by Nafissa Assed
Today people and media all over the world are wondering about Qaddafi’s son, Saif-Al Arab, being targeted by NATO and perhaps killed. Do we really care? As for me, not really. Qaddafi and his family are welcome to surrender anytime, dead or alive. At the same time as Musa Ibrahim was claiming the death of Qaddafi’s son and his 3 grandchildren, we watched on the national Libyan TV Qaddafi’s thugs gathering in Bab Al-azziziya dancing and singing LIVE! Must be those pills again. If NATO is going to make any advance over Qaddafi, they must seriously consider shutting down Libyan state TV and its incitement. We all know that anything can be expected from Qaddafi and that he is sick enough to even fabricate the report of the death of his own son to stay in power (the al-Arabiya channel claims ‘inner circle’ witnesses say Saif al-Arab is dead, but not his children).
The war is raging in Libya and I am against NATO killing innocent children, even if they happen to be the grandchildren of Qaddafi – because this is not about him, it’s about who the decent Libyans are and the values they stand for. On the other hand, I believe it’s naïve if anyone thinks the rat Qaddafi and his family were really in that compound last night (30th May), and before anyone can damn NATO for the alleged deaths of Qaddafi’s grandchildren, wait for confirmation that they are his and not the bodies of kids he’s killed (remember the ‘daughter’ of Qaddafi killed by American bombing in 1986 was in fact posthumously adopted).
It’s obvious that Qaddafi is so desperate that he has no choice but to try to put pressure on the international community to discredit the military campaign. But whether his son was killed or not is insignificant. Why would his death – if it’s really true – be any different than the deaths of others in Libya? Why would one unknown son be worth more than 3000 Libyans known dead and more hurt? Isn’t this prejudice and discrimination? This loony Qaddafi doesn’t mind if he sacrifices everyone else to stay in power, and that’s the scariest part of all. It’s just sickening how “anti-imperialists” condemn the NATO bombing of Qaddafi’s compound, yet remain silent on killings in Libya by Qaddafi, in Yemen by Saleh and in Syria by Assad.
Another reason behind this big fuss over Qaddafi’s son’s death is that he’s trying to take the media attention needed in Misrata, where there are dangerous indications that Gaddafi’s campaign of murder is about to reach a new and more fatal level. There’s a lot of talk by freedom fighters in Misrata that Mutasim, another Qaddafi son, is providing gas masks to his soldiers as they prepare to attack, and over 5000 of Qaddafi’s forces have been handed masks in Zlitan and have been ordered to dress in civilian clothes preparing for Misrata.
Qaddafi’s continuous and desperate assault and his clownish propaganda will neither scare Libyans nor fool the world. By God’s will, Misrata and Nafusa will never be taken by Qaddafi.
I hope NATO bombs Gaddafi tonight and makes sure he dies this time before Misrata becomes extinct in the coming days.