"The documentary makes it clear how repressive and brutal Gadaffi's regime is. How he has locked up and tortured thousands of his opponents. But then it takes a fascinating turn. The interviewer asks Gadaffi to explain why he has sent Libyan troops to fight with the Palestinians against Israel, and why he has sent in Libyan agents to try and overthrow President Sadat of Egypt.
In response Gadaffi launches into an explanation that countries like
Libya have a duty to intervene in other nations where the ordinary
people are being oppressed by autocrats or oppressive governments - and
help free them. That includes helping to liberate Egypt and Tunisia....
Kouchner quickly discovered that victims could be very bad. There was an extraordinary range of ethnic groups in Kosovo.
Roman Catholic Serbs
Serbian-speaking Muslim Egyptians
Albanian-speaking Muslim Gypsies - Ashkalis
Albanian-speaking Christian Gypsies - Goranis
And even - Pro-Serbian Turkish-speaking Turks
They all had vendettas with each other - which meant that they were both victims and horrible victimizers at the same time. It began to be obvious that getting rid of evil didn't always lead to the simple triumph of goodness."
-Adam Curtis, "Goodies and Baddies"
"An analysis of video obtained by GlobalPost from a rebel fighter who
recorded the moment when Col. Moammar Gadhafi was first captured
confirms that another rebel fighter, whose identity is unknown,
sodomized the former leader as he was being dragged from the drainpipe
where he had taken cover."
-Tracy Shelton, Global Post
"The Arab Spring has provided US policymakers with a set of golden
opportunities to help make the Arab World a better place for its people.
The time has come to think boldly of a brand new course that will help
the Arab World extract itself from the malaise it has found itself in
since the end of the Second World War. After the fall of Qaddafi, we
should seize the momentum the West has won and help the Syrian people
topple the Assad regime."
-Colonel Cedric Leyton, "Beyond Qaddafi"
There you go, Andrew. You bought your tickets. Now you know your companions. Enjoy the ride.
"In a press conference, yesterday, Libya's transitional leader Mustafa
Abdul-Jalil said that Sharia law will become the 'main source' of
legislation in a post-Gadhafi era."
-Eydar Peralta, NPR