“literary prototype”

Rambling ceaselessly about how he was “a fighter, a revolutionary from tents,” and that he “will die as a martyr at the end,” and then threatening “I have not yet ordered the use of force . . . when I do, everything will burn,” Gaddafi stood there in the midst of the rubbles of a US-bombed building like Marquez’s “Patriarch,” “the All Pure,” “the Magnificent,” “Zacarias,” like his literary prototype somewhere between 107 and 232 years old: paranoid, ruthless, superstitious, broken, fallen, pathetic.

Ben Ali and Mubarak’s exits were in comparison princely. From Ayatollah Khamenei to Ali Abdullah Saleh, other tyrants in the neighborhood should look at that video and wander.

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