Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Libyan FM official phones Al Jazeera

Note: I am in no way endorsing any of what Khaled Al Ga'aeem, under-secretary of Libya's foreign ministry, says. Nor do I believe that he is sincere, or that his description of what is taking place in Libya is true. However, I do think that it is important to hear an articulate and intelligent defense of the regime's position, if only because the leader - Gaddafi himself - is clearly insane (his latest "under the umbrella" appearance on state TV only confirms this diagnosis).

As I said in my previous post, I am most definitely not a supporter of Gaddafi or his "Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab State of the Masses".  I have always considered him as a bloodthirsty buffoon and megalomaniac (yet another disgusting example of secular nationalist leaders).  But that does not necessarily mean that all the information coming out of Libya via al-Jazeera or Western news outlets is therefore credible and trustworthy.

Lastly, and I cannot name my sources, I know for a fact that the British intelligence services have for many years engaged in a massive destabilization campaign against Gaddafi's regime which ranged from sending hit-men to kill Gaddafi's himself to funding and supporting all sorts of pro-Western and even putatively Islamic opposition groups.  What is taking place in Libya is not simply a case of "good guys" vs "bad guys" but something much more complex and murky.

The Saker