I wrote at some length the other day about Qaddifi’s formerly good-guy-reformer son Saif. Here he is, still on the dark side (the Amanpour interview also features his much-less-political brother Al-Saadi):
Amanpour points out that although she’s in Libya, she’s seen no evidence of the strafing and bombing of Libyans by the Gaddafi government, although she’s seen gunshot victims in the hospitals. That’s interesting; knowing Amanpour, she’s be eager to confirm the bombing if she could.
When Saif says, “we didn’t use force,” it does seem rather ludicrous, however. But when he says, “For myself, I believe I am doing the right thing,” one can only imagine that he thinks it’s true, and that he sees no other way out for himself. Clearly, from the interview, he is continuing to try to position himself as the most logical successor to his father, a reformer who will implement what the people actually want.
Although I do not trust this man at all, I also do not trust the media. So I think that we actually have very little idea of what is really happening right now in Libya.
As for Al-Saadi, of all the Qaddafi male offspring, he’s kept himself most apart from power struggles and politics in general. His interview here is fairly non-political, too. He describes the movements as an earthquake that cannot be stopped. When Al-Saadi says “I want to live normal,” I tend to believe him, although I’m sure he’d like to “live normal” with a more-than-normal amount of money.