So now the bastard bombs his own people to cling to power. But who didn’t already know that Libya’s Moamar Gaddafi was a terrorist and a despot?

Illustration: Warren Brown

The United States sure did.

US sanctions - and its toppling of Iraq’s Saddam Hussein - so terrified Gaddafi in 2003 that he surrendered his secret nuclear weapons program to avoid being America’s next target.

But what did the United Nations do about this man whose regime has sponsored terrorists, blown up a Pan Am jet over Lockerbie, bombed a Berlin disco, armed the IRA, looted Libya’s national wealth, rewarded Holocaust-deniers, jailed dissenters and ruled by fear since Gaddafi, a colonel, seized power in a coup more than 41 years go?

We’re so used to the standard accusations each time a dictator falls that the wicked US must have propped him up. We’re hearing just that with the fall of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak.

But this time what we must face with the infinitely more dangerous and despicable Gaddafi is how feeble he made the UN look.

Worse, how utterly compromised, if not corrupted. How completely unable to defend even the values that so many idealists have foolishly believed the UN embodies.

Here are six things such dreamers need to know about the UN and Gaddafi, the bloody braggart who anointed himself ``king of kings’‘, ``imam of the Muslims’’  and head of the ``Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya’‘.

First, Libya was last year elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council - the UN’s highest human rights body - by 155 of the 192 members, just a month before Freedom House listed it alongside North Korea as one of nine countries with the ``worst human rights conditions’’ in the world.

Second, this UN Human Rights Council had the hide last month to subject Australia to a ``peer review’’ of our own human rights record, when its members included not just Libya but China, Cuba, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain, which is now also shooting its own pro-democracy protesters. These, our UN ``peers’‘?

Third, the UN had Libya elected chairman of the organising committee for its 2009 Conference on Racism.

Once again Libya was allowed to pose as a great moral guide of the UN - while actually turning the event into another festival of anti-Israel hate.

Fourth, the UN made Gaddafi’s daughter Aisha a ``Goodwill Ambassador’’ for its development program, despite her family’s thievery of Libya’s wealth, her endorsement of the IRA and her work on the defence team of Iraq’s genocidal leader, Saddam Hussein, whom she called ``an elected president who was wrongly hung’‘.

Fifth, with Libya now murdering demonstrators, and Arab regimes from Tunisia to Syria rocked by protests against decades of tyranny, what action did the UN’s Security Council take?

It voted this month on just one resolution damning just one Middle Eastern government. No, not Gaddafi’s Libya, but democratic Israel, censured by fourteen votes to just the United States’ veto against for building apartment blocks in East Jerusalem. On Arab autocracies it said zero.

It figures. Why take on an oiled-up Arab dictator and his powerful mates when you’ve got a few friendless Jews to kick instead?

Sixth, when Gaddafi in 2009 addressed the United Nations’ General Assembly he was allotted the usual 15 minutes to speak but ranted on for an hour and half, with another Libyan given the honor of chairing this session.

Our Prime Minister Kevin Rudd had his own speech delayed while Gaddafi raged against the West and demanded $9 trillion in reparations from colonial powers ‘‘in the name of the 1000 African kingdoms’’ he claimed to represent.

Need I go on? The fact is the UN has become a mutual support society for the likes of Gaddafi. So completely has the UN’s moral paradigm been inverted that even Iran, an Islamic fascist regime, was last year voted onto the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Yes, Iran, which punishes women who do not wear a veil in public, is now a UN guardian of women’s rights, even here.

But why be so hard on the UN when the West itself seems quick enough to sell out its own values - literally.

Two years ago Britain returned to Libya one of Gaddafi’s intelligence agents, Abdel Baset al Megrahi, who had been jailed for life for blowing up a jet over Lockerbie, killing 270 civilians.

Megrahi’s release was excused by the Scottish Government as an act of ``compassion’’ to a sick man just weeks from death, but, no surprise, he’s still thriving two years after getting a hero’s   welcome in Tripoli and a big hug on television from Gaddafi himself.

Gaddafi’s son and supposed heir, Saif al Islam, hardly needed to explain that the real reason for the release was that the British wanted more oil deals. As he put it: ``All British interests were linked to the release of Abdel Baset al Megrahi.’‘

Then there’s France.

French president Nicolas Sarkozy in 2007 boasted he’d helped secure the release from Libya of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who’d been sentenced to death on false charges of deliberately infecting children with HIV-tainted blood.

It was pure coincidence, he claimed later, that French interests concluded a huge arms deal with Libya just weeks after the prisoners’ release - and just after 438 Libyan families each received $1 million from European sources.

Once again, it was Gaddafi’s son who said, to the astonishment of none, that there was indeed a link.

What fun Gaddafi has had in gleefully exposing Western leaders as lacking the courage of their supposed convictions.

A few months after the Bulgarian nurses flew home, he dropped in on France with 400 of his closest aides and female bodyguards, touring Paris in a 20-car motorcade, shooting pheasants at Versailles, camping in a huge Bedouin tent opposite the Elysee Palace and lecturing a hall full of fans that Libya had a much better human rights record than France, which he said treated North African immigrants terribly.

``Gaddafi is making fools of us,’’ screamed the France Soir front page in rage, but Sarkozy just took it.

Last August it was Italy’s turn to prostrate itself to Gaddafi, who’d flown into Rome with his tent and 30 horses.

On the Sunday, he hired 500 Italian models and actresses to hear him exhort Europe to convert to Islam.

The next day, he hired another 200 pretty women to join him and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi at a photographic exhibition where he preached: ``If you want to believe in a single faith, then it must be that of Muhammad.’‘

Good God, how the West has let itself be bluffed by this buffoon.

I know, it can be easy sport to condemn the West for dealing with a dictator, when to ignore him may make him even more dangerous.

But how mortifying for educated Libyans to have the world treat a Gaddafi as the genuine representative of his people - a true Arab ``type’‘.

How mortifying for those of us in the West, too, to have our own leaders go along with this charade, and to give a platform to a man who deserves only the sort that come under a rope.

But how often we now see this happen in this era of ``tolerance’’  and of declining faith in Western culture.

How often we see our timid leaders let process replace judgment, and let tyrants run riot in the halls of monuments we built to promote freedom and peace.

Libya may soon rid itself of Gaddafi, but who is there to rid the UN of the stain he’s left?

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    • TChong says:

      07:26am | 23/02/11

      Andy, no mystery why Gaddafi continues, the same as the Bahrain and the Saudi “royal “parasites- they are all firmly in the US camp, when it comes to dealing with Äl Queda”
      Gaddafi , like the Bahrain and Saudi royals has no interest in any theological based revolutionaries like Al Queda.
      He, like the others, is far too secular for that.
      It was rather funny , yesterday, that there were reports that Gaddafi fled to Venuzeula.  A US msm invention- Bad guy Gaddafi fleeing to the other US enemy, Venuzuela. WTF ? spose it kept some one occupied by concocting such simplistic lies.

    • TheRealDave says:

      10:13am | 23/02/11

      Umm Libya in the US camp? The same US that’s led sanctions against them and bombed the place a few times?

    • James1 says:

      10:41am | 23/02/11

      If memory serves me correctly, they killed a baby he adopted in the 1980s.

    • TChong says:

      10:49am | 23/02/11

      Realdave in the “fight against terrorism”, the US doesnt care who its bunkered down with.
      With all the US fire power , and machinations it has availble, do you think Gaddafi would still be there, if he isnt serving a purpose for western interests.?

    • TheRealDave says:

      11:06am | 23/02/11

      No doubt cementing their fraternal alliance you’d think?

    • Robert Smissen, rural SA, God's own country says:

      10:45pm | 23/02/11

      Left-bot strikes again! ! ! Everything wrong with the world is caused by the USA. If it wasn’t for the USA you’d be talking Japanese! ! !

    • Jane says:

      07:27am | 23/02/11

      I personally think Libya needs a civil war. Often, when deplomancy and democracy has failed, the people need to rise up, take sides, and sort out what the people really want.

    • TheRealDave says:

      11:07am | 23/02/11

      As long as you’re several thousand clicks away and no chance of being gunned down merely because you belong to a different tribe/different flavour of religion/etc??

    • Gee Jay says:

      03:41pm | 23/02/11

      Needs a civil war Jane; do you know what that is—it is the slaughter of untold thousands of,mostly,innocent people..  What would the result be? Probably another dictator, put their by one Imam or another!!

    • macca-d says:

      04:40pm | 23/02/11

      But do you end up with something better than what came before…..there’s no gaurentee that whoever eventually replaced Gaddafi will be an improvement.

    • Mick In The Hills says:

      07:37am | 23/02/11

      The UN has outlived its practicality, nowadays being just a gabfest for superannuated bureaucrats pushing minority issues to further entrench the ‘elite policymakers’ who wish to run our lives for us.

      No wonder it attracts wastes of space such as Rudd and Gareth (Biggles)Evans.

      Oh and by the way, there seems to be no panic within the UN itself about the UN building on the New York harbour-front being inundated by the rapidly-rising sea level they are predicting. Maybe they don’t really believe it themselves?

    • acotrel says:

      04:38pm | 23/02/11

      Some people have no faith in the UN.  Perhaps the same people who believe ‘democracy hasn’t served us well’?

    • Mick In The Hills says:

      05:11pm | 23/02/11

      I don’t accord faith in any entity, I just observe their effectiveness. 
      And I’d rate then an epic fail. 
      And what’s democratic about the UN?  When / where did you last get to cast a vote in how your tax contribution was spent there?

    • Brendan says:

      08:01am | 23/02/11

      Damn it I hate it when I agree with everything Andrew Bolt has to say.  It throws my whole day out.

    • Your name:Buckyboy says:

      05:45pm | 23/02/11

      Why Brendan?...does Bolt make you get out of bed before midday!!!

    • Richard the Lionheart says:

      08:03am | 23/02/11

      Every Aussie new and old should support Senator Cory Bernardi, following death threats as a result of his courage to speak out about the progress of Islam in Australia. Every Muslim organisation in Australia has links to the Muslim Brotherhood as in the USA and Europe. We are being duped by these dictators and followers. I am shocked the UN has usurped it’s reason for being and we can now use Andrew Bolt’s findings to pull out of the 1954 Asylum and displaced person act which we signed in good faith. Where is a strong foreign minister when we want one? Answer: Seeking a job with the corrupted UN.

    • TChong says:

      09:05am | 23/02/11

      Dickie, you want to base Australian foreign policy on what Bolt writes?
      “Every Muslim organisation ..links ..Muslim Brotherhood” what links?
      you know this because? They all confide to you? Youve examined all of them,?
      I bet you have a blackboard, Glenn Beck style.

    • Robert Smissen, rural SA, God's own country says:

      10:47pm | 23/02/11

      TChong FYI “The White Australia Policy” was introduced by Labor’s Billy Hughes

    • Paul C says:

      08:09am | 23/02/11

      I hear that libya has the largest oil reserves in the whole of Africa-won’t be long before the USA goes in to liberate these poor people.

    • LauraBoBaura says:

      10:09am | 23/02/11

      The US is damned if they do & damned if they dont. They stand back & let Gaddafi do his thing, everyone is up in arms ‘Why is nobody (US) helping these people!! Oh the humanity!’ - then if they DID go into Libya, the same people would be up in arms ‘Obama is a Nazi! No war for oil, Damn you US, Damn you!’

    • TheRealDave says:

      10:17am | 23/02/11

      Yes, and they want to build gas pipelines and harvest midget albino humpback bat guano deposits to drive down the international phosphates prices and make bazillions for Haliburton…....feel free to add in any other internet conspiracy theory moronic stupidity….

    • James1 says:

      10:45am | 23/02/11


      See below.  I have cracked it, after years of Google searching and examining the scratches on Glenn Beck’s blackboard for patterns.

    • Sam says:

      12:55pm | 23/02/11

      and they need a new location to film the next “moon landing”

    • mags says:

      08:12am | 23/02/11

      I just find it very interesting that these ” uprisings” for democracy appear to be happening like a chain reaction. I wonder who is pushing the buttons.

    • James1 says:

      10:39am | 23/02/11

      The Illiminati, of course, funded by the Mason and Opus Dei, and directed by the Reptilians.

      Before we know it, the Kenyan Muslim Communazis will be in control, and we can all look forward to being made into Xenu fodder.

    • Sam says:

      12:59pm | 23/02/11

      IMO - nobody is pushing any buttons… it’s pure crowd behaviour. It’s just a bunch of sheep who can’t think for themselves. They follow the leader in religion and politics. Syrians are perhaps the exception (but who knows what the future holds).

    • Tom says:

      08:22am | 23/02/11

      The UN a corrupt organisation? Who’d have thought?

    • JR says:

      08:48am | 23/02/11

      Did the West really allow itself to be bluffed? Like you have said yourself in this fairly superficial piece, the West sold itself out. I am fairly confident the high-level politicians knew the score all along.

    • Macca says:

      08:58am | 23/02/11

      Libya, like so many of the North Africa, Middle East nations, has no viable alternative government. How can there be a popular revolution if there is no-one to appoint once the Dictator is overthrown?

      I find it hard to believe that the revolutions we are seeing can acheive democracy without external intervention.

      And the US will be universally condemned if they dare assist.

    • monkeytypist says:

      08:59am | 23/02/11

      So, Andrew, you were appalled when the US government vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that mentioned that the illegal construction of settlements by Israelis in Palestine was illegal, weren’t you?  Did you write a blog post on that?  I can’t remember.

    • AdamC says:

      11:01am | 23/02/11

      You do understand what Andrew’s point was, don’t you? I mean, you are being disengenuous rather than stupid?

      People being killed in the streets for defying government = no UN interest

      Israelis building flats on contested land (zero body count) = UN resolution

      Do you need a diagram?

    • acotrel says:

      04:55pm | 23/02/11

      Monkeytypist, Are you trying to say that Jewish claims to Palestine are illegal?The UN seems to have no interest that Australia’s ownership claims to the country of the aborigines, are never made on the basis of ‘right of conquest’, even though that’s the fact of what happened!  ‘Legality’ of possession of invaded countries is a very vexed issue.

    • Tractorboy says:

      09:19am | 23/02/11

      Some truth in this article but people should never forget just how hard right Bolt is. If he had even some empathy for the palestinians, then it would do his cause a good favour. Anything left of the centre-right is communistic evil according to this man. That’s why he is irrelevant to most Aussies like myself who is dead centre. By the way Andrew, I hate the greens also for their social agenda

    • Richard says:

      11:14am | 23/02/11

      Left and right are just labels, and there are PLENTY of opionistas on the ABC’s Drum, crikey etc… What’s wrong with Bolt expressing a bit of support for the much maligned Jews to even it out a bit?

    • Adam DIver says:

      11:38am | 23/02/11

      “Aussies like myself who is dead centre”

      LOL, can you dot point all of your political views so that I can tell whether I am right or left. As well as that it will help me to define peoples arguments in the future.

    • TheRealDave says:

      01:52pm | 23/02/11

      I’m Right, Left and Centre - all at the same time…..just depends on the subject. Now if only I could find a political party that suited all 3…...

    • Seanr says:

      02:49pm | 23/02/11

      Dead centre….yeh right..or left as the case may be.

    • Jacometti says:

      09:30am | 23/02/11

      My Grandmother once had tea with Gaddafi. She said he’s barking mad. A total clown.

    • Your name:Buckyboy says:

      06:03pm | 23/02/11

      Yeah, know what you mean…My grandmother said the same about Hitler, when she had a double cheese burger with him at McDonalds in down town Berlin around 1939.

    • ZSRenn says:

      09:43am | 23/02/11

      11:00 AM and only 9 comments. It seems apathy on such an important issue is another danger we face. Allowing this corruption to spread more easily.

    • James1 says:

      10:42am | 23/02/11

      It would be a worry if the UN had any influence.  It doesn’t, so don’t worry.

    • Kevin says:

      09:47am | 23/02/11

      “But why be so hard on the UN when the West itself seems quick enough to sell out its own values - literally.” Good question Mr Bolt.

    • ibast says:

      10:07am | 23/02/11

      I don’t disagree with the sentiment that Gaddafi now needs his arse kicked until hi nose bleeds.  Despite this, the world told Gaddafi he needs to do x,y,z before we’d let him play in our sandpit again.  He did x,y,z, so what else could be done but let him play in our sandpit again?  Continue the oppression of the Libyan people and demonstrate to the middle east that the UN is the lapdog of the western world, or use the opportunity to demonstrate to other recalcitrant nations that there is a positive way forward?  So yes, the UN has some serious flaw.  Chief among these is the permanent status of the core of the security council, but in this case the UN did do what was right.  It now needs to follow that up with action given the latest events.

    • LauraBoBaura says:

      10:12am | 23/02/11

      Andrew - Israel is not exactly ‘friendless’, and they aren’t exactly the delicate little flowers you make them out to be,

    • Richard the Lionheart says:

      07:07pm | 23/02/11

      But they don’t stash $12 Billion away in a Swiss Bank account like Yassar Arafat did. Money probably raised by western lefties for the Palestinean cause. Israel is the only democracy in the middle east and the Isralie Arabs can vote.

    • LauraBoBaura says:

      09:56am | 24/02/11

      Yeah Richard - let’s just skip right over the phosphorus bombs,human shields, murder of medical personel, indiscriminate shelling & all other types of war crimes

      Poor little defenseless Israel.

      Arafat was a douche. So is Sharon. All I was saying is that Israel aren’t friendless (outside of the Middle East) & they surely aren’t maligned either.

    • TheRealDave says:

      10:12am | 23/02/11

      Wasn’t Gaddafi a mere Captain when he overthrew the Monarchy? He promoted himself to Colonel after the fact? Which kinda seems silly….wouldn’t you at least make yourself a General or Field Marshal even?

    • St. Michael says:

      10:55am | 23/02/11

      Probably he watched First Blood and wanted to make himself the same rank as Rambo’s trainer.

    • LauraBoBaura says:

      11:01am | 23/02/11

      It’s kind of like starting your own company & making yourself Vice President..

    • TheRealDave says:

      03:42pm | 23/02/11

      No Deputy Assistant Vice President…..

    • Rob says:

      09:32pm | 23/02/11

      Why bother, he seems to be doing okay on a colonels pay.

    • Huey says:

      10:30am | 23/02/11

      UN = useless, narcissistic, posturing, bunch of of hypocrites. We should stop paying our share like most of the other members.

    • licelesEO says:

      10:35am | 23/02/11

      thanks for this nice post   111213

    • Phil S says:

      10:52am | 23/02/11

      Spot on Andrew.

      For so many years we have had nothing but Orwellian doublespeak in the West.

      Let’s have no truck with barbarian butchers like Gaddafi, Mugabe,  the religious extremist clique in Teheran, and the absolute monarchy in Saudi Arabia. the hereditary Stalinists in North Korea.

      The time is coming when we must unambiguously take sides and make a stand.

    • TheRealDave says:

      11:10am | 23/02/11

      That’d be racist/imperialistic Paul, didn’t you get the memo?

    • steven says:

      11:02am | 23/02/11

      Israel: A few friendless jews..
      I just… I can’t…..that is hilarious!!!!

    • Richard says:

      11:17am | 23/02/11

      You obviously have never read the ABC’s Drum. I swear over there that you could count the friends of Israel on one hand.
      Meanwhile dozens of sanctimonious upstarts line up to sink the boot in. Personally I find nothing wrong with supporting our Israeli allies, but I know how acute the minority I belong to is.

    • Steven says:

      12:21pm | 23/02/11

      if we can move our horizons past the journalistic field Richard i think you will find Israel has plenty of political friends. I don’t think they would be particularly anxious at not having the unwavering support of Australian journalists.

    • MK says:

      11:19am | 23/02/11

      Wow you really got in this one early Bolty!,
      Groundbreaking stuff!
      Forgot perhaps to publish all those articles you wrote condemming Gadaffi , during the years you criticise others of innaction, Or perhaps you couldnt find any space between your liberal lauding and labor bashing?

    • Bobster says:

      11:29am | 23/02/11

      So apparently addressing Bolt in the same way he addresses the rest of the world is not on - thanks Punch moderators, nice to know you’re free and fearless.

      Let’s try again.

      Bolt, your argument is so obtuse, it has to be deliberate.

      The very things you are bemoaing are the very reasons Libya now stands on the brink of democracy.

      Had we behaved in a way that would please you and your ilk, Libya would be in the same boat as Iraq and Afghanistan.

      Thanks to you hawks, those two countries can not now stage popular uprisings. They are permanently and irreparably damaged.

      Perhaps it is time you admitted that the UN’s policies work. That the US’s recent apprach to Libya has worked. That if you had have charged in, guns blazing, this country, as well as Egypt, would now be crippled by civil war.

      You can’t just impose democracy. It has to come from the people.

      And people like you, my friend, have innoculated at least two countries against democracy.

      Well done.

    • David C says:

      11:38am | 23/02/11

      what is so undemocratic about Iraq?

    • Adam DIver says:

      11:41am | 23/02/11

      I am intrigued. What do you suggest for Zimbabwe, because if I read you correctly, your idea is to stick your head in the sand and let them sort it out. Very cold.

    • AdamC says:

      11:53am | 23/02/11

      This comment is totally nonsensical. Is that a justification for being moderated out?

      Why can’t the Afghans or Iraqis stage popular uprisings? (And how do you know that they can’t?) How are the governments of Afghanistan anything like Gaddafi or Mubarak?

      One just despairs ...

    • Hamish says:

      12:21pm | 23/02/11

      David and the two Adams, I think what Bobster is trying to say is that there can’t be democratic uprisings in Iraq and Afghanistan because…they are already democracies (admittedly Afghanistan isn’t the greatest example of a democracy though).

      I think he’s also making the point that the UN cleverly installed Libya as one of its guardians of human rights as part of an elaborate plot to discredit the regime. God, they’re clever buggers at the UN, eh? And I bet you guys thought it was just because the UN is a morally bankrupt platform for tyrants to grandstand and lecture everyone else, didn’t you? I guess you’re just not as informed as the Bobster and me…

    • hot tub political machine says:

      12:32pm | 23/02/11

      I do find it funny that a comment to a Bolt article might be considered too inflamatory for publishing considering Bolts infamous style.

      Its like moderating a reply to a rockstar because there where too many “yeahs” in the comment.

    • Bobster says:

      02:01pm | 23/02/11

      It’s next to impossible to get a comment through the mods on this one.

      Maybe I should just fill it with racially charged perjoratives.

      It’s because I’m not saying “these people” enough, isn’t it?

    • Bobster says:

      02:43pm | 23/02/11

      Are you serious? You’ll put that one up but the previous post was unsuitable?

      What media law course did you lot attend? Poor, precious Mr Bolt. It must be so shocking for someone to say those who share his mindset are partly responsible for state Iraq and Afghanistan are in.

      Or did I defame Iraq and Afghanistan by criticising their democracy?

      Does that come under Australian, Iraqi or Afghan libel laws?

      Pretty sure in Australia you can’t defame a group in this sense, so we’re all covered there.

      This has been a pathetic display, The Punch. Shame on you.

    • AdamC says:

      02:49pm | 23/02/11

      Bobster, nobody used the term ‘these people’ in their replies to your comment. And you haven’t even tried to respond to their criticisms.

    • Bobster says:

      03:29pm | 23/02/11

      I did respond, AdamC, it didn’t make it through either.

      Would be nice to see if The Punch team would like to post a comment to explain what their problem with it was.

      If there were clear errors of fact, I will accept that, I’m happy to have it published. They can call me a dribbling, knuckle-dragging moron if they’d like.

      The “these people” comment was designed to be representative of the comments one tends to find on Bolt’s blog (which it is also worth noting, is heavily vetted on political rather than legal grounds.)

    • Bobster says:

      06:22pm | 23/02/11

      OK, change of shift. Let’s try this again.

      Andrew can ramble about the UN all he wants. The fact is its policies toward Libya have allowed the current promising situation to develop.

      Perhaps, the hawks like Bolt and his followers need to take this as a lesson in the effectiveness of measured pacifism.

      Charging into Iraq and Afghanistan has destabilised both countries and removed any hope of real democracy.

      They’re both viewed as puppet governments by a significant portion of their populations - enough of a proportion to make it hard enough for the US and friends to deal with them.

      So when are Bolt, the Labor and Liberal parties and the US going to drop the ridiculous notion that Iraq and Afghanistan were bad ideas?

      When are they going to accept that it is impossible to nurture democracy at gunpoint?

      If this is proof of anything, it is not that the UN has feebly allowed Gaddafi to prosper, it is that diplomacy has a much higher success rate than warfare.

      What do Bolt and his ilk propose? That we invade every country with a maniac in charge? We’d have to conscript everyone over the age of 14 just to carry the ammo.

      This piece is an insane rambling the likes of which you only usually see from Gaddafi. It is willfully ignorant of everything Andrew Bolt claims to be an expert on.

      Bet this one doesn’t make it through either.

    • Bobster says:

      07:45pm | 23/02/11

      * drop the ridiculous notion that Iraq and Afghanistan were good ideas.

    • mary monica roche says:

      11:43am | 23/02/11

      Gaddafi’s future is not bolted down. Will Gaddafi bolt for Australia?  Gaddafi is such a popular succesful long term legend that he may be asked to become the next federal Liberal Leader or NSW State ALP Leader.

    • Sam says:

      01:18pm | 23/02/11

      Look Andrew, for the sake of Israel, the Arab countries need to progress in their mentality. Rather than install democracies all over the Middle East, it’s better to “run an experiment” in Egypt and see how that goes. If it goes well, then why not allow a few more gradually. The worst thing that could happen for Israel is the sudden empowerment of 200 million undereducated Arabs.

      So for Israel’s sake, I hope Gadhafi will retain control and put an end to this protest fad that the sheep have taken a liking to.

      What’s interesting is the gradual divergence of American and Israeli interests in the region. They’re not on exactly the same page this time.

      I predict Gadhafi will hold on. He’s a special man, not just a dictator but a free thinker too.

      Interesting to see which approach will succeed with Arab protesters. The Tunisian guy fled. The Egyptian guy retired - saving face. The Bahrain guy tried the hardline approach and is now trying to engage the protesters in dialogue, whereas Gadhafi is taking the hardline approach which has already succeeded in Iran. Westerners should just watch and learn how you herd a bunch of sheep when they get a bit drunk with their own voices.

      Everyone deserves human rights, but voting is not a right of the under-educated. People need to learn to work within the system.

    • TheRealDave says:

      01:58pm | 23/02/11

      Wow. Just wow.

      When you say ‘He’s a special man’ you did mean it in a kinda of ‘utterly raving foaming at the mouth lunatic’ kinda way didn’t you?

      ‘not just a dictator but a free thinker too’ ?? This is starting to sound like you’re his campaign manager trying to pimp him out for a new gig!

    • simon says:

      02:30pm | 23/02/11

      Sam, you are a seriously misguided person, and I am so glad to be where I am which hopefully is a long way from you. So you would rather see Gaddafi hold on and continue to repress the people of Libya just to prove your deluded ideology.

      Here’s an Idea Sam, get up off your lounge, turn off your computer, finish drinking your beer, put your thongs on and head down to the nearest psychiatrist cos you have seriously lost it buddy!!!

    • LauraBoBaura says:

      02:55pm | 23/02/11

      Ah yes Col. Gaddafi, that old scallywag, such a free thinker, a real renaissance man. Murderous, insane & a despot, perhaps, but who can resist a freethinker in a spiffy hat!

      This one is a pearler: ‘Voting is not a right of the uneducated’ - Wow Sam, and here I was thinking that it was a universal human right.

    • Sam says:

      02:55pm | 23/02/11

      What’s in it for you - to dismiss him so flipantly. He’s standing in the way between you and a million uncivilised youth who wouldn’t hesitate to rape you (or a loved one) in broad daylight. I know. I lived there.

      The Arab world is a slightly different world. And not all Arabs are at the same point in their human development journey. Take it from an Arab.

      Gadhafi is a decent dictator who’s entitled to defend his stake in Libya’s future. The whole Libyan population owes him a tremendous debt. They’ve never been oppressed as much as they’re a lazy bunch who expect everything to be handed down to them from God.

      As a matter of fact, they had no specific grievances with him, until he decided to send in the military (which was a mistake in your eyes - but you have no idea how to deal with Arabs - at least some of them don’t deserve the benefit of your doubt).

      Let’s see how Egypt goes, then we’ll decide if they can be trusted with more freedom. This is a lesson for you westerners - freedom comes with responsibilities. Unconditional freedom is a recipe for chaos.

    • Shelly says:

      03:05pm | 23/02/11

      Maybe this is meant to be satirical.

      I hope.

    • Sam says:

      03:16pm | 23/02/11


      “and here I was thinking that it was a universal human right.”

      Well it isn’t. You’re wrong… but you might make a good comic wink

    • Sam says:

      03:27pm | 23/02/11

      @simon, they’ve been oppressed by their own fatalistic religous mentality for more than 1000 years. Gadhafi has only been alive for 70 of them! There goes your oppressive dictator argument shot down in flames!

      Mate, I grew up there. Why dismiss me and my argument - and you can’t even offer a rebuttal, just attack me straight off the bat !!! Perhaps your mentality also needs to progress before you do more harm than good with your freedom of expression.

    • TheRealDave says:

      03:51pm | 23/02/11

      Yes, because Freedom is a privileged, for the rich and educated no less, you should have to earn rather than be a basic human right.

      Are you for real? Sadly, I think you are….

    • Sam says:

      04:22pm | 23/02/11

      @TheRealDave, Stop lying to the kids. Nobody is entitled to anything from the moment they are born. Everything you desire you may achieve by proving your worth, that’s good enough if you’re worth your salt.

      “Freedom” should never be a right, lest we take it for granted.. as I think some of us in the west already do.

    • LauraBoBaura says:

      04:54pm | 23/02/11


      “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures”
      -Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Article 21, 3)

      Universal suffrage. Human Right. Period.

    • Sam says:

      08:57am | 24/02/11

      @LauraBoBaura, like I said, you’d probably make a good comic… but hey you’re free to live in fantasyland if you wish.

    • stephen says:

      02:33pm | 23/02/11

      China, USA, Russia, France and Britain. These are the permanent members of the UN Security Council.
      Three of them are rat-bags, one’s financing the whole kaboodle, and I still haven’t been invited to the wedding at the last one.
      (Maybe some earthquakes may make us feel better, after all.)

    • Ray says:

      04:01pm | 23/02/11

      A sobering assessment.  Well done, Andrew

    • Harquebus says:

      06:04pm | 23/02/11

      Ya see, Andrew, it is called the United Nations, not the Exclusive Nations although, that is probably what we should have but, they have oil.

    • mary monica roche says:

      08:31pm | 23/02/11

      stop all USA backed Middle East revolutions now!

    • Richard says:

      10:43pm | 23/02/11

      The blame for all these revolutions and their associated deaths must surely be traced back to their root cause, which is Ben Bernanke.

      They didn’t just happen out of thin air. Obviously a lot of factors conspired like youth unemployment and decades old creaking regimes, but the trigger that is igniting them are the soaring food prices around the world.

      Why are food prices soaring around the world? It has a little to do with some extreme weather events we’ve experienced, no doubt; but the single most decisive factor causing the sky-rocketing food-flation around the world is the Fed’s reckless Quantitative Easing program.

      You see all commodities (including agricultural commodities) are priced in US$, so when the supply of US$ expands suddenly and dramatically, the price of anything measured in US$ must necessarily rise commensurately.

      Which impacts particularly harshly on these dust-bowl desert nations who must import all of their cereals for consumption. It is especially the young educated but unemployed youths who are being squeezed, and they’ve had enough.

      Its no coincidence that there have also been food riots recently in India, China and Russia to name just a few of the bigger names as well.

      But you just wait and watch as this global phenomenon grows in strength and intensity throughout the next few months as the full scale of inflation unleashed by Ben Bernanke’s cranking printing presses filters through into the real world… Things are about to get hairy for authorities in every single nation on earth…

    • Myriam says:

      04:33am | 24/02/11

      No Gaddafi does not deserve any appreciation. PETROL. Memorize this word. It’s the cause of Laziness in several (but not all) Arab countries. It’s the reason why there should always be a dictator who controls the HUGE amounts of money that it produces. All those dictators deserve to go down.

      As for US interference…
      Only benefits…. Many PETROL deals !
      USA theory : “Get our hands on that PETROL, make as much weapons as we can, keep fooling people with ideas about Terrorism(always coming from petrol providing countries surprisingly smile )  and party in the desert!!!
      What if people start driving electrical cars :/ maybe that would mean…...OH NO…... SERENITY :S:S

    • Sam says:

      09:09am | 24/02/11

      @Myriam, the Libyan people could do a thousand things to improve their lives before replacing Mo’ammar would become necessary. The people will get screwed by government regardless the form it takes. I got screwed by some government backed militia here in Melbourne yesterday (they’re called Tram inspectors). The people always get the short end of the deal. The solution is to stop looking to government to feed you and fulfill your ambitions for you. And when you realise a good portion of your life has gone by, don’t blame your government, blame yourself for running towards your ambition when it seemed you had plenty of time (as a matter of fact time is always scarce - never a moment to spare). Muslims tend to be fatalists with an “external locus of control” (run to wikipedia).

      Myriam, it’s up to the individual to emancipate themself from the several traps that have been laid to aid the process of natural selection. Not everybody was meant to succeed. Don’t take it personally, just teach your kids.

    • Myriam says:

      04:03am | 25/02/11

      What you are saying is extremely right ...
      I am a catholic living in an Arab country smile I’ve seen most of what you could imagine from the Arab world.
      I just don’t think it’s fair to keep a leader like gaddafi ... He just proved me right too… Meaningless speeches!!
      No Ideal government will ever exist…not anywhere!!!!
      But there is always a step forward… smile
      42 years leading libya ...that’s too much! Unless he’s a Super Genius leader…which i don’t believe is true…
      Leaders like Gaddafi have this way of keeping the people hungry so they would only care about surviving the day, no higher ambitions ... I’m kinda sure this is the beginning for a World Wide revolution, especially in Africa and Mid-Asia ... No matter what tomorrow will bring,
      no person should live under the reign of a Gaddafi-like leader !!
      I don’t want a great government…just a fair one


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