And so we go from one lunatic to another. In an "exclusive interview" with the FT, Muammar Gadaffi's son, al-Saadi, told the newspaper, whose parent Pearson PLC is 3% owner by the Libyan Sovereign Wealth Fund, "made it clear that he believed any such new regime would still include his father. “My father would stay as the big father who advises,” he told the Financial Times, adding that direct administrative powers should be handed over to a new generation." And further confirming the soon to be deposed ruler's break with reality, were accusations that the reason why the Libyan airforce has been shooting at protestors over the past week, was to protect the country from "thousands of al-Qaeda" infiltrators who had taken over the eastern part of the country. Touching on a topic discussed yesterday, namely that the Gaddafi regime may engage in sabotage against its oil industry, al-Saadi “said that the army would be sent to guard facilities if necessary. The army is still very strong,” he said. “If we hear anything, we will send some battalions. When people see the army, they will be afraid.” In other words, expect to hear news of major disruptions in the country's oil infrastructure which will promptly be blamed on al-Qaeda by the Gaddafis. And going back to reality, we read that the death toll in Libya has surpassed 10,000 people.
From the FT:
Sounding surprisingly relaxed and not like a member of a ruling family that expects to be deposed in the near future, Mr Gaddafi revealed that his brother, Seif al-Islam, was working on a new constitution and would make an announcement soon, although he had no further details.
He also admitted that ships and aircraft had been used to bombard ammunition depots near Benghazi in the east of the country where most of the recent unrest has been concentrated.
But he emphasised that these depots were away from populated areas. “We sent planes to those hangars full of ammunition,” he said.
He sought to justify the move by claiming that al-Qaeda had taken advantage of the “chaos” to assume control of the eastern region from legitimate protesters and monarchists.
He estimated that there were “thousands” of al-Qaeda in Libya of whom “maybe hundreds” were trained.
Destroying the weaponry was the only way of stopping it falling into the wrong hands in Libya or other long-standing regional trouble-spots such as Afghanistan, he argued.
He also claimed that the British government had last year sent SAS forces to eastern Libya to “train our special forces because they were expecting to fight al-Qaeda in this part of the country”.
Some other insight: having a problem procuring speed lately? Blame it on Libya:
Like his father and brother earlier in the week, Mr Gaddafi insisted that many protesters had taken “very powerful” drugs, such as amphetamines or ecstasy. “We have tonnes of the pills they were given,” he said, though he did not know where they had come from.
He appealed for help from foreign police and doctors to “investigate this”.
But by far the funniest thing is how the dictator's son still sees his role:
Questioned about Libyan diplomats deserting their posts around the world, Gaddafi, who at one time worked as a professional footballer in Italy, said: “I don’t care about these guys. My diplomacy is to be honest and tell the truth.
“I don’t have the power to solve the problems of Libya,” he said. “We have to just stay calm and not use weapons against the government or our people to destroy the country. That is not the solution.”
Perhaps this great humanitarian can then explain why according to Al Arabia the bodybag count in Libya has now surpassed 10,000:
There are at least 10,000 dead and 50,000 wounded in Libya, according to reports by Al Arabiya on Twitter quoting a member of the International Criminal Court. The death toll was reportd by the Libyan member of the ICC, Sayed al Shanuka, who was interviewed from Paris. The official figures provided by the Libyan government yesterday indicated 300 dead, while this morning Italian foreign minister Franco Frattini stated that he believed more in the death of ''more than 1,000 innocents".
So once again: when will the actions of the Fed, whose actions were the match that lit this whole blazing inferno, be finally called a genocide?