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  •  It was paradise before, right? Yea with raw (1+ / 0-)
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    sewage and Qaddafi death squads running in the streets.

    Remember history, Clay Claiborne, Director Vietnam: American Holocaust - narrated by Martin Sheen

    by Clay Claiborne on Sun Jul 08, 2012 at 08:41:46 AM PDT

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    •  No "death squads running in the streets" (0+ / 0-)

      Conditions in Libya were better than most African countries. Libya had been under crippling sanctions by the US but things were rapidly improving once the oil money started flowing.

      You need to stop "demonizing the enemy" and start searching for truth instead of war mongering.

      Do you really think that Obama  and Clinton would have shaken Qaddafi's hand if all the crap you allege was actually going on at that time?

      The US has killed 100,00's of innocent people and displaced millions from their homes in the last decade alone. It has a far, far worse reputation than Libya.

      It's time America and people like you rethink your solutions to world crises. You are no better than John McCain.

      http://www2.ohchr.org/...

      Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review*
      Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

      53. On the initiative to distribute wealth to low-income families, those programmes were related to distributing money through investments for every needy family. Over the past four years, 229,595 families had benefited from the programme.

      54. Regarding services for persons with special needs, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya indicated that such persons received monthly allowances and were exempt from all fees and taxes, including for electricity, water and transportation. They also had residences and housing units, medical supplies, vehicles especially designed for them, and paid domestic help and home services.

      55. The delegation reaffirmed that the judiciary system in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya was independent.

      56. Concerning human rights training for personnel and law enforcement officials, a formal programme had been organized by the State. Personnel were trained through official curricula in all law schools, colleges and universities, including the armed forces college. In addition, all associations and human rights organizations conducted workshops and training courses and disseminated information and raised awareness regarding human rights issues. Workshops and technical capacity had been provided to two courts, which were being modernized.

      57. Regarding discrimination against women, the policy of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya was based on equality and non-discrimination.

      Here's what Libya is like today. There is no rule of law and thousands are illegally held in prisons. Torture is rampant.
      Libya: Militia stranglehold corrosive for rule of law

      In Libya: rule of law or rule of militias? the organization says that nearly a year after Tripoli fell to the revolutionary fighters ( thuwwar ), ongoing violations – including arbitrary arrests and detention, torture including to death, impunity for unlawful killings and forcible displacement – are casting a shadow over the country’s first national elections since the fall of al-Gaddafi’s regime.

      During a visit to Libya in May and June, Amnesty International found that hundreds of armed militias continue to act above the law, many refusing to disarm or join the national army or police force. The Ministry of Interior told the organization that it has been able to dismantle four militias in Tripoli, a tiny proportion of the total number.

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