Libya's Qadhafi and Farrakhan in NYC next week
Nayaba Arinde | 4/12/2011, 4:37 p.m.
Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qadhafi is coming to New York next week. It is an historic first visit for the man who has governed his country for 40 years. Nation of Islam leader Min. Louis Farrakhan, who will also be in town, is hailing the visit as a new dawn for American and Libyan politics, and a wonderful opportunity for the world to see and hear a man he said is a vital participant in the African Renaissance.
"We will just be on hand to welcome our brother, the leader of the African Union, on his first visit to the United States and to the United Nations, where I am sure he will make a major speech, " said Farrakhan. While he told the AmNews that he had "no idea what [Qadhafi] will bring to the world" in terms of his speech, he knew it would be significant and relevant and on point, and be able to "dispel many of the ugly rumors. " He roclaimed that despite propaganda to the contrary, Qadhafi has standing all over the world. "Under Bush, he was referred to in a very ugly way, and all the propaganda had Muammar Qadhafi looking like a person the American people would not want to know, "said Farrakhan in an exclusive interview with the Amsterdam News. "He has been a leader of liberation movements throughout the world, but our government has supported many puppet regimes in Africa and Central and South America. Muammar Qadhafi is in his 40th year, the longest leader on the continent. "
Supporting various liberation movements throughout the world did nothing to endear him to the West, the leader of the Nation of Islam determined, but he has established his reputation "and grown as a world leader in Africa and Central and South America. The last place for him to be received is the United States of America. " What did he anticipate the reception to be? "I am sure that when people hear him on U. S. soil, most will admire him and will learn more about him and respect him. "
Farrakhan is set to meet with Qadhafi, who will address the 192-nation U. N. General Assembly next week. In a grand spectacle in Tripoli last month, Libyan leader Col. Muammar Qadhafi observed the 40th anniversary of the bloodless coup that brought him to power. It was not diminished in the slightest by the Western nation brouhaha that accompanied the release of Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber just released from prison because of his advanced prostate cancer. Following an opening speech from President Barack Obama, Muammar Qadhafi, leader of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Great Jamahiriya, will address the United Nations' 64th General Session in New York next week. Libya's reputation is undergoing a Western-okayed makeover. Hundreds of millions of dollars of natural resources struggling to let go of the Big Bogeyman portrayal of Qadhafi, which the oft-berated leader has been subjected to, the media here is having to report to factual changes.