Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan defends Gaddafi and condemns U.S. involvement in Libya Farrakhan said his friend Gaddafi has played the role of a forceful parent in post-colonial Libya
Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan said the U.S. lacks the moral authority to attack the forces of embattled Libyan strongman Moammar Gaddafi.
The 78-year-old leader of the Chicago-based organisation was cheered on Friday by a packed crowd at a civil rights conference at Jackson State University.
Farrakhan said his friend Gaddafi has played the role of a forceful parent in post-colonial Libya.
‘When you come out of a colonial past where you have lost the value of your own self-interest, God raises somebody from among you that can instil in you the value of yourself again and that person dictates the path until you have grown into your own self-interest,’ Farrakhan said of Gaddafi.
The minister did not address Gaddafi’s alleged role in the bombing of a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, Scotland that killed 270 people in 1988.
Farrakhan gave several reasons why the U.S lacks the moral authority to intervene in the Libyan conflict, including the deaths of black people at the hands of law enforcement during the Rodney King protests in 1991 and the unhealthy food that the federal government allows into the marketplace.
‘The American people are dying, and the Food and Drug Administration is complicit,’ he said. ‘Greed is more important than the lives of the American people.’
Farrakhan made his remarks at the 6th annual Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Conference.
He criticised Mr Obama for joining up with the ‘old colonial masters’ of the Western-led forces and expressed skepticism about European countries espousing humanitarian concerns, saying they ‘give noble motives to their wickedness.’
‘Do you think they had humanitarian concerns when the British mowed down the Indians in India who were peacefully protesting?’ he said.
‘Where in the hell is humanitarian values in America when you’ve got over 50million Americans living in poverty, sick and diseased, with no healthcare?’
He also alleged that Obama had backed down from pushing a Palestinian-Israeli peace accord and banning settlement-building in the West Bank, calling him ‘the first Jewish president.’ Obama is a Christian.
‘He was selected before he was elected,’ Farrakhan said. ‘And the people that selected him were rich, powerful members of the Jewish community.’
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