Libya’s “Fearless Leader”, Muammar Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi, the self-proclaimed “Guide of the First of September Great Revolution of the Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya” or “Brotherly Leader and Guide of the Revolution” is proving his critics right: he is not only a ruthless dictator and bloody tyrant; he is also a coward. A coward who travels abroad with the affectated trappings of his Bedouin roots, preferring to pitch a tent, protected by a bevy of an all-female “Amazonian Guard”:
“What man would not be pleased in having 40 highly trained and deadly body guards who just happened to be beautiful enough for professional modeling? Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi is such a man blessed with an entourage of femme fatale called the Amazonian Guard.
The Amazonian Guard are put through rigorous training at a special academy and if they make it through the basic training ordeal are experts with firearms and martial arts making them trained killers. The women who qualify for duty are required to be virgins and must be hand picked by Qaddafi himself.
There are perks to swearing allegiance and life to Qaddafi. The Amazonian guard dress in western style fatigues, can wear make up, western hair styles, high heels, and other clothing not deemed acceptable in the Muslim world. Their very existence challenges the role of women in the Islamic world and has made Qaddafi a controversial member. He has been accused of being a turn coat to his own people for not only his choice in guards, but his politics with the western world. “
For over 40 years after he led a small group of junior military officers in a bloodless coup d’état against King Idris, his faux-revolutionary brand of Islamic socialism and pan-Arabism has belied his megalomania. From today’s BBC News Africa report “Libya unrest: Scores killed in Benghazi ‘massacre’“:
“Details have emerged of huge casualty figures in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where troops have launched a brutal crackdown on protesters.
More than 200 people are known to have died, doctors say, with 900 injured.
The most bloody attacks were reported over the weekend, as funeral marches were said to have come under machine-gun and heavy weapons fire.
One doctor, speaking amid the sound of fresh gunfire on Sunday, told the BBC that “a real massacre” had happened.
Human Rights Watch says at least 173 people have been killed in Libya since demonstrations began on Wednesday.
Benghazi, the country’s second city, has been a leading focus of protests against four decades of rule by Col Muammar Gaddafi.
During a phone conversation with Col Gaddafi’s son, Saif Gaddafi, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague spoke of London’s “grave concern” at the escalation of violence, a statement said.
Libya’s actions were “unacceptable and would result in worldwide condemnation”, Mr Hague said.”
Fortunately, we have the benefit of timely Twitter updates (using the hashtags: #Libya #Feb17) from Arab journalist and Al Jazeera’s Latin America Correspondent Dima Khatib (Twitter: @Dima_Khatib) (as well as London, UK based Twitterer: @sunnkaa) among others, who are chronicling the murderous barbarism perpetrated by Gaddafi’s military thugs and various imported African mercenaries who are injuring and killing scores of Libyan protesters ,with impunity. These “scorched earth” tactics defy reason and humanity and reek of pathetic desperation.
The following is a video posted by a Libyan protester on Youtube that implores the world to help stop the massacre.
Parenthetically, did you know that the url shortener, bit.ly, was seized by the Libyan government in 2009? In his post centernetworks.com, If Libya Shuts Down the Internet, What Happens To .ly Domains? Allen Stern notes:
“Back in October, the domain vb.ly was seized by the Libyan government. Alaeddin S. ElSharif, a spokesperson for Libya telecom and the country’s Web service Department said, “Pornography and adult material aren’t allowed under Libyan Law, therefore, we removed the domain.” Ben Metcalfe was one of the people who originally registered the vb.ly domain name and posted about the removal noting, “This is deeply concerning for everyone, but especially .ly domain owners, because it sets a precedent that all websites running on a .ly domain must comply with Libyan Islamic/Sharia Law in order to maintain their domains. This is especially concerning for anyone running a url shortener or hosting user-generated content on a .ly domain.”
(See also, Is Bit.ly Toast if Libya Shuts Down the Internet?. (Andrew Allemann via domainnamewire.com))
Perhaps Gaddafi is suffering from early-onset “Deposed Dictator Syndrome” (DDS) and a coma is soon forthcoming? In what is assuredly the turning point of Gaddafi’s break from reality, when asked about the overthrow of his dictator buddy, former Tunisian President Zine al-Abedine Ben Ali, Gaddafi remarked:
“You have suffered a great loss,” he said. “There is none better than Zine to govern Tunisia.”
“RT @SultanAlQassemi: Breaking Al Jazeera: Reuters: Members of Libyan Army announce their split & the liberation of Benghazi from Gaddafi’s forces”
Here’s some advice, Muammar. Please stop listening to those voices in your head. Stop this madness before it’s too late. Step down now. Resign before you’re forced into a revolution-induced coma. In the words of your favourite rock band, Mötley Crüe: “Don’t Go Away Mad, Just Go Away”.