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Description - My Vision by Muammer Gadaffi

In September 2004, the international embargo and sanctions imposed on Libya for more than a decade were raised by the UN Security Council when Colonel Gaddafi announced that Libya would give up its nuclear weapons. In addition he agreed to compensate the families of the victims of the Lockerbie bombing and the attack on the TWA flight that occurred in the late 1980s. This remarkable gesture showed Gaddafi's commitment to seeing Libya rejoin the international community after many years of isolation. In the spirit of reconciliation, Tony Blair flew out to Tripoli declaring that Libya was now an ally in the fight against global terror. How can this reversal be explained? Who is the new Gaddafi? What path of progress will he take to determine the future of his country and can he keep the new spirit of reconciliation alive? This book, born from conversations with Muammar Gaddafi and political expert Edmond Jouve, retraces the leader's political, ideological and philosophical journey. He expresses his vision of African unity and North-South relations. He also explains his own vision for Islam and human rights in Libya. In addition, the reader will find in the appendix, among others, The Green Book, one of Colonel Gaddafi's earliest works, and the testimony of his daughter, Aicha. This is a gripping account of how a new dawn in Arab-Western relations came about.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781844541294
ISBN-10: 1844541290
Format: Hardback
(238mm x 165mm x 26mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: John Blake Publishing Ltd
Publisher: John Blake Publishing Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - My Vision by Muammer Gadaffi

US Kirkus Review » If you're looking for some tyrant-exalting text but for whatever reason are made uncomfortable by the rhetorical (and practical) excesses of, say, Hitler or Mao-well, this is your ticket. Books by dictators tend to the hortatory: Together you and I can solve the problem; together we'll lead the world; together we'll destroy those pesky people next door. Oops. Scratch that last one, for, says The Leader, "All peoples shall have right to existence." Except, maybe, the people who live in Tel Aviv. Moreover, "The members of Jamahiriyan society"-that is, those who live in sort-of-socialist Libya-"are liberated from any feudalism." Except, maybe, the slaves who travel across the Libyan Sahara, whose paths are far from The Guide's green coastline. All of this is the usual cult-of-personality stuff with some curious twists, as when Gaddafi muses on a future that belongs to "the black race," save that the blacks are "backward" and "sluggish in a climate which is always hot," and when he assures his gentle readers that "to ignore natural differences between man and woman and mix their roles is . . . hostile to the laws of nature, destructive to human life, and a genuine cause for the wretchedness of human social life." Once fond of funding people who blew up other people, Gaddafi is now our friend-or so assures French political scientist and hagiographer Jouve, who wonders, "Who is this man who, after making the world tremble with fear, now arouses respect and even praise?" No small amount of that praise comes from the professor himself, who has known Gaddafi for a long time and wants us to know that "his charisma is such that it electrifies his audience," which makes it all the more tragic that anyone should have ever doubted him. Old leopard, new spots, groomed by an acolyte. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Muammer Gadaffi

Born in 1943 into the El Gaddafi tribe, Muammar Gaddafi left his family circle at the age of ten. Keen on geopolitics - passionate about decolonisation and the epic Nasserian movement - he studied the mechanisms of state both in Tripoli and in Great Britain. He has ruled Libya since 1969. A specialist in Third-World Africa, Professor Edmond Jouve has regularly met with Muammar Gaddafi since 1979. Author, notably of The Right of Peoples and The Third World, he teaches political science at Rene Descartes University in Paris.