Continuing with this extremely interesting story about the latest developments of the Libya saga. Recall that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the second son of Muammar and the latter’s second wife, Safia, spent many years as a prisoner of radical jihadists known as the Zintan militia. Just under a year ago, Saif was finally released and is now running for President of Libya. He is 45 years old, is by training either an engineer or achitect (depending who you believe), but also has a lot of experience in government and politics, as well as international affairs and running charitable institutions. All of which experience — not to mention his horrendous life experience and miraculous survival — make him a good candidate, possibly, to restore a once-thriving nation that was destroyed by a coalition of Evil-Doers.
Saif’s announcement of his candidacy came on the background of news of arrest of Nicolas Sarkozy, international sleazebag and one of the architects of the Libya war. Here is a summary of this unusual turn of events, quoting at length from Nickie’s wiki page:
During the 2011 Libyan Civil War – a conflict in which France intervened – Saif-al-Islam Gaddafi said in an interview with euronews that the Libyan state had donated €50 million to Sarkozy’s 2007 presidential campaign in exchange for access and favors by Sarkozy.
“We funded it and we have all the details and are ready to reveal everything. The first thing we want this clown to do is to give the money back to the Libyan people. He was given assistance so that he could help them. But he’s disappointed us: give us back our money.”
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi’s claim was later repeated by former Libyan prime minister Baghdadi Mahmudi in October of that year, though Sarkozy denied its veracity. Investigative website Mediapart subsequently published several documents appearing to prove a payment of €50 million, and also published a claim by Ziad Takieddine that he had personally handed three briefcases stuffed with cash to Sarkozy. French magistrates later acquired diaries of former Libyan oil minister Shukri Ghanem in which payments to Sarkozy were mentioned. Shortly thereafter, however, Ghanem was found dead, floating in the Danube in Austria and thereby preventing his corroboration of the diaries.
[… yalensis: Eliding some material, and at this point insert Johann Strauss II “The Beautiful Blue Danube” waltz music.]
In January 2018, British police arrested Alexandre Djouhri on a European Arrest Warrant. Djouhri was an associate of Sarkozy and had refused to respond to a French judicial summons for questioning over allegations he had helped launder Libyan funds on behalf of Sarkozy. The following month, Asharq Al-Awsat quoted a source who alleged Sarkozy had promised Libyan representatives improved relations between France and Libya should he be elected president, and that he would wrap-up the matter of the bombing of UTA Flight 772.
On 20 March (2018], Sarkozy was arrested by French police and held for questioning concerning the various allegations about a Libyan connection, the first time he had been interrogated in relation to the matter. Brice Hortefeux was also brought in by police for questioning.
Following Sarkozy’s arrest, Saif al-Islam expressed a willingness to testify in any future trial. He also claimed that a former officer of the Libyan intelligence service was in possession of a recording of a meeting between his father and Sarkozy in Tripoli in 2007 at which payments were discussed. The Republicans, meanwhile, issued a statement in which the party said the former president had their full support. Spokesman Christian Jacob later suggested that the accusations against Sarkozy were politically motivated.
[yalensis: Insert laugh track at the “politically motivated” gag. EVERYTHING is politically motivated, my friends. But is it true or not? That’s the real question.]
I apologize for so much quoting from wikipedia, but now I will return to the VZGLIAD piece by Alexander Khristoforov. Just wanted to make sure everybody was up to speed, since the Sarkozy arrest is a fairly new and fresh development. The Russian press was on it right away, mocking the two-faced irony of Westies, who accused Russia of meddling in their elections; and meanwhile showing that Westie elections such as Sarkozy’s are a cesspool of corruption and international money laundering.
The French scandal not only parts the veil on some of these shenanigans, but also may provide the Libyan people a very rare opportunity to see some justice in their lifetime. And perhaps even return Libya to good government, if Saif can prove to be the ecumenical leader that his father was.
Next: Saif’s political program, and the “Gathering of the Bedouin Tribes” which occurred in Tunis exactly one year ago, March 2017. Which included delegates and representatives from Libyan regions, Saif himself, and also his sister, the strikingly beautiful Ayesha Gaddafi. And guess who also showed up to that shindig? Delegates of the Donetsk Peoples Republic and Lugansk Peoples Republic! No wonder Westie leaders are in a state of dismay at the current turn of events. And seeing Russian bears (instead of the proverbial camels) sticking their noses under every Arab tent.
[to be continued]