Robert Fisk: Gaddafi on track to realise wish for martyrdom
Published 23/02/2011 | 05:00
SO he will go down fighting. That's what Muammar Gaddafi told us last night, and most Libyans believe him. This will be no smooth flight to Riyadh or a gentle trip to a Red Sea holiday resort.
Raddled, cowled in desert gowns, he raved on. He had not even begun to use bullets against his enemies -- a palpable lie -- and "any use of force against the authority of the state shall be punished by death", in itself a palpable truth which Libyans knew all too well. On and on and on he ranted. Like everything Gaddafi, it was very impressive, but went on far too long.
He cursed the people of Benghazi who had already liberated their city -- "just wait until the police return to restore order", this dessicated man promised without a smile. His enemies were Islamists, the CIA, the British and the "dogs" of the international press. Yes, we are always dogs, aren't we? And then came my favourite bit of the whole Gaddafi exegesis last night: HE HADN'T EVEN BEGUN TO USE VIOLENCE YET!