CC Issue 06 / News / Politics

Like father, like son: Saif al-Islam Gaddafi

Much ink has been spilled of late over the recent overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi’s government in Libya, the most recent in a wave of revolutions that have swept through the Middle East.  I’m going to spill just a little more.

One bit of the coverage that especially caught my eye regards Gaddafi’s second son, Saif al-Islam, whose seemingly abrupt switch from a moderate friend of the West to a fanatical, merciless supporter of his father shocked the majority of the Western media. Saif, who at one time counted among his friends members of the Rothschild family and the former director of the London School of Economics, at some point during the revolution apparently decided to abandon his façade of sophistication and moderation, and side completely with his father, promising the Libyans that “rivers of blood” would soon run in the streets. (Thanks to a Newsweek article for this quote).

I mean, is it really so surprising?  To imagine that there was any real principle beneath his veneer of polished English, expensive clothes and smooth words was a bit naïve I would say.  Of course if he had made any real break with his father – in other words risked his future and financial security in any way – it might have been a bit different. But from what I can tell he was just manipulating his “friends” or acquaintances or whatever you like to call them in the West to try to get as many advantages as he could so that his own future was secure in Libya.  And these “friends” were shocked and ashamed to have had the wool pulled over their eyes.

Hmmm, well, when you consort with the son of a crazy, bloodthirsty dictator, whaddya expect?

It makes me wonder what the line really is between him and these supposed or former friends who are now recanting and falling back in (mock?) horror. Could it be that they were really in it for themselves too?

Not necessarily that they would choose to let their fellow citizens’ blood run in the streets were they given the choice, but well, what would they do if they really had the power and the choice?

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