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Phew! Gotham’s air just got stinkier with the arrival of the “mad dog of the Middle East.”
Ronald Reagan’s assessment of Moammar Khadafy is as apt today as it was in 1986, and the world membership of the 64th General Assembly %u2013 currently in session at the impotent United Nations %u2013 should clamp handcuffs on the terror-sponsoring Libyan dictator and throw away the key instead of entertaining his hokum.
During his first visit to the UN in 40 years, Khadafy remains unrepentant, bloated with hubris and unaccountable for the “persistent reports of torture and other ill-treatment of detained migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers,” recorded in Amnesty International’s scathing 2009 report on the state of human rights in Libya.
If a goal of the annual gathering of world leaders is to provide “a unique forum for multi-lateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues,” then it should also find out why Khadafy gave a hero’s welcome to recently-released terrorist Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, convicted of the 1998 hijacking of Pan Am Flight 103 and annihilating 270 people, 189 of them Americans, and now free to gloat with his family in Tripoli while his victims’ families recry their tears.
In its report, Amnesty International assesses that “Libya’s human rights record and continuing violations cast a shadow over its improved international diplomatic standing.” The grim appraisal comes a whole 10 years after the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture concluded in a 1999 report that Khadafy employed such methods of inflicting agony as “beating on the soles of the feet, hanging by the wrists from a ceiling or high window, or being suspended from a pole inserted between the knees and elbows, electric shocks, burning with cigarettes and being exposed to aggressive dogs, resulting in bite wounds.”
Khadafy has kept a low profile in recent years but anti-western sentiment remains his mantra. In an October 4, 2003 speech, he incited, “We must train the women how to booby-trap the car and blow it up among the enemy, how to blow up the house so it falls on the enemy soldiers.” This after his desperate attempts to reconcile with the United States.
A coward, liar, wimp, weasel and mass murderer, Moammar Khadafy has demonstrated his many faces to the Free World. When he failed to woo the brainless Nation of Islam into igniting a racial civil war here in the early 1990s, he gave the Flight 103 bombing his blessing. Then, when he was diplomatically ostracized for eight years, he returned with his tail between his legs, vowing to squelch Libya’s nuclear, chemical and biological arms program in a written confession later retracted by his son, Saif, and tried to compensate the families of Lockerbie victims. As if a bit of money could resurrect their lost loved ones.
In a compelling example of the acorn not falling far from the tree, another of Khadafy’s violent and bratty sons, Hannibal, was arrested last year in Switzerland for assaulting two servants in a Geneva hotel with a belt and a coat-hangar, prompting the rabid leader to call for the abolition of the alpine nation.
Through all his guises, the “mad dog” has mocked the Free World. In 2004, when Tony Blair traveled to Khadafy’s tent to personally welcome him back to the international community, he greeted the British prime minister in bare feet, a reviled sign in Arabic, and then flatulated, an even greater insult.
Far from being a reformed national leader, Moammar Khadafy is what he has always been, a sociopath who continues to monger and wield evil just because he can.
Granting him a world stage on the heels of the al-Megrahi’s despicable release amounts to salting the wounds of the tormented and leaves a brown streak on the United Nations, which should have hauled the thug in for crimes against humanity the second he stepped off the plane.
©2009 Community Newspaper Group
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