Monday, September 07, 2009

File this one under "Impossibly Nutty News"

It seems that Libyan leader Omar Gaddafi really knows how to mend a personal slight. When Gaddafi's son Hannibal and wife were arrested last year in Switzerland for assaulting a hotel chambermaid, Gaddafi hit back by withdrawing five billion dollars from Swiss banks, closing Swiss businesses, and arresting Swiss nationals in Libya.

That would have been enough for most people, but evidently not for Gaddafi. The Libyan leader is expected to attend the U.N. General Assembly in September, where it is reported he will ask the United Nations to "abolish" Switzerland and share the land among its neighboring countries. "Switzerland is a world mafia and not a state," said Gaddafi. It is formed of an Italian community that should return to Italy, a German community that should return to Germany, and a French community that should return--sing it with us now--to France. This guy seems certifiable.

Which is just another reason to celebrate the fact that Gaddafi now not only has a seat on the U.N. Security Council but also will assume his year-long presidency of the U.N. General Assembly later this month. His trip in September to the United States, his first since seizing power in 1969, "marks a high point in Libya's effort to restore its standing on the international stage," reports the Washington Post. A recent "low point" came when Abedel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber, the one who killed 259 people, including 189 Americans, was greeted by cheering crowds on his release from Scotland when he arrived in Libya's capital.

Gaddafi's request to pitch his air-conditioned Bedouin tent in Central Park while he is in New York has been denied. He's also been run out of New Jersey. You can't make this stuff up. Maybe the Lincoln bedroom is available that weekend.

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