Spoils of war: Libyan rebels seize Qaddafi’s bling

posted at 6:45 pm on August 23, 2011 by Allahpundit

Via Michael Moynihan, you’ll know that total victory is at hand when a rebel soldier is filmed parading down main street in Tripoli in a looted pink muumuu. If the hat worn by the guy interviewed in the clip below looks familiar, it should; that was one of the prized items lifted today when they overran Qaddafi’s compound and started busting up statues of him, including that dopey one of a giant fist seizing an American fighter jet in mid-air. (The Daily Mail has photos.) The man himself is still at large and believed to be hiding somewhere in Tripoli, which raises the question of how much territory is still under the regime’s thumb. According to a WSJ report filed early this morning, before the compound was raided, maybe more than you think.

Advancing rebels said they haven’t attempted to enter or assert authority in several neighborhoods, including the historically pro-Gadhafi areas of Abu Salim and Hadba. Some of the fighters admitted they had little visibility on some areas of the city. “It’s pretty much a black spot right now,” said Mohamed Abu Sbeaa, a 21-year-old rebel fighter…

Rebels appear to have voluntarily pulled back from much of the territory they took almost as soon as they took it. The invading forces appeared to only control a slice of land leading from the western edge to near the city center. Rebels from inside the capital claimed to control a handful of other neighborhoods but these were difficult to reach as roads through the capital remained insecure.

With communication poor between various rebel units and neighborhood groups, it was difficult to know with certainty the status of many neighborhoods.

If Saif Qaddafi was able to cruise up to the Rixos Hotel last night and invite reporters to tour the city’s hottest battle spots with him, how much control of Tripoli could the rebels possibly have? (NATO, which had suspended its bombing campaign in hopes that the rebels could take it from here, is already preparing to resume its attacks.) On the other hand, if the guy below was capable of breaking into Qaddafi’s walk-in closet and walking out with a jaunty chapeau and scepter, how much control could the regime still possibly have? How’d you like to be a Tripoli resident right now trying to negotiate your way around the city, a different ruling power potentially on every block?

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I expect old Moamar has a few more tricks up his sleeve. I don’t think he is going to go quietly.Fears for chemical weapons are out there.

sandee on August 23, 2011 at 6:50 PM

He should put it on EBay and retire.

BacaDog on August 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM

Love it!

Jim-Rose on August 23, 2011 at 6:54 PM

“Faashizzle my Nizzle…!”

Seven Percent Solution on August 23, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Hey, wasn’t he in the Village People?

keep the change on August 23, 2011 at 6:55 PM

I’ve got to get one of Qaddafi’s hats, or maybe a Kim Jong il hat. They command such respect and should be adopted by all the worlds tin pot dictators.

MJZZZ on August 23, 2011 at 6:56 PM

which raises the question of how much territory is still under the regime’s thumb

Hey Allah– do you/we/anyone know what the “support” breakdown is within Tripoli? I always thought it was a pro-Gaddafi joint.

If so, then so what if the rebels “capture” the city, then it just becomes Warsaw 1994 or Baghdad 2006 (gulp!)

highway64 on August 23, 2011 at 6:57 PM

Warsaw 1944 obviously. Oops

highway64 on August 23, 2011 at 6:58 PM

O.T., W.R. Mead nailed it when he quipped:

At a minimum, let’s hope that Qaddafi’s interrogation forces him to reveal once and for all how his name is actually spelled.

In this thread alone it was spelled 3 different ways:
Gaddafi, Qaddafi, Gadhafi

Buy Danish on August 23, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Somebody aughta write a book about what it’s like living in a ‘failed state’ where gangland rules…..uh…uh..rule.

Skandia Recluse on August 23, 2011 at 6:59 PM

There is supposedly a huge network of tunnels that runs for maybe hundreds of miles – this is why Said Gaddafi could pop up and give an interview after being “captured.”

It could be whack-a-mole warfare for some time.

Wethal on August 23, 2011 at 7:01 PM

No purple velvet coat with wide lapels (and matching shoes) to go with the bling?

Wethal on August 23, 2011 at 7:04 PM

That’s what I like to see, “organization”! Guess that’s what happens when the “leader” leads from behind.

GarandFan on August 23, 2011 at 7:11 PM

“How’d you like to be a Tripoli resident right now trying to negotiate your way around the city, a different ruling power potentially on every block?”

All the world is Chicago…

Seven Percent Solution on August 23, 2011 at 7:18 PM

Is that guy in the M5 Beamer still doing donuts?

Rambotito on August 23, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I expect old Moamar has a few more tricks up his sleeve. I don’t think he is going to go quietly.Fears for chemical weapons are out there.

sandee on August 23, 2011 at 6:50 PM

I’m game just for the sake of proving Matt Damon wrong.

ProudPalinFan on August 23, 2011 at 7:37 PM

He should put it on EBay and retire.

BacaDog on August 23, 2011 at 6:51 PM

I thought Pawn Stars, but he’d get nothing from ‘em. You know, the “Certificate Of Authenticity” thingy signed by Khadaffi himself./

ProudPalinFan on August 23, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Lots of money around his neck at current values. Probably nearly pure as the east prefer it. There are probably many Libyans of good will like this guy as there were in Egypt. But Islam is the favorite to win out and this mans goodwill will be crushed or faded to nothingness. That is just how it is with Islam. It is here with all of us now. It will not/cannot change or go away, it will only increase. Now and then they will offer a demonstration of what can happen if Muslims are antagonized or are refused their many requests. Any presidential contenders have the slightest clue about Islam? By now they have friendly Muslim advisers in place and they will never know the truth of things. Suppose W handed Perry his Muslim Rolodex?

BL@KBIRD on August 23, 2011 at 7:39 PM

This was called “looting” in the Bush years

faraway on August 23, 2011 at 7:58 PM

The American media presence, from Allahpundit’s posting, appears to be quite underwhelming.

unclesmrgol on August 23, 2011 at 8:02 PM

Pimptastic

Allah, you do have a way with words!

Zorro on August 23, 2011 at 8:11 PM

Somebody aughta write a book about what it’s like living in a ‘failed state’ where gangland rules…..uh…uh..rule.

Skandia Recluse on August 23, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Dunno if they’ve written a book yet, but ask a South African expat if you want a pretty good parallel.

Uncle Sams Nephew on August 23, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Funding for Hezbollah

wheelgun on August 23, 2011 at 8:46 PM

Libya insurgency will make Iraq insurgency look like a small riot. They took off the uniforms and will cause havoc in gorilla war for the next 10 years even without Qaddafi.

tjexcite on August 23, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Libya insurgency will make Iraq insurgency look like a small riot. They took off the uniforms and will cause havoc in gorilla war for the next 10 years even without Qaddafi.

tjexcite on August 23, 2011 at 9:13 PM

It’s a fraction of the size of Iraq in population and while there is still plenty of tribalism left to cause problems those fractures are thin compared with the ethnic and sectarian tensions in Iraq.

lexhamfox on August 23, 2011 at 9:35 PM

Why does the interviewer look more like a soldier than the rebel?

Dollayo on August 24, 2011 at 1:12 AM

This may delay Kaddafi from starting his King of Kings of Africa World Tour in St. Bart’s alongside Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Usher and Lionel Richie– with guest appearances from “Calypso” Louis Farrakhan.

Who the hell does Obama think he is?

Terp Mole on August 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM