Friday, August 26, 2011

Moammar Hearts Condoleeza, smarmy Pat Robertson

Anthony Shadid
Michelle Goldberg

Now that the Libyan rebels are playing a gigantic version of Whack-a-Mole, waiting to see which hole that Moammar Qaddafi and his family pops out of, it will take awhile to explore all of the tunnels beneath the compound in Tripoli. I wouldn't be surprised if one tunnel didn't end up in a certain back alley in Cairo... More logically, they will find that the Qaddafi family fled to the docks in Tripoli and have sailed away to a pre-determined country that will try to hide them for as long as possible. We know that we have CIA spotters in just about every African country, so unless there's a new compound bought in Dubai or Riyadh, your guess is just as good where he will end up... Who, beside another crazy person like Robert Mugabe, will welcome Qddafi. When the rebels were just a bunch of protesters, Moammar called them outside agitators, members of al Qaeda, and drug crazed college students. Everyone knows that when you are stoned on hashish its so much easier to fire an automatic weapon...

First and foremost, for European countries that have had oil contracts like Italy and France, will be stabilizing the oil fields and bringing production back up safely. Forming a stable government will be a pain in the ass, because every tribal and ethnic group that was oppressed by Qaddafi will want to flex their new found freedoms, and there could be civil wars like what happened in Iraq. Whether the rag-tag rebels groups can coalesce into a government that can guarantee some freedoms seems like a stretch of the imagination right now.

It's pretty amazing that the rebels have been able to accomplish what they have already, driving small pick up trucks and wearing flip flops, without any military training. Watching the invasion of the Qaddafi compound on television was fascinating. Every third person would approach the cameras and flash the peace sign, and I even saw a few men wearing dreadlocks. In Tripoli, many conspiracy theories run amok. My favorite one was that because Qaddafi had hired a lot of African mercenaries, they were actually an army sent by Barack Obama, the black American president, to guard the Qaddafi family. A bit racist and naive, but typical of many stories going around... Even creepier, is the photo album of Condoleeza Rice that was found in the compound. coupled with these past words Moammar used to describe her:
"I support my darling black African woman. I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders ... Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. ... I love her very much. I admire her and I'm proud of her because she's a black woman of African origin."

During the last earthquake that took the East Coast by surprise, the Washington Monument got a crack in it, and was closed down for repairs. Crackpot televangelist Pat Robertson claimed that it might be a sign of divine angry intervention. He didn't have the guts to preach real fire and brimstone, tried to be coy and cute about it: "Now there's a crack in it, there's a crack in it and it's closed up. Is that a sign from the Lord? Is that something that has significance or is it just result of an earthquake? You judge, but I just want to bring that to your attention." I wonder what Mr Pat will say after the hurricane hits... By the way, all of these Easterners complaining and being afraid over a 5.8 earthquake. Having been raised in California, my first thought was, what a bunch of wimps. I've literally slept through worse earthquakes than that...

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