A rebel on crutches fires a rocket propelled grenade while fighting on the front line in Sirte, Libya, Sept. 24, 2011 (Anis Mili/Reuters)
Anis Mili just scored a crazy photograph. Wow. Look at the timing on that thing.
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It’s really interesting and hilarious to watch what is being discovered in Gaddhafi’s compound, from his photo album of Condi to his yacht magazines and his kinky DVDs and his daughter’s gold mermaid couch. Most of seems confirmation that he was completely eccentric and self-obsessed and that his children lead horribly spoiled lives while he made the Libyan people suffer. New documents discovered also showcase his political paranoia, and confirm that he was not so sure of his forces as he may have claimed.
The Guardian reports that the search of the Bab Al-Azizia compound revealed a major lobbying effort by Gaddhafi to end Operation Unified Protector. Documents show that the Libyan government was desperate and terrified that NATO forces were going to launch a full-scale ground offensive. They approached a number of people in lobbying efforts, including trying to get Rep. Dennis Kucinich to come to Libya. The Libyan Prime Minister contacted Kucinich, offering to pay his expenses to come and negotiate with them.
Kucinich told the Guardian:
He had taken note of the fact I was making an effort to put forward a peace proposal. I had several requests to go to Libya. I made it clear I could not negotiate on behalf of the administration. I said I was speaking as a member of Congress involved in the issue and willing to listen to what they had to say. But given that Libya was under attack, it did not seem a promising place to hold meetings.
It would seem, that despite the classic dictator bravado that Gaddhafi has shown in all his speeches and appearances since this war began, that he was not, indeed, totally confident in the abilities of his forces to withstand NTC and NATO assaults.
Above: Posing on Aisha’s gold mermaid couch (Sergey Ponamarev/AP); fighter wearing one of Gaddhafi’s hats (Sean Smith/Guardian); a looted golden gun (Sean Smith/Guardian); pretending to ride Gaddhafi’s jetski (Alfred de Montesquiou/AP); Saadi Gaddhafi’s living room (Keystone/Rex Features).
Nice piece, Torie.
|—||The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri • In a comedic psuedo-obituary to Muammar Gaddafi’s career. Petri also notes that Gaddafi often “looked like he’d shot a couch and was wearing it on his back as a trophy, after an intense struggle in which the couch nearly prevailed.” There’s more to the article than just ribbing the dictator’s physical appearance, of course, but those descriptors are just too rich to pass up. source (via • follow)|
|—||The Associated Press • In a lengthy piece glancing over the long rule of Muammar Gaddafi. It’s a good read that goes a long way to explain the often-confusing nature behind a man who gave North Africa fits for decades, and even occasionally showed up in the West to offer up a little bit of fresh weirdness. No place was that more obvious than when he went to the United Nations to speak in 2009. It was a weird, rambling speech that left more that a few world officials bewildered. In some ways, though, it proved the leader’s last big gasp. Less than two years later, it appears that his regime has been all but taken away. source (via • follow)|
Now, you might not know this, but there’s a bit of a civil war going on at the moment in Libya. The rebels are fairly close to victory — so close they can smell it. So, right on cue, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a former colonial leader of Libya who was once an ally to Gaddafi and a reluctant partner in the NATO campaign in Libya, has urged the rebels “to abstain from any violence.” Now … look. We can see that there is obvious danger of things escalating, and the rebels do need to be careful to approach the situation carefully. But seriously, this is the wrong time for this comment if he’s going to make it. This is, like, a war, man. Things like this happen. But to tell the rebels to drop their weapons now, at a key time in the country’s history where they’re about to win, seems just a little bit tone-deaf to the current situation. source