In Russell’s latest attempt to update his collected work of fairy tales via the dispensation of “wisdom” on the Rol, he sagely proclaims that Libya doesn’t really have any oil to speak of-that others such as Saudi Arabia have far greater reserves-such a statement couldn’t be further from the truth-Libya has the greatest proven reserves of any nation on the African Continent.
He then goes to state that unemployment is non existent in Libya-when the truth of the matter is that it exceeds twenty percent.
Despite paying an obligatory and qualified lipservice to the fact that Ghadafi is a despotic dictator he offers a rambling aside that Libya gives, or least used to give, fifty thousand to each couple upon marriage-and exclaims WOW- What he fails to mention is that Ghadafi
cancelled all stipends to student for instance in 2007.–WOW.
Neither is the Libyan population the most educated or literate in the Arab world as he claims. That distinction falls to Bahrain.
Despite Russell’s breathless assertion that there is no oil in Yemen ,Syria or Bahrain even a cursory search disproves that-and while it isn’t on the same level as other nations in the region and they import/ produce/export as does the U.S. they do have an oil industry.
In this spinning and qualifying for a monetary benefactor of past (and future?)alliances he also fails to mention that this lesser dictator, by his estimation and comparison to Assad etal, still provides bounties for the heads of refugees who have criticized him, including 1 million dollars for Ashur Shamis, a Libyan-British journalist.
I agree with Russell’s favored sentiment WOW-it really is amazing. Does anybody actually attempt to fact check and verify anything contained in these video commentaries-or does arrogance just assume whatever is said will be taken as gospel?