"Sarkozy's personal goal in attacking Libya was to cover up evidence of his criminal financial relationship with Gaddafi," says Chris Welzenbach.
In an interview with Muslim Press, Welzenbach discussed the murder of Muammar Gaddafi, the former leader of Libya who was killed on 20 October 2011.
He says, "The principal goal of the Western leaders' attack on Libya was to prevent Gaddafi from establishing a pan-African currency using a gold-based dinar."
Below is the full text of the interview:
Muslim Press: What was Western leaders’ goal in Libya that made Gaddafi target of regime change?
Chris Welzenbach: The principal goal of the Western leaders' attack on Libya was to prevent Gaddafi from establishing a pan-African currency using a gold-based dinar. Gaddafi planned to use this gold dinar as the sole currency of trade for Libyan oil, and the other natural resources Africa possesses. You must understand that the big banking interests in New York, London and Paris had much to lose if Gaddafi succeeded in implementing his plan. These banking houses effectively control their respective governments, which ceased being democracies some decades ago and now use the voting process as a veneer to disguise rule by oligarchy. At stake was the potential loss of tens of billions of dollars these banking interests had routinely pirated from the people of Africa--vast sums that a few extremely wealthy people hoped to control (and now certainly will control), making them even more obscenely wealthy.
MP: What’s your take on Sarkozy’s financial relations with Gaddafi? Could his history in Libya impact his presidential bid?
Chris Welzenbach: Sarkozy's personal goal in attacking Libya was to cover up evidence of his criminal financial relationship with Gaddafi. Because of the Wikileaks email dump and the revelations posted by Mediapart, Sarkozy has been thwarted in this endeavor, but has yet to be prosecuted. Should more evidence emerge concerning the illegal financing of Sarkozy's initial presidential run, he could well end up behind bars. Early in his political career, Sarkozy was mentored by Achille Peretti the mayor of a provincial town called Neuilly-sur-Seine, known as one of the wealthiest little towns in France. Peretti (now deceased) had a dark reputation for corruption and it seems Sarkozy learned at his knee.
MP: What country do you think is to blame for today’s chaos in Libya?
Chris Welzenbach: The chaos in Libya today is primarily the responsibility of France, with the also US hugely involved in that illegal enterprise. Britain also shares much of the guilt. It is unclear who ended up with Gaddafi's gold (another ulterior motive for this illegal attack).
MP: How has his murder change Africa?
Chris Welzenbach: Gaddafi's murder is a major setback for the continent of Africa. Gaddafi dreamed of a United States of Africa and hoped to use his proposed pan-Africa currency as the cement to hold such a union together. His proposed currency would also have meant real independence for the people of Africa, for this first time in five hundred years. The loss of Gaddafi is in many ways beyond calculation, for one can never know what might have been.
MP: What do you think about Hillary Clinton’s role in the Libyan conflict?
Chris Welzenbach: Hillary Clinton was an accomplice in Sarkozy's criminal enterprise, though I don't think she'll ever be prosecuted for her crimes. Her reaction to Gaddafi's murder filled me with disgust. That she was head of the US diplomatic corps when she made her despicable remarks is even more damning. It seems she will be our next president, but I'm confident that in the next life she will reside in hell.
Chris Welzenbach is a playwright (“Downsize”) who for many years was a member of Walkabout Theater in Chicago.