Subject THE FACTS ABOUT LIBYA Written 101 am Apr 17, 1991 by peglacc in cdpmideast.forum T
Subject: THE FACTS ABOUT LIBYA
Written: 1:01 am Apr 17, 1991 by peg:lacc in cdp:mideast.forum
The FACTS about LIBYA
Under the revolutionary leadership of Col. Muammar Qadhafi Libya has
attained the highest standard of living in all of Africa. This is all the
more remarkable when we consider that in 1951 Libya was officially the
poorest country in the world. According to the World Bank, the per capita
income was less than $50 a year - even lower than India. Today all Libyans
own their own homes and cars. In the words of two Fleet Street journalists,
David Blundey and Andrew Lycett, who are by know means supporters of the
Libyan Arab revolution, "The young people are well dressed, well fed and
well educated. Libyans now earn more per capita than the British. The
disparity in annual incomes... is smaller than in most countries. Libya's
wealth has been fairly spread throughout society. Every Libyan has a job and
a decent salary. He gets free, and often excellent, education, medical and
health services. New colleges and hospitals are impressive by any
international standard. All Libyans have a house or a flat, a car and most
have televisions, video recorders and telephones. Compared with most
citizens of the Third World countries, and with many in the First World,
Libyans have it very good indeed." (QADDAFI AND THE LIBYAN REVOLUTION)
Brother Qadhafi is popular with all Libyans, especially the youth.
Frequently, he will drive his own small car to factory dedications and
similar ceremonies with very little personal security. He mingles freely
with the people who eagerly seek to shake his hand. They frequently shout
such slogans as, "I will live and die with Muammar Qadhafi".
Unlike Nigeria and Mexico, where none of the oil wealth seeps down to
benefit the people, under Libya's system of direct democracy summed up in
the popular slogan "all power, wealth and arms in the hands of the people",
all the oil profits are transferred directly to the people. No longer is
wealth hoarded by a select few as in the days before the 1969 Revolution.
The streets of Tripoli are filled with privately owned late model cars.
Modern apartment complexes are going up everywhere making the city look like
one huge construction site.
Housing projects have been developed right across the country so as to
ensure every Libyan has the right to own his own home. Every citizen has
been given a decent house or apartment to live in rent-free. In Col.
Qadhafi's Green Book we read: "The house is a basic need of both the
individual and the family, therefore it should not be owned by others." This
dicta has now become a reality for the Libyan Arab people.
Large scale agricultural projects are being implemented in an effort to
'make the desert bloom' and achieve self-sufficiency in food production.
Foremost among these projects is 'Jabal Akhdar' (Green Mountain) outside of
Benghazi. As Muammar Qadhafi has stated: "The Jafara Plain, the great Jabal
Al Akhdar, the plain area and the Fezzan valleys are witnessing the great
agricultural revolution that will enable the Libyan people to earn their
living, to eat freely the food that was normally imported from overseas -
this is freedom, this is independence, and this is the Revolution." Any
Libyan who wants to become a farmer is given free use of land, a house, farm
equipment, some livestock and seed.
Great attention has been payed to the development of industry since the
start of the Revolution. Between 1970 and 1988 the total number of
industrial projects was 362, of which 101 were for the provision of
Today, Libya can boast one of the finest health care systems in the Arab
world. All people have access to doctors, hospitals, clinics and medicines,
completely free of all charges.
The Green Book sets out the basis for the transfer of all power, wealth
and arms directly into the hands of the people themselves through a system
of People's Conferences and People's Committees. It is this system of direct
democracy which has enabled the Libyan Arab people to make spectacular
economic and social advances, and to govern themselves by themselves.
Certainly these material advances would not have been possible without the
oil wealth. However, other oil-producing countries, such as Saudi Arabia,
cannot show the same advances for all their people. In Libya the country's
wealth is being used to benefit the whole community - a policy which stems
directly from the ideology of The Green Book.
More than the advances in housing, agricultural, industry, health care,
education, is the advance in direct popular democracy. The September 1st
Revolution, instigated and led by Muammar Al Qadhafi, has given the Libyan
Arab people a freedom that is not enjoyed by other nations. It is the
freedom to directly control their own lives and destiny.
The feelings of the ordinary Libyan people about the Revolution are well
near unanimous. Speak to university students, academics, farmers or
shopkeepers and the sentiments expressed are the same. The Libyan masses
would rather die fighting to defend their gains than become the lackeys of
some imperialist superpower. Naturally, as the Libyans freely admit, there
is still much to be done. Though they are determined to overcome their
problems free from outside interference.
The Libyan Arab people have something no other people have, the
opportunity to participate directly in the decision making process. To rule
themselves by themselves. In the final analysis this is the greatest
achievement of the Great Al Fateh Revolution which began the green march on
September 1 1969 - PEOPLE'S POWER. This is the GREAT JAMAHIRIYA.
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