Friday, March 18, 2011

Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi

The man talks big, but demonstrates a certain lack of intestinal fortitude.  Sure he'll bomb people and threaten house-to-house massacres on his opponents.  He would carry out the massacres, there's no doubt about that.  Now he gets told "no" by the UN, and this is what we get:
Apparently pulling back from the increasingly bellicose statements as recently as Thursday from Colonel Qaddafi and his son Seif al-Islam, Mr. Koussa — his hands shaking as he read a prepared statement at a press conference Friday afternoon — said that the Qaddafi government would comply with the United Nations resolution by halting combat operations.
Obviously he's hoping to negotiate some sort of split-state solution or amnesty for himself and his family.  Let's just put some of his previous "belicose" statements up for contrast:
“We will come house by house, room by room. It’s over. The issue has been decided,” Colonel Qaddafi said Thursday on a radio call-in show before the United Nations vote. To those who continued to resist, he vowed: “We will find you in your closets. We will have no mercy and no pity.”
There's no doubt that the road to some semblance of normal governance in Libya is long, but we should all take pleasure at this setback in the Qaddafi family quest to reduce Libya to their private estate.  It's a giant Qadaffi FAIL and it warms my heart.

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