I'm sure this will raise the hackles of many, but hopefully this is still an America where everyone gets a chance to speak their truths, and my blog actually exists to help in that regard. So. . . . here is a long video from a press conference held by Minister Farrakhan and others to do just that. Like myself, Farrakhan is getting older (He's about 77), so he confuses some names and a few facts. Unlike myself, he is obviously a religious man, and often resorts to quotes from the Bible or the Koran, to make his points, but you don't have to be religious to appreciate some of them. For those of you to young too know or remember, Farrakhan replaced the prophet Elijah Muhammed at the Muslim and somewhat Black Nationalist Nation of Islam. Brace yourself!
"But whose got the courage, whose got the strength? You're weak and cowardly, and you deserve what you get. America is ruled by special interests, not by the needs,rights and interests of the American people, and you dare to say that the Arab world that is rising wants your democracy? No!Louis Farrakhan
They want liberty, they want justice, they want equity, they want a government that serves the needs, rights and interests of the people. That's what they want!"
Farrakhan Blasts UN, Defends Khadafy
Minister Farrakhan's Full Press Conference on US, NATO attack on Libya:
Minister Farrakhan exposed the U.S. and NATO's criminal War Libya and Africa during a June 15, 2011 Press Conference at the UN Plaza Hotel. Also presenting were former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Human Rights Activist Viola Plummer and International Activist Cynthia McKinney.
Farrakhan's Full Press Conference on US, NATO attack on Libya (June 15, 2011)
Minister Farrakhan Praises Libyan Leader and Lambasts UN-US-NATO Coalition
July 16, 2011 "Tripoli Post" -- At a press conference on Wednesday near the United Nations headquarters in New York, Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam expressed support for Libyan leader Muammar Al Qathafi and condemned the NATO-led bombing of Libya, UN-sanctioned military strikes and operations against the North African nation.
Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark also addressed the press and called for an end to the strikes and the war on Libya.
Minister Louis Farrakhan lambasted the U.N., the U.S., and the "coalition of demons" that he said makes up NATO. He accused them of trying to assassinate Muammar Al Qathafi, the third time they have tried to do it, he said, and promote regime change in Libya.
He drew comparisons between what the Libyan people have achieved under the Al Qathafi government and the shortcomings in most of the nations now trying to oust the Libyan leader, particularly the US, Britain, France and Italy where unemployment is high and, unlike the Libyan people, many are homeless.
Farrakhan said the United Nations and its 15-member Security Council, who he referred to as "the terror council," have no legitimate right to exist for passing the resolution that has allowed NATO to take military action in Libya.
The Muslim clergyman said he was at the conference to discuss the current state of affairs in Libya, and the actions taken by the UN with respect to the UN Resolution 1973. He said he was addressing his remarks to the United Nations and all those who have joined in destroying the Libyan leader, Muammar Al Qathafi and the Libyan Jamahiriyah.
Requesting justification for such an action by the UN Security Council, against Al Qathafi, he asked that if the resolution was taken to protect the civilian population of Libya from the so-called evil intentions of the leader in 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 Al Qathafi and create regime change.
He went on to ask the UN why it is fostering, through NATO, armed rebellion to create civil war, knowing that in a civil war, the humanitarian concerns go out the window.
He said the actions of NATO, along with the US, Qatar, Canada, Britain, France and Italy and members of the Arab League engaging in the errant behavior are creating conditions that will ultimately bring about the destruction of the UN and all those engaged in this action, blinded by arrogance and the sense of power of these nations that they can do what they will.
Minister Farrakhan praised Muammar Al Qathafi's leadership of Libya and the revolution, that was achieved in a bloodless coup 41 years ago, when he replaced the former king who was a friend of those who were sucking the blood of Libya and nationalises oil, one must ask the question of who did his actions help, and who did his actions hurt?
He said this hurt those who for the first time had to pay a fair price for Libya sweet crude, the highest quality oil in the world, which meant that the people of Libya could, from the sale of their oil, better their quality of life.
He encouraged the Libyan leader to resist pressure from so-called friendly states, for him to step aside.
"What has Muammar Al Qathafi done to deserve what this united coalition of demons is putting on him?" Farrakhan said. "They say he has lost the moral right (to rule) because he has killed his own people. But you have never proved that charge. Check the record," he said.
A Libyan diplomat who disavowed Al Qathafi's government earl in the days of the conflict in Libya, and who attended the conference along with others who are based at the U.N. Headquarters took issue with Farrakhan's characterisation of the leader as blameless. He claimed that Libyan forces loyal to the Libyan leader had indeed killed unarmed protesters.
Farrakhan said if only China or Russia - both veto-wielding permanent members, joined the initial condemnation - had vetoed, and not were among countries abstaining when military action was authorised, "none of this would have happened."
"Has the West promised you some of what they plan to steal from Libya?" he asked of the two countries, suggesting that the developed world is interested in the country's oil as part of a plan to "recolonise Africa."
Farrakhan said Russia and China could still redeem themselves by bringing the matter back to the Security Council to halt the NATO action.
He lambasted US President Obama, who he said is "surrounded by people who are Zionist-controlled or Zionist." He also criticised what he called the "arrogance" of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for "telling Africans what to do with Africa" when she met with regional leaders this week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and urged Al Qathafi's few remaining allies to sever ties with him.
Farrakhan said officials of the U.S., with its high rate of crime and poverty, had no right to judge whether Libya adheres to humanitarian principles. He said America's record stinks in the nostrils of God. You who in the name of humanitarian efforts want to save the population of Libya? Save them from whom, and from what? He asked.
He criticised the fact that the US has the nerve to put people in front of the International Criminal Court, and asked how many nations has the US seduced to sign a document that they will never bring an American before the ICC.
He went on to ask: “Is there some racism involved in who you put before the ICC, with a record like yours, with a record like Israel's? Why don't any of you and the Israelis, for what they did in Gaza, for what they did in Lebanon, why don't you bring them before the court?...because America has a veto; it will never happen.”
He repeated that there appears to be racism involved in this, since all the cases that they prosecuted are all African. “Why Aren't any of you before the ICC?” he asked once more.
Minister Farrakhan When the UN was established in 1945, it said it wanted to bring peace in the world, but there have been 65 different wars since then, and now many more are arising.
“Is this your work?” he asked, “Then why should we have a United Nations when you have failed to bring about what you said you would bring about in your charter.
“So has the United Nations lost its legitimate right to exist?
Minister Farrakhan also sent an open letter to the Libyan leader, Muammar Al Qathafi, which he read at the end of the conference. In it he also expressed his and the people of Islam's deepest sympathy for the loss of his son and three grandchildren.
Also present at the conference was former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark, who also been involved in human rights issues all over the world and wherever injustice has taken place. He briefly addressed the conference, saying it was absolutely necessary for the people to stand up. He iurged the UN to put up a stop to this conflict in Libya. “It has to stop, and stop right now,” he said.
Another speaker was the chairperson of the December 12 Movement, who has also been involved in human rights struggles, in America and internationally, while international activist and former Congresswoman from Georgia, USA, Cynthia McKinney talked to the conference on the phone, live from Tripoli, Libya.