The Dead Man and His Long Shadow

“Muammar Gaddafi was certainly more than prophetic during the summit of the Arab League (AL) in 2008 when he inquired about the fate of his Iraqi predecessor for Western military interventions: Saddam Hussein. “The ruler and head of an AL member has been hanged. Why?” he asked. “In the future it’s going to be your turn. Even you, the friends of America,” he told the Arab leaders present as the audience was rolling on the floor laughing.

“Friends of America… No, I say,” said Gaddafi, “We are friends of America, but America can approve of our hanging one day.”