Muammar the Mutable:
Contradicting Views regarding the life of Muammar Gaddafi
The New Yorker at least intimated that Muammar Gaddafi was portrayed to the American public by the Western media with a one-sided, scare tactic approach.
“The Arab world, from the marbled palaces of its leaders to the street, has been unanimous in celebrating the downfall of Qaddafi, who was reviled across the region.” – The National
In 1987, the very short lived comedy show, “Second Chance” on the Fox Network, aired an episode involving a skit with St. Peter and Muammar Gaddafi. The saint who oversees Heavens’ Pearly Gates informs the North African leader he has arrived at the wrong place and needs to be re-directed due south. The skit opens with the fictitious date of Gaddafi’s death being July 29th, 2011.
Although not exact, it is borderline uncanny in an extremely creepy way that a comedy show would correctly predict the year Libya’s former leader would die 14 years prior to its occurrence.
As we shall see in Part III, the date of Muammar Gaddafi’s death has numerous astrological factors that foretold the writing was on the cosmic wall for the North African dictator to leave this plane of existence during the latter part of 2011.
It was on that day, October 20th, 2011, that I was made aware there existed a sentiment shared by many which was in diametric opposition to what I naively presumed the entire world felt upon hearing the Libyan leader’s life had ended.
Intriguingly, after writing Part I, I received feedback regarding the postings I saw listed on an African man’s Facebook wall. I was informed in no uncertain terms that the postings I witnessed could have only come from Islamic radicals that were absolute in their political mindset of being “pro-Gaddafi“.
I beg to differ.
The vast majority of the postings I observed the night Gaddafi died were from Africans, many of whom weren’t even Muslim. Their online entries praised the former head of the Libyan state for his many contributions which greatly aided the African continent as a whole. After looking further into these claims of praise I was quite surprised to find that none of them were ever mentioned by the American media.
I usually find that in most situations, the truth of a matter tends to be located quite snugly at the mid-point of perceived extremes. The life of Muammar Gaddafi is one of extremes, many of which are dualistic opposites unto themselves. Since his death, the man has been hailed as a saint and a hero on one end of the dualistic spectrum and a minion of the Devil as well as the Anti-Christ himself on the other.
There is much to ponder when reviewing the actions of the man who called himself the “Brotherly Leader” of Libya. How can one think highly of someone who gave exiled refuge to Idi Amin, the ruthless military dictator of Uganda, whose bloody rulership is attributed to the deaths of 500,000, or who financially assisted the Serbian autocrat, Slobodan Milošević, the man responsible for the ethnic cleansing of Albanians in Kosovo and Bosnia? Hitting closer to home, how can one not demonize or vilify the man accused of ordering the bombing of PanAm Flight 103 which in 1988 killed all 259 people on board, 189 of them being Americans, along with 11 people on the ground when the 747 jumbo jet crashed onto the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
Conversely, there must be some good in a leader who was the main staple of support behind the Anti-Apartheid Movement in South Africa, who also financially backed the election campaign of the first democratically elected President of South Africa, Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela, who in honor of Gaddafi named his grandson after him. Plus how can one deny the generous humanitarianism of the man who through a 10 million grant began “The Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights“, an award which bestows $250K to its yearly recipients.
Seeing all these dualistic extremes, it should be no surprise that the man known as Muammar Gaddafi was born under the sign which is most stimulated by and thrives on dualism itself, Gemini. Not only was Gaddafi born when the Sun was in the mutable sign of Gemini, on June 7th, 1942, the leader was born with a whopping grand total of 5 major planets in the sign of the Twins overall – Sun, Mercury, Uranus, Saturn, and a highly karmic 29 degree Jupiter.
When a person is born having a stellium of five planets in the sign of Gemini, Mutability is a way of life for them, with much of it altering back and forth between diametric extremes of opposition. Astoundingly, the force of Mutability which dominated the life of Muammar Gaddafi came to a full circle of dynamic completion, beginning with his humble birth in a Bedouin tent to an Arabic tribe of desert herdsmen in the coastal town of Sirte, leading next to his meteoric acquisition of power and extreme wealth, which according to Britain’s Daily Mail, the amount frozen by just the US authorities alone in March of 2012 was estimated at $30 billion, and ending full circle once again in the town of his birth, Sirte where Gaddafi was captured and brutally killed by rebel soldiers within the outskirts of his hometown on October 20th, 2011.
Keeping the dualistic, mutable nature of the sign of Gemini in mind, it is only now that I am realizing the images and information I had been given by the American news media over the last four decades about Muammar Gaddafi were almost completely one sided at the most extreme pole of negativity. Whenever the American media relayed any information about the Libyan leader, anything said about Gaddafi by this country’s news broadcasts was delivered with a sense of insidious foreboding, sprinkled with overtones of pure evil.
At the height of his most negative portrayal by the American press in the 1980’s during the Reagan Administration, Gaddafi was dubbed “the most dangerous man in the world” by Newsweek in July of 1981. Ronald Reagan himself bestowed Libya’s leader with a title of negative distinction that hinted of mental instability when the American President called the North African, “the mad dog of the Middle East“.
In describing this period of vilification against Gaddafi otherwise known as the 1980’s, I was pleased to find Wikipedia incorporating an adjective indicative of the planetary ruler of Gemini, the planet whose domain of influence includes the very concept of Mutability, itself, Mercury:
“Gaddafi began being frequently portrayed as erratic, conceited, and mercurial in nature.”
As far as my memory can recall, the American media reported Gaddafi from within the limited perspective of his international dealings only. Nowhere was it ever reported by the Western media the contributions Gaddafi did for his people or for his local area at large.
Speaking of “local areas”, the natural House assigned to Gemini is the 3rd, known as the House of One’s Neighborhood, or Local Area. Having 5 out of the 10 planets of the Solar System placed in the sign which naturally rules the House of One’s Local Area at his birth, most of Gaddafi’s energies were driven to assist, influence, change, and improve his local area, that being the country he governed over, Libya, as well as the continent which Libya is a component of, Africa.
Before supplying the many pieces of positive information about Gaddafi which never made it to America’s nightly news, a core foundation of Muammar the Mutable’s leadership must be defined and analyzed.
Behold! I give you Duality in its many permutations!
Muammar Gaddafi seized control of Libya in a militaristic bloodless coup in 1969. This does not mean he was the autocratic ruler of Libya during the 41 years which followed. This is a point of contention Libyans themselves have made adamantly clear, since they find comments along the lines of Gaddafi’s long reign which spanned over 4 decades to be most upsetting. When Libya’s reigning monarch, King Idris, was ousted on September 1st, 1969, the Sun was directly over Gaddafi’s North Node, or Karmic Destiny. Gaddafi then took full control of the country under the title of Chairman of the Revolutionary Command. Upon seizing power, Gaddafi did the very undemocratic deed of abolishing Libya’s Constitution of 1951 and replacing it with a new political ideaology and manifesto for the country – his own. This new political Bible according to Muammar was called The Green Book, and within it was a term which would mark the Libyan ruling state of governance until the end of Gaddafi’s life – “Jamahiriya” or “State Of the Masses“.
On paper and in theory, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriyan government was as close to a technically defined democracy as one would ever find within an actual governing body. When Gaddafi felt the Jamahiriyan State was ready to be self governing, he supposedly stepped down as Libya’s ruling autocrat, claiming from that point on to hold a largely symbolic role within the structure of the Libyan State. Fascinatingly, this supposed and symbolic “stepping down” occurred on March 2nd, 1977 when the Sun was exactly on Gaddafi’s South Node. (The Sun conjuncting The South Node will be defined a bit later and shall be referenced once again at another critically crucial point in Gaddafi’s life further along in the future.)
Despite most of the world assuming Libya was run by a totalitarian regime of dictatorship, the ruling body known as The Libyan Arab Jamahiriya officially declared itself to be a state of “direct democracy” where, according to Wikipedia, “the people ruled themselves through local popular councils and communes, named “Basic People’s Congresses”, where all adult Libyans were allowed to participate and vote on national decisions. These people’s congresses were, in principle, the country’s highest authority, with major decisions proposed by government officials or Gaddafi himself requiring the consent of the people’s congresses.”
This may all sound democratically divine but despite what was projected of their theoretical democracy, Libya’s Arab Jamahiriyan government was in many ways, the diametric opposite of a democratic state by virtue of every Libyan citizen forfeiting the specific freedoms which are evident within a free and democratic society. Under the influence of Muammar Gaddafi, the people of Libya could not readily exercise their Freedoms of speech, press, assembly, association, and religion, all of which were greatly restricted and tightly controlled by the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya government.
Negative inferences aside, the American public was never made aware of anything non-fear or terror based about Gaddafi and Libya’s ruling body of government during the course of his lifetime, nor did the media present anything remotely positive or constructive. Listed below are the sociological effects achieved under Muammar Gaddafi and Libya’s Arab Jamahiriyan State Government which were never reported or discussed by the American press:
– Libya’s literacy rate rose from 10% to 90%
– Life expectancy in Libya rose from 57 to 77 years
– During Gaddafi’s rule, infant mortality rates went from 125 per 1000 live births, about average for Africa at the time, to 15 per 1000, the best rate in the continent
– Equal rights were established for both women and black people in Libya
– Employment opportunities were established for migrant workers
– Welfare systems were introduced that allowed access to free education, free healthcare, and financial assistance for housing for every Libyan citizen. In addition, financial support was provided for university scholarships and employment programs for every student who had Libyan citizenship.
– Under Gaddafi’s direction and initiation, the world’s largest irrigation project, known as “The Great Man Made River” was created. Begun in 1984 and completed in 2 different phases, both of which occurred while The Sun was directly over Gaddafi’s North Node, or Karmic Destiny, on both August 28th, 1991 and September 1st, 1996, this massive feat of construction is comprised of a vast network of pipes underground, aqueducts above ground, and over 1300 wells which provide water located deep beneath The Sahara Desert, which covers over 90% of Libya’s surface area. Libya has areas of land which are the most arid in the world, with some locations seeing an entire decade pass without a single drop of rainfall. The Great Man Made River supplies 6,500,000 milliliters of fresh water daily to the cities of Tripoli, Benghazi, and Sirte, as well as to a goodly portion of the rest of Libya – all free of cost.
Along with Gaddafi’s demanding that Western oil companies share their revenues with the country whose natural resources were the cause of each foreign entity’s growing wealth, as well as broadcasting to the world that Libya was a self reliant sovereignty with the creation of The Great Man Made River, Libya’s GDP prospered under the Gaddafi years. In fact, the North African nation achieved a ranking of financial status which seems to grow ever more extinct these days. A status which may have posed more danger to the life of Libya’s “Brotherly Leader” than all of the dichotomous extremes of Muammar Gaddafi’s life combined.
..that of being a debt free nation.
In Part III, Brad will examine the fate filled factors regarding Gaddafi’s death as well as will reveal some financial factors to gravely consider surrounding the day Libya’s dualistically extreme former leader was captured and savagely killed. The final installment of this series will also touch upon what the future may hold for that ancient African land covered almost entirely by the sands of the Sahara, yet deeply rooted with two of the most valuable resources from which to rebuild with – water and oil.
Gaddafi and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela. Mandela was so appreciative for Gaddafi’s financial assistance and support during his campaign, he named his grandson after the Libyan leader. (toxinews.blogspot.com)
Muammar Gaddafi inspecting the troops of military dictator, Idi Amin (center), under whose rule some 500,000 died in Uganda. When Amin was ousted in 1979, he first fled and took refuge in Libya. (consciousbeingalliance.com)
The greatest achievement Gaddafi gave to his country was The Great Man Made River, the largest irrigation project in the world which delivers water from deep beneath The Sahara Desert to most of Libya. Here, one of the submerged valves is brought above ground to release discharge. (bovinguk.com)
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