Gaddafi: I love revolts — when they occur somewhere else

posted at 10:12 am on February 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Moammar Gaddafi wants Arabs to know he’s a really big fan of popular uprisings against dictatorial autocrats these days.  No, really!  He’d love to see yet another popular uprising — anywhere except Libya.  In fact, he even has a suggestion of where Arabs can go instead:

Palestinian refugees should capitalize on the wave of popular revolts in the Middle East by massing peacefully on the borders of Israel until it gives in to their demands, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday.

Gaddafi is respected in many parts of the Arab world for his uncompromising criticism of Israel and Arab leaders who have dealings with the Jewish state, though some people in the region dismiss his initiatives as unrealistic.

He was giving his first major speech since a popular uprising in neighboring Egypt forced President Hosni Mubarak to resign, an event which electrified the Arab world and prompted speculation that other Arab governments could also be toppled.

“Fleets of boats should take Palestinians … and wait by the Palestinian shores until the problem is resolved,” Gaddafi was shown saying on state television. “This is a time of popular revolutions.”

Well, there is one teensy little problem with that suggestion.  It wouldn’t be a revolution; it would be an invasion.  The people who live in Israel vote for their government instead of living in a dictatorship, and the Israelis like that arrangement.

Of course, that’s not a bug for Gaddafi but a feature.  He wants activists to go anywhere else but Libya, which has been ruled by Gaddafi’s iron fist for 42 years, ever since he spearheaded a military coup that overthrew King Idris Crown Prince Sayyid in 1969.  Gaddadfi’s sons Saif al-Islam and Mutassim are being groomed for succession when Gaddafi either retires or dies — exactly the kind of succession that prompted Egyptians to revolt against Hosni Mubarak this year.

Gaddafi hopes to distract his people by calling for a “revolution” against Israel.  Perhaps Libyans should act locally rather than get duped into thinking globally in this instance.


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What’s wrong with his face? Did he get burned up or something?

IronDioPriest on February 14, 2011 at 10:15 AM

Nice hat!

search4truth on February 14, 2011 at 10:16 AM

When did Superfly Jimmy Snuka become a military strongman?

teke184 on February 14, 2011 at 10:18 AM

One of the ways successful tyrants stay in power is by giving their serfs a way the channel their anger away from the government.
No food- it’s an evil plot of the Jews
No job- that minority right there is why, not government corruption
Children dying of preventable diseases –it’s the fault of the US; they refuse to give us the medicine we need

LincolntheHun on February 14, 2011 at 10:20 AM

Gaddafi’s still pissed that Bush scared his a$$ into giving up his WMD programs without so much as one bullet being fired at him…….

Baxter Greene on February 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Obamas influence shows it’s ugly face once again.

heshtesh on February 14, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Where are his babes??

Blake on February 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Gaddadfi’s sons Saif al-Islam and Mutassim are being groomed for succession when Gaddafi either retires or dies — exactly the kind of succession that prompted Egyptians to revolt against Hosni Mubarak this year.

Are the female guards and buxom, blond “nurses” included in this inheritance?

Cody1991 on February 14, 2011 at 10:28 AM

‘Gaddafi: I love revolts — when they occur somewhere else’

Of course he does…

annoyinglittletwerp on February 14, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Gaddafi also issued a call to Muslim countries to join forces against Western powers. He said the world was divided into white, denoting the United States, Europe and their allies, and green for the Muslim world.

“The white color has decided to get rid of the green color,” Gaddafi said. “These countries should be united against the white color because all of these white countries are the enemies of Islam.”

Another idiotic declaration of color superiority.

fourdeucer on February 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM

Where are his babes??

Blake on February 14, 2011 at 10:26 AM

apparently he really likes blondes….

Another idiotic declaration of color superiority.

fourdeucer on February 14, 2011 at 10:32 AM

right4life on February 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Is Gaddafi still a colonel?

Kjeil on February 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Meanwhile Tehran explodes, and nobody says a word…

BBC….A BBC producer in the Iranian capital, who was affected by the gas, described central Tehran as “total chaos”.

He said “severe clashes” were taking place between protesters and police and there had been many arrests.

Iranian police have placed opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi under house arrest, his official website says.

Limerick on February 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Hey, where did you get that jacket?

Bishop on February 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

LinkolnintheHun:
I give you more:
No jobs – it is greedy capitalists (lets raise taxes on them -never mind you will pay those taxes, since they are always passed on workers)
Rising fuel prices -it is greedy oil companies and speculators – lets ban drilling (self explanatory)
Rising electricity prices -it is greedy coal mining companies -lets regulate the hell out of co2, and pay even more for wind/solar power
Rising health services prices – greedy doctors/insurance companies- lets regulate the hell out of them, pass mandates of minimum care, set prices for services, and more taxes to pay for everything , including medical devices.

anikol on February 14, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Gaddafi: I love revolts — when they occur somewhere else

Me too buddy, me too. Meanwhile, I also know an out of touch Arab leader that needs to go, but he ain’t in the middle east.

abobo on February 14, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Gaddafi Aid: Sire, the people are revolting!

Gaddafi: You said it, they stink on ice!

Liberty or Death on February 14, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Out: Bonus March. In: Woodstock Nation!

Seth Halpern on February 14, 2011 at 10:40 AM

The palestinians can start by revolting against their own government. Both Hamas and Fatah are dictatorships. Elections have been put off for quite a while, no criticism of the government is allowed etc. etc.

Phoenician on February 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;

Those words were written for a reason Col.

MikeA on February 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM

He’d love to see yet another popular uprising — anywhere except Libya

Uprisings for thee, just not for me.

/khadafi

ted c on February 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

From the Halls of Montezuma,
To the shores of Tripoli;

Those words were written for a reason Col.

MikeA on February 14, 2011 at 10:45 AM

best service anthem we have…++

ted c on February 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

What self-respecting despot is only a colonel and probably a “light” col. at that?

diogenes on February 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

BREAKING: UK unveils Scotland’s price for Lockerbie bomber release;

Mr Straw told The Mail on Sunday that last week he checked unpublished documents and official records of conversations he held with Mr Salmond and Mr MacAskill in the autumn of 2007.

At that time, the Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was threatening not to ratify an oil-drill-ing deal with BP unless Megrahi was included in a Prisoner Transfer Agreement (PTA) allowing him to return to Libya. Gaddafi got his way – and the oil deal, potentially worth many billions, went ahead.

Mr Straw said that Mr Salmond had already asked him the previous summer to change the law over the prisoners’ damages claims for having to slop out – claims which he feared could cost Scotland £50 million.

‘It does seem now that he has been suffering from selective amnesia,’ Mr Straw said.

‘What he’s forgotten is that when I went to him in late 2007, asking him to agree to a PTA that would not exclude Megrahi, he indicated that he could be more accommodating if I could offer him two concessions – first to change the Scotland Act to make Scotland less vulnerable to paying compensation to prisoners for slopping out, and second to transfer responsibility for firearms from Westminster to Scotland.’

FLASHBACK *2007*: Qaddafi Wants Money and Lockerbie Attacker for Nurses’ Release

Muammar Qaddafi has officially stated his conditions for the release of the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor sentenced to death in Libya, a website of the Libyan opposition claims.

Cited by the Bulgarian national radio, the site claims that Qaddafi has sent an official note to the EU country members and the US, requesting compensations for the families of the HIV-infected children and the release of the terrorist from Lockerbie… The UK should help with the release of the Lockerbie bomber, the note also says. He could be released because he has already served his sentence, or he could receive amnesty, or be extradited to Libya, Qaddafi suggests.

Where is this “official note“?

Kaddafi’s bald-faced hostage extortion scheme must be exposed.

/once again, terrorism pays… handsomely

Terp Mole on February 14, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Are Libyans in as poor an economic shape as a lot of Egyptians apprently are, though? That’s the real catalyst.

changer1701 on February 14, 2011 at 10:50 AM

If Gaddafi would wear a big red rubber nose he’d be completely in character.

Any moment you think he’s going to reach into a pocket and pull out a long line of handkerchiefs.

Speakup on February 14, 2011 at 10:51 AM

ever since he spearheaded a military coup

Uh oh!

a capella on February 14, 2011 at 10:59 AM

best service anthem we have…++

ted c on February 14, 2011 at 10:48 AM

“Now that’s what I’m talking about, yeah!”

(OK, Gene left out the Coast Guard, but he’s no doubt a patriot.)

pain train on February 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Gaddafi’s still pissed that Bush scared his a$$ into giving up his WMD programs

Why should Kaddafi be pissed?

The French sold him better nuclear reactors as part of Kaddafi’s sextortion payoff to release his brutally prison-raped EU-nurse hostages.

Let’s add up some of Kaddafi’s jizya booty for prison raping EU nurses (so far):

EU $400 million (includes Bulgaria’s $57M ransom)
French nuclear reactor deal (+military hardware)
EU free trade (+political normalization)
New US Ambassador (+date w/ Condi)
Obama handshake (+UN podium for Ramadan)
Trillion Euro BP oil deal (brokered by UK politicians)

Lockerbie bomber’s release… PRICELESS!

/terrorism still pays… handsomely

Terp Mole on February 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Not his people. I doubt Ka-daffy wants his people to lift a finger. He’s telling the Palestinians to mass upon the borders — as if the Palestinians don’t already have enough trouble making ends meet. As for the outcomes of these various velvet revolutions — for that is indeed what Egypt just went through — they depend on men of basic good will. I doubt protesters against Kadaffy would fare the same as protesters against Mubarak. Mubarak could not bring himself to order the bloodshed needed to clear the square — the same bloodshed Hu (China’s current president) had no trouble ordering against his own people in Tiananmen Square, and that Kadaffy himself has ordered against protests in his own country.

Of course, Kadaffy has this whole protest thing well under control — he’s going to participate in protests against his own government. I pity the second level bureaucrats who will be offered up in sacrifice.

unclesmrgol on February 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM

You know that even long gone…the mere mention of Reagan would bring this guy to his knees.
There was hardly a better time, a better use of power, then when we told France, Spain, and Italy to kiss off, Flying from Carriers and other ports, our pilots dropped a little present at Gadaffi’s front door. Operation El Dorado Canyon (named after a canyon near El Toro Marine Base in California where many of the pilots came from).
The idiot from Spain (can’t remember his name) is the one who spilled the beans to Gadaffi, which allowed him and most of his family to escape.
But Gadaffi for years kept his mouth shut and his head down…of course now, there is no threat.
All Obama would have to do is say “I dreamed President Reagan spoke to me about you”, and Gadaffi and his lizard face, would crawl back under his rock.

right2bright on February 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

right2bright on February 14, 2011 at 11:21 AM

I believe the Tornado that did the home improvement job on the Colonel flew from a U.S. base in England. The Navy opened the gate for that little surprise by the U.S. Air Force.

Limerick on February 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

Palestinian refugees should capitalize on the wave of popular revolts in the Middle East by massing peacefully on the borders of Israel until it gives in to their demands, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Sunday.

They’ve been “massed on the border” for years, Muammar. It’s called Jordan. Or the West Bank. As for the “peacefully” part, not so much.

thirtypundit on February 14, 2011 at 11:31 AM

I believe the Tornado that did the home improvement job on the Colonel flew from a U.S. base in England. The Navy opened the gate for that little surprise by the U.S. Air Force.

Limerick on February 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I beleive you are correct…I remember finding out that a squadron of marines flew out of El Toro, so as not to tip the hand early of deployment to the Russians, they flew half (at least) way around the world, refueling numerous times, for hours upon hours, and delivery with deadly accuracy…that was one of the first examples to the world (Russia) that we had a lot more fire power, and a lot more clever than they ever imagined.
And England was by our side, our true “wingman”…Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, could there ever be a better pairing?

right2bright on February 14, 2011 at 11:32 AM

Gaddafi Aid: Sire, the people are revolting!

Gaddafi: You said it, they stink on ice!

Liberty or Death on February 14, 2011 at 10:39 AM

They are my people! I am their sovereign! I LOVE Them. Pull! (shoots peasant flung into air) Drifting to the left…

Dash on February 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Meanwhile Tehran explodes, and nobody says a word…

Limerick on February 14, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Thanks for that. Links?

/once again, terrorism pays… handsomely

Terp Mole on February 14, 2011 at 10:49 AM

I didn’t know this. Wow.
I wonder how much tribute BO’s been paying.
*Jefferson rolls in his grave*

Badger40 on February 14, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Here ya go, Badger..

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-12447225

Limerick on February 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

“Now that’s what I’m talking about, yeah!”

(OK, Gene left out the Coast Guard, but he’s no doubt a patriot.)

pain train on February 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

dude; that was the BEST video I’ve seen in a long time! thanks

ted c on February 14, 2011 at 11:39 AM

“Now that’s what I’m talking about, yeah!”

(OK, Gene left out the Coast Guard, but he’s no doubt a patriot.)

pain train on February 14, 2011 at 11:06 AM

What patriotic song do the Coasties have?

right2bright on February 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Obama could not have made his intentions more clear. When the people of a RABIDLY anti-American and anti-Jewish regime riot, Obama condemns the protesters and gives their opressors carte blanche to beat them in the street, torture and murder with extreme prejudice.

When a country has a less repressive government, a peace treaty with Israel, and one of the most pro-American leaders in the area — anyone who opposes that government gets Obama’s blessing, and the leader gets the bum’s rush.

Every dictator only has two real driving interests: keeping his people in line, and keeping the current superpower from interfering with his playpen. When those two interests coincide, it’s a no-brainer. Gaddafi may not be the brightest bulb on the tree, but even he can see the obvious.

logis on February 14, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Limerick on February 14, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Thanks. ED-where’s the thread on this?
This is MAJOR news people.

What patriotic song do the Coasties have?

right2bright on February 14, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Here ya go.
My dad was a coastie.
I lived on Governor’s Island when I was a kid.

Badger40 on February 14, 2011 at 11:46 AM

“The bowing begins in five minutes.”

The Gipper 2.0

Christien on February 14, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I believe the Tornado that did the home improvement job on the Colonel flew from a U.S. base in England. The Navy opened the gate for that little surprise by the U.S. Air Force.

Limerick on February 14, 2011 at 11:26 AM

I beleive you are correct…I remember finding out that a squadron of marines flew out of El Toro, so as not to tip the hand early of deployment to the Russians, they flew half (at least) way around the world, refueling numerous times, for hours upon hours, and delivery with deadly accuracy…that was one of the first examples to the world (Russia) that we had a lot more fire power, and a lot more clever than they ever imagined.
And England was by our side, our true “wingman”…Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, could there ever be a better pairing?

right2bright

My god, where does the historical knowledge you two have come from?

The strike against Libya came from both Uk based USAF F-111s (not British tornado jets and not planes out of El Toro), and Navy strike aircraft from the USS America and USS Coral Sea.

firepilot on February 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

I have a bad feeling that the rest of the arab world is going to do what gaddafi is wanting and blame Israel

ConservativePartyNow on February 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM

firepilot on February 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

F-111, yep, sorry I IDd it as the Brit version and not Aardvark. Big butt heavy beasty that carried the Colonel’s Easter Eggs.

Limerick on February 14, 2011 at 12:14 PM

right2bright: The idiot from Spain (can’t remember his name) is the one who spilled the beans to Gadaffi, which allowed him and most of his family to escape.

None of the Kaddafi klan were harmed by Operation El Dorado Canyon.

An orphan girl was cynically left by Kaddafi to sacrifice. The ghoul celebrates his anniversary every year by cynically exhuming his “adopted” daughter’s corpse to shake at the West.

Hannah’s death (along with thousands of other innocents) is on Kaddafi’s blood drenched hands.

/Kaddafi_Delenda_Est

Terp Mole on February 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM

My god, where does the historical knowledge you two have come from?

The strike against Libya came from both Uk based USAF F-111s (not British tornado jets and not planes out of El Toro), and Navy strike aircraft from the USS America and USS Coral Sea.

firepilot on February 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Thanks for the correction, I will tell my friend, a marine pilot (ret) out of El Toro that he is wrong, Wikipedia is correct.
Yes, we know of the 111′s, and we know of Fairfield, and Mildenford (sp?), we know the “five” targets, we know France and Spain, we know what is written…
Little known fact about El Toro…Lee Harvey Oswald was a radar operator on base.

right2bright on February 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Terp Mole on February 14, 2011 at 12:19 PM

I knew a girl was killed, that was a “big” deal, but I thought his sons were injured…regardless, he was tipped off and he may have his “celebration” but he sat down and listened for years after that excellent attack.

right2bright on February 14, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Thanks for the correction, I will tell my friend, a marine pilot (ret) out of El Toro that he is wrong, Wikipedia is correct.
Yes, we know of the 111′s, and we know of Fairfield, and Mildenford (sp?), we know the “five” targets, we know France and Spain, we know what is written…
Little known fact about El Toro…Lee Harvey Oswald was a radar operator on base.

right2bright

It has nothing to do with reading wiki, the idea that the aircraft took off out of El Toro for the strike is just ludicrous.

You are mistaking the fact that the USMC aircraft aboard the USS Coral Sea, had El Toro for a home base when not aboard the Coral Sea. And you are combining that with the fact that the USAF F-111F aircraft took off out of RAF Lakenheath, and coming up with some near impossible version of USMC F/A-18 flying halfway around the world, starting in California in a single strike mission. It was hard enough for the F-111F crews flying out of the UK in a much faster and longer ranged aircraft.

firepilot on February 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

right2bright: “he sat down and listened for years after that excellent attack.”

Listen to what? The obituaries of innocent Westerners?

Remind PAF103 (’88) and UTA772 (’89) victims’ families– remind UK victims of Kaddafi’s IRA proxy mass murders –when did Kaddafi sit down and listen?

It is a myth and a pernicious conceit that El Dorado Canyon restrained Kaddafi’s terrorism.

Terp Mole on February 14, 2011 at 1:02 PM

firepilot on February 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

er, not sure I understand the severe trauma here. I missed the handle of the aircraft but not its source or service.

Heaven forbid I ever call a Mercury a Ford.

Limerick on February 14, 2011 at 1:07 PM

It is a myth and a pernicious conceit that El Dorado Canyon restrained Kaddafi’s terrorism.

Terp Mole

Unfortunately true. He later launched a couple of missiles at a USCG base in Italy, had a UTA airliner bomber, Pan Am hijacked in Pakistan, and then very possibly the Pan Am flight that crashed over Lockerbie.

firepilot on February 14, 2011 at 1:10 PM

The F-111Bs had to make a long flight because France denied the US overflight authorization. I still find amusing that one bomb was dropped “by mistake ” on the French embassy. :)

El Coqui on February 14, 2011 at 1:18 PM

[firepilot: “very possibly the Pan Am flight that crashed over Lockerbie.”]

Not “possibly“– conclusively. Kaddafi’s goons submitted a letter to the UN Security Council formally accepting “responsibility for the actions of its officials” in relation to the Lockerbie bombing.

Those still beating the troofer drums of doubt are either willfully ignorant or duplicitous.

Terp Mole on February 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

right2bright: “I knew a girl was killed, that was a “big” deal,

The orphan child, Hannah, was a child human-shield. Her blood is on Kaddafi’s hands– not the United States.

Flashback 2006: Lionel Ritchie celebrates human-shield

/Kaddafi_Delenda_Est

Terp Mole on February 14, 2011 at 1:33 PM

One thing’s for sure…He’s not scared of this US President.

kingsjester on February 14, 2011 at 3:25 PM

HAHA! The “one man Rin and Stimpy act” has reared his ugly head again?

What a BRAVE man… so brave….. sorta brave… chicken shidt SOB.

44Magnum on February 14, 2011 at 3:53 PM

You know what I love Moammar? F111′s ! Duck!

Caper29 on February 14, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Recall Kaddafi brutally prison raped Western nurses to extort release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Bulgarian defendant, Kristiana Valceva, said interrogators used a small machine with cables and a handle that produced electricity. “During the shocks and torture they asked me where the AIDS came from and what is your role,” she told Human Rights Watch. She said that Libyan interrogators subjected her to electric shocks on her breasts and genitals. “My confession was all in Arabic without translation,” she said. “We were ready to sign anything just to stop the torture.”

This was the stick the “rehabilitated” Kaddafi clan used to great affect (along with oil carrots) to snooker the West into releasing the Lockerbie bomber.

*Nemo me impune lacessit*

Terp Mole on February 16, 2011 at 12:43 PM