Saturday, August 20, 2011

Gotta Stay on the Winning Side

Bowing to the inevitable.

Muammar Gaddafi's former right-hand man, Abdel Salam Jalloud, has defected to rebel-held territory in Libya's Western Mountains, a rebel spokesman said.

Jalloud was a member of the junta that staged a 1969 coup bringing Gaddafi to power, and was seen as the North African oil producer state's second in command before falling out of Gaddafi's favour in the 1990s.


Power has only one aim; it has no ideology beyond itself and no morals.

If Qadafi could get away with joining the rebels, he’d do it himself.

Following his dispute with Gaddafi, he had retired from politics altogether and lived under virtual house arrest.

He reportedly was stripped of his passport and put under virtual house arrest, following a disagreement with Gaddafi.

Jalloud is from the influential Megarha clan and has remained a popular figure in Libya.

In October 2010, media controlled by Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam had mentioned Jalloud's name as a possible prime minister to lead the fight against corruption.

Yes, yes, okay. He’s a great democratic figure who has been punished by the monster Qadafi. Score one for our side!

Here's how I read this: We found someone who could marginally be promoted as a rebel leader. The yahoos we had in mind earlier blew it. The "negotiations" have reached a tentative conclusion. We have paid Jalloud well. He will be Libya's president when Qadafi is done in. Assuming he doesn't do something equally as untenable as the previous annointee, Jalil.

....but hey, do what you will anyway.

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