The madness must end

I first heard of the ‘Mad man’ Gaddafi when I was in form 5.  Then a colonel (some says he was only a captain then), he and a group of young officers staged a coup detat, and grabbed power,  apparently with only 48 rounds of ammunition (according to Wikipidea), when the former King was away from the country.

Now that I am in my late fifties, this madman is still around.

He closed the AMerican and British bases, nationalised oil companies, and was one of the main movers of embargo of oil to the west, causing the oil price to escalate in 1973. He was also suspected to be behind certain terrorist groups.

He was called Mad man of Africa for a reason. In recent days, people of Libya has come out in full force to demonstrate and demand that he steps down , after ruling the country as his private fiefdom for 41 years. Instead of negotiating and bowing to such demands, he ordered air fighter planes , which are meant to protect the people of Libya from invasion, to bomb the demonstrators.  He also used mercenaries , as some of his own troops were reported to have resisted his order to open fire on their  own countrymen, to kill demonstrators.

Fighter pilots and navy vessles have gone to Malta to resist his orders. Many diplomats all around the world too have resigned and spoken out against the massacre. It is clear that this is just the beginning of killings, as the mad man has vowed to fight to his last bullets .

The civilised world must do something to stop this madness and massacre of the innocent. Although it is the practice for countries not to interfere in the problems of other countries, in this case, it has already gone beyond ‘internal affairs’ and has become a case of intentional genocides against ordinary people.

By using fighter planes to bomb demonstrators, it has gone beyond normal limits and practice of trying to maintain order. It is massacre and intentional killings, like what the Nazis did to the Jews, only this time, it is one Arab doing it to other Arabs, who have supported him for more than 4 decades.

A ruler has certain obligation to his people, not the least the protection of their lives and properties. The country belongs to the people, not to any single person. It is the people that make up a country. It is the citizens that are the ultimate bosses of the country.

Mao once famously said that power comes from the barrels of the guns, but what gives the legitimacy to that power is the people’s support. When that support is no longer there, insisting on using gun barrels will just buy  time, at the expense of killings tens of thousands of innocent. Ultimately such dictatorship will not be sustainable, as people around him will start to abandon ship.

It is really sad to see innocent people being killed just because they want better lives and more freedom. For the sake of Libyan people, perhaps the army must do to him what he did to the  former King in 1969, for that is the only way to save more people from being killed.

 

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23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CYC
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 12:46:40

    Yes, agreed that this mad man should be contained. But the biggest culprit that played a bigger part in the current Arab and Africa turmoil is USA. This big apple had a hand in every dictator regime and only care to look after her own interest in the pretense of democracy and human rights. What have they done in last 30years of Hosni Mubarak’s rule?

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  2. CYC
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 13:12:45

    Jasmine revolution will reach our shore if the so called ETP failed to transform our economy. A hungry man is an angry man. What more when you so many similar events leading to Jasmine revolution unveiled in front of your naked eyes. most expensive MRT, Mega Skyscraper, corrupt judiciary. …….etc. Take care folks.

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  3. Dr Hsu
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 15:55:24

    Gaddafi’s behaviour sets a dangerous precedent for other die-had dictators. He has in fact declared war on his own people, by vowing to kill until the last bullets , and this will embolden rogue regimes all over the world not to cave-in to popular demand to step down..

    While demonstration should not be used to topple a elected government, it is the only way to topple a dictatorial regime..

    What is to stop some dictator clinging to power from using nuclear bomb on his own people if he has one at his disposal?

    Airplanes are used this time, something really unheard of.

    UN must do something.

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  4. Nick
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 17:02:26

    Dr. Hsu, I do agree with your call for outside assistance but who would dare to intervene? Today’s world meant you need to pass a unanimous vote in the UN. Anyway, my take is, from reading and watching the news, he will be gone by the week. I guess the key to his survival is the army. If they start to down tools, that is the end of his regime, never mind his bravado. Their ambassadors are resigning en masse…. so exciting to see this new development.

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  5. CYC
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 17:18:44

    Its just a sign of the final struggle of a man who will lose power soon.

    The Arab world’s revolution is so volatile that we don’t really know will it leads to a more open society or the reverse where religious fanatic calling the shot? What is the mind of US administration? Are they have a hand on this sudden uprising of the youth? Or clash of civilization is shaping up? Just too many questions to be answered.

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  6. petestop
    Feb 23, 2011 @ 18:00:28

    This madness must end too, Penang contributes RM25.7bil from 2001 to 2008 in income taxes, but only get 3% or RM794mil back.

    Still wonder why we kick out Gerakan from Penang

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  7. klm
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 09:31:11

    The Gaddafi madness will not end peacefully. In the end it is he is a Libyan problem that only the Libyan people can solve. The sad part is that more blood will have to shed before it can be solved.

    Gaddafi had kept the Libyan society segmented into tribal interests and used a combination of division of the society, force and brutality to stay in power. I see these same combination in all authoritarian regimes.

    The moral of the story is that for change to take place, there had to be a popular uprising and people must be willing to die. There must be an environment of desperation.

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  8. A true Malaysian
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 09:52:16

    Coincidentally, this kind of thing always happen in Islamic countries or Muslims are the majority population.

    Can anyone tell me why this ‘coincidence’?

    (Editor,
    Sorry i have to withhold part of the comment as i feel it may not be right to attribute all this upheaval to religions or their followers. All religions teach good things. It is the interpretations that may mislead people. even so, we cannot equate all those followers wrong as this is something they do with their own god.

    I see this more of the repression happening in Arab nations.. These are all Arab people. There are sizeable Christians in Egypt, since not Arabs are Muslims. The lack of freedom, despite relative wealth ( Bahrain is a rich country , with percapita income much higher than us, and LIbya is the country iwth the highest Human Development index in Africa). This is mainly due to people feeling that the regime is so corrupt, so repressive that have caused the uprising.

    in fact, i should think that Arabs are one of the most intelligent people in the world,(correct me if i am wrong, they are of the same origin as the Jews ), and all these uprising are indicative of their adventurous and pioneering spirits. It is this pioneering and adventurous nature that has helped propagated their religions all over the world.

    I think the yearning for more freedom by a repressive people , the advent of the internet and the influence of peers’ successful uprising in Tunisia all contributed to these in the Arab countries. )

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  9. Dr Hsu
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 10:23:33

    petestop
    I have been calling for the same treatment and allocations be given to all constituencies, irrespective of whether they are held by BN or opposition. In my earlier writings after 308, i have asked that Penang should not be penalised for voting in the opposition but be given the same treatment.

    the reason is simple. Whether a Kawasan is held by BN or opposition, it is still part of the country, and the people part of the citizenry. No discrimination must be there. Afterall, the party’s ideology is to fight for a fair and equitable society. You cannot have fairness to you alone and the same fairness not applied to others.. That is not fairness, that is favouritism.

    For that, some called me naive, since to them, winning is everything, and they think that by penalising and withholding the development funds, people will change their voting pattern next time. It is archaic thinking, and they are the naive ones. In Penang, I am sure the more development funds are withheld, the more resentful the people are, and the more people will vote for DAP . The logic is simple.

    Attacking right policies for the sake of attacking is pitiful and naive.

    anyway, my days are numbered, as the GE draws near, they would not want to hear all thebad things i try to feedback from the ground. They only want spin stories to tell people how good BN is. Even Dr K is now trying to sell that TBH killed himself after a quarrel in
    the toilet with another DAP member held for questioning. I told him i am not convinced since there is just not enough motive to commit suicide, and that the pre-death injuries on the neck clearly indicates some form of torture during questioning.

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  10. petestop
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 10:34:23

    Doc,

    Indeed, this continued bullying is at the expense of the voters.

    Note that 2001 to 2008 Penang is still governed by Gerakan.

    Just imagine if Penang where to get their rightful share, how far would Penang have soared. Probably equivalent to Singapore by now.

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  11. A true Malaysian
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 11:41:22

    I have no intention to annoy anyone by commenting on the ‘coincidences’ as I do believe in openness and frank discussion especially on the subject of religions. If by virtue of comments can get one angry or chaotic, such reactions reflect that person doesn’t has enough knowledge of his religion teachings or he or she has been taught the wrong way.

    Yes, you are right to say all religions teach good things. In fact, we keep saying this and believe this is so, but this kind of crazy things still happen and getting more serious from day to day. Why? This is what I wish my comments can open up their minds, to be critical of what actually caused these inhuman incidences to happen.

    Anyway, I can understand your position, Dr. Hsu. But, in the long run, if we people of all faiths and colours having the taboo in discussing religions in the open out of fear of causing people angry, disillusion and whatnot, then religions defeat their purpose of existence.

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  12. Zaimi Aziz
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 11:41:52

    All muslims in the arab world are grilled and taught as potential terrorist.
    Gaddafi will not last long as all have same common thought. To prevent
    more death the other ARAB countries must step in, but will they? For all are in the same criteria. Thy Will be Done.

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  13. Zaimi Aziz
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 11:47:43

    DR HHU, I DON’T AGREE WHEN PEOPLE SAID THAT ALL RELIGIONS
    TEACH PEOPLE GOOD. WHY FOLLOW THE MAJORITY?
    THERE IS A RELIGION WHICH TEACH “BAD” IN BLACK AND WHITE.
    A CLEAR CUT CASE OF SOLID PROOF AND NOTHING TO DO WITH MATTER OF INTERPRETATION. SORRY!

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  14. A true Malaysian
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 16:53:17

    Zaimi Aziz, interesting comments. That shows my observations so far are right. Not all people can just accept whatever being fed into them.

    Whatever we deem ourselves as Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu,….Malay, Chinese, Indian, Kadazan, Iban,…..or whoever, a bad man is a bad man however religious he maybe. But ugly coincidences that happen regularly make people see in bad light the religion he carries. Too bad, I cannot too obvious here, but many know what I am talking about. That’s good enough.

    Vote wisely is what matter now.

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  15. klm
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 10:17:02

    The brave Libyan people are fighting for the same things as we are :

    1. No autocracy
    2. No corruption
    3. No cronies
    4. No nepotism

    Libyans have gone beyond their fears. Many Malaysians are still frozen by the fear of the unknown. Malaysians must go beyond their fears and vote against BN. Otherwise, we will linger on without dignity.

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  16. CYC
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 17:06:09

    Once a nation overcome the barrier of fear, it signals the end of a corrupt regime. You need many hungry stomachs to ignite the fire of fearlessness. Ideology is rubbish compare to something to fill up the stomach.

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  17. oncheng
    Feb 28, 2011 @ 16:22:08

    As far as I know, in general, Arab leaders (the rich, those w high social status) are still very, very feudal in their thinking, they do not regard fellow Arab (those who are poorer, of lower social status) as human being, they treat them as slave! look at the rich Arab who visit Malaysia, most are very very proud!
    Hence, it is not surprising at all; these protests occur!

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  18. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 16:50:52

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-12605179

    Just like Hitler and his Gotterdammerung – if I am defeated and have to die, the “Thousand Year” Third Reich will also go down in flames with me.

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  19. klm
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 19:33:52

    Gaffadi can be a Middle East rock star if he puts his mind to it. See this video.
    This has gone viral in the Arab world.

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  20. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 08:10:02

    Hi klm

    Pity there are no English subtitles to accompany the
    rantings of the man.

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  21. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 08:13:32

  22. klm
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 11:40:41

    What was amazing about this clip was that it was done by an Israeli. It had seen been picked up by the Arab world. There is also a correct Islamic version (without the girls) – to show to parents.

    It goes to show, the hate for Gaddafi surpasses the hate for the Israelis. A good sign.

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  23. Phua Kai Lit
    Mar 02, 2011 @ 15:05:01

    http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/03/01-2

    Libyan army personnel who refused to shoot at unarmed
    civilians.

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