The Paler Side of the King of Kings
March 12, 2011
In 2003, when the US had invaded Iraq on the pretext that it had possessed weapons of mass destruction and virtually removed Saddam Hussein from power, Qaddafi has changed his spots, opposing violence. He was forced to re-evaluate his position in order to minimize risks. Subsequently, he stopped his ambitions of developing nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction and allowed international inspections of such sites.
After all, Qaddafi wanted not to be alone in the desert sun and the West was interested in his services in the fight against the Arab underground Islamists. The United States was therefore prepared to ignore many things -- but not everything. America`s “Qaddafi package deal” included the cancellation of most economic sanctions; however, Libya remained on the US State Department`s list of countries that sponsor terrorism.
Since then, Qaddafi developed a pale, shy personality with no revolutionary rhetoric – he just became the “Michael Jackson of African revolutionaries”.
Attraction Seeker or a security-conscious king
Michael Jackson`s trademark was to surprise and make bellmen`s eyes pop out, by walking in through the dock entrances of hotels with his bodyguards. He loved to see his bodyguards dress in uniform, wearing jackets with significant quantities of shoulder padding.
Like Michael Jackson, the eccentric Libyan leader loves to have a large entourage of bodyguards with him at all times. And in the early years of his rule, Qaddafi developed a security-conscious mentality and caused stirs in many African and Arab summits, bringing a large entourage of security personnel into the conferences.
To attract the attention of the media, the King of Kings changed all of his male bodyguards and replaced them with agile women dressed in guerilla-uniform, which was not an international custom. He also loves a quartet of female bodyguards (virgins) closely accompanying him in all public events. Sometimes, the King of Kings attends private meetings with the presence of his small army of bodyguards.
For the last few years, the King of Kings was muttering about what he called the “United States of Africa”, instead of Pan-Arabism or dar-al-Islam – expressing his conviction of building a European-African relation based on an equal level.
Megalomania Meets Idiosyncrasies
In show business, nicknames that catch the attention of the public and may hang around for a while have been bestowed on stars. Although this whole nickname business is a little silly, fans have tendencies to use nicknames to refer to their idol, whether he/she deserves to be known as such: James Brown as the Godfather of Soul; Aretha Franklin as the Queen of Soul; and Elvis Presley as the King of Rock `n` Roll. And in late 1980s, the media started to refer to Michael Jackson as the King of Pop. Michael Jackson also earned another flattering epithet, “King of the Sanwi”, for visiting a little village in the southeast of Ivory Coast.
Superstar Michael Jackson and Colonel Qaddafi have a lot in common indeed. Both are referred to as “African king” and elevated themselves to the top of their fields. Both are fascinated with illusion. Michael used to convince people that he was a moonwalker with a lyrical message and that he was not black. Colonel Qaddafi has been telling the world for two decades that he is “the savior of humanity”, “international thinker”, “the king of traditional kings”; and also that “he is the leader of the peoples of Asia and South America, not to mention that of the Arab and African peoples”.
Thirst for Fictitious Legacies
To gain legitimacy, many African leaders shower upon themselves in fictitious legacies of ostentatious titles and the results are wonderfully absurd. To just name a few of these flagrant self-promotion titles that African dictators adopted, evaluate the following prototypical African super chiefs:
Former president of Malawi, Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, was nicknamed as “the founding father”, “Big man”. Former Zaire (now DR Congo) president, Joseph-Désiré Mobutu, changed his name to Mobutu Sese Seko Nkuku Ngbendu wa Za Banga, which translates roughly as “the all-powerful warrior who, because of his endurance and inflexible will to win, goes from conquest to conquest, leaving fire in his wake”.
Huh! And you think that the above nicknames are impressive. How about the prefixes of former Ugandan President Idi Amin Dada:
“His Excellency President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin, VC, DSO, MC, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Sea, and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular”
And the King of Kings, Roobdoon Forum is of course referring to Colonel Qaddafi, the tyrannical despot of Libya, was attributed as: “Mu`ammar Al-Qadhafi, Guide of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, traditional King of Kings of Africa”.
According to his kingship website [See Here], the above title must be referred to him, as demands a document handed out by the Libyan protocol service to the Ethiopian authorities on the eve of the 12th summit of head of state and government of the African Union (AU) in 2009.
The Year 2009, many African traditional chiefs were duped, without batting an eye lid, to accept the Colonel`s comical and artificial attributes. The most distressing in this comedy is that a Somali traditional clan chief, Boqor Abdullah Bougar Moussa (King kong), has bought as a wholesale Qaddafi`s rattlings about the formation of a Forum of Kings, Sultans, Princes, Sheikhs and Mayors of Africa. “I am prepared to provide anything that this tribal assembly needs”, said Qaddafi to these African chiefs, so long that it is in the King of King`s royal enclosure – Sirte, Libya.
Boqor Abdullah Bougar Moussa (King kong) attending one of Colonel Qaddafi`s comical and artificial tribal gatherings held in Sirte, Libya.