by Claire Bernish
Six years ago today, the West took it upon itself to use NATO to
overthrow Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi - not for any
humanitarian threat to civilians as had been repeatedly claimed -
but because his planned roll-out of a new currency to be used across
Africa posed a palpable existential threat to central banks at the
heart of the Western financial and political system.
Long theorized to be the actual vehicle for Gaddafi's downfall, the
gold dinar-based, pan-African currency motive came to light in
nascent 2016 in one of more than 3,000 of
Hillary Clinton's emails
released by the State Department - conveniently timed with the New
Year's holiday to abate outrage or repercussions.
And outrage there
should still be:
plenty of false
posturing in the lead-in to the ultimate
overthrow of the Gaddafi regime should sour public trust in
the West's geopolitical motives, as a prime example of
embroiling itself in unnecessary conflict every time a nation
threatens to gain too much independence.
In March 2011, amid
heightening rebellion of the Arab Spring, chaos came to Libya's
second-largest city, Benghazi - and the West and its allies quickly
capitalized on those events to partake in a falsely-premised
rebellion of its own.
Citing a U.N.
Security Council resolution to invoke a nefarious no-fly zone over
Libya to "protect civilians,"
the United States
others began a
bombing campaign on March 19 - in actuality, of course, that
protection was of the central bank monopoly and, in particular,
France's financial interests in the historically French-colonial
"We are doing
it to protect the civilian population from the murderous madness
of a regime that in killing its own people has lost all
railed French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who played a key
role in Gaddafi's fated demise.
Gaddafi has made this happen. He has lied to the international
community… He continues to brutalize his own people," British
Prime Minister David Cameron also asserted.
"We cannot allow the
slaughter of civilians to continue."
As head of the U.S.
intoned the scripted narrative,
heralding the intervention in Libya as the need to,
civilians and it is to provide access for humanitarian
In the years
leading up to the decision to topple the Libyan government, Gaddafi
had made amends for the nation's terrorism-pockmarked history, even
agreeing to abandon and dismantle its chemical and nuclear weapons
In fact, Gaddafi so
ameliorated Libya's reputation, the U.S. removed the nation from its
state sponsors of terrorism list in 2006.
But all of that was
for naught once Gaddafi sought to pivot from central banks for the
good of millions of people in Africa.
released by the State Department, longtime Clinton confidante Sidney
Blumenthal wrote the secretary of state on April 2, 2011, under the
heading, "France's client & Qaddafi's gold," about several pertinent
concerns in the ongoing siege on Libya.
It seemed to
Blumenthal toppling Gaddafi might be a more cumbersome task than
originally imagined, in part because the leader had "nearly
bottomless financial resources to continue indefinitely" combating
NATO and allied forces.
"On April 2,
2011 sources with access to advisors to Saif al-Islam Qaddafi
stated in strictest confidence that while the freezing of
Libya's foreign bank accounts presents Muammar Qaddafi with
serious challenges, his ability to equip and maintain his armed
forces and intelligence services remains intact.
sensitive information available to this these individuals,
Qaddafi's government holds 143 tons of gold, and a similar
amount in silver.
March, 2011 these stocks were moved to SABHA (south west in the
direction of the Libyan border with Niger and Chad); taken from
the vaults of the Libyan Central Bank in Tripoli."
Indeed, the extent
of the threat to the West's central financial monopolies from the
gold dinar-backed currency is made astonishingly clear as the
now-notorious memorandum continues:
"This gold was
accumulated prior to the current rebellion and was intended to
be used to establish a pan-African currency based on the Libyan
This plan was
designed to provide, the Francophone African Countries with an
alternative to the French franc (CFA)."
According to knowledgeable individuals this
quantity of gold and silver is valued at more than $7 billion.
French intelligence officers discovered this plan shortly after
the current rebellion began, and this was one of the factors
that influenced President Nicolas Sarkozy's decision to commit
France to the attack on Libya."
sources cited five major points of concern for Sarkozy over
Gaddafi's innovative plan to escape Western control:
A desire to gain a greater
share of Libya oil production,
Increase French influence in
Improve his internal political
situation in France,
Provide the French military
with an opportunity to reassert its position in the world,
Address the concern of his
advisors over Qaddafi's long term plans to supplant France
as the dominant power in, Francophone Africa.)
In what could best
be described a
gut-wrenching letter - considering the events to follow -
Gaddafi, oblivious to the plot, penned a letter on April 6 to
President Obama begging for an end to NATO-led airstrikes on Libya.
president as "Our son," referring to
African heritage, the
embattled leader wrote [unusual spellings and errors per original]:
"We have been
hurt more morally that physically because of what had happened
against us in both deeds and words by you. Despite all this you
will always remain our son whatever happened.
We still pray
that you continue to be president of the U.S.A. We Endeavour and
hope that you will gain victory in the new election campaign.
You are a man
who has enough courage to annul a wrong and mistaken action."
Gaddafi added that,
"for the sake
of economic, and security cooperation against terror, you are in
a position to keep NATO off the Libyan affair for good.
As you know
too well democracy and building of civil society cannot be
achieved by means of missiles and aircraft, or by backing armed
member of Al Qaeda in Benghazi."
But his plea - as
one sent just days before the bombing began, in which Gaddafi
"even if Libya
and the United States enter into war, God forbid, you will
always remain my son" - fell on purposely, criminally deaf ears.
On October 20,
2011, Gaddafi attempted in vain to flee the city of Sirte - and
Libya fell largely under Western-backed rebel and NATO control by
the end of the month.
deplorably merciless reaction,
"We came, we
saw, he died," played out in an interview shortly after
Gaddafi's shameful murder.
As per usual, the
U.S. and its Western counterparts left the country to its own
devices after slashing the once-thriving nation to the ground.
"Today there is
no government of Libya. It's simply mobs that patrol the streets
and kill one another," Virginia State Senator Richard Black told
RT of the mess left behind.
And despite certain
issues in Libya before the coup,
"Libyans had an
incredibly high standard of living, the highest in Africa,"
international lawyer Francis Boyle
"When I first
went to Libya in 1986, I was amazed by the empowerment of women.
What I saw in Libya was that women could do anything they wanted
Tragically, as has
played out repeatedly around the planet, any nation - no matter how
functional and successful - will be annihilated by the American
empire if it or its allies have sufficient reason.
As Sen. Black noted
- as could be of any such nation:
willing to absolutely wipe out and crush their civilization."