ANALYSIS – It is said that the Secretary of State was delighted at the news of Colonel Gaddafi’s death, indeed a tape of her chanting in joy was put out.
For some reason, it always comes as a surprise when a woman reacts to death in this way. It shouldn’t – one only has to think of ‘Condy’ Rice, Tipvi Livni and our own Margaret Thatcher to know that the gentler sex can be as blood thirsty as their male counterparts.
I wonder if she would have chewed his liver, like Hind did after the defeat of the Prophet’s army at the Battle of Uhud. Then, the vengeful lady, ordered her slave to cut out her enemy’s chest and chewed the liver of the man famed for being the Prophet’s protector, Hamza.
I wonder also if Shakespeare was aware of Hind when he created Lady Macbeth.
In with the new?
Sirte will become the centre of resistance to the occupation of Libya, vowed Colonel Gaddafi in a audio broadcast yesterday. His tape was released on the same day as European leaders met in Paris to discuss the future of the country that he had ruled for so long.
Nothing that Colonel Gaddafi has done recently suggests that he will inspire an army of resistance fighters to foreign occupation. Perhaps, his first mistake was to give up his nuclear programme – a lesson that countries like Iran will not make.
Of course, when the Taliban were ousted, and Iraq crumbled after four weeks, most observers – not this one though! – were not expecting anything like what later transpired.
Whether Libya will become another Afghanistan or Iraq is not certain.
Perhaps, the first move would be for Gaddafi to go into retirement.
He could do this by avoiding making bold statements about Sitre – does he not remember what would happened to the Iraqi town of Falluja?