Aisha Gaddafi and her gang of brothersA Point of View, Libya, Middle East & North Africa, Politics | Sandra | February 24, 2011 at 12:10
Muammar Gaddafi has 7 sons, 1 daughter and 1 adopted son. Almost all of them are involved in his regime. Wikileaks documents point out that anger at his family’s excesses have helped fuel the Feb 17 uprising. They are all in a life-and-death struggle which cannot end well for them. When their father’s regime topples, they lose everything. Most of them demonstrate the ruthless gene that drives their father.
Aisha al-Gaddafi: The only daughter is a real piece of work. Growing up with her gang of tough brothers put iron in her spine. She had the chutzpah to appear on State TV yesterday smiling and dressed in a black sheered-mink coat with black fox collar. You would never have known that over a 1000 of her people had just died in the streets. Some estimates put it much higher – and it’s not over yet.
She was all smiles and charm. In some ways, she is the most diabolical of a diabolic clan.
She said she was still in Libya and spoke from her father’s bunker monument. “I only watch State TV,” she declared, admitting to the world that she is either a liar or an idiot.
Aisha is an attorney who defended Saddam Hussein as well as Muntadhar al-Zaidi who threw a shoe at Bush during a press conference in Iraq (Bravo to her on that one!) She was a United Nations Goodwill Ambassador until yesterday when stripped of her position by the UN. Her smile said she couldn’t care less.
Gang of Brothers (from oldest): I have put in bold those names you see most at this time.
Muhammad Gaddafi - involved in Libyan Olympic Committee and telecommunications. He is silent these days.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi - until his recent TV appearances, Saif was considered by the West to be intelligent and urbane. He has a doctorate from the London School of Economics. His thesis was oddly enough on democracy rising out of authoritarian states. Students today at LSE are demonstrating for the school of take away his degrees.
His first appearance on State TV showed first a cold, calculating mafia-type monster who rambled on with lies about his father’s regime that certainly totally destroyed his credibility with the outside world. This second showed a panicked, angry man spewing even more dribble that no one believes.
Saadi Gaddafi – His interests are soccer and the film industry, but it is said he has charge of one of his father’s many personally-loyal brigades.
Mutassim (Moatassem) Gaddafi – Lt. Col. in the Libyan Army and National Security Advisor. He also heads his own brigade. Mutassim (Moatassem) fled to Europe after being implicated in a failed coup to unseat his father. He was eventually forgiven and returned to power. He has served as National Security Advisor since 2010.
Hannibal Gaddafi - It seems he lives up to his unfortunate name. He’s one of the most volatile of a volatile and violent family. He has left a trail of scandals of attacks and assaults throughout Europe. He controls one of the special brigades which is not part of the army, but answers to Gaddafi’s Revolutionary Committees.
Saif al-Arab Gaddafi – Until recently, he spent his life out of the limelight in Germany. Al Jazeera has reported him back in the country defending his family’s regime.
Khamis Gaddafi - He is one to rival his brother Hannibal for spine-chilling character. Khamis is a Russian-trained police officer and heads his own special forces Khamis Brigade. This is the brigade sent in to quell the revolt in Eastern Libya when it became apparent to the regime that they couldn’t depend on the army to fire on their own people.
I nominate him as likely person in charge of directing the foreign mercenaries said to be from Sub-Sahara Africa and the old Soviet bloc.
one adopted son:
Milad Abuztaia al-Gaddafi – His nephew, Milad is said to have saved Gaddafi’s life when the US bombed the family compound in 1986. Not hearing anything about him, but assume he is fighting for his survival and the survival of the family like the rest of them.
one adopted daughter deceased:
Hanna Gaddafi. Hanna was a small child when killed by the US bomb attack in 1986.
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