by Linda Housman
October 23, 2012 – “In the Theatre of the Absurd, anything is possible”, former executive member of the Tripoli based World Mathaba, Gerald A. Perreira, wrote in one of his already historic articles last year. “However, this latest scenario in Libya has taken absurdity to a whole new dimension”, he added.
In his May 2011 article, Perreira referred to the bunch of armed, al-Qaeda affiliated tribesmen who were called “pro-democracy fighters” by mainstream media outlets and who were openly armed and trained by the American and European governments in order to overthrow Libya’s revolutionary Jamahiriya government and to assassinate its symbolic leader Muammar Gaddafi. Little did Perreira know about the new stage of drama the Theatre would bring in 2012…
Almost eighteen months later now, Libya once again took centre stage in the Theatre and once again took absurdity to new extremes when on Saturday the world press as blindly as massively jumped on a Twitter message by the Deputy Prime Minister of the NATO-installed Libyan regime Mustafa Abushagur, which in Arabic language said:
Criminal Moussa Ibrahim was arrested and he is now on his way to Tripoli.
A few hours later Abushagur added in Arabic:
Khamis Gaddafi was killed in Bani Walid […]
These two Twitter messages were sufficient for hours of global speculation, confusion and wrong conclusions, and it took an audio message by Libyan Jamahiriya spokesman Moussa Ibrahim himself, in which he declared that the falsities spread by the media were only meant to distract from what is really happening in Libya, to expose the punch line of this series of Libya’s Theatre of the Absurd.
On Sunday, the Libyan NATO-regime’s Deputy Prime Minister on Twitter apologized for his increasingly implausible performance in the Theatre of the Absurd by writing in Arabic language: “Apologies for spreading the news of the arrest of Moussa Ibrahim and the killing of Khamis Gaddafi.”
(Text is Google translated from Arabic language – image via Waterput)
Libya always bears something new
The Greek philosopher and polymath Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) already stated in his zoological natural history text Historia Animalium (History of Animals) that “Libya always bears something new”, which sometimes is also translated as “Libya always bears something evil”.
By that time, Aristotle was talking about the few watery places in the North African desert country which functioned as an “animal mathaba”, a joyful and refreshing gathering place of many animals. If the animals were somewhere near the same size and had similar gestation periods, they might cross and thus create a new animal species, which is the origin of Aristotle’s saying. As the new species sometimes mainly contained plain misfits, its members were called “something evil” instead of “something new”.
Yet something similar has taken place in Libya, where beings of different origins underhandedly gathered in and around the once sovereign country for years: Al Qaeda beings, CIA beings, imperialist beings, corporate-fascist beings as well as ignorant beings who were duped into a fake revolution by the above mentioned beings who used the as lofty as naive notions of freedom, democracy and human rights to convince them of the sincerity of their goals.
Like the animals from Aristotle’s “Libya always bears something new”, or in this case more preferable “Libya always bears something evil”, the beings crossed and a new species was born in 2011. Some Jamahiriya supporters call the members of this species rats, others call them terrorists, puppets or traitors, but one thing about this species is crystal clear: It is weak, it exists of misfits and it lies, misleads and distorts the truth extremely well.
May the law of the strongest prevail soon… victory to the Libyan Jamahiriya!
(Top image via Twitter user Gabrielle Verdier)