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Sep. 16 2009 - 11:23 am | 6 views | 0 recommendations | 4 comments

Qaddafi Takes Manhattan

For comic relief on the world stage, no one beats Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Qaddafi.

You have to admire the audacity of a leader who calls for the dissolution of Switzerland.

And you have to admire one who travels around with the world with his own Bedouin tent, which he’s been looking to pitch somewhere – anywhere(!) – ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting in New York.

Central Park is out – nixed by the City of New York. Apparently, Joan Rivers had considered hosting the tent, after New Jersey residents successfully lobbied for its prohibition on Libyan consulate grounds, in Englewood.

And you can understand their concern. Lockerbie – and the on-going controversy about the alleged deal-making behind the release of a convicted bomber -  is a lot to get over.

Libya may be creeping back onto the world stage. Not only does Colonel Qaddafi address the UN General Assembly on September 23, but a Libyan official is serving as president of the General Assembly for the next year.

But with just a week before Qaddafi’s arrival, what’s dropped out of the headlines in recent days is whether he found a place to crash. In case he hasn’t – maybe he can post an ad. Maybe something like this:

Qaddafi-vert3


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    Why is he still Colonel Qaddafi? Shouldn’t he have promoted himself to General by now?

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    I heard he was putting the tent up at one of the fancy hotels near the park. I am hoping I’ll be able to see it perched on the roof when I look from the street.

    Gotta admit I enjoy when people like him find such clever ways to needle the US.

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    Well, at least he’s not posting on Casual Encounters.

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