“We will remember Gaddafi forever as a great fighter, a revolutionary and a martyr.” -Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
The following article was originally published by the Workers Revolutionary Party:
NATO Murders Gaddafi
October 21, 2011
COLONEL Gadaffi was yesterday badly wounded by a NATO air attack on a convoy of vehicles outside the city of Sirte.
It was said that he was then finished off with a shot to the head by local counter-revolutionaries or NATO special forces.
Gadaffi died a hero, defending Libya against the NATO oil thieves.
His heroism will inspire millions of Libyans, Arabs, workers and youth throughout the world to take up the struggle to smash imperialism.
On the contrary, the names of those who organised his murder, and the rape of Libya, Cameron, Hague, Sarkozy and Obama will stink throughout history.
They have destroyed Libya’s infrastructure and are responsible for the deaths of tens of thousands of Libyans in their quest to hold Libya’s resources in their hands.
His death will not mean an end of the struggle against the colonisers and their agents. In fact, the struggle will be stepped up by the tens of thousands of youth who will be inspired by his refusal to give way to the requirements of imperialism.
However, there is one great and vitally important lesson to be learnt by the masses of the world from the Libyan events.
This is never to trust the word or the actions of the imperialist powers or their diplomatic liars.
Gadaffi’s undoing was not the result of a lack of courage or a lack of support amongst the Libyan masses as the million-strong marches showed.
His mistake was to trust the word of the imperialist powers, in particular the word of the emissary of world imperialism, Blair, who pledged that Libya would be welcomed back into the world, provided he gave up Libya’s weapons of mass destruction.
Colonel Gadaffi made an agreement and honoured his side of the bargain, disarming and granting big contracts to the western imperialist powers.
They then used their re-entry into Libya to corrupt elements of the regime before unleashing the counter-revolutionary forces as NATO’s ground troops, with NATO air power slaughtering thousands of civilians.
The major lesson from the Libyan struggle – never to trust the imperialist ruling classes – must never be forgotten by the working class, particularly in Europe, as the revolution against the savage cuts policies of the ruling classes gets under way.
To win this struggle the working class must match the ruling class in every department, including class consciousness and ruthlessness.