Happy Anniversary Colonel – Icon of the Revolution – Celebrate a day of Irony

On the first day of September in 1969, Colonel Gaddafi led a group of army officers that overthrew the existing monarchy and proclaimed the Libyan Arab Republic.  That makes today a very special day in Libyan history, and this year the anniversary of Gaddafi’s rule coincides with the end of Ramadan.  Libyans have two reasons to celebrate this year; but they are not the same reasons they might have had any other year for the last 42 years.

“This year’s is, by far, my life’s happiest Eid. I will celebrate it in real freedom for the first time,” Tripoli resident Faiz Bekhtari tells IPS. He has lost his left eye in the fighting. “I was collecting money for the fighters in the Nafusa mountains – a rebel stronghold around 200 kilometres from Tripoli – when Gaddafi’s militiamen captured me in Geryan, my hometown,” said Bekhtari. But he says he’s ready to forgive those who kicked him on his face while he was in prison. “Eid is a time for reconciliation.”

Colonel Gaddafi took to the airways again today.  However he had little time to commemorate his rule and little to celebrate this year.  He is too busy hiding and threatening to fight until the bitter end.  Unfortunately for the Brother Leader, Guide to the Revolution and King of Kings, Gaddafi had to use Syrian television for the audio broadcast, it seems the former national television network is temporary out of his control.

“Prepare yourselves for a gang and guerrilla war, for urban warfare and popular resistance in every town … to defeat the enemy everywhere.”  “Even if you cannot hear my voice. “We will not surrender. We are not women and we are going to keep on fighting.   They want to enter a long battle with us. Let it be a long battle. We will fight from place to place, from town to town, from valley to valley, from mountain to mountain,” Qaddafi said.
“If Libya goes up in flames, who will be able to govern it? Let it burn. They don’t want to rule Libya. They cannot rule it as long as we are armed. We are still armed. We will fight in every valley, in every street, in every oasis, and every town.”

Some some of his children are as out-of-control as his television station; his wife, a daughter, a couple of sons and grandchildren have gone to Algeria – no word from Algeria about any anniversary celebrations. But Algeria promises not to let Gaddafi follow or to allow his family to wander around unsupervised; in fact the Algerian government is promising to recognize the rebel government.   One of Gaddafi’s sons, Saadi, is still in Libya and is also proving to be unruly.  He found an audience with Al-Arabyia television; he says the jigger is up and he is ready to negotiate. He said it is with his father’s blessing, but Saadi’s statements do not match his father’s or his brother’s words.

“We were talking about negotiations based on ending bloodshed,” Gaddafi’s son Saadi said on al-Arabiya television, saying he had been given his father’s blessing to negotiate with the ruling National Transitional Council. Asharq Alawsat, 9-1-11

His brother, and the Colonel’s most loyal and obedient son, Saif-al-Islam, has a different message – and he, like is father was forced to use Syrian satellite television.  Once reported to have been captured, Saif is said to command his own unit and, as he proved by appearing in person to talk to western journalist during the last days of the battle for Tripoli, very much alive and well in the trenches some place.  He has a warrior’s name – sword of Islam – and a warrior’s words.

“We must wage a campaign of attrition day and night until these lands are cleansed from these gangs and traitors,” he said in a statement broadcast on the Syrian-owned Arrai satellite TV channel. “We assure people that we are standing fast and the commander is in good condition.” He said there were 20,000 loyalist soldiers ready to defend Sirte in the case of an attack. Asharq Alawsat, 9-1-11

However, regardless of the opinions, locations or strengths of the Colonel, his sons and his loyal supporters, in Paris 60 nations of world are meeting to deal with the new Libya; lead by the French and British, the nations of the United Nations and NATO are planning to release of Libyan assets that were seized, to recognize the rebel leadership and to facilitate the resumption of Libyan oil production.  To all of those jaded Middle Eastern observers who think western diplomacy is just another form of colonialism and centered on control the resources of the region, the speed with which the Europe leaders got to the oil issue is certainly a confirmation of their belief. Whatever the motives of all of the various and numerous players in the Libyan drama today is an iconic and ironic day.

Happy Anniversary Colonel!  I wonder what Libya will look like next year on the first day of September 43 years after the coup of 1969?


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