Wednesday, February 23, 2011
This is a portrait of the person for whom power is everything and people nothing. One can only hope that he falls and is driven from Libya. From one perspective, he has been honest throughout the people's revolt against him. He has said he will crush his citizens and let rivers of blood flow through the streets. There is no pretense of relating to the public. The people are serfs or slaves of the system that he has created over 40 years, and he intends to keep it that way, the army notwithstanding. Tinpot dictators are not as common as they once were. Qaddafi provides a case study of who they are and how they operate. Such people will never disappear entirely from the world. There will always be those who thirst for power over others. They are a reminder that relationships with others are fragile and easily broken, especially by those who have no intention of maintaining personal connection.