They Did Not Kill Just Gaddafi…

They could not annihilate Africa. So they killed Gaddafi.

They could not devastate a collective aspiration for freedom from imperialism. So they killed Gadhafi.

They could not forever shatter the promises of internationalism, socialism, Arab nationalism, and third world liberation. So they killed Gaddafi.

They could not resolve the capitalistic contradictions in their home states, the Wall Street occupiers and the occupiers in London and Madrid, and in Paris. So they killed Gaddafi.

They could not address the sheer crisis of masculinity their elected presidents and prime ministers struggled with, while their democratically elected leaders raped their interns and approved inmates being assaulted in their prison systems. So they killed Gaddafi.

They could not justify their political assassinations of numerous heads of states who defied their atrocities, from Patrice Lumumba to Dr. Mohammad Najibullah, or of their murdering former allies that disagreed with them later from Saddam Hussain and Osama bin Laden to Anwar al-Awlaki – among hundreds of thousands others, without any due course of justice or legal recourses. So they killed Gaddafi.

They could not have possibly stood trial at defending their heinous acts of official terrorism, while they kept bombing civilians, destroying villages in faraway lands that have never conspired attacks on western countries, and they could not possibly allow to be held responsible for the innumerable cases of human rights violations they have perpetuated. So they killed Gaddafi.

They could not glorify any longer their Nobel Peace Prize winning Presidents and heads of states who lobby for their own places in world history as peaceniks and who declare they have invented internet and rewrite history textbooks to showcase their conquests as necessities and attacks as patriotism, and ask their Christian Gods to bless their free lands where millions exist without healthcare and homes, and since they are not likely to acknowledge there is a war going on right in their own homelands between the classes of haves and the have-nots. So they killed Gaddafi.

They could not provide any answers as to why they must invade and attack civilians of other sovereign countries and try to replicate their versions of corporate money driven phony electoral systems in other nations, not excluding in recent times, El Salvador (1980), Libya (1981), Sinai (1982), Lebanon (1982 1983), Egypt (1983), Grenada (1983), Honduras (1983), Chad (1983), Persian Gulf (1984), Libya (1986), Bolivia (1986), Iran (1987), Persian Gulf (1987), Kuwait (1987), Iran (1988), Honduras (1988), Panama (1988), Libya (1989), Panama (1989), Colombia, Bolivia, and Peru (1989), Philippines (1989), Panama (1989-1990), Liberia (1990), Saudi Arabia (1990), Iraq (1991), Zaire (1991), Sierra Leone (1992), Somalia (1992), Bosnia-Herzegovina (1993 to present), Macedonia (1993), Haiti (1994), Macedonia (1994), Bosnia (1995), Liberia (1996), Central African Republic (1996), Albania (1997), Congo/Gabon (1997), Sierra Leon (1997), Cambodia (1997), Iraq (1998), Guinea/Bissau (1998), Kenya/Tanzania (1998 to 1999), Afghanistan/Sudan (1998), Liberia (1998), East Timor (1999), Serbia (1999), Sierra Leon (2000), Yemen (2000), East Timor (2000), Afghanistan (2001 to present), Yemen (2002), Philippines (2002) , Cote d’Ivoire (2002), Iraq (2003 to present), Liberia (2003), Georgia/Djibouti (2003), Haiti (2004), Georgia/Djibouti/Kenya/Ethiopia/Yemen/Eritrea War on Terror (2004), Pakistan drone attacks (2004 to present), Somalia (2007), South Ossetia/Georgia (2008), Syria (2008), Yemen (2009), Haiti (2010) and Libya (2011). So they killed Gaddafi.

They could not provide any excuses any longer. Because they do not have any. No moral reasons and no justifiable grounds. So they just went ahead and thought they killed Gaddafi.

In reality, they did not kill just a man named Gaddafi. They killed the world leader who had relentlessly strived to unify Africa and to bring people of the colonized world together to raise their consciousness about the history of Eurocentrism and the living legacies of Colonialism. They killed humanity’s faith on humanity’s ability to engage in intelligent dialogues over targeted murders.

They killed the hope that the world somehow still pinned on the concept of western models of democracy and civilizations. Of the high moral horses they rode talking about human rights and due processes of law. They killed the trust of their own children and grandchildren and of every subsequent generations of human beings who would have otherwise reposed upon the collective wisdom and propaganda of their brutal ancestors masquerading as decent god-fearing folks. And they killed any remaining possibility that when the NATO gang members talk about peace, they could remotely mean peace.

They did not kill just Gaddafi. They killed their own conscience or whatever was left of it, several times over. And they will probably next kill Ahmadinejad and Mandela and Chavez and anyone who agreed with Gadhafi and disagreed with the NATO rogue nations.

This is the most insensitive, most undemocratic, the most brutal western world that ever left its mark on the planet. They are the royals, the guards and the lions at the same time. The Columbus of our times. The plunderers of our age. The Kennedy, Nixon, Johnson, Reagan, Clinton, Bush, and Obama of our times. The James Bonds of our times. They have the license to kill any of us ‘bad guys’ out there. And not just Gaddafi.

It’s just that, they came for Gaddafi first. And we are not saying anything… because they have not yet come after us…

(Saswat Pattanayak, 2011)

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Author: Saswat Pattanayak

Journalist, Generalist, Atheist, Poet, Lover, Photographer, Communist, Third wave Feminist, LGBT ally, Black power comrade, Peacenik, Anti-capitalist, Critical media theorist, Radical film critic, Academic non-elite…

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