Council passed Resolution 1973 to protect the people of Libya from the so called 'evil intentions' of the leader," he observed, "Why then is NATO now using Resolution 1973 as a pretext to assassinate Muammar Gaddafi and create regime change?”
Minister Farrakhan questioned the UN's fostering of armed rebellion and civil war and not humanitarian concerns.
“They say that he has lost the moral authority to lead because he has killed his own people. But they have not proved that charge,” he added. He then compared the historic record of mass killings throughout the world by western nations to the record of Libya.
He cited America's decimation of the indigenous people of the US, the trans atlantic slave trade, atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the war on Iraq based on the lies concocted "evidence" causing the death of thousands of US soldiers and hundreds of thousand Iraqis; and England's abuse of the people of Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and all the places that they ruled.
Minister Farrakhan then compared the conditions of the people of Libya to the people of the west. Particularly the US. with its poverty, homelessness, lack of health care coverage, decaying infrastructure, crime, and illiteracy. He said such woes are virtually unknown to the Libyan people.
The massive profits from their nationalized oil reserves are shared with the people. Development of the country has been phenomenal under the leadership of Colonel Gaddafi, he said. They transformed the desert into farmland through massive irrigation projects. While the people of US are burdened with a $62 trillion national debt, Libya is debt free, Farrakhan said.
Further, “NATO and America are trying to recolonize Africa through AFRICOM," he added, referring to the African Command. "My question to African leaders is, will you allow it? Out of fear of the so-called power of the west. Will you bow down and act against the interest of African people world wide?”
“Look at the arrogance of Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, speaking in Addis Ababa, the capitol of the African Union," he continued. "That's some gall, to go right to us and tell us like children, what she wants us to do.”
He was reffering to Clinton's Africa trip last week.
Minister Farrakhan then quoted Clinton's speech, noting that she had said, "'It is true over many years Gaddafi played a major role in providing financial support for many African nations and institutions including the African Union.' But it becomes clearer by the day that he has lost his legitimacy to rule and we are long past time where can and should remain in power.'"
The minister then added: "Clinton urged them to 'call for a genuine cease-fire and call for Gaddafi to step aside.' Further, Clinton urged them to suspend operations of Gaddafi's embassies in their countries, expel all pro Gaddafi diplomats and increase support for the transitional national council."
Some African leaders, including South Africa's Jacob Zuma, have condemned NATO's war on Libya and aggressive attempt at regime change at any cost, including assassination. Colonel Gaddafi has been a principal advocate and organizer for a United States of Africa.
Farrakhan said, “The west fears an African Union. It threatens the international power structure.”
Minister Farrakhan also reiterated the plans laid out by Viola Plummer, who called for a Harlem Millions March against the attack on Africa--Libya and Zimbabwe-- and mayor Bloomberg's attack on Black people in New York City.
The march will take place on Saturday, August 13 in Harlem. Minister Farrakhan gave his full support to the march and explained the “importance of Black people in the US to exert their collective influence over US policy during this election year. Black elected official including President Barack Obama, must be held accountable and we must push them to stand up in the interest of African people world wide."
For more information on the upcoming Harlem Million March to End the Bombing of Libya, Illegal Sanctions in Zimbabwe, and Bloomberg's Destruction of Education, Housing, Health Care, call (718) 398-1766.
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