Farrakhan blasts U.S. on Libya

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

Farrakhan claimed that the war against Libya is being driven by and large by corporate interests, saying, "Western forces were angered" by Gaddafi's nationalization of the country's oil and other resources, which interfered with the West's wealth.

Prior to Farrakhan's speech, former Georgia Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney addressed the press conference from Libya via phone link. Since the air strikes against Libya began she has been working with the Answer Coalition on the "Hands Off Libya" campaign. The former congresswoman criticized the U.S and the international media in Libya, saying, "They-the media-are here, but the truth is nowhere to be found."

McKinney informed listeners that she has witnessed "NATO terror" since her arrival in Libya. "I have seen this terror in people's homes, in the mosques, at schools and even at community parties. No place is safe." She added, "The first casualty of war is truth. War is a racket. And nowhere is that more evident than right here in Libya".

McKinney also commended the U.S. House of Representatives for discontinuing funding for the war against Libya, but alleged that a 24-hour news blackout was instituted to keep the American public from becoming aware of the move.

The chairwoman of the New York-based December 12th Movement, Viola Plummer, also gave some brief remarks. She claimed that the attack on Libya represented a broader attack on Africa and its Black citizens. She urged Black people around the world to unite and defend Africa, quoting the famous words of the late scholar of African studies, Dr. John Henrik Clarke, "Pan-Africanism or perish."

Also in attendance was former attorney general and human rights activist Ramsay Clarke, who told the Amsterdam News that the attacks on Gaddafi were "criminal, obviously. There's a covert assassination attempt. It's murder. We tried that in 1986. The same thing-a secret attack in 1986. We killed hundreds of people. And then we're paying for it now.

"The hypocrisy is absolutely astounding... You can't bring peace on Earth by assassination," he continued. He also pointed out that the U.S. has supported dictators throughout Africa and the Arab world for a long time.