What the “dictator and tyrant” Gaddafi did to his people is now becoming more and more public.
Here is a list of his atrocities under which the Libyans had to suffer 4 decades:
1. There was no electricity bill in Libya. Electricity was free for all citizens.
2. There was no interest on loans. The state banks gave loans to all citizens at zero percent interest by law.
3. Having a home was considered a human right in Libya.
4. All newlyweds in Libya received $ 20,000. This money should allow people to buy their first home. The government wanted to contribute to the start of a family.
5. Education and medical treatments were free in Libya. Before Gaddafi came to power, only 25 percent of Libyans could read. Today, the number is 83 percent.
6. If Libyans wanted to make a career in agriculture, they got farmland, a farmhouse, equipment, seeds, and livestock as a quick start to their farms, all for free.
7. If Libyans could not find any training or medical facilities they needed, they would be able to go abroad with the help of state funds. They were paid $ 2,300 a month for accommodation and car.
8. When a Libyan bought a car, the government subsidized 50 percent of the price.
9. The price of gas in Libya was $ 0.14 ( 0.12 Euros) per liter.
10. If a Libyan did not get a job after graduation, the state paid the average salary of the profession in which he sought work until a suitably skilled job was found.
11. Libya has no foreign debt and its reserves of $ 150 billion are now frozen worldwide and probably lost forever.
12. A portion of every Libyan oil sale was credited directly to the accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. Mothers giving birth gave $ 5,000.
14. 25 percent of Libyans have a university degree.
15. Gaddafi launched the Great Man Made River project in Libya It is the largest drinking water pipeline project in the world for better water supply to the population and agriculture and was aimed to “green” the desert and to turn it into a paradise of farmland.
Thankfully, NATO and rebels have freed the Libyan people from it …
As a reminder of Gaddafi’s achievements here’s a quick overview:
On September 1, 1969, Muammar al-Gaddafi and his “League of Free Officers” assassinate the monarchy of the corrupt King Idris and proclaim the republic. He himself becomes head of state. He immediately begins to build a secular national socialist state. The military bases of the USA and Great Britain are closed, many foreigners and Jews of the country are expelled. The alcohol is banned.
The year after, the nationalization of foreign property, especially the oil industry, begins. Gaddafi’s profits are being invested in the free state education and health care system. He creates an irrigation system that allows the desert state to self-farm.
In 1973 he declared Islam an alternative to both capitalist materialism and communist atheism (“3rd International Theory”). In 1976/77, direct democracy was proclaimed on the basis of the Koran and the “Green Book” of Gaddafi.
The head of state takes far-reaching social policy measures: housing, raising minimum wages, subsidizing basic food, electricity, gas and fuel. Since 1973, workers have been involved in corporate profits.
Thanks to these measures, Libya had the lowest prosperity gap and at the same time the highest gross domestic product in Africa: per inhabitant $ 9400 annually. In Tunisia it was 3400 dollars, in Egypt 1700. In addition, Libya was debt-free.
In Libya there were no civil wars, no refugees and internally displaced persons, no child soldiers like everywhere else in Africa. Libya was the country with the lowest HIV infection rate, the lowest infant mortality and the highest life expectancy in Africa. (These data are taken from the “dtv-atlas Weltgeschichte”, Munich 2010, p. 618-626)
The prosperity also allowed Libya to build up a proper national defense. Their quality was that only after almost eight months and thousands of air raids did NATO aggressors succeed in breaking Libyan resistance.
This war was known to have a prelude: After incidents in US maneuvers due to American provocations flew in 1986, the American Air Force attacks against Tripoli and Benghazi. In 1988, Libya was accused by the West of an aircraft attack. From 1992/93 UN sanctions and an economic blockade took place. So everything was prepared for a long time.