Who are you and what have you done with the Libyan dictator?


My new theory is that Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has been kidnapped, and a lookalike puppet controlled by the US government is replacing him. Yep, I sound like one of those wacky conspiracy theorists! But how else do you explain his recent 180s? First, voluntarily giving up Libya’s WMDs and allowing weapons inspectors free access. And now the announcement that Libya will be making peace with Israel (via LGF):

A high-ranking Israeli delegation is expected to visit Libya with the aim of reaching a mutual understanding on the signing of a peace agreement, Kuwaiti newspaper A-Siyasa, quoted on the Al Bawaba website, reported Tuesday.

Meanwhile, in comments published Tuesday, Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi was quoted as saying he is ready to compensate Libyan Jews whose properties were confiscated. He also said he is prepared to allow Libyans to travel to Israel, according to Arab press reports.

Call me cynical and jaded, but I’m having a hard time believing that there’s no catch to all of this. What’s next? Will the Islamic Jihad throw its suicide bomb manufacturing equipment into the sea? Will North Korea destroy its nuclear programs? Will Michael Moore wear a voluntary muzzle? (Ok, maybe that last one’s a bit too much to hope for…)

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1 Otter 01.06.04 at 7:17 PM

National Review posted an interesting letter on their weblog a few weeks ago. The guy argued that Khadaffi is angling to land the 2010 World Cup, which has been promised to Africa, for Libya. He’s a soccer fanatic (his son plays in Italy) and if he can pull off a huge image turnaround for Libya, he might be able to steal the tournament away from South Africa.

I dunno, and certainly the example of Iraq has to be weighing on his mind as well. But there’s something about that theory that seems plausible to me.


2 Eric 01.06.04 at 7:23 PM

I suspect if possibly seeming to have a WMD program is bad for Hussein’s regime, actually almost having one is worse for Gaddafi’s… and Iraq coverage is cooling down, so we’re due for a new, er, intervention or something by the Bush administration.

At this rate, all the really nasty sub-nuclear dictators will be gone in a decade or two… and Halliburton will be filthy stinking richer than ever before.

Still, if American taxpayers have to pay Dick et al. to to shake up the kind of silly idea of unconditional national sovreignty for at least the weaker strongmen and wackos, I’m at least partially for it.

As for Islamic Jihad and Michael Moore, without making any obvious distinctions… they both kind of blend in with the civilian populations around them. They’re probably safe.


3 Alan Anderson 01.12.04 at 6:28 AM

We’ve all heard of the “peace dividend” that the Left like to talk about. Well, Khaddafi’s change of heart is what I call the “war dividend”.


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