Life under Gaddafi's rule

I am not sure how many of the statements below are true. This article has been circulating in the internet for a long time. If they are true, are the Libyans better off now? Also, are the Iraqis better off now?

Here are the claims of life under Gaddafi's rule.
1. There is no electricity bill in Libya; electricity is free for all its citizens.
2. There is no interest on loans, banks in Libya are state-owned and loans given to all its citizens at 0% interest by law.
3. Home considered a human right in Libya – Gaddafi vowed that his parents would not get a house until everyone in Libya had a home. Gaddafi’s father has died while him, his wife and his mother are still living in a tent.
4. All newlyweds in Libya receive $60,000 Dinar (US$50,000) by the government to buy their first apartment so to help start up the family.
5. Education and medical treatments are free in Libya. Before Gaddafi only 25% of Libyans are literate. Today the figure is 83%.
6. Should Libyans want to take up farming career, they would receive farming land, a farming house, equipments, seeds and livestock to kick-start their farms – all for free.
7. If Libyans cannot find the education or medical facilities they need in Libya, the government funds them to go abroad for it – not only free but they get US$2,300/mth accommodation and car allowance.
8. In Libyan, if a Libyan buys a car, the government subsidized 50% of the price.
9. The price of petrol in Libya is $0.14 per liter.
10. Libya has no external debt and its reserves amount to $150 billion – now frozen globally.
11. If a Libyan is unable to get employment after graduation the state would pay the average salary of the profession as if he or she is employed until employment is found.
12. A portion of Libyan oil sale is, credited directly to the bank accounts of all Libyan citizens.
13. A mother who gave birth to a child receive US$5,000
14. 40 loaves of bread in Libya costs $ 0.15
15. 25% of Libyans have a university degree
16. Gaddafi carried out the world’s largest irrigation project, known as the Great Man-Made River project, to make water readily available throughout the desert country.


Anonymous said...

That why the country fall...

Anonymous said...

The civil war in Libya must be instigated by envious foreigners.

Anonymous said...

Anti Foreigner? We are all foreigner 60yrs ago

Anonymous said...

In this internet age, how come we cannot tell (or cannot find a reliable source to tell) whether the statements are true or false?

Jonathan said...

So what if they are true or false? If they are true, then it only shows that those material standard of living are not as important as what Libyans (and NATO powers) want. If they are false, then there is no point discussing at all.

Anyway, look forward. Nostalgia can't bring back the dead and the sacrificed. Just hope that Libya can follow Tunisia's track for the time being.

Chua Chin Leng aka redbean said...

For those who are interested can definitely dig out the facts. Any Libyans here to clarify: )

If they are false, Gaddafi deserved to be overthrown for robbing his country's wealth. If they are true, then the Libyans should be financially well taken care of. The viciousness of the dictator is still an issue.

Those who suffered under Gaddafi should be a minority if he has provided so well for his people. How did the minority got so unhappy and overthrown him?

My view is that any Arab leader is a bad leader and will be overthrown if he did not tow the line and be nice to the Empire. Iraq is still burning, Afghanistan is burning, Libya? Good for the Empire as long as everyone else is burning.

See how angry the Empire is with China when China is not burning?

Anonymous said...

In this internet age, how come we cannot tell (or cannot find a reliable source to tell) whether the statements are true or false?

There is. The Wikileak. Because it tells the truth so those liars will try to stop it by all means.

Anonymous said...

Any government cannot satisfy everyone in its country. It is OK if there is choice for the people if they want to change the government. This is democracy. Otherwise, the country is not a democracy.

Anonymous said...

The truth why Saddam Hussein of Iraq, Gaddafi of Libya and possibly now President Assad of Syria are taargets of the Evil Empire US and its gangsters the Europeans for regime change not because they are dictators or cruel to their people but because they are wealthy oil producing states and they do not toe the thugs line. The Evil Empire US and its gang members the Europeans are international thugs and hooligans who will not hesitate to rob and kill and execute regime change under all kinds of sham excuses.Iraq and Libya would not have been attacked if they have the nuclear bombs.

There are some reasons why Iraq and Libya are attacked.

Saddam Hussein refused to accept payments for Iraq oil in US dollars. US have for the last hundred years been paying cheap money for Arab oil. For many decades until the 1980s US and the West had been paying only $5 for each barrel of oil ( one barrel is 44 gallons ). Saddam Hussein refused to accept all payments in US dollars and increased the price of oil tremendously. US and the Europeans have never forgiven Saddam Hussein.

Libya too has ricvh reserves of oil underground. Gaddafi too refused to toe the line of the thugs esprecially the Evil Empire US. So he too had to be brought down.

Ironically Saddam and Gaddafi parked thousands of billions of dollars of oil money in the banks in US and Europe which are largely controlled by the Jews. For many years US and the European countries have been bankrupt. What better opportunity is there than toppling the dictators for regime change so as to abscond with the Arab's money.

Another reason for US and Europe to control Middle East is to deprive China of the source of oil. Once US has full control of the Middle East it will move its military to stir up trouble in the far east. In other words the Evil Empire will try to contain China . US thinks it too can abscond with the trillions of dollars of Chinese loan by playing with fire to destabilise and destroy China. But in China the Evil Empire will meet its nemeses for sure.


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