Freedom in Libya- a view from Tanzania

We received a mass circulation email this week from Tanzania which set out the virtues of the fallen Libyan regime….it is interesting to see another perspective on this….here it is in full….:

1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its
citizens.

His Offence:
This makes it impossible for private western companies to operate in the
electricity sub-sector. Remember their ‘international community’s’ reaction
to the free education, health and water services policies of Mwalimu?

2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans
given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.

His Offence:
How can a western bank operate in such an environment? Particularly
unforgivable is the insistence that ALL banks must be national!

3. Home considered a human right in Libya Gaddafi vowed that his parents
would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father
has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.

His Offence:
This puts him in a populist and radical nationalist category. Nationalism is
the opposite of globalisation, on the back of which liberal capitalism
flourishes!

4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the
government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
Traditional wedding in Tripoli, Libya

His Offence:
Same as above. After all, he’s able to finance this because he won’t allow
foreigners to ‘own’ and exploit Libya’s natural resources!

5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only
25% of Libyans were literate. Today the figure is 83%.

His Offence:
He committed the same offence as Tanzania’s Nyerere, leading to sanctions
that forced the latter to retire because deteriorating standards of living
for the larger population.

6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming
land, a farming house, equipment, seeds and livestock to kick-start their
farms- all for free.

His Offence:
All this is funded by oil revenue, which should have been for Western
companies!

7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in
Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it not only free but they
get US$2,300/month accommodation and car allowance.

His Offence:
As above! The more he has of such commitments, the more difficult it becomes
for Foreigners to access oil.

Moreover, Libya could become a bad of example for other Middle Eastern oil
producing countries. Look at what came of Venezuela!!

8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidised 50% of the
price.

His Offence:
Wanting to show the world there can be an alternative to capitalism.

9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per litre.

His Offence:
Nationalising and keeping ALL oil under State ownership and control.
Otherwise, profit margins for oil companies would have made sure the price
of oil (when available) is substantially higher.

10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion now
frozen globally.
Great Man-Made River project in Libya $27 billion

His Offence:
Without debt, it is very difficult to influence Libya’s policies on
anything. It make a country really ‘independent’ of the ‘international
community’.

And, this kind of reserves are making it increasingly easy for him to
bankroll the African Union (and some African governments unfriendly to Sam),
making Western control of the AU difficult and costly.

11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would
pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until
employment is found.

His Offence:
Populism; and pursuing policies that may suggest there is an alternative to
capitalism!

12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts
of all Libyan citizens.

His Offence:
Populism; and pursuing policies that may suggest there is a better
alternative to capitalism while denying western companies an opportunity to
milk the oil!

13. Every mother who gives birth to a child receives US$5,000.

His Offence:
See above!!

14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15!

His Offence:
Populism.

15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree:

His Offence:
Making education too cheap for nationals by footing most of the related
bills.

16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the
Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the
desert country.

His Offence:
Accomplishing such mega-sized projects without asking for the West’s
support, implying they can actually be irrelevant!!

Which other dictator has done much good to his people besides?

There can be no alternative to private sector led capitalism, pursued by a
State that has no Western minders!”

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