New Delhi, Oct 21: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) Friday said it was hypocritical for the US to say that the death of Muammar Gaddafi marked the end of despotic rule in Libya.
‘The claim that the killing of Gaddafi marks an end of despotic rule is sheer hypocrisy since it is the US and its allies which prop up the most despotic regimes,’ it said in a statement.
Gaddafi was killed in the Libyan town of Sirte, apparently after being wounded and captured, marking the end of a Western-backed campaign against him. Gaddafi ruled Libya from 1969.
The CPI-M said the main aim of the US-Nato intervention in Libya ‘has been fulfilled with the killing of Gaddafi’.
‘From the outset, the blatant aggression of the US-Nato was to effect a regime change in Libya even though it was proclaimed as an intervention to save the Libyan people and for the establishment of democracy.
‘It is the people of Libya who have to decide what type of government and political system they want. This is not something which can be imposed by the US and Nato by force of arms.’