Libya's Nonsense Fools West|
By: Dr. Mansour O. El-Kikhia
Libya's nonsense fools West
San Antonio Express-News
Web Posted: 08/16/2007 07:12 PM CDT
In a recent interview with the Al-Jazeera network, Col. Moammar Gadhafi's son Seif al-Islam Gadhafi admitted that Libya engaged in the physical torture of five Bulgarian female nurses and one Palestinian doctor.
They were accused of intentionally infecting 400 Libyan children in the city of Benghazi with HIV. It now appears that their interrogators threatened to kill them, raped the nurses and subjected the doctor to electric shock.
The resulting coerced confession was used by Gadhafi's kangaroo court to sentence them to death. And were it not for the outrage displayed by two European countries and others in the world, six innocent people would have been murdered.
I don't think any sane person can believe the nonsense spewed by Gadhafi's regime. The problem is rat-infested hospitals, lack of decent medical care and a huge army of unqualified personnel.
To rid himself of a mushrooming problem, Gadhafi agreed to hand the accused to Bulgaria, where Libya claimed they would serve the sentences imposed on them by his court. Also as a condition for their release, the nurses and doctor gave up any rights to sue the Libyan government or demand any form of compensation for their treatment.
In return, the Gaddafi Foundation was supposed to monetarily compensate the families of the infected children.
Lost in all this is what exactly happened to the poor children and how they got infected with that awful disease. Naturally, the regime of the Libyan dictator cannot be blamed because it is immune from doing wrong. And if the nurses didn't do it, then who did? The Libyan dictatorship resents this kind of serious probing into its wrongdoings, and most probably we will never know what went on.
I blame the leaders of the so-called civilized world. This is what bothers me most about them. How can they praise such a foul regime? And how can they turn a blind eye to the atrocities and uncivilized behavior this monstrosity continues to perpetrate? This is a nasty, selfish and ignorant dictatorship that has brought misery to the lives of millions in Libya, the Middle East and the world. And for them to throw him a lifeline so he can continue his abuse of everything decent is an indication of the bankruptcy of their civilization.
The new French president wants to sell him nuclear reactors, and President Bush is re-establishing relations with Libya. The British are desperately trying to entice him to buy their missiles. Is the house of cards collapsing, and is Western society showing its true colors?
Dictatorship and mismanagement are eating away at the heart of the Middle East. People are angry at their regimes and are beginning to associate them with their Western benefactors.
It now seems that Bush's plan of bringing democracy to the Middle East has gone the way of the dodo. Replacing it is "the devil that we know is better than one we get to know."
But few realize that this posture is increasing the hold of dictatorships on the region, which in turn is giving rise to radicalism. More important, these dictators don't give two hoots about America or Western society. Their sole interest is keeping their absolute power. And if push comes to shove, they will covertly promote terrorism to ensure the West continues to back their objectives.
The shame in all this is the fact that the West has failed in its quest to free the Arabs of dictators, and now the Arab dictators have succeeded in imposing their dictatorship on the West.