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Truth and lies about Gaddafi the anti-imperialist.   Share:  
Thrust of argument: Fawzia Afzal-Khan wrote 'Citizens had access to free health care and education and indeed, from having only one-fifth of its citizens able to read and write before he took power in 1969, at the time of his death, Gaddafi's policies could boast an 83% literacy rate. His government also handed out 50,000$ to every couple on their marriage to help them secure a home, and bank loans accumulated no interest'. Direction of resistance / implied resistance: She writes 'So what do all these conflicting accounts add up to? What is the truth? Third world anti-imperialist hero and women's libber, or rabidly repressive tyrant with a rapacious lust for women?'

 

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Removal of resistance: She concludes 'Yes, he died in a manner unbefitting a hero, but then, he had ceased being that to many in his country. But to others, both within Libya and elsewhere, he encapsulated the image of the resistance fighter, lobbing ill-advised and even insane comments and braggadocio at his militarily superior enemies, someone who some of the time at least, spoke truth to power. And perhaps for that, he paid the price.' Unification: Alas for Gaddafi.
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