TIME Mag Placates Qadhafi as Dictator Demands American Payoff
The Word Unheard out of Tripoli is that, (goaded naturally by TIME Magazine's Scott MacLeod and Amany Radwan) Libyan dictator Muammar Qadhafi is apparently becoming rather impatient as he awaits his big pay day for spilling the beans on his various Weapons of Mass Destruction programs, several of which were proxy programs for the oft-inspected Saddam Hussein.
When the wording of this article is closely examined by the alert reader, one is left aggravated, wondering what motivates such wordsmiths as those who created it.
Right out of the gate, the authors refer to him as Lybia’s ‘socialist leader’, subliminally signaling the reader to buckle up for a nighttime ride at the Mainstream Media Fun House. To refer to Qadhafi as anything short of a maniacal dictator is to perform a disservice to Germany’s Schroeder or France’s Chirac, no matter what you may think of them. And then there are the questions…and the answers. Buckle up, boys & girls:
TIME: Does the Lockerbie bombing fall into the category of Libyan mistakes?
Qadhaffi: Until now the perpetrators are unknown.
WWWWEEEEEEEE!!! Now that was a fun first turn on the ride, now wasn’t it? Hold on tight….there’s more!
TIME: Has Libya been rewarded for abandoning WMD?
Now, isn’t that question just splendid? Even the casual observer knows that the answer to that question is: Yes. Libya was removed from the American “Make a Big Hole Here” list. But, don’t close your eyes on this part of the ride or you’ll miss the real excitement. Here’s Libya’s ‘socialist leader’ in response:
Qadhaffi: Libya and the whole world expected a positive response—not just words, although they were nice words—from America and Europe. Blair and Bush expressed their satisfaction. But there must be at least a declaration of a program like the Marshall Plan, to show the world that those who wish to abandon the nuclear-weapon program will be helped. They promised, but we haven't seen anything yet.
Does this madman not count himself to be on the receiving end of mere words? My, Grandma, how short your memory is. And he wants a Marshall Plan? Fine. Once Tripoli is reduced to a sandbox, you’ll get your Marshall Plan. Marshall Plans reconstruct destroyed infrastructures on the receiving end of American ire once maniacal dictators are captured, killed or otherwise disposed of.
Qadhafi, you loopy jackass, if you want American welfare gifts for ‘your people’ you can’t just come out and demand them. Send 'your people' across America’s border with Mexico like everyone else. Your fundamental misunderstanding of the system is why the only people who regard you as a world leader are the likes of the brilliant writers from TIME who interviewed you.
Almost there folks…rounding the last turn now. Get ready for the Rapid Fire Finish on the Nighttime Fun House ride…
TIME: Isn't Libya's alleged plot to assassinate Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah why Libya remains on the U.S. list of terrorist states?
Qadhaffi: We have a good relationship with Saudi Arabia. My personal relationship with Prince Abdullah is a good one. This is a fabricated case, an intentionally destructive thing…the list of accusations against Libya is very long. They all proved false. We are still in a vicious circle.
Is the Prince aware of how chummy you guys are? And yes, it’s all lies. Lie after lie after lie after lie. (Remember, the perpetrators of PanAm-103 are as yet unknown.)
TIME: How are you going to get out of it?
Qadhaffi: Dialogue should continue.
Accusing Libya of being a country that sponsors terrorism is a very dangerous thing. That has psychological repercussions. Libya could argue, "Since I am still on the terrorist list, why not commit terrorism, which I am accused of anyway? Why should I pay the price without getting something in return?" How about being a country that sponsors terrorism is a dangerous thing? What planet is this guy on?
TIME: Given foreign and local skepticism, is Libya Really reforming itself?
Qadhaffi: About the economy, quite possible. We have begun to apply the Green Book. It's what we call popular socialism and what Thatcher calls popular capitalism. Elections? What for? We have surpassed that stage you are presently in. All the people are in power now. Do you want them to regress and elect somebody to replace them? Who needs elections anyway?
We should give this clown a fieldtrip to downtown Basra or Baghdad and let him utter those words there. Also note that the only reform he acknowledges is the economy…possibly.
TIME: What do Libyans tell you?
Qadhaffi: If you put them in paradise, they will still complain. [Laughs.] Libyans are in paradise.
Bitch and moan, that’s all they do. But, I thought all the people were in charge now? Ahhh, Paradise.
TIME Magazine, Scott MacLeod and Amany Radwan should all be ashamed of themselves for producing this worthless garbage and needlessly murdering hundreds of trees to print it worldwide (assuming it is in print as well as online).Either they are complicit with attempts to bolster the megalomaniac dictator’s international image in the name of ‘socialism good, America bad’ or they feel the need to massage and stroke the ego of such a lethal jester in a king’s clothing in order to get the interview.
Has TIME learned nothing from CNN’s former Baghdad Bureau’s scandalous history? If you have to skew or massage the story to even do it, then it is neither news nor newsworthy.
TIME and its writers design an article named “10 Questions for Muammar Qadhaffi” and that’s the best they could come up with? And they call themseves news writers and news editors? TIME's article reads like a parody of journalism. It should be submitted to Late Night with David Letterman. It fits his ‘Top Ten List’ format much better.
OK, folks. Watch your step exiting your seats and thank you once again for having a nighttime ride at the Mainstream Media Fun House.