A crude price to pay for oil
TO DATE the West has been smugly dismissive of the gold-braided and slightly ridiculous figure of Colonel Gaddafi. His penchant for Pierre Cardin and his "Killer Virgin" posse of beautiful bodyguards made it easy to take him lightly.
He was, after all, the best type of dictator -- once bought, he stayed bought. Events in Libya this week showed that turning a blind eye to the barbarism so that we can enjoy our creature comforts without troubling our consciences unduly comes at a cost.
Yesterday, Gaddafi trained his guns on the crowds leaving mosques after Friday prayers.