Gaddafi's Private Plane, Reportedly Loaded With Gold, Ready To Leave For Zimbabwe As Early As Tomorrow

Tyler Durden's picture

The latest news from the ABC.net.au should come as no surprise to those who know all too well that one can't eat gold: "Gaddafi own private plane is loaded with gold bullion and lots of hard currency, mainly dollars, and is preparing to flee to Zimbabwe to stay there with his friend Robert Mugabe." Yet there is speculation that instead of pulling a Ben Ali, Gaddafi may pull a Hitler: "Earlier, one of Mr Gaddafi's former ministers predicted the Libyan leader will follow in Adolf Hitler's footsteps and commit suicide rather than give up power. Mustapha Abdeljalil, justice minister until he quit over the bloody crackdown on protesters, says he expects Mr Gaddafi to make good on his pledge to die on Libyan soil rather than slink into exile. "Gaddafi's time is up. He is going to go like Hitler. He is going to commit suicide," Mr Abdeljalil told Swedish media." In either case, we are skeptical that much of Libya's oil infrastructure will survive the binary outcome. As a reminder, Libya had 143.8 tonnes of gold (or Tungsten as the case may be) as of December 31, per the WGC.

More from ABC:

There are reports of gun battles taking place between forces loyal to Mr Gaddafi and his opponents in the town of Zawiyah, 50 kilometres west of Tripoli.

Mr Gaddafi no longer controls much of the east around Benghazi, where there are reports residents have jailed those they say are mercenaries and set up committees to run the city.

London-based Libyan political activist, Guma el-Gamaty, has told the ABC's Lateline that "quite reliable sources" believe Mr Gaddafi is readying to flee his country.

"Gaddifi's own private plane is loaded with gold bullion and lots of hard currency, mainly dollars, and is preparing to flee to Zimbabwe to stay there with his friend Robert Mugabe," he said.

"We think this could happen very shortly because the Security Council is threatening to impose a no-fly zone and we think that Gaddafi will try to escape before this no-fly zone is imposed, possibly by tomorrow.

"So this is the most serious story we've heard today. It's very indicative of the fact that Gaddafi is totally isolated, surrounded more or less and is probably in a state of mind where he's just concentrating and thinking about how to escape and run away and stay alive."

A noble end?

Earlier, one of Mr Gaddafi's former ministers predicted the Libyan leader will follow in Adolf Hitler's footsteps and commit suicide rather than give up power.

Mustapha Abdeljalil, justice minister until he quit over the bloody crackdown on protesters, says he expects Mr Gaddafi to make good on his pledge to die on Libyan soil rather than slink into exile.

"Gaddafi's time is up. He is going to go like Hitler. He is going to commit suicide," Mr Abdeljalil told Swedish media.

Hitler committed suicide in his bunker in Berlin in April 1945 as he witnessed the disintegration of his Nazi empire.

Mr Mr el-Gamaty says that is "a small possibility".

"We believe that probably Gaddafi doesn't really have the courage to kill himself. We think he still have this grandiose idea that he will go to Africa and rally all the Africans," he said.

"Remember he has the title of the "King of Kings" of Africa, so he thinks he can still go to Africa and rally all the Africans around him and come back to Libya and take it over again.

"But, who knows? That is also a possibility. But whether he flees, whether he kills himself, whether he gets arrested, I think he is doomed and I think his end is very imminent."

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Confused's picture

We will impose a no fly zone on such a date and time. Nice. 

VinniPukh's picture

I'm really hoping someone's standing by with 'Lockerbie' painted along the side of their stinger.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

OK, who's turn is it to hide......er......provide safe sanctuary for the sociopath?

jus_lite_reading's picture

His friend Mugage- birds of a feather, flock together!

long-shorty's picture

completely OT:

I just saw a commerical on CNBC that said:

"Colon Flow is being released to the general public."

I was paralyzed by laughter for 30 seconds.  

StychoKiller's picture

Guess that's better than having it released ON the public! :>D

savagegoose's picture

think rhodesia, nearer sth africa

aerojet's picture

Why is that fuck Mugabe still drawing air?

Pure Evil's picture

I have a ranch out in Montana that can provide sanctuary for a 143.8 tonnes of gold,......., ahem, I mean my good friend Muammar.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

LOL

I see. So you'll accept to the two legged baggage if he brings along the baggage loaded with Gold bricks? :>)

Carl Spackler's picture

Remember, he is also bringing with him his cadre of Ukranian nurses !

BigJim's picture

And look! The news was on www.abc.net.au - an entire internet domain dedicated to gold!

HedgeFundLIVE's picture

interesting take here by the Prez of Israel, saying large tech companies should take up more responsibility for the situation in the Middle East!:

http://www.hedgefundlive.com/blog/facebook-and-i-guess-google-should-finish-what-they-started-in-the-middle-east

Azannoth's picture

Would be funny if it crashed at start from overload

Carl Spackler's picture

If it crashed over land, that could create the biggest gold rush in the history of Libya.

 

 

 

 

sushi's picture

K_Daffy could give the other African leaders a few lessons in cross-dressing.

Real Estate Geek's picture

A no-fly zone enforced by whom, exactly?  Aren't "our" carriers elsewhere?

tmosley's picture

We still have a carrier in the region.  It's called Europe.

You don't launch stealth aircraft from carriers.  Can't have a bunch of dead pilots over Libya.  Wouldn't speak well to our military superiority.

tonyw's picture

Egypt has a large airforce (including many F16s) that is more than a match for any Libyan pilots who can still be trusted to fly their planes and return to base. The Arab League has not called for military action and unless they or the UN (no chance IMHO) we should not intervene.

 

tmosley's picture

Indeed we shouldn't.  But then, we shouldn't have done a lot of other things, but that never stopped the sociopath in chief from doing them.

Pure Evil's picture

Which sociopath in chief would that be?

The Johnson one, or the Carter one, or the Reagan one, or the Bush/Hitler the First one, the Clinton one, or the Bush/Hitler the Second one, or our current beloved by all, 'Teleprompter In Chief' one?

tmosley's picture

Which one?

Whichever one was in office at the time of the atrocity.

You don't get to be President by being a nice guy.  You get there by stabbing people in the back, and by leveraging "relationships" in any way possible.  A regular person doesn't really stand a chance.

MachoMan's picture

I thought variants of the joint strike fighter were carrier capable?  Or has that project been scrapped?

tmosley's picture

Dunno.  The main point is that Italy has a huge US military presence, so there is no need for a carrier group there.  You can launch from Italy just as easily as you could from a carrier, and you have a larger array of aircraft to choose from.  

I wasn't aware of a carrier capable stealth fighter, but I am not an expert (by any stretch of the imagination) on modern military technology.

Pure Evil's picture

The JSF is carrier capable, but is still in the production and testing phases.

From the website:

http://www.jsf.mil/news/index.htm

"ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 16, 2011 – The Defense Department’s joint strike fighter program is on track to field the F-35 Lightning II in fiscal 2016, the program’s director said here yesterday."

nonclaim's picture

The JSF is carrier capable, but the carrier itself can't stand it: the exhaust heat is known to bend the landing pad, specially if the plane is still loaded with fuel and bombs. The pilot has to do it quickly or do a drift forward (no true V in VTOL).

Apostle of Unknown's picture

Also, he should get plastic surgery. Not just for the anonimity, but to do us all a favour

Drachma's picture

I'll bet he's been flesh stretching in futility for some time now.

greenbear's picture

He kind of looks like a shar pei.  But not as cute.  To say the least.

jus_lite_reading's picture

I'd expect to see a headline in the next few days stating:

Dr. Deficit's (aka Ben Shalom Bernank) Private Plane, Reportedly Loaded With Gold, Ready To Leave For Zimbabwe As Early As Tomorrow

 

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

Dateline: January 2013

Lame duck President Obama and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke will take a short trip overseas on Air Force One just before the new President comes into office.

Reports of pallets of gold being moved to Andrews Air Force Base continue to trickle in...

johnnymustardseed's picture

Hope Playboy does a spread on his hot chick bodyguards. Hoochie Mama

tmosley's picture

I saw some pictures the other day.  NOT hot chicks.  Unless you'll Bill Clinton.

Hooter Shaker's picture

"Tripoli Bob" is not going to commit suicide.  He's going to "buy" safe haven with that plane load of Gold.

 

 

 

 

fragrantdingleberry's picture

I'd rather see Gaddafi go like Mussolini.

John McCloy's picture

The U.S. Will inform him he can keep the gold if he just picks up and leaves without harming the oil infrastructure. German warships are his warning to hasten his decision. IMO he will leave with his gold and the oil infrastructure unharmed.
The global ponzi cannot be afforded to stumble. Recovery on.

Papasmurf's picture

I think he will destroy the oil infrastructure.  That is the win for him in the endgame of control and if not control to deprive others.   If he dies now, it shortens his live by how much?  Negligable difference.

allele's picture

"We will impose a no fly zone on such a date and time. Nice."

 

Yes it is nice, and it is one of the few intelligent steps that the west has taken.  A cornered animal is much more dangerous that one with an escape route.  Better to leave him the most palatable option from your point of view rather than force him to stay a fight to the last.

tmosley's picture

Nah, just really good at poker.

Much like with the fishes, he was always able to produce four kings.

Mae Kadoodie's picture

He will actually be pitching his tent in Englewood, New Jersey.

falak pema's picture

A Khaddafi suicide is like a El Duce paparonni spaghetti balls masquerade. He'll run the moment anybody with back-up screams...'boo'...He's all wind n piss. Needs his Nanny cum female slave. He'll be on the plane as soon as the Benghazi freedom fighters decide it's time to take Tripoli..."multo rapidos...e adios amigos! I'm out and my sons can shag themselves any way they like or join me"....But one day, they'll all be singing the same same tune..."nowhere to run, nowhere to hide"...I hope! Or the world's a big dope pen!

Weisbrot's picture

can he take all the korrupticians with him?

Misean's picture

Waisting valuable space on his private plane for "hard currencies" like "dollars" for a flight to Zimbabwe...ROFL! You just can't make this stuff up.

serotonindumptruck's picture

Mugabe is no doubt licking his lips in anticipation of that airplane loaded with gold and currencies. My guess is Qadafi will suffer an unfortunate accident shortly after landing in Zimbabwe.