Destroying a Country’s Standard of Living: What Libya Had Achieved, What has been Destroyed

 

Global Research, September 20, 2011

by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky

Against the backdrop of war propaganda, Libya’s economic and social achievements over the last twenty years, have been brutally reversed:

The [Libyan Arab Jamahiriya] has had a high standard of living and a robust per capita daily caloric intake of 3144. The country has made strides in public health and, since 1980, child mortality rates have dropped from 70 per thousand live births to 19 in 2009. Life expectancy has risen from 61 to 74 years of age during the same span of years. (FAO, Rome, Libya, Country Profile,)

According to sectors of the “progressive left” which have unreservedly endorsed NATO’s humanitarian R2P mandate:

“The mood across Libya, particularly in Tripoli, is absolutely—like there’s just a feeling of euphoria everywhere. People are incredibly excited about starting afresh. There’s a real sense of rebirth, a feeling that their lives are starting anew. (DemocracyNow.org, September 14, 2011 emphasis added)

“Starting afresh” in the wake of destruction?

Fear and Social Despair. No euphoria….

The ruinous “rebirth” of Libya’s Standard of Living? That is the forbidden truth.

An entire country has been destroyed, its people driven into abysmal poverty.

The objective of the NATO bombings was to destroy the country’s standard of living, its health infrastructure, its schools and hospitals, its water distribution system.

And then “rebuild” with the help of donors and creditors under the helm of the IMF and the World Bank.

The diktats of the “free market” are a precondition for the instatement of a Western style “democratic dictatorship “.

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=26686

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