Wednesday, August 27, 2008

I'm conflicted

Of all the current despots still ruling, a personal favourite of mine has long been Moamer Gadaffi of Libya. Usually, when a military coup is successful the leader of the coup appoints himself General and Leader, but not Gaddafi. He only aspired to only a ceremonial Colonel-hood and holds no “official” other titles.
Then there is his Amazon guard which travels with him everywhere and his general sense of audacious behaviour. Not the least is his unfailing ability to piss off the entire Arab League on a regular basis. If he was a Jew it could be easily understood, but in an Arab gentile - it really takes a special talent.

Ha’aretz is reporting that Lebanese Shi’ites are busy plotting their revenge on the Colonel:
Lebanon has indicted Libyan leader Moamer Gaddafi and is seeking his arrest for his alleged role in the disappearance of a Lebanese Shi'ite Muslim leader in 1978, according to Lebanese local radio Wednesday.

Lebanese Shi'ite leaders have long accused Libya of kidnapping Imam Musa al-Sadr and two of his aides during a visit to the North African country. Libya has denied such a charge on several occasions. Lebanon's public prosecutor said in August 2004 he would open the investigation after looking into new evidence. "We decided ... to accuse Moamer Gaddafi ... of inciting the kidnapping ... of Imam Musa al-Sadr," radio stations quoted court documents.
Al-Sadr was the Iranian born founding member of the Lebanese Amal movement. I say good luck with all of that but really the problem is - who does one root for in a case like this?

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