If MI6 can make it up as they go then by God so can We! How lame was the latest communique stating Gaddafi was halfway to Caracas the instant mercenary snipers opened up on the crowds? North Africa In flames reminds us of those soppy post-war, on the cheap British epics, with redcoats in the nick of time to save the tent. Not bloody likely, cutting Italy’s nearly intrevenous petroleum lifeline is a Gamed gimmick.
On the oppoiste side of the pond, the White House maintains radio silence but allows their mouthpiece outlets to let slip a few morsels of realpolitik. Gaddafi will fight, have no doubt about that and the Yanks weren’t caught off guard by his intransigence, they counted on it. The general public has a sketchy image of the Generalissimo, carefully fashioned over the years so nobody will object when they slot him.
The WashPost paints an image of a misunderstood fool in the western media and a nefarious schemer at home. It used to be true that if you owned a lot of money it afforded eccentricity and if you were broke, any misbehaviour was considered plain weird. Gaddafi seems to have turned the tables on that notion, the Yanks would like for us to see him as a clownish menace. But watch out, he’s a Sean Connery fan!