More Hilarity from Arab Leaders

28 Nov

This time, its the Libyan leader Muammar Al-Gaddafi. Whenever Gaddafi speaks, I usually prepare myself for the absurdity that will surely ensue. Most of the time, I can’t tell if he’s purposely being ridiculous and secretly testing how many idiots will agree with him, or he’s just outright inane. This ’07 video however is proof that he’s got a great sense of humor, because I am sure he’s not serious.


14 Responses to “More Hilarity from Arab Leaders”

  1. Eḏ-Tränslëtorälus November 28, 2008 at 11:18 am #

    Quite frankly, the only thing I remember that Al Qaḏḏäfï said that actually made sence (but was so elementary anyone would agree with it) was that the Südänese should be thankful that they have the Nile.

    Al Qaḏḏäfï says a lot of wierd stuff; very, very wierd stuff sometimes. Sadly here, he got the concept down but went off on a tangent concerning the specifics.

    He was basically describing the modern relationship between the colonizer and colonized under neo-imperialism: The colonizer buys crude materials from the colonized, process them into something usable or more sophisticated, only to sell it back to the colonized at a signifficantly higher price tag. Wether or not he knew that, I can only speculate.

    It just goes to show: You need not be very intelligent to be very charismatic. There is something that he, Bush, Al Başïr, and many others share. They are terrible leaders, but dog gone it, they are entertaining! Of course there is the whole “economic meltdown” and “destructive war” thing that’ll make you cry at the same time as well.

  2. Eu November 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm #

    Qaddafi has armed and financed and continues to arm and finance insurgent groups all over Africa – in the Ivory Coast, in Burkina Faso, in Mali and Niger and…in Darfur.

    In his heyday he was arming the Irish Republican Army and rebels in the Philippines and Nicaragua.

    Qaddafi went to war with Egypt in the late 70’s for 3 days.

    If ever there was a threat or nuisance to international stability – he is it.

    Libya is unsustainably using up the underground water of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer shared by Sudan, Egypt, Libya and Chad.

    However Libya’s oil is very cheap to produce and its Mediterranean coastline make it of ‘strategic’ importance.

    I do not find him funny at all.

  3. sudaneseoptimist November 29, 2008 at 2:39 am #

    Eḏ-Tränslëtorälus– Gaddafi is a huge fun of political bullshit and conspiracy theories. I do completely agree with you that he’s showing hints of understanding the colonialism exploitation concept, but sadly “Coca-Cola” is a horrible example of this, for many many reasons.

    Eu- You seem to view Gaddafi as a volcano waiting to errupt. Considering that Gaddafi relatively “tamed down” his wildways, do you still view him as a threat?

  4. Eu November 29, 2008 at 6:11 am #

    Yes – to the Burkinabais and the Ivorians and even to us Sudanese – yes.

    The man is an egocentric megalomaniac who wants to be emperor of Africa.
    Heck some traditional African Kings even gave him their allegiance!

    He set up the Cen-Sad Community to exert his hegemony – as if we needed more regional organizations – this one being centred around the world’s biggest desert!

    If you want to get rich – set up a militia force, take arms up against central government and go to Commander Two-Face (yes the DC Villian).

  5. sudaneseoptimist November 29, 2008 at 6:50 am #

    This is completely off topic– I once heard a Sudanese saying that goes something like “al i*3terab fi Libya wal Yemen daya3 Zaman.” Does anybody know anything about what’s it like to be a Sudanese living in Libya? What’s it like in general to live there? And what are the living standards of the Sudanese diaspora in Libya?

  6. Eu November 29, 2008 at 8:14 am #


    A friend of mind said the same thing the other day!

    Not tempting fate and thanking Providence a million times over – I’d go just about anywhere else!

    That having been said there are loads of Sudanese people there and last year there was a massive ‘voluntary’ repatriation scheme.

    I know for a fact that the huge Egyptian community there had problems, and the Bulgarian doctor of Palestinian origin (who was granted Bulgarian citizenship when he was released) who was imprisoned with the Bulgarian nurses and accused of infecting Libyan children with HIV was disparaging in his description of what it means to be an expatriot in Libya.

  7. sudaneseoptimist November 29, 2008 at 8:23 am #

    The whole Bulgarian nurse fiasco is another tale for another time!

    So I guess it’s a famous Sudanese saying, eh? I would love to get in touch with a Sudanese person living there– it would be interesting to see if they are attached to Libya or not. A lot of Sudanese people who grow up in the Gulf for example have no complaints and consider it their home. I wonder if Libya allows expats to ever get that sense of belonging or even hints of allegiance to Libya.

    To put it in Layman’s terms, I wonder what it is exactly about Libya that makes it such a POS country for foreigners?

  8. Eu November 29, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    There’s the Gulf, and then there’s the Gulf.

    In some Gulf countries expatriots – particularly those not holding ‘western’ passports, are treated like chattel with their employers retaining their passports ‘on trust’ and having the power to revoke their visa and have them out of the country in 24 hours.

    That ‘technicality’ is unique amongst the many nations of our Earth to the biggest Gulf country, and I doubt if it creates any sort of attachment…

    And Mr Alrashid of Asharqalawsat was criticising the UAE for its treatment of its South Asian workforce!!! x D

  9. Eu December 10, 2008 at 7:32 am #

    In all fairness, having shed light on the case of the Bulgarian nurses and Palestinian doctor in Libya..:

    “If these two doctors were British or American, would the Saudi authorities dare to whip them or arrest them? Of course not, Westerners are treated differently from Arabs and Muslims in Saudi Arabia”

    Alaa Alaswany
    Egyptian writer (author of The Yakoubian Building) and activist

  10. sudaneseoptimist December 10, 2008 at 1:12 pm #

    Do you think westerners are treated differntly by default or because their governments command that they be treated fairly and always intervene in such cases (e.g Gibbons, the American kid in Singapore, etc…)

  11. Eu December 10, 2008 at 1:59 pm #

    LIMH (laughin in my head) at the American kid in Singapore who got caned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! x D

    And by the way he did get caned 4 times (two were waived after US pressure)!

    Respect to Singapore – not for caning (OUCH!) but for 1) having a system and
    2) having a system it could/can defend
    with a constitution, the separation of powers and the mystical *rule of law* – no exceptions for anyone!!!

    The Gibbons case is a different ball game.
    I think the person who should have been in the dock is the Sudanese Coptic senior administrator
    1) For obviously not orienteering the staff well enough
    and for
    2) Allowing the situation to occur / snowball

    You know that it was a Sudanese secretary with taddle tale tendencies who had issues with the school and went to the Ministry of Education with a complaint before discussing it with the school management?

    And of course the controversy was ripe for politically expedient picking and the anti-west populists in the government got excited and the rest is history.

    I do not believe that Gillian Gibbons intended to insult anyone.

    On her return to the UK she only had the kindest words to say about Sudan and the Sudanese in spite of the media disbelief and pressure.

    The Gibbons fiasco put Sudan in a negative light – as if we needed any more bad publicity.

    However the case of the Egyptian Doctors is worrying and in its own league.

    750 LASHES?!?!?!?!

    Why westerners are treated this way is due to: 3ugdat alkhawaaja – the inferiority complex that everything white and western is holy, and
    the types of relations western powers have with these ‘States’ which are shamefully hypocritical…basic human rights and long-term oil supply don’t mix very well…

  12. Eu December 10, 2008 at 2:01 pm #

    And FYI:

  13. sudaneseoptimist December 19, 2008 at 3:11 am #

    I agree with you, the case of the Egyptian Doctor is disgraceful, disgusting, and completely shook me to my core when I first heard about it a while back. Saudi Arabia’s jurisprudence is full of direct violations of human rights and is dense in discrimination. The sad thing is that they claim it is based on Sharia law. I hate, with passion, everything about Saudi law.

    At the end of the day though, and this might sound a bit harsh, but I do believe that people have a choice. If one chooses to let go of certain rights for economic gain, and work in Saudi, then one must realize and accept the repercussions. If such incidents are unheard of in Saudi, it is not because they are new, but because the victims have been mummed.

    I do not foresee any aggressive intervention against the human rights violations in Saudi, so I say, if you do not want your rights violated, just don’t go to Saudi.

  14. Eu December 19, 2008 at 7:10 am #

    True but what about the ‘third pillar’?

    The NGO’s, the media, the ‘democratic, enlightened west’?

    When it comes down to it they are hypocrites and favour economic ties to the strength of ideals.

    Those who chose to go and work in Saudi aren’t the only ones who’ve been ‘mummed’.

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