By Brenda Norrell
In the media’s censored files in the United States are the facts that the American Indian Movement, and others Native Americans, maintained a relationship with Libya. For the history books, here are quotes by American Indians and Qaddafi. In the future, history books will be written to include the real agenda of the United States around the world, and the role of American Indians, and the American Indian Movement, in taking action and exposing truth. – Brenda Norrell
March 30, 2011
The American Indian Movement supports the statement A-APRP Statement from the All African Peoples Revolutionary Party (GC) in regard to Libya, and the foundation that leaders, Kwame Ture of the A-APRP, and Vernon Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement solidified in regard to supporting actions against Africa, which includes Libya.
Delegates of the American Indian Movement, and the International Indian Treaty Council visited Libya on several occasions taking part in sypmposiums organized by Libyan revolutionary committees. In 1986 we participated along with the A-APRP (All African Peoples Revolutionary Party) in traveling to Libya in opposition to President Reagan’s travel ban. We are opposed to the military aggression by the United States against a sovereign country. Bombs are indiscriminate, and we have yet to hear the atrocities that these bombs have caused on the civilian population in Libya.
The United States along with partner countries, France, Italy, Germany, and Great Britain do not possess the moral high ground to act as defenders of human rights. This isn’t so much about defending human rights as it is defending economic interests, and strategic interests. President Obama said in his speech on March 28th that the bombing of Libya “prevented a potential massacre.” As victims of violence, U.S. aggression on our lands, chemical warfare, theft of our natural resources at the hands of the colonial U.S. government, we don’t know if the U.S. has really prevented anything in Libya.
The bombing of Libya must stop. Libya and its leader Moammar Ghaddafi or “the Leader” as many people in Libya call him, is a sovereign nation in which the U.S. has no business interfering in, or using its bogus excuse of saving civilians, when the real reason for bombing Libya and trying to kill its leader is to obtain its rich oil rights and revenues, and continue the operations of U.S. and European oil companies in Libya. If we continue on this blind need for high octane energy, we will see more destruction of the earth, and its inhabitants.
Ghaddafi’s crime is not of being a ruthless dictator, as the U.S. has successfully convinced the world of, but of openly denouncing imperialism by Europe and the U.S. when he successfully took back his country from a ruthless monarchy in 1969, and kicked out all of the European and U.S. military, and took over his country’s oil resources and revenues. He has never backed down from his hatred of imperialism.
The excuse for starting a war in Iraq was based on lies and media manipulation. Ghaddafi is no more a dictator than George W. Bush. Millions of civilians were killed and murdered during the Iraq invasion, where was the outcry? What about Abu-Graib, water boarding, Guantanamo Bay, the Patriot Act, these acts surly are not acts of a caring democracy who wants to see peace in this world. What we have in the United States is not a democracy but a corporatocracy, the U.S. is not led by the people, but by rich corporations in which its leaders manipulate, pay and buy votes in Congress in order for their companies to pay no taxes and their CEO’s to get richer while the middle class is becoming extinct. Why do Americans continue to allow this country to start wars which cost trillions of dollars while domestic jobs are going overseas and our ability to work, stay in our homes and pay for medical insurance becomes impossible, and has made millions of once working middle class people become helpless, homeless and poor?
American Indian Delegations Visited Libya and Venezuela
An American Indian delegation was among the first to arrive in Libya to secure goodwill trade negotiations with the country following the lifting of U.S. travel restrictions and trade sanctions in 2005. The delegation initiated efforts to establish an arts and cultural exchange and open dialogue for international AIDS awareness and treatment.
An American Indian delegation also traveled to Venezuela and urged support from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
Vernon Bellecourt of the American Indian Movement became ill in Venezuela and soon after passed to the Spirit World.
Vernon Bellecourt was honored for his efforts.
Individuals included in the program were:
Kwame Toure (A.K.A. Stokely Carmichael) – RIP – the veteran Civil Rights leader in the United States, and a Pan African Revolutionary;
Vernon Bellecourt – RIP – of the American Indian Movement and The United Indian Movement;
Hans Kochler Ph.D, Professor at the University of Austria and Member of the Organization of Progress;
Professor Silas Cerqueira of the University of Portugal and Member of the Board of the Gaddafi Prize Committee.”
“… While Clyde focused on the home front, Vernon became a leader of AIM’s work abroad, meeting with controversial leaders such as Nicaragua’s Daniel Ortega, Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. As recently as four weeks ago, he was in Venezuela to talk with President Hugo Chavez about his program for providing heating assistance to American Indian tribes.”
For 40 years, or was it longer, I can’t remember, I did all I could to give people houses, hospitals, schools, and when they were hungry, I gave them food. I even made Benghazi into farmland from the desert, I stood up to attacks from that cowboy Reagan, when he killed my adopted orphaned daughter, he was trying to kill me, instead he killed that poor innocent child. Then I helped my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the African Union.
I did all I could to help people understand the concept of real democracy, where people’s committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even people who had 10 room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied, as selfish as they were they wanted more. They told Americans and other visitors, that they needed “democracy” and “freedom” never realizing it was a cut throat system, where the biggest dog eats the rest, but they were enchanted with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine, no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup.
No, no matter what I did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we’ve had since Salah-al-Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya, for my people, it was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free from colonial domination – from thieves who would steal from us.
Now, I am under attack by the biggest force in military history, my little African son, Obama wants to kill me, to take away the freedom of our country, to take away our free housing, our free medicine, our free education, our free food, and replace it with American style thievery, called “capitalism,” but all of us in the Third World know what that means, it means corporations run the countries, run the world, and the people suffer. So, there is no alternative for me, I must make my stand, and if Allah wishes, I shall die by following His path, the path that has made our country rich with farmland, with food and health, and even allowed us to help our African and Arab brothers and sisters to work here with us, in the Libyan Jamahiriya.
I do not wish to die, but if it comes to that, to save this land, my people, all the thousands who are all my children, then so be it.
Let this testament be my voice to the world, that I stood up to crusader attacks of NATO, stood up to cruelty, stood up to betrayal, stood up to the West and its colonialist ambitions, and that I stood with my African brothers, my true Arab and Muslim brothers, as a beacon of light. When others were building castles, I lived in a modest house, and in a tent. I never forgot my youth in Sirte, I did not spend our national treasury foolishly, and like Salah-al-Deen, our great Muslim leader, who rescued Jerusalem for Islam, I took little for myself…
In the West, some have called me “mad”, “crazy”, but they know the truth yet continue to lie, they know that our land is independent and free, not in the colonial grip, that my vision, my path, is, and has been clear and for my people and that I will fight to my last breath to keep us free, may Allah almighty help us to remain faithful and free.
Mu’ummar Al Qaddafi
May 4, 2011
“RUSSELL MEANS OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN MOVEMENT (AIM), WHO HAS PRESENCE, A SENSE OF THE DRAMATIC AND RATHER EXCESSIVE RHETORIC, WAS MOST COMPELLING SPEAKER DURING MORNING MEETING. MEANS PREFACED REMARKS BY SAYING THAT THE INDIAN NATION WAS QUOTE: LIVING IN THE BELLY OF A MONSTER; THE MONSTER WAS THE UNITED STATES-UNQUOTE. HE ACCUSED OTHER WESTERN HEMISPHERE COUNTRIES OF FOLLOWING U.S. TACTICS (WHICH LEAD TO DEPRIVATIONS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE). HE CAUTIONED INDIANS NOT TO TURN THE OTHER CHEEK AS THEY HAD BEEN DOING FOR 500 YEARS.”
Interview with the Gaddafi Prize for Human Rights Participants – 1999