Crackpot Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi making life utterly miserable for Arabic translators everywhere…

Obviously, it’s no laughing matter that a dictatorial lunatic has been cruelly oppressing (most of) the people of his country for decades – an unfortunately common occurrence throughout post-colonial Africa – but it is quite amusing that since his “rapprochement” with the West in recent years, utterly vile creatures like Tony Blair were happy to be the front men for unscrupulous corporate interests that had no qualms at all about doing business with him.

Given that corporations have, in some jurisdictions at least, been granted the status of “personhood” along with many of the rights afforded to individuals, maybe it’s about time that corresponding obligations of morality be likewise attached to these entities. After all, if companies refused to conduct business with oppressive dictators for deeply implicit moral reasons then there would simply be no economic basis for their power. Yes, I know… it’s a ridiculously naïve concept.


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