Monday, December 17, 2007

Muammar In From the Cold

Before there was Saddam Hussein, Slobodan Milosevic, Manuel Noriega, Kim Jong-il; before just about every Third World dictator, there was and remains just one with the fashion sense only a designer could love. Muammar Gadhafi.

Gaddafi has been in power for almost four decades and the scourge of Western countries for the past twenty six. That is, until now.

Before noting the recent developments of Muammar's rehabilitation by the Western media (the same media that compared him to Adolph Hitler before he paid off the families of the Lockerbie bombing and surrendering his nuclear ambitions), it might be instructive to recount this amazing man's career.

In the early days of his coup, in 1969, Colonel Gaddafi began implementing a policy of "Islamic socialism," which included not just a program of nationalization of the country's major industries, but financial and military support for pan-Arab "national liberation" movements, as well as other acts of a military nature. These include.
  1. Sending troops to the aide of Ugandan strongman Idi Amin, during the Ugandan-Tanzanian War (a blatant act of militarism by Amin, attempting to annex part of Tanzania).
  2. Sponsored the exiled and defunct Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (in Western Sahara), first under the auspices of fighting "Spanish imperialism," but eventually ran afoul of the land's current claimants Morocco.
  3. Since the 1970s, supported "armed resistance" groups like the Red Army Faction, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, Palestinian Liberation Organization, Palestinian Liberation Army, and other such groups, who carried out numerous attacks on Israeli and Western interests.
  4. Sponsored the 1986 disco bombing in Berlin, which killed two US servicemen and injured hundreds. As a result, one of Gaddafi's diplomats, and two of the diplomat's cohorts, were convicted for the bombing in a German court.
  5. Sponsored the 1988 Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am Flight 103, which killed 270 people, all civilians (and 259 of whom were on the flight at the time it was destroyed by an explosive device planted by Libyan agents). This little massacre ended with the conviction of two Libyan diplomats in an international court in 2001.
  6. The instigator of the Chadian-Libyan War, in which Libya attempted to annex Aouzou Strip on the Chad-Libya border. Heavily favored at the outset, Libya lost to an opposing army that was reduced to depending on foreign assistance and the infusion of Toyota trucks to mobilize its militia-infantry forces. This war, or series of wars, really, lasted almost a decade and lead to the deaths of thousands, mostly civilians.
Putting aside all of the people the good Colonel's ventures killed, which pales in comparison to the number of Iraqi civilians slaughtered by means of "collateral damage," what is also not mentioned is his Amazonian guard, which is responsible for his physical protection. What is so remarkable about Amazonian guards? They are the world's only all-female bodyguard outfit for any head-of-state.

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