Mohammed Gaddafi to Al Jazeera: (gun fire got louder here) “I..I… I am being attacked right now..inside, inside my house, inside”
So, now what? No one knows – I don’t think anyone has anything but the haziest notion of what is going on among the rising power players in Libya. The vacuum caused by the downfall of a 40+ year regime is bound to be large and difficult to fill. All sorts of people with motives from noble to base and everywhere in between will be vying for power. It could get messy.
Mostly we’re just going to have to be spectators – we can try to help (and certainly must help in humanitarian matters), but until at least some sort of nationally recognized authority emerges, there’s no “side” for us to take, as it were.
I would like to pause a moment here and remember – Gaddafi has been in power for most of my life. He’s been reviled and lauded…hated and admired. But in all the commentary I’ve ever seen on him, no one has dared to hit the nail on the head…he was merely a corrupt and cruel man who for his own, personal ambition took control of a nation and ran it as a private estate. Everyone, as far as I can tell, took the man seriously – that he actually had something of an ideal in his mind that he was striving for, even if a mistaken ideal. No one ever said, “hey, a man who claims he wants justice and murders his opponents, who claims he’s an Moslem purists but buys his arms from an atheist USSR; who claims to be a man of the people but sets his family up in a lavish lifestyle is nothing more than a lying sack of feces.”
This is what bothers be about the world – the way we go along with whatever someone says. No one is courageous enough to say the emperor has no clothes. Utter BS draped in rhetoric and aping rationality is treated as the real thing. It isn’t just Gaddafi…it is all such regimes we’ve seen..starting with Lenin’s Russia, Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany. Here’s the truth about someone like Lenin – he kept a stash of western cash and a fake passport with him while he was ruling Russia, in case he had to make a quick getaway. People who do evil know full well they are doing evil…they dress up their wickedness in fine words because it works…it hoodwinks people.
Stop being hoodwinked – the next Gaddafi to happen along, treat him as he is…a thief, a murderer, a liar, a philanderer…a complete creep who managed to gain power, and nothing more.