With the dust cloud of Mubarak falling into the distance the next domino to fall to the will of the people appears to be Colonel Gaddafy in Libya. In another display of incredible courage the people of Libya have stood up to the thug and it appears he is on the verge of relegation to the dustbin of history. Good riddance to bad rubbish. The people have shown this tyrant moderatio est figmentum, let the others take notice.
In stark contrast to the bravery of the masses is the feckless politician.
Allow me to say the following:
If you were happy to be doing business with Mr. Gaddafy two weeks ago, you don’t get to act all indignant and call him out for crimes against humanity
Yes, that’s right, you get no credit whatsoever for throwing out your chest and stomping on the guy when he’s apneic and pulseless. The true measure of your character is what you said, in public, when the guy was in full flourish.
To Libyan envoy Abdurrahman Mohamed Shalgham:
Nice performance at the U.N. buddy, Like the others of that august body I was moved by your words and wished I could have been there to give you a big hug. But then I realized that for the last 27 years Mr. Gaddafy signed the paychecks you happily cashed. Where was this indignation when you excoriated Switzerland in 2008 for imposing a travel ban on Hannibal Gaddafy, yourself, and 186 others of the Gaddafy inner circle? Sure, Hannibal had only beaten his girlfriend in a Swiss hotel, not committed crimes against humanity, but you were happy to stand with him and his father then.
Note to the reader: Shalgham is the same Ambassador who recently disgraced the UN Security Council by spontaneously bringing in a slide show that showed Israeli soldiers purportedly mutilating Palestinian civilians. He runs a mission that last year trivialized the holocaust and created a grotesque blood libel against Israel by comparing Gaza to a concentration camp. He has been the foremost representative of a government that threw a Mardi Gras-style celebration on international TV honoring the cold-blooded Lockerbie bomber, and said in October 2008 that the Palestinians should be given nuclear weapons.
To President Obama and Secretary Clinton:
I find it difficult to offer hearty applause at your statement demanding Mr. Gaddafy leave Libya. Heck I have a hard time using the term “Demanding” as it seemed more like a polite request. I wonder if the letter was delivered with a box of chocolate. I know since Mr. Gaddafy renounced his nuclear ambitions the U.S. has tried to prop him up as undergoing some sort of moral conversion, and I know this occurred under the supervision of your predecessor administration but you were sure ok with the U.S. doing billions of dollars of business with him in 2010. You sadly get no credit for indignation since you waited until now to show it, and additional demerits for the lack of strength in the statement itself.
I’ll not do more than mention the U.K. and the Aussies and their statements, nor the U.N. for that matter as they are as pucillanimous as the others mentioned here. I will shout out to the families of the Pan Am 103 bombing who after being so horribly let down by their government may at last get some retribution.
I do want to offer one more thing as an example of the most egregious example of jumping on the bandwagon I have seen, and while it may seem somewhat minor compared to others it is a holotype of the mentality. Here goes.
To the London School of Economics:
Your “Bold” announcement that the University is seeking “specific information” regarding “direct allegations” of plagiarism and is carrying out its own checks in regards to the PhD you awarded to Saif al-Islam Gaddafy in 2008 (not to mention the subsequent “gift” of 1.5 million pounds you accepted) is utterly and completely laughable.
Here’s a link to the whole story.
LSE embroiled in row over authorship of Gaddafi’s son’s PhD thesis and a £1.5m gift to university’s coffers
Once again our politicians and those of the rest of the world have not just lived down to my expectations, but exceeded my low opinion of them. They have run head long into a bar set so low that brothel owners could pass under it, wearing a top hat.