13 Replies to “Brooker v. Ghaddafi”

  1. A lighthearted yet suitably serious video.

    I too have been following Gaddhafi’s outfits. Clearly his Ukrainian “nurse” has been spending time in Milan picking up some wonderful “pieces”.

    GayandRight suggested that they don’t bomb his palace in order to keep his world class collection of uniforms for future posterity.

  2. It is sort of darkly amusing how many of these depraved tyrants just love to play dress-up, isn’t it?

    Probably enough of them that the History Channel could launch a new series; “Lifestyles of the Rich and Fascist.” Gaddhafi alone could provide material for five 1-hour episodes.

  3. “Lifestyles of the Rich and Fascist.”

    Too good.

    I guess us plebes are still forced to buy our suits at Moore’s and jeans at Cosco.

    I would like to get medals and colored stripey block things to pin to my jacket. Maybe they could tell people in the know what I had for breakfast, how many times in the last month I rutted, or other important military stuff.

  4. Paradoxically, Libya’s initial opening overtures to the West was deemed as a testament to the success of the ‘diplomatic approach.’ In fact, it was often argued in contrast to the neoconservative plan with rebuilding Iraq. However, Libya along with other nations’ uprising will argued as a vindication of the Daneille Pletkas of the world. Ironically, She and the AEI often would emphatically argue that dictatorships would often create a space where radical constituencies would flourish because they were seen as the primary opposition (but they would conversely fade away once democracy would arise). However, neoconservatives have argued that there is a risk of the radicalized factions like the Muslim Brotherhood taking over in revolutions that are ostensibly democratic.

    I really think that the intellectuals who inform the American political class are so bewildered that their political counterparts also have difficulty in articulating how these events are commensurate to America’s foreign policy in the Middle East. One thing is for sure, I will be starting a drinking game as soon as the word “domino” starts entering Pundantheon.

  5. jkg, I’d be careful in trying to predict anything when it comes to revolutions. They are chaotic by definition. And there have been plenty of examples in history of regimes coming to fill the power vacuum that turn out even worse than the original dictator who was overthrown. Napoleon’s coup after the French revolution, or Lenin after Russia’s revolution are the obvious examples. So I wouldn’t take Pletkas or anyone from the AEI as ‘experts’ in the field.

    Also remember what happened in Iran in 1979. This was a westernized, secular nation as well, with a democratic history none the less. Recall that the US installed the Shaw over a democratically elected government. Also unlike most other nations in the region who’s borders were drawn in 1919 with political considerations in mind, Persia was a defined nation and people with thousands of years of history behind them. Once the Shaw was kicked out, out of any nation in the middle east, one would have expected Iran to emerge with a fully functional democracy.

    This is why everyone is concerned about Egypt. It looks promising for now, but I would place any money on how it will end just yet.

  6. Absolutely,TofKW, I was just simply noting how these events will be spun by the usual pundits, especially if they try to salvage their narrative.

    This is why everyone is concerned about Egypt

    Speaking of which, The Coptic monasteries are basically vulnerable, and it appears that the Armed Forces are not doing much to protect them.

  7. This is one of those instances where I just want to tell my inner cynic to STFU and hope for a semi-decent outcome from all of this turmoil. I know that so many revolutions go horribly wrong… spiraling into violent chaos and reactionary despotism, but it’s hard not to think that something good and genuinely positive can eventually come of what’s taken place in recent weeks from the wave of popular unrest in the Middle East.

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