On February 21, 2011, five days after the Arab Spring broke out in Libya,
Qaddafi launched a new program to privatize all Libyan oil to every citizen
of Libya, initially providing $21,000 to every Libyan from a total of
$32,000,000,000 in the Year 2011, so that the health, education, transport,
and some other ministries could be abolished and individual Libyans could
use the profits of their own investments, including from oil ownership, to
obtain the relevant services.
This, he said, is the best way to eliminate corruption, including the theft
of Libyan oil by foreign oil companies, and to decentralize governmental
This had been discussed before, but on February 21st, Qaddafi announced that
this new plan must be implemented immediately. The only question was how to
accomplish this with a minimum of disruption. On March 1st, the General
Public Congress voted to support the devolution of economic power in
principle but to delay implementation until preparatory measures could be
The question arises why the insurgent government in the former Ottoman and
Italian protectorate of Cyrenaica does not support the oil privatization
planned for both the eastern protectorate and the western protectorate of
Tripolitania, which together now make up the State of Libya.
In his message on February 21st, inaugurating the five-day annual round of
meetings by Libya's Basic Peoples Congresses and in celebration of the
Fortieth Year of the Libyan Revolution, Colonal Qaddafi explained, "This is
your historic opportunity to take your oil wealth, power, and full freedom".
This could provide a model for Iraq, Bahrain, and a number of other
countries with multiple identities, and even for alliances or confederations
such as in the former artificial State of the Sudan and in an Abrahamic
Federation of the Holy Land.
[ . . . the real purpose of the aggression against Libya was not
acknowledged, but it became clear that the war's purpose was to evict China
from its oil investments in eastern Libya. Unlike the previous Arab
protests, the Libyan rebellion was an armed uprising in which some saw the
CIA's hand.--Paul Craig Roberts, "More War! The
Road to Armageddon," counterpunch.org, August 1, 2011]
[French daily Liberation published on its website a letter written only
17 days after UN Resolution 1973. In the letter, the TNC ratifies an
agreement ceding no less than 35% of Libya's total crude oil production to
France in exchange of Sarko's "humanitarian" support.
The letter is addressed to the office of the emir of Qatar (the go-between
for the TNC and France from the beginning) - with a copy to then-Arab League
secretary general, Amr Moussa. The letterhead is supplied by the Popular
Front for the Liberation of Libya.--Pepe Escobar, "It's a
TOTAL war, monsieur," atimes.com, September 3, 2011]