Image 1 of 9: Still playing games with us, Moammar? Always full of surprises: as the world waits for his next move we can count on him to keep it flamboyant and bizarre. Here seen on Libyan state TV in June, the Libyan leader has been playing chess with
the visiting Russian head of the World Chess Federation.
Image 1 of 9: Incongruous: this endangered leader keeping his brain active, is not an isolated image of tyrants' leisurely activity: A painted depiction of a 100 year-old chess
game between Adolf HItler and Vladimir Lenin, signed by the 2 dictators. Even though their real-life
moves aren't always the smartest..
Image 1 of 9: Zenga Zenga: Who can forget this hit-song club-beat remix of a Gaddafi hate-spewing speech, by brazen
Israeli DJ, the chorus popularizing the malignant threat to wipe out his people. If you haven't yet heard this catchy 'viral' hit,
you must have been living in a cave or not clubbing in Lebanon.
Image 1 of 9: Dance all night, sing, rejoice! While people were dreaming to dance the 'zenga zenga'
in a liberated Libya, ironically he too was a proponent of his people dancing. He entreated them to come out and dance
in a 'wall'-rant speech, claiming in dictator fashion that he was at one
with the people.
Image 1 of 9: What protests? Insists the Libyan leader well into the Revolution. 'There are no protests' he persists as non-state coverage
beams images of throngs on the streets. If Gaddafi still had a jot of credibility, he started to
lose it now. Who are you? Where are you? He asked confusedly in speeches.
Image 1 of 9: 'Rats and drug addicts': How to explain the people chaos? Nescafe-fueled hippies and
foreign agents of course, as he claims in a speech that protesters are powered by milky 'Nescafe' spiked with hallucinogenic
drugs. (Who isn't addicted to Nescafe- they don't call it Nesca-crack for nothing!)
Image 1 of 9: Peak of his own catastrophe: While threatening to finish his people off til the last drop of Libyan blood,
Gaddafi has the 'gall' to comment, even preach on a fellow besieged Arab dictatorship: On Yemen's affairs and Ali Abdullah
Saleh: 'Enough bloodshed; Saleh must step down, he is not wanted!'
Image 1 of 9: Hiding under the umbrella: Coined the 'umbrella' or 'I'm still in Tripoli' speech, apologizing that he'd love to say more than his
2 minutes worth but that rain prevented him (as the people amassed
under the showers to register their discontent). It's a good thing he doesn't live in England...
Image 1 of 9: No camera appearances. Did his wardrobe take a hit with his compound? What happened to his flamboyant tent-like dress?
He has either run out of laundered clothing since taking to underground hiding, maybe run out of curtain (no windows in caves)
-toga material from which to customize his costumes.
While Colonel Moammar Gaddafi's days may be numbered, he will be missed by many. Not least by Al Bawaba's entertainment channels, if just for his 'Qaddafisms'. Though Gaddafi himself still does not seem about to take his last curtain call, he might soon get caught out, or beaten, by the overwhelming tide of opposition and NATO's strikes- as witnessed in the Yemeni leader's eventual begrudging departure.
The Edtiors at Al Bawaba might secretly miss him, but we shan't be sorry to see the back of a tyrant who has unleashed a magnitude of force and carnage on his own people.
While he has been officially exonerated in the press as the mass rapist of his people - as e-rumours proliferated the myth of his arming his military with viagra to rape women en mass, following the outing of Iman al-Obeidi- he is still very much a threat at large. Still, his security apparatus seems to be weakening, and there are decided cracks in his armour. Unlikely that his former measures of security - including the now rumoured to-be-retired- Amazonian Guards- can do much at this stage. These female body-guards are reported to have been released, or fled their posts.
In case you too find yourself missing the theatrical appearences of this camera-courting character, as he avoids TV interviews in favor of radio, here's something to keep you going: a reminder in photos of his finest revolution-time moments. A 'Qaddafism Round-up,' if you will.
For previous Qaddafisms, Qaddafisms 2, from the Colonel's career- brought to you first by Al Bawaba.