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The Dear Loon Sticks Close to the Tree

In Libya as elsewhere, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  The Dear Loon of Libya, heir-apparent Seif al-Islam al-Qaddafi, used to pose as a modern and western looking liberal.  But ever since the Libyan rebellion broke out, Seif has been following in his father’s bloody and eccentric footsteps.

Last spring, he vowed to crush the rebels in ‘a river of blood’.  Last week he stunned western journalists by announcing that Libya was signing an accord with radical Islamists.  Now he’s gone back on that, according to the the New York Times.  No agreements are planned.

Evil, desperate, erratic: like father, like son.  If the rabble of rebels and their equally confused NATO supporters don’t get their act together soon, Libya and the world can look forward to many years of further insanity from the Great Loon and his beloved heir.

It’s not a pretty picture, and an American failure in Libya would further undermine America’s credibility in a dangerous part of the world.  Let’s hope President Obama’s team finds a Libya policy soon, and that it works.

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  • Kenny

    Mr. Mead,

    Re: The Loon

    This childish name-calling demeans you and your argument.

    It might seem ‘cool’ to the kiddies in your class but you’re bloging here for the real world.

    Perhaps you want to reconsider that approach and adapt a more mature one. I’m just saying.

  • Kris

    Kenny, you do realize we’re talking about someone whose actual first name is “Sword of Islam”?

  • SgtDad

    “Seif al-Islam al-Qaddafi”

    Does this not translate as “Qaddafi’s Sword of Submission?” Why do we conceal these truths by not translating Arabic titles, etc.?

    Seif al-Islam = Sword of Submission;
    Fatah = Conquest;

    • Walter Russell Mead

      @ Sgt.Dad
      Not sure what the point would be. Logically, wouldn’t that mean translating the name “Peter” as rock every time it showed up? And just because your parents named you something, that doesn’t mean you are that thing.

      BTW a Mead ancestor had 11 children back in the day. The oldest was a daughter and they named her Patience. The 11th child was a daughter and they named her Experience. Not sure this had much to do with the character of each child.

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