Gaddafi Groupie

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


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Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi paid the ultimate price for speaking “truth to power,” writes Fawzia Afzal-Khan, a professor and university distinguished scholar in the Department of English and director of women and gender studies at New Jersey’s Montclair State University. Her article, published by CounterPunch on October 24th, is entitled “Muammar Gaddafi: In Memoriam.”

Khan admits to her unrequited crush on Qaddafi, whom she saw as a teenager living in Pakistan during his visit in 1974 to that country. She swooned at the sight of this “dashing” young man, “tall and handsome in his military uniform,” who “represented hope for the third world against the imperial West –and what a package that hope came in!” She reveled in his “potent mix of revolutionary zeal combining the best of Islamic ideals of economic and social justice with the even headier language and concepts of western socialism.”

Thirty-seven years later, Khan – now responsible for teaching our nation’s college-age students at a taxpayer-supported state university – is still under Qaddafi’s spell. Sure he may have had his bad points, Khan admits, but nobody is perfect. And she is not convinced that all those nasty things being said about Qaddafi are true. There is a great deal of “murkiness surrounding his character and contributions to Libya or lack thereof,” writes this “distinguished scholar.”

In a display of her sharp critical thinking and analytical skills, Khan is skeptical about those pesky claims that Qaddafi was “a tyrant, who lived a life of immense luxury while his citizens suffered from economic deprivation and political repression, and that Libyans are now ‘free’ and rejoicing after his ignominious end.”

What is the basis for Khan’s skepticism? It seems that one of Qaddafi’s Ukrainian nurses praised Qaddafi as “a good boss who paid them well.” The nurse’s life in Qaddafi’s Libya was “much better than anything she could look forward to in her native Ukraine,” wrote Khan. With such kindness shown by Qaddafi to his female nurses and bodyguards, how can anyone believe the International Criminal Court’s prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, who obtained warrants for Qaddafi’s arrest, along with one of his sons and his chief of intelligence. The prosecutor said that Qaddafi bore responsibility for “widespread and systematic attacks” on civilians. But at least he paid his nurses well. And what “good boss” could possibly have ruled a regime that was responsible for the 1996 massacre of more than 1,200 prisoners, as revealed recently with the unearthing of a mass grave believed to hold the remains of the victims?

Also, Khan warns her readers not to necessarily believe all that nasty stuff being alleged about Qaddafi’s responsibility for the Lockerbie bombing, since “it has still not been proved that Libya under orders from Gaddafi had anything to do with it, nor why if so.” Never mind the fact that Libya agreed to a final compensation agreement over Lockerbie and other bombings, which would not have been possible without Qaddafi’s go-ahead.

Even if some of the allegations about Qaddafi’s misdeeds are true, Khan believes they should be put into perspective. Employing a variation of the “Mussolini made the trains run on time” defense, Khan argues that Qaddafi did many great things for his citizens:

Citizens had access to free health care and education and indeed, from having only one-fifth of its citizens able to read and write before he took power in 1969, at the time of his death, Gaddafi’s policies could boast an 83% literacy rate.

One has to wonder, however, whether the dissidents wounded by Qaddafi’s security forces had access to the same level of free health care as, say, Qaddafi’s loyalists did, including his bodyguards and nurses. As to the high literacy rate under Qaddafi, it only did the people good if they confined themselves to government-approved publications.  In 2010, Libya’s press was rated as 160th out of 178 nations in the Press Freedom Index by Reporters Without Borders.

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  • kafir4life

    I'd have to assume that this "professor" is most likely a moon god worshipper, much like her mentor and hero, momar thedaffy. She's probably read and believes the terror guide, the koran, and considers the pedophile mohamat as a prophet. If those assumptions are true, then the article is redundent. They're all that way. It's the one, the proud, the ummah. If she's a US citizen (and possibly if she snot) she probably voted for that kenyan muslim in 2008.

  • theleastthreat

    Jane Fonda and Che, Fawzia Khan and Qaddafi, King Kong and Fay Ray, Angela Davis and George Jackson, Angela Davis and Communist Cuba, The American Left and the Soviet Union. Ah, the bitter fruit of unrequited love that leads one to muse "If only…."

  • arild

    You forgot to mention two of Adolf's most endearing characteristics:
    He was courteous to his female secretaries, and kind to dogs.

    Could such an epigon of virtue TRULY be evil?
    I'm sure Ms. khan will object to that..

  • StephenD

    I wonder if she got "a tingle up her leg" when she heard him speak. LOL
    I also wonder why we can find these freaks so prevalent among academia.

    • alexander

      LOL….leftists get that ""a tingle up her/his leg"…..and are Distinguished Imbeciles who love dollars, but will not move to Libya or Cuba…double faced poobags on 2 legs….

  • Marty

    This "professor" is clearly delusional. I teach at a public university. Please don't believe that all college faculty are similar to this fool. Most of us don't inflict our students with praise for sociopaths, know that the pedophile mohamad was a monster, and understand that communism and fascism, like islam, are evil and dangerous.

    • aspacia

      I was only an adjunct at the CC level teaching University transfer courses, but most, if not all the English Department are ultra liberal and Muslim appeasers. Most openly claimed that they could not say much about the problems with Islam because the school would be bombed and they would be attacked.

      Regardless, I sure did, and one idiotic Muslim student presented on Freedom in Jordan. LOL, she turned red when I mentioned the capital crime laws for selling to Jews, the illegality of criticizing the King, and a few other tidbits. She did not do her research and rightfully deserved her D-.

  • StephenD

    Marty, you are like Daniel in the lions den! Stay safe my friend!

  • Questions

    Professor Khan, remember, is a woman. And when women are overcome with sexual feelings for a powerful man…well, reason goes out the door. Having a Ph.D., sad to say, does not immunize the female from having an old-fashioned crush.

    • alan g

      If she was a guy, we’d be telling her “keep it in your pants”.

    • aspacia

      Questions??? You are stereotyping. What about male lust and the stats of male crimes of passion.

      Oh, you are a sexist.

      • Questions

        Oh, I am crushed. Women, like men, are sexual. I am objectifying her.

        • aspacia

          You are just !d0tic

  • xlent

    There is one out there, thank you "Marty" for letting us know…I hope it is ok with you if I ask God to bless protect and strengthen you.

  • Marty

    StephenD and xlent: Thank you both.

  • LindaRivera

    US/NATO waged relentless war for months for rebel monsters. The predator rebels are now the good guys? After NATO enabled the capture of Qaddafi, after Qaddafi was dragged out of his hiding place Qaddafi was painfully sexually assaulted (this information is all on the internet), physically assaulted and murdered. Qaddafi's captured son was shown sitting up, healthy and very much alive.

    As the assaults on Qaddafi were publicly recorded, what violent, perverted acts would the Muslim rebels have done in secret to Qaddafi's son before they murdered him?

  • LindaRivera

    "the brigade for purging slaves, black skin"
    - slogan seen painted in rebel country.

    There is mostly silence about the horrors taking place against Libya's blacks.
    STOP the GENOCIDE of Blacks by the U.S. backed cruel Libya rebels!

    The Obama-supported rebels left in charge are now conducting a “large scale cleaning in the areas under their control with the extermination of all blacks in the capital”, according to The Independent.

    Barbaric atrocities, kidnappings and ruthless genocide of blacks in Libya by US/France/NATO backed Al-Qaeda/Hezbollah rebels has been going on for months.

    US/NATO who have waged war for months for Hezbollah and Al-Qaeda
    who MURDER our troops in Iraq-are RESPONSIBLE for stopping the genocide.

    US/NATO are also responsible for rescuing the many terrified blacks kidnapped by the rebels, including the kidnapped black children who have been horrifically abused by the black-hater Muslim rebels.

    Blacks must have human rights!

    STOP THE GENOCIDE!

  • LindaRivera

    United together in JIHAD, US/NATO, Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah triumph over Libya.

    Admiral James Stavridis, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander, Europe, and the commander of the U.S. European Command told the U.S. Senate that Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah fighters are among the Libyan rebels currently receiving support from the US and its NATO allies. This was confirmed by one of the Libyan rebel officers, Abdel-Hakim al-Hasidi, who leads one of the Al-Qaeda units.

    U.S/NATO joined with Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah terrorists to wage relentless war.
    Gadaffi did some bad things in the past but he had reformed and was cooperating with America. US/NATO consider barbaric Al Qaeda and barbaric Hezbollah to be good guys and desirable to be placed in power in Libya? US/NATO have great guilt in making the world a far more dangerous place.

    Swimming in oil wealth Libya, has been handed over by US/NATO to hard core Muslims and terrorists. The enormous amount of oil money and the huge amount of weapons in Libya will now be used to wage global jihad against the hated infidel.

  • Ghostwriter

    Why is this woman fawning over Qadaffi?! The man murdered Americans,especially on Pan Am Flight 103 and this idiot drools over him like he's Justin Bieber. I know one thing. At least Justin Bieber can sing. The only thing Qadaffi should be remembered for is his killing of innocent people,including Americans.

    • aspacia

      She is Muslim, and many believe it is GOOD to MURDER INFIDELS!

  • Dispozadaburka

    Qadaffi Duck will always be remembered.

    In cartoons.

  • Geneww

    Part 1 Bash him … he is dead… However, a little research shows Libya had a Positive trade balance [primarily from oil] with nearly no debt and they refused investments (loans) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and One World Bank (OWB). They nearly completed a 30 year, self funded $25 Billion “Great Man Made River” project. This 2000 mile, 12 meter diameter aquifer pipeline project was to provide pure water to towns and irrigate the 'fertile crescent' by 2014 to be the new bread basket supply to Africa and Europe. They were independent from and had disdain for the one world governors! Research the Bilderberg, Council of Foreign Relations, and Trilateral Commission that built and runs the UN and its IMF and World Bank

  • Geneww

    Part 2
    Can you imagine how the One Word Government would fair with a rebel nation supplying oil and food to the nations they are trying to destroy and control? Humanitarian cause? What is happening to the hundreds of Christians being slaughtered with no new coverage?

    Yes, Lockerbie Bomber and the Cole incident were based in Libya! However, it was our UN Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad who, in the 1980’s, developed and arranged ‘State Department’ funding to Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda Jihad training to oust Russian forces from the Pakistani pipe-lines (to protect the IMF investments). Both incidents were originated and developed by Al Qaeda. So now it was Gaddafi that instigated the US trained jihadist operations and 20 years later we retaliate? Do some research folks! Oh, did he have offensive armament or poise a threat to other nations?

  • Amused

    Klien , you're Harvard Educated ??? And you come up with such a sophomoric strawman, as the tripe you just put up here ?
    Because some Pakistani woman , who teaches WHAT ? was enamoured by Kaddafi , and in her delusion sings his praises ? Gives you cause to write such an article ? For what good reason .? And "counterbunch " ? A twisted left leaning blog , lol….just as this one is right leaning ….and twisted .

    Harvard eh ? Hmmmmm………..

    • aspacia

      Again, you are off your meds!

      You do not realize that this woman reaches many students and faculty members on a daily basis and fills them with her tripe.

      What is with you?

  • LindaRivera

    WorldNetDaily, AUGUST 06, 2011

    Two U.S. sources currently in Tripoli told G2Bulletin that Deputy Foreign Minister Khaled Kaim, who is part of the embattled Gadhafi regime, told them that the Warfalla tribe – one of the largest in Libya – is being joined by other tribes to fight the rebels because of what is described as indiscriminate killing of civilians by Western alliance-backed troops.

    The sources said that Qatari troops, tanks and helicopters "are openly killing these unarmed tribal members. They have their Qatari tanks in the streets of Benghazi. They are actively shooting on unarmed civilians."

    Repeated NATO bombings also have included hospitals, Ramadan food storage warehouses, the country's main water distribution infrastructure, private homes and "more than 1,600 other civilian sites." http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.printable&am

    • Amused

      hypocrite , whether the repoorts are true or not for Libya , what in the hell do you think is getting bombed in Iraq and Afghanistan .
      I guess "collateral damage " is acceptable depending on your political ideology huh ?
      You're a hypocrite Linda , you prove it every time you open your mouth .

      • LindaRivera

        I have never made a single comment supporting the war in Iraq and Afghanistan! I am very, very opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan! We should never have gone into those countries. You are apparently unaware that there is a huge number of people in America – and yes, people who are on the RIGHT – who are disgusted with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I, along with many other people don't believe in going in and occupying a country. And yes, many, many people on the right.

        What have these wars accomplished? Only bad things. After U.S. intervention, the violence and deaths in these countries increased enormously. Horrifying. This is no way for anyone to live. I want only for people to be safe and happy.

        We live in a rotten world.

        • Amused

          No you haven't but I've never heard you whining ,or wringing your hands about the collateral damage which has occurred there . The sad thing about you Linda , is that you are so transparent , and yet totally unbaware of it ….just like so many others on this blog .War is war , none are to be considered "better than others " .35,000 innocent French civilians died in the D-Day Invasion .Why ? Because it is part of war , so to hear you harping on what just happened in Libya , regardless of the fact that the claims haven't even been substantiated ,…..it's kinda obvious aint it Linda ? The hypocrisy of it that is . But we all know why that is right ?

  • LindaRivera

    Geneww,

    Thank you so much for your comments. I am deeply distressed that the Muslim rebels-Al-Qaeda, Hezbollah and other Muslim terrorists have been handed over Libya by US/NATO and the horrific atrocities and genocide of blacks which has been going on for months will surely continue. These monsters will never be prosecuted and brought to justice.

  • Amused

    Well Linda as you may well know ,some monsters are righties and some are those dirty lefties ,,,ya know the genocidal ones .In Libya's case . the cross-dressing buffoon maniac Gaddaffy has worn both hats .[as far as this country's foreign policy towards Libya goes]
    It is truly pathetic , that the people of this country are so divided , that they can't even figure out who the bad guys are . Hopefully this sick phenomena is limited to that Great Cesspool we call the internet . Proof is all around . And it goes both ways -the Idiot Demagogue of the Right an overfed bigot and racist [ Limbaugh], calls The Lords Resistance Army ….Christians ! The buffoons on the Left like the hatefull owner of Anti-War call the Israelis nazis .BOTH tell the Israelis what they should and shouldn't do . It's enough to turn your stomach .

  • Amused

    LOLOL….and now some TOOL , gives credence to the rantings of some lovesick arab /muslim woman who happened to land a job teaching a bullsheet subject , in some obscure "hall of higher learning " cough , cough .
    Obviously an attempt at connecting this female idiot to "the other side " , and thereby implying some sort of generalization to said "enemies "there .
    A juvenile strawman if there ever was one , but surprising coming from someone allegedly " Harvard trained " .
    Brother , are we in trouble …no wonder Congress is paralyzed into uselessness …and the people KNOW IT , they give the politicians [ ALL OF THEM ] an 11% approval rating [ more proof that atleast 11% of your fellow citizens are total imbeciles ] And who is foolish enough to think a 2012 victory for either side will change anything ?
    Thou fools , a house divided will not stand . Make no mistake the Centrists and [i] Independents will decide the 2012 election , it will be whoever is closest to Center ,and the rabble on the left and right will not be the deciding factor.