Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has praised the Libyan people for overthrowing Col. Gaddafi, whilst warning them that the true motivation of the west is to plunder Libya's wealth.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has warned of western countries intention to loot and plunder the wealth of Libya, accusing them of being colonialists who “intend to divide the Libyan nation’s wealth and honor.”(Fars) He reiterated earlier claims that western military intervention in Libya had hidden objectives.
Additionally Press TV reported Ahmadinejad stated that the west had their own plans regarding who would govern Libya and intend to bring “non-revolutionary and unpopular figures to power.” According toArabian Business he said "Show me one European or American president who has not travelled to Libya or has not signed an agreement (with Gaddafi).” Certainly it is no secret that the countries who were at the forefront of NATO military action against Gaddafi are expecting to be rewarded with lucrative oil and reconstruction contracts and prominent politicians including Clinton, Cameron and Sarkozy have appeared in Libya voicing promises of millions of dollars in aid towards weapon disarmament and rebuilding. Thus far they have shown support for the National Transitional Council and interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil, former justice minister in the Gaddafi regime. Western views on dealing with prominent military commander Abdel Hakim Belhadj, whom both the U.S. and U.K. were involved in returning to Libya when he stood accused of terrorism, remain unvoiced.
Although no fan of the late Col. Gaddafi, Ahmadinejad accused the west of ordering his execution. He said "Some people said they killed this gentleman to make sure he would not be able to say anything, just like what they did to bin Laden.” On Hillary Clinton’s visit to Libya just two days prior to Gaddafi’s murder she stated “we hope he can be captured or killed soon” and refused to answer with transparency when questioned regarding U.S. cooperation with Islamic revolutionaries.
The death of Gaddafi also prevented embarrassing questions from being raised about his relationship with former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. However the fact that Gaddafi clearly met his demise at the hands of his own people absolves the west from complicity in his death, leading the way for them to demand an investigation into the matter.
Ahmadinejad said that Gaddafi’s downfall was made possible due to his decision to give up his nuclear weapons, using this as a reason why Iran should not be complicit in western demands that it abandon its nuclear program. Ahmadinejad hoped that his speech would warn other nations in the region to be cautious of dealings with the west but their own concerns regarding Iranian power in the region leave them less than receptive to his words.