CNN asks, ‘Who is Saif Gaddafi?’
April 2, 2011 - 7:47 am
And answers, in a story speculating that the son of Gaddafi might be a fit replacement for Gaddafi, with a bit of hagiography:
Whereas Moammar Gadhafi years ago launched a program to “destroy imported ideologies, whether they are Eastern or Western,” his son speaks fluent English, earned his Ph.D. from the London School of Economics, written an op-ed in the New York Times and has been a frequent go-between in talks with international officials.
I’m honestly not sure who that speaks worse of, Saif Gaddafi or the New York Times.
Moammar rarely goes anywhere without a distinctive tribal dress and an ornate Bedouin tent. The well-traveled Saif, meanwhile, is more likely to appear in Western business attire: a suit and tie.
So was Mohammed Atta…but I digress.
While the father runs a nation, his son’s main job — at least before his 2009 appointment as General Coordinator, a position like many in the nation’s government with few guidelines — was heading a charity, the Gadhafi Foundation.
Well isn’t that nice. It’s not like dictators use “charitable foundations,” which are paid for with the money said dictators extort and steal from their own people, to make themselves look good to a gullible world. Or set up bogus awards to paper over their own bloody pasts.
Anyway, since the US has pulled back the close air support today, and since the rebels are barely hanging on, and since no one wants to see Gaddafi win or hand power to that gentle and well-dressed son of his, the war kinetic military action seems to have arrived at a classic stalemate. If this continues, the Arab League will drop out, followed closely by pretty much everyone else except us and the British. The strategy for taking out Gaddafi’s regime one henchman at a time isn’t all that different from one of the many strategies deployed against Saddam back in the day. No one should expect quick results, though, since there’s *hardly ever a shortage of willing henchmen. After a dozen years we still ended up putting a whole lot of footwear on the ground to oust Hussein.
On the bright side, the UN’s Responsibility to Protect doctrine has been exposed for the absurdity that it is. Going into somebody else’s civil war threatening to bomb both sides is no way to go through life.
*The supply of henchmen only tends to run short when enemy armies are pounding a regime’s army or knocking very loudly on its door.