Farrakhan blasts U.S. on Libya

DOSHON FARAD Special to the AmNews | 7/6/2011, 5:25 p.m.

On June 15, Minister Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, held a press conference denouncing the U.S. military assault on Libya. The conference was held in the Millennium Plaza hotel, situated across the street from the headquarters of the United Nations.

In his opening remarks, Farrakhan addressed the UN Security Council's Resolution 1973-supporting a no-fly zone and air strikes against Libya-that was passed on March 17, asking for its justification.

He asked, "What has Muammar al-Gaddafi done to deserve what this united coalition of demons is putting on him?"

Farrakhan also made the claim that President Barack Obama is not acting of his own accord on the Libyan conflict, insisting instead that Zionists and Wall Street bankers were motivating him.

During the question-and-answer portion of the press conference, when asked if he felt that Obama was being influenced by forces outside of the government to attack Libya, Farrakhan told the Amsterdam News, "There is no doubt. Look who he's surrounded by...the crowd from Goldman Sachs. He's not an economist, he's a lawyer by profession. He's surrounded by the people who are Zionist-controlled.

"He was not elected to serve a Black agenda. He was voted in to be the Black face on a white agenda. And he's not escaping it. He's caught up in it, and will pay the consequences for it," he continued.

UN Resolution 1973 calls for NATO air strikes against the Libyan government under Colonel Gaddafi for his alleged human rights violations.

Since February, Libya has been a hotbed of civil unrest and rebellion. Rebels have claimed that Gaddafi and his government, the Jamahiriya, are corrupt and oppressive and have demanded that he and his regime step down. This in turn prompted the UN Security Council to past a resolution authorizing nations to combat the Libyan regime.

As a result, Obama initiated air strikes against the African nation in early March.

"If the Security Council passed Resolution 1973 to protect the civilian population of Libya from the so-called evil intentions of the leader of Libya, why, then, is NATO, under the auspices of the Security Council, forgetting about humanitarian concerns and now using Resolution 1973 as a pretext to assassinate Muammar Gaddafi and create regime change?" Farrakhan asked.

He said the UN was fostering through NATO an "armed rebellion to create civil war," and said he felt it was in contradiction to the UN's claim of concern about human safety, knowing that a civil war would cause a loss of lives.

Farrakhan lambasted the coalition formed against Libya, which includes NATO, the United States, Russia, Canada and the Arab League for "engaging in errant behavior." He warned that this action would lead to the "destruction of the United Nations and all those engaged" in this operation.

The Nation of Islam leader also asserted that neither the U.S. nor the West had ever proven that Gaddafi was guilty of committing any human rights violations. He also mentioned that neither group had any right to accuse nations of human rights violations, stating, "England, France, Italy, Germany and the United States do not have a good humanitarian record." He cited as proof the transatlantic slave trade and the oppression of Blacks and Native Americans in the U.S., as well as the dropping of bombs on Japan during World War II, as clear examples of this.