Monday, November 03, 2008

You can take the despot out of the desert but you cannot take the desert out of the despot

Of all the current political despots, Gadhafi is remains consistently my all-time favourite. Ha’aretz:
Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi has pitched a tent in a Kremlin garden before talks with Russian leaders on Saturday.

Gadhafi is to meet Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin for talks expected to focus on arms sales and access for Russian energy companies to projects in the North African state. Located a few meters from the building where Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has his office, the military-style tent was decorated with North African fabrics and a metal barbecue grill has been set up in front, a Reuters reporter said. A large, flat-screen television was switched on inside the tent.

Gadhafi, who was born to a Bedouin herdsman in a tent in 1942, frequently greets foreign visitors in a tent next to the ruins of his Tripoli residence, which was destroyed in a bombing raid by U.S. aircraft in 1986. On a visit to Paris last year for talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Gadhafi pitched his tent in the garden of the presidential guesthouse.

A flat screen television housed inside a tent pitched outside the Kremlin, and if that isn’t 7th century meets the 21st century - what is? I bet the Amazon guard was was busy guarding the flaps too. The cornel just cracks me up.


Chris Taylor said...

His inherent contradictions make him a hoot. The German-trained lipstick commando bodyguards, the refusal to live up to the tinpot dictator stereotype and promote himself to General, adherence to ancient nomadic traditions... and the ever-popular wild statements and shifts in policy. One day America is the devil, the next it is the only sane model for social and economic development.

He is one of the few African and Arab leaders to have even a fraction of a clue... and the whole Bond-villain-meets-Playboy-mansion aspect just elevates it all to high camp.

Kateland, aka TZH said...


Did you hear about the Germans coming to do an oil deal with him circa 2005. Everything was going swimmingly and most congenial. The Germans attempted to close the deal and the Cornel says, of course, once you have settled this bill and hands an itemized account for cleaning up Rommel's mining of Libya.

Chris Taylor said...

Hahah, I did not hear about that. But it definitely sounds like one of those wacky things he would do.

I wonder if Gaddafi comes up with these ideas himself, or if he's got a staff that does it for him. He must have a committee that sits around all day and thinks up half-crazy things to do so he'll get into the news cycle once again.

Kateland, aka TZH said...

I don't think he has a committee, and yes, I do believe he sits around under the stars in the desert coming up with this stuff all by his lonesome.

Ever watch his performances at the Arab League meetings...he is so hated and loathed by everyone and their grandpa. It's an art on how he always manages to get under the skin to slowly wrench the knife where it hurts the most. Too bad he won't live forever...of course, Lybians and the Arab league are probably most relieved about that.