Minister Louis Farrakhan warns President Barack Obama, about Libya and the current military operation called ‘Odyssey Dawn’. In a video blog, Farrakhan scolds Obama, his former neighbor in Chicago, that the President′s decision to attack Muammar al Gaddafi. The operation began Saturday to establish a No-fly zone and stop pro-Qaddafi forces from entering the rebel stronghold in Benghazi. Farrakhan tells Obama to end the war, which is sanctioned by the United Nations Security Council.
During his speech, Farrakhan tells Obama “Who the hell do you think you are?” He goes on during his speech, “Our dear brother [Obama] has to be very careful in his decision…whenever government want you to think and act in a certain way that would bring justification to an action that they are already planning to make, they must make the person that the hate the boogey man.”
Farrakhan, who has visited Qaddafi before, once traveling to Libya with the Reverend Jeremiah Wright, is a supporter of the Libyan dictator. “What is their dissatisfaction about? Do they have jobs? Yes. Do they have food? Yes. Has Gaddafi used the oil money to build Libya? Yes. Did he impose farming in the desert so that they could feed their own people? Yes.”
Affectionately known is some circles as ‘Calypso Louie’, Farrakhan warns Obama that this action against Libya may start trouble here in the U.S.. Farrakhan says “Don’t tell me and wise Black people or White people that you′re interested in Black suffering. Where were you in Rwanda? Where are you in the Congo? Why did you go to Darfur? Because oil is there! No, you don′t want to save the Libyan people, that′s your noble motive to hide your wicked agenda.”
Is Minister Louis Farrakhan on to something or just ‘on something’ here? Well, consider this, the main allies in Operation Odyssey Dawn, Italy, France and Britain, all do have a stake in Libyan oil. The major players are the oil companies ENI for Italy, Total for France and BP for Britain. Add to this these ‘reports’ of “heavy fighting” in Libya.
For example, today the international press is told about “heavy fighting” in Libya′s third largest city, Misurata, resulting in 7 to 8 deaths. This past weekend, “heavy fighting” in Benghazi resulted in 94 deaths after 2 days of so-called combat. Now, while the death of one is a tragedy, I would not characterize this as “heavy fighting”. If you do, then that means there was also “heavy fighting” in Yemen, where 47 people were killed on one day by government snipers. I guess as an amateur historian, amateur being “for the love of it”, I have to disagree with the necessity of our involvement in Libya.
If you want to talk about “heavy fighting”, let us talk about Stalingrad, Omaha Beach, Verdun, or the Somme. Thousands died in single days. Even the Battle of Agincourt had “heavy fighting” as thousands of French knights were slaughtered by English longbow men in one day. Farrakhan makes a good point about the hypocrisy of the “humanitarian” mission in Libya. Why was no such mission taken in the Sudan or Rwanda where thousands were killed in single days. Whole towns and villages wiped out by machete and AK-47s.
Whatever you think of Minister Louis Farrakhan, his warning to Barack Obama about Libya is newsworthy. Farrakhan is critical of Obama′s role in the No-fly zone operation against Muammar al-Gaddafi. French air strikes may have stopped pro-Qaddafi forces from establishing order in Benghazi this weekend, but why? Is the ‘humanitarian’ mission the real purpose, or is it to protect French, Italian and British oil interests? This this action is needed in Libya to stop Gaddafi from killing his own people, then what about Yemen, where tanks rolled against protesters today?