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The Al Jumahiriyah al Arabiyah al Libiyah ash Shabiyah al Ishtirakiyah al Uzma also known as Libya is fucked thread

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12 hours ago, Panther said:

Does it actually have a capital these days?

Oh for the golden era of the Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya...

My view of Libya was  on a parallel with this guys view of Iran before he went ...i worked in Libya in the 90`s all be it for a short time i would say they seemed the most content people i have ever meet 


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I once shared a flat for a year with a Libyan guy who was on my course at uni in the early 90s. A really great bloke and we shared loads of comedy moments together. 

Late one night we were chatting and I asked him about his family and how they had ended up here in the UK. He told me how his father had been in the Libyan government and Gaddafi had offered him a very prominent position. His father asked if he would be able to instigate change and reform? Gaddafi replied he would do exactly as he was told, so he turned him down. I asked what happened next, my friend looked at me and said Gaddafi had him arrested and executed, I was shocked and horrified.

Not knowing what to say I blurted out, "...then you must of been gutted when he survived the US bombing?..." To my surprise he said, "...No [Mihnjeeta]..." and his next words have always stayed with me:

"...What you have to understand is that Gaddafi is one of, if not possibly the, richest man in the world now. He's been milking the country for decades. He's built palaces, bought cars and properties all over the world and has goodness knows how much gold and money stuffed away in Swiss bank accounts. So much money in fact, that in recent years he's actually started helping the people by spending on building hospitals, motorways and infrastructure - out of sheer boredom if nothing else. If someone killed Gaddafi now, all that would happen is that Libya would descend into anarchy and violence until the biggest, meanest Warlord won out, and then the whole process would start over again. So no, I would not wish that on my people..."

Unfortunately, it looks like my friend was utterly correct.   

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