"A man of faith and tradition,
Mu`ammar al-Qadhafi cannot be classified according to the criteria
commonly admitted. If you search for him on the Right you will find
him on the Left, since he preaches in many ways a renovation with the
air of revolution. But if you look for him on the Left you risk finding
him on the Right, because this sincere mystic is tied to more than one
traditional value. It is not Qadhafi who is senseless; it is the terms
[which are] obsolete, and upon which are based the subjective judgements
of foreign observers who are more interested in polemic than in the truth."
- Prof. Francis Dessart
To the Western establishment and international Zionism, Mu`ammar Qadhafi
is a 'madman' and the world's number one 'terrorist'. To the oppressed,
the exploited and the struggling peoples of the Earth he is a teacher,
guide, brother, but above all, the leader of a world revolution for a
At the Second World Mathaba Conference held in Tripoli, Libya, on March
15th, 1986, just one month prior to the United States bombing raids on
Libya, the spiritual head of the North American based "Nation of Islam",
Minister Louis Farrakhan introduced Mu`ammar Qadhafi by stating that the
Libyan Arab people's collective need for freedom produced a leader who was
born to serve the masses. Minister Farrakhan said that when a people is
oppressed the need for freedom produces a longing which in turn produces
"The oppressor is always watching for that leader," Louis Farrakhan
explained, "...they know that the people will never be free until they
produce a leader with the vision to create the revolution and see it
through to its ultimate end."
Such a leader is Mu`ammar al-Qadhafi.
Born in the desert near the town of Sirte in 1942, Mu`ammar Qadhafi
has been deeply influenced by his traditional upbringing. He has been
described as a messenger and a thinker in the ancient North African
tradition of the 'marabout' - a holy man. He lives simply, he does not
drink, and he prays regularly. Although devout, he is a progressive
Muslim in the tradition of the Prophet Muhammed, believing in feminine
emancipation and the role of women in society.
When asked by journalists about how he was brought up, Brother Qadhafi
"It was difficult in terms of the circumstances and the
environment in which I lived. Bedouin life is mobile; the
strictness of upbringing therefore comes from the severity of
these circumstances. But socially I was free. We were bedouins
enjoying full freedom and we lived amongst nature and everything
was absolutely pure, in its true self, in front of us. We lived
on the land and there was nothing between us and the sky.
"Bedouin life made me discover the natural laws, natural
relationships, life in its true nature, before life knew oppression,
coercion and exploitation. This enabled me to write The Green Book.
"I had a general idea how to make the masses free, how to make
man happy. After that, things started to get clearer".
Brother Qadhafi explained that this had led him to set out his analysis
in The Green Book:
"It is not like writing an ordinary book. It was simply an
attempt to explain the dialectic which exists between Marxism
and capitalism. The world has reached a political and economic
impasse, and humanity simply cannot accept this impasse and
accept to die. There must be a way out. That way out is this
Mu`ammar Qadhafi's message covers the political, economic, social and
philosophical dimensions of life. In The Green Book with inspired insight
and a deep vision he sets out fully the principles of the Third Universal
Theory, a way beyond both communism and capitalism.
The main idea behind The Green Book is a return to the natural life and to
natural forms of socialism and direct democracy - People's Power - which
places all authority, wealth and arms in the hands of the people.
In March 1986 the British newspaper Daily Mail held an exclusive interview
with the revolutionary leader. In the introduction to the article the
"It was hard to credit that this was the man President Reagan had
condemned as the world's number one terrorist.
"Colonel Mu`ammar al-Qadhafi was simple and charming sitting by the
bonfire outside his tent when I arrived to interview him. He told me:
'I see the press as being the messengers between me and the world
to tell [the people] the truth.'"
The Daily Mail stated: "Here is al-Qadhafi, his view of the world in
which he feels destiny has cast him in the role of a Prophet and a Messiah, above all a warrior for the Arab world and the Palestinian cause
so dear to his heart."
The Italian writer Mirella Bianco drew a comparison between Mu`ammar
Qadhafi and the Prophet Muhammed which in closing is worthy of note. Both
the Prophet and Qadhafi are Bedouins of a similar desert background. They
both share, therefore, a common love for freedom, physical endurance, and
an ideal of equality in society. They are both given to meditation, and
share the belief that no real change in society could occur without a
spiritual transformation. Both share a feeling of urgency in having to
convey their vision of the universe to others. They are both teachers with
unshakable certainty in the rightness of their convictions. They both
possess unusual courage, and an indomitable determination to pursue their
mission. Finally, they are products of similar moments of transition and
change in human history.
Mirella Bianco ends her biography of Mu`ammar Qadhafi with the following
words: "The future will decide whether Mu`ammar al-Qadhafi is to be simply
a shooting-star across the skies of the Arab World from the Atlantic to
the Gulf, or whether he is to be the bearer of its message to mankind."
This is Mu`ammar al-Qadhafi.
(Text adapted from a document posted by LACC of Melbourne, Australia)
Col. Qadhafi and President Mandela responding to the cheers of the Libyan people during Bro. Mandela's visit to Libya in 1998.
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